Kim de Mutsert

Associate Director, PERECdeMutsert

Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy

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Fish Ecology, Estuarine Ecology, Ecosystem-based Fisheries Science

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Website: De Mutsert Fish Ecology Lab

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With Second Workshop, NCCOS Continues Focus on Hypoxia’s Effects on Fish and Fisheries

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Adebola, T., Mutsert, K. de, 2019. Investigating Fishing Impacts in Nigerian Coastal Waters Using Marine Trophic Index Analyses. Marine and Coastal Fisheries 11, 287–294. https://doi.org/10.1002/mcf2.10077. Download PDF Here

De Mutsert, K. Lewis, K.A., Milroy, S., Buszowski, J., and J. Steenbeek. 2017. Using ecosystem modeling to evaluate trade-offs in coastal management: effects of large-scale river diversions on fish and fisheries. Ecological Modelling 360:14-26.

 Gruss, A., Rose, K.A., Simons, J., Ainsworth, C.H., Babcock, E.A., Chagaris, D.D., De Mutsert, K., Froeschke, J., Himchak, P., Kaplan, I.C., O’Farrell, H. and M.J. Zetina Rejon. 2017. Recommendations for ecosystem modeling efforts aiming to inform ecosystem-based fisheries management and restoration projects. Marine and Coastal Fisheries, DOI: 10.1080/19425120.2017.1330786

De Mutsert, K., Steenbeek, J., Cowan, J.H. Jr., and V. Christensen. 2017. Using ecosystem modeling to determine hypoxia effects on fish and fisheries. Chapter 14 In: D. Justic, K.A. Rose, R.D. Hetland, and K. Fennel (eds). Modeling Coastal Hypoxia: Numerical Simulations of Patterns, Controls and Effects of Dissolved Oxygen Dynamics. Springer, New York

De Mutsert, K., Sills, A., Schlick, C.J.C., and R.C. Jones. 2017. Successes of restoration and its effects on the fish community in a freshwater tidal embayment of the Potomac River, USA. Water 9(6), 421; doi:10.3390/w9060421

Arya, G., Tadayon, S., Sadighian, J., Jones, J., De Mutsert, K., Huff, T.B., and G.D. Foster. 2017. Pharmaceutical chemicals, steroids and xenoestrogens in water, sediment and fish from the tidal freshwater Potomac River (Virginia, USA). Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A, 52:7, 686-696, DOI: 10.1080/10934529.2017.1312975.

James M. Vasslides, Kim de Mutsert, Villy Christensen & Howard Townsend. 2016. Using the Ecopath with Ecosim Modeling Approach to Understand the Effects of Watershed-based Management Actions in Coastal Ecosystems, Coastal Management, DOI: 10.1080/08920753.2017.1237241.

De Mutsert, K., Lewis, K.A., Buszowski, J., Steenbeek, J., and S. Milroy. 2016.  Delta Management Fish and Shellfish Ecosystem Model: Ecopath with Ecosim plus Ecospace (EwE) Model Description. Final Report. pp. 74. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

Lewis, K.A., K. de Mutsert, J.H. Cowan, J. Steenbeek, and J. Buszowski. 2016. Employing ecosystem models and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to investigate the response of changing marsh edge on the historical biomass of estuarine nekton in Barataria Bay, Louisiana, USA. Ecological Modelling 331: 129-141. doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2016.01.017. Journal impact factor: 2.321

De Mutsert, K., J. Steenbeek, K. Lewis, J. Buszowski, J.H. Cowan, Jr., and V. Christensen. 2015. Exploring effects of hypoxia on fish and fisheries in the northern Gulf of Mexico using a dynamic spatially explicit ecosystem model. Ecological Modelling 331: 142-150. doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2015.10.013. Journal impact factor: 2.321

