Coastal Conservation and Restoration Publications

Refereed Journal Publications

Montemayor DI, Sparks EL, Cebrian J, Iribarne OO. 2017. Influence of grasshopper herbivory on nitrogen recycling in Northern Gulf of Mexico black needlerush salt marshes. Estuaries and Coasts (in press). MASGP-17-071. DOI: 10.1007/s12237-017-0322-2

Alberti J, Cebrian J, Alveraz F, Escapa M, Esquius KS, Fanjul E, Sparks EL, Mortazavi B, Iribarne OO. 2017. Nutrient and herbivore alterations cause uncoupled changes in producer diversity, biomass and ecosystem function, but not in overall multifunctionality. Scientific Reports 7: 2639. MASGP-17-050. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-02764-3

Thompson J, Kaiser A, Sparks EL, Shelton M, Brunden E, Cherry JA, Cebrian J. 2016. Ecosystem-What? Public Understanding and Trust in Conservation Science and Ecosystem Services. Frontiers in Science and Environmental Communication 1:3: DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fcomm.2016.00003

Sparks EL, Cebrian J. 2015. Effects of fertilization on grasshopper grazing in Northern Gulf of Mexico salt marshes. Estuaries and Coasts 38(3): 988-999. DOI: 10.1007/s12237-014-9858-6

Sparks EL, Cebrian J, Tobias CR, May C. 2015. Groundwater nitrogen processing in Northern Gulf of Mexico restored marshes. Journal of Environmental Management 150(2015): 206-215. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.11.019

Sparks EL, Cebrian J. 2015. Does bird removal affect grasshopper grazing on Juncus roemerianus (black needlerush) marshes? Wetlands Ecology and Management 23(6): 1083-1089. DOI: 10.1007/s11273-015-9438-y

Cherry JA, Ramseur GS, Sparks EL, Cebrian J. 2015. Testing sea-level rise impacts in tidal wetlands: an in situ approach. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12441

Sparks EL, Cebrian J, Smith SM. 2014. Removal of fast flowing nitrogen from marshes restored in sandy soils. PLoS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0111456

Sparks EL, Cebrian J, Biber P, Sheehan KL, Tobias CR. 2013. Cost-effectiveness of two small-scale salt marsh restoration designs. Ecological Engineering 53(2013): 250-256. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2012.12.053

Extension Publications and Materials

Sparks EL. 2018. Embracing the dynamics of shorelines. Published April 5, 2018. Link: http://masgc.org/news/article/embracing-the-dynamics-of-shorelines

Sparks EL, Sartain AN, Baker B. 2018. Mississippi Coastal Cleanup Summary (2017). MSU Extension publication: P3188 (02-18); MASGP-18-004. Link: http://extension.msstate.edu/publications/publications/mississippi-coast...

Sparks EL, Sartain AN. 2018. Help Clean the Coast. MSU Extension publication: M2238 (01-18); MASGP-18-006. Link: http://extension.msstate.edu/publications/miscellaneous/help-clean-the-b...

Sartain AN, Sparks EL, Wessel C. 2017. Studying microplastics in the Gulf. Water Log 37(4):10-12. Link: http://masglp.olemiss.edu/waterlog/pdf/watlg37.4.pdf

Sartain AN, Wessel C, Sparks EL. 2017. Mississippi Coastal Cleanup. NOAA Marine Debris Program Blog. Published November 9, 2017. Link: https://blog.marinedebris.noaa.gov/mississippi-coastal-cleanup

Sparks EL, Sartain AN. 2017. Mississippi Tide Tables (2018). MSU Extension Publication 850 (rev-2M-10-17). Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Publication 17-009. Link: http://extension.msstate.edu/tides

Martin S, Sparks EL, Temple NA, Firth DC. 2017. Living shorelines: a permitting guide for Mississippi homeowners. MSU Extension publication: P3119 (09-17); MASGP-17-067. Link: http://extension.msstate.edu/publications/publications/living-shorelines...

Martin S, Sparks EL, Temple NA, Firth DC. 2017. Living shorelines: a permitting guide for Alabama homeowners. MSU Extension publication: P3120 (10-17); MASGP-17-068. Link: http://extension.msstate.edu/publications/publications/living-shorelines...

Sparks EL. 2017. Worried about erosion? Conserve or plant some salt marsh. Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium Staff Blog. Published September 14, 2017. Link: http://masgc.org/news/article/worried-about-erosion-conserve-or-plant-so...

Baker B, Wessel C, Sparks EL. 2017. Citizen’s guide to protecting the Mississippi Gulf Coast from marine debris. MSU Extension