De Mutsert, K., Lewis, K.A., Buszowski, J., Steenbeek, J., and S. Milroy. 2015.  2017 Coastal Master Plan Modeling: C3-20-Ecopath with Ecosim. Version I. (pp. 1-100). Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. http://coastal.la.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Attachment-C3-20-EWE.pdf

De Mutsert, K., Lewis, K.A., Steenbeek, J., Buszowski, J., Milroy, S., and J.H. Cowan Jr. 2014.  2017 Coastal Master Plan: Community Modeling Justification. Ecosystem Outcomes (4.5). pp. 52. Prepared for the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Van der Ham, J.L. and K. de Mutsert. 2014. Abundance and size of Gulf shrimp in Louisiana’s coastal estuaries following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. PLoS ONE 9(10): e108884. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0108884. Journal impact factor: 3.234

Rose, K.A., D. Justic, H. Huang, and K. de Mutsert. 2014. Simulating fish movement responses and potential salinity stress to large-scale river diversions. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science 6(1): 43-61. Journal impact factor: 1.592

Adebola, T.M., and K. de Mutsert. 2014. Reducing Anthropogenic Impacts on Nigerian Coastal Fisheries Resources. Page 15 in Fisheries Centre Research Reports 22(3). University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Lewis, K.A., de Mutsert, K., Steenbeek, J., Buszowski, J., and J.H. Cowan Jr. 2014. Using Ecopath with Ecosim and Ecospace to model the response of estuarine nekton to multiple habitat restoration scenarios in Barataria Bay, Louisiana, USA. Page 192 in Fisheries Centre Research Reports 22(3). University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

De Mutsert, K. 2013. A Review of Estuarine Ecology, J.W. Day Jr., B.C. Crump, W.M. Kemp, A. Yanez-Arancibia (Eds.), 2nd ed. Ecological Engineering 60, 344.

De Mutsert, K. and J.H. Cowan, Jr. 2012. A Before-After-Control-Impact analysis of the effects of a Mississippi River freshwater diversion on estuarine nekton in Louisiana, USA. Estuaries and Coasts35: 1237-1248.

De Mutsert, K., J.H. Cowan, Jr. and C.J. Walters. 2012. Using Ecopath with Ecosim to explore nekton community response to freshwater diversion into a Louisiana estuary. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science 4:104-116.

Day Jr., J.W., J.E. Cable, J.H., Cowan Jr., R. DeLaune, K. de Mutsert, B. Fry, H. Mashriqui, D. Justic, P. Kemp, R.R. Lane, J.Rick, S. Rick, L.P. Rozas, G. Snedden, E. Swenson, R.R. Twilley and B. Wissel. 2009. The impacts of pulsed reintroduction of river water on a Mississippi delta coastal basin. Journal of Coastal Research 54, 225-243.

De Mutsert, K., J.H. Cowan Jr., T.E. Essington and R.W. Hilborn. 2008. Reanalyses of Gulf of Mexico fisheries data: Landings can be misleading in assessments of fisheries and fisheries ecosystems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105, 2740-2744.

Rivera-Monroy, V.H., K. de Mutsert, R.R. Twilley, E. Casteneda-Moya, M.M. Romigh and S.E. Davis, III. 2007. Patterns of nutrient exchange in a riverine mangrove forest in the Shark River Estuary, Florida, USA. Hidrobiológica 17 (2), 169-178.

Van der Grinten, E., A.P.H.M. Janssen, K. de Mutsert, C. Barranguet and W. Admiraal. 2005. Temperature- and light-dependent performance of the cyanobacterium Leptolyngbya foveolarum and the diatom Nitzschia perminuta in mixed biofilms. Hydrobiologia 548, 267-278.

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Kenneth A. Rose, Haosheng Huang, Dubravko Justic & Kim de Mutsert (2014) Simulating Fish Movement Responses to and Potential Salinity Stress from Large-Scale River Diversions. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science, 6:1, 43-61.

De Mutsert, K. and Cowan Jr., J. H. 2012. A Before-After-Control-Impact analysis of the effects of a Mississippi River freshwater diversion on estuarine nekton in Louisiana, USA. Estuaries and Coasts 35, 1237-1248.

De Mutsert, K., Cowan Jr., J. H. and Walters, C. J. 2012. Using Ecopath with Ecosim to explore nekton community response to freshwater diversion into a Louisiana estuary. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science 4, 104-116.

Day Jr., J.W., Cable, J.E., Cowan Jr., J.H., DeLaune, R., De Mutsert, K., Fry, B., Mashriqui, H., Justic, D., Kemp, P., Lane, R.R., et al. 2009. The impacts of pulsed reintroduction of river water on a Mississippi delta coastal basin. Journal of Coastal Research 54, 225-243.

De Mutsert, K., Cowan Jr., J.H., Essington, T.E., and Hilborn, R.W. 2008. Reanalyses of Gulf of Mexico fisheries data: Landings can be misleading in assessments of fisheries and fisheries ecosystems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105, 2740-2744.

Rivera-Monroy, V.H., De Mutsert, K., Twilley, R.R., Casteneda-Moya, E., Romigh, M.M., and Davis, III, S.E. 2007. Patterns of nutrient exchange in a riverine mangrove forest in the Shark River Estuary, Florida, USA. Hidrobiologica 17 (2), 169-178.

Van der Grinten, E., Janssen, A P. H. M., De Mutsert, K, Barranguet, C. and Admiraal, W. 2005. Temperature- and light-dependent performance of the cyanobacterium Leptolyngbya foveolarum and the diatom Nitzschia perminuta in mixed biofilms. Hydrobiologia 548, 267-278.

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Jones, R.C., K. de Mutsert, G.D. Foster. 2014. An Ecological Study of Hunting Creek 2013, Final Report. 123 pp.

Jones, R.C. and K. de Mutsert. 2013. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 2012, Final Report. 151 pp.

Jones, R.C. and K. de Mutsert. 2012. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 2011, Final Report. 140 pp.

De Mutsert, K. 2010. The effects of a freshwater diversion on nekton species biomass distributions, food web pathways, and community structure in a Louisiana estuary. Dissertation in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences (Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University), pp. 199.

De Mutsert, K., Walters, C., Roth, B. and Cowan Jr., J.H. 2009. Using Ecopath with Ecosim to explore nekton community responses to freshwater input from a Mississippi river diversion in a Louisiana wetland. Fisheries Centre Research reports 17 (3), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

De Mutsert, K. and Cowan, Jr., J.H. 2007. Catch data can be misleading when assessing the state of fisheries and fisheries ecosystems: a Gulf of Mexico case study revisited. Proceedings of the 60th Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute meeting, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Rivera-Monroy, V. H., Twilley, R. R., Casteneda, E., De Mutsert, K. and Jesh, C. 2006. Identifying Performance Criteria for Mangrove Forests Using Conceptual and Simulation Models of Restoration and Rehabilitation. Final report, South Florida Water Management District.

De Mutsert, K. 2003. A historic overview of aquatic plants in the Vecht lakes: The influence of eutrophication in shallow lakes. Final report, Amsterdam Municipal Waterworks.

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Invited guest speaker:
Using Ecopath with Ecosim to explore nekton community response to freshwater diversion into a Louisiana estuary. Kim de Mutsert. Barnegat Bay Partnership Ecosystem Modeling Workshop. Toms River, New Jersey. March 12-15, 2012.

Conference presentation:
Changes in size and abundance of white shrimp in Louisiana estuaries following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Kim de Mutsert and Joris van der Ham. 21st Biennial Conference of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation. Daytona Beach, Florida. November 6-10, 2011.

Invited seminar: 
Estuarine fish community response to freshwater diversion in Louisiana. Kim de Mutsert. UMCES Horn Point Laboratory, Cambridge, Maryland. October 19, 2011.

Guest lecture: 
An introduction to Ecopath with Ecosim. Course OCS 7001 ‘Coastal Ecosystem Modeling’. Instructor: Dr. D. Justic. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA. Spring 2011.

Conference presentation:
An Ecopath model of the Northern Gulf of Mexico with an added function to facilitate simulations of fisheries species response to hypoxia. Kim de Mutsert, James H. Cowan and Carl Walters.
Conference:
ASLO 2011 Aquatic Sciences Meeting. San Juan, Puerto Rico. February 13-18, 2011.

Poster presentation:
Effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on growth and mortality of brown shrimp in an affected Louisiana estuary. Kim de Mutsert and Joris van der Ham.
Conference:
JSOST Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Principal Investigator (PI) Conference. St. Petersburg, FL. October 5-6, 2010.

Invited seminar:
Effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on growth and mortality of brown shrimp in an affected Louisiana estuary. Kim de Mutsert and Joris van der Ham. School of the Coast and Environment Seminar Series, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. September 17, 2010.

Invited presentation:
The effects of a freshwater diversion on nekton species biomass distributions, food web pathways, and community structure in a Louisiana estuary. Kim de Mutsert and James H. Cowan.
Meeting:
LCA (Louisiana Coastal Area) Science Board meeting: Ecological and Social Responses of Coastal Fisheries to River Diversions. New Orleans, Louisiana. September 14-17, 2010.

Invited presentation: 
Using Ecopath with Ecosim and Ecospace to explore nekton community responses to alterations in Louisiana estuaries. Kim de Mutsert.
Meeting:
Donaldsonville to the Gulf Science & Engineering Review Panel. Chair: Dr. D. Reed. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. April 19-20, 2010.

Guest lecture:
Careers in Marine Science. Course GBIO 341 ‘Profession of biology’. Instructor: Dr. Turley-Stoulig. Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, USA. Fall, 2009.

Conference presentation:
A Before-After-Control-Impact analysis to study the effects of a Mississippi River freshwater diversion on estuarine nekton in Louisiana, USA. Kim de Mutsert and James H. Cowan, Jr.
Conferences:
Connecting Wetland Communities. Graduate Student symposium of the Student Wetland Society at LSU. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. November 14, 2009.

30th Annual Society of Wetland Scientists meeting. Madison, Wisconsin, USA. June 21-26. 2009.

Conference presentation:
Using Ecopath with Ecosim to explore nekton community responses to freshwater input from a Mississippi River diversion in a Louisiana wetland. Kim de Mutsert, Carl Walters, Brian Roth and James H. Cowan Jr.
Conferences:
Ecopath 25 years: conference and workshops. Vancouver, Canada. August 26- September 4, 2009.

The 2009 Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society Meeting. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. January 15-18, 2009.

The 8th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference. Cuiaba, MT, Brazil. July 20-25, 2008.

Guest lecture:
Using the DIDSON. Course 4001(7) ‘Theoretical Bioacoustics’. Instructors: Dr. M. Benfield, Dr. M. Sutor and Dr. K. Boswell. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Spring, 2008.

Conference presentation:
Catch data can be misleading when assessing the state of fisheries and fisheries ecosystems: a Gulf of Mexico case study revisited. Kim de Mutsert, James H. Cowan, Jr.
Conferences:
The 9th annual Graduate Student Symposium. Cocodrie, Louisiana, USA. February 22-24, 2008.

The 29th annual meeting of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society: “Louisiana’s Fisheries: Poised for Changes”. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. January 31- February 1, 2008.

The 60th Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute meeting, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. November 5-9, 2007.

Poster presentation:
Is the Ecological baseline in Louisiana Estuaries Changing? Re-evaluating Pauly’s Index in Breton Sound, Louisiana, USA using 40 years of fisheries independent data. Kim de Mutsert, James H. Cowan, Kevin Boswell and Ronald Lachica.
Conferences:
The 28th annual meeting of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society: “Recipes for recovery”. Thibodaux, Louisiana, USA. Feb 1-2, 2007.

The 3rd National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Dec 9-13, 2006.

Poster presentation:
Flux of organic and inorganic nutrients in a fringe mangrove forest in the Shark River estuary, Florida, USA. Kim de Mutsert, Victor H. Rivera-Monroy, Robert R. Twilley, Melissa Romigh, Steven Davis and Edward Casteneda.
Scientific meetings:
The 2005 Florida Coastal Everglades LTER All Scientists meeting. Miami, Florida. March 25-26, 2005.

The 9th International Symposium for Biogeochemistry in Wetlands. Baton Rouge, Louisiana. March 20-23, 2005.

The 7th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference. Utrecht, the Netherlands. July 25-30, 2004.

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[separator headline=”h4″ title=”Selected Research”] River Herring Study

River herring (alewife and blueback herring) are anadromous species common to the lower tributaries of the Potomac River and are currently under moratorium due to decreased populations. My anadromous research focuses on understanding the timing and seasonality of spawning run, determining life history traits specific to the populations in the Potomac River, creating a predictive recruitment model for each species, and understanding how environmental conditions affect each life stage. This research pairs with the initiative of NOAA’s Technical Expert Working Group (TEWG) for river herring, which aims to determine the conservation needs of alewife and blueback herring along the US Atlantic coast to develop and implement a plan for the restoration of river herring.

State of Louisiana

Louisiana’s coastal wetlands are being lost at an alarming rate. Since 1930, Louisiana has lost over 1880 square miles of land and is predicted to lose an additional 1750 square miles in the next 50 years. The consequences of coastal land loss are many, one of which includes potential impacts on aquatic species. The implications of habitat loss on marine and estuarine communities are of high importance to resources managers. To that end, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) has enlisted the help of Dr. de Mutsert to develop a number of ecosystem models that will help predict the impact of habitat change on marine and estuarine fish and shellfish. In addition, Dr. de Mutsert is also a technical adviser in a unique Mississippi River Delta design competition that will help inform projects for the 2017 Coastal Master Plan.

 2017 Coastal Master Plan Fish and Shellfish Community Model

Funded: January 2014 – September 2016
Sponsors: Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and The Water Institute of the Gulf

Objectives: The 2017 Coastal Master Plan modeling effort will help the state develop and implement the most effective restoration and protection projects for all stakeholders in Louisiana. To support this goal, Dr. de Mutsert and her team have developed a spatially and temporally explicit community model using Ecopath with Ecosim and Ecospace (EwE) suite of software. This model will help determine how select combinations of restoration scenarios effect the distribution and biomass of fish and shellfish over the next 20 and 50 years. This model will then be coupled to various other models developed in support of the 2017 Coastal Master Plan.

Delta Management Fish and Shellfish Ecosystem Model

Funded: November 2014 – December 2015
Sponsors: Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and The Water Institute of the Gulf

Objectives: The objective of the Mississippi River Delta Management & Hydrodynamic Study Ecosystem Model is to determine how select combinations of management and restoration features in the lower Mississippi River Deltaic Plain affect the distribution and biomass of fish over decades. To meet this objective, a spatial ecosystem model has been developed using the EwE software. This ecosystem model will then be coupled to hydrodynamic models to receive the environmental conditions of each restoration feature. This ecosystem model can then provide information on biomass and distribution of fish species, and landings of targeted species as a result of selected management and restoration features.

Changing Course

www.changingcourse.us

Dr. de Mutsert is also on the Technical Team in a design competition called “Changing Course.” This competition is an innovative approach to help create a more sustainable Mississippi River Delta, which brings together teams from around the world. As a member of the Technical Team, Dr. de Mutsert will provide expert advice on delta planning, reviewing and reshape planning documents, advise participating teams, and establish consistent measures of evaluation for the competition.

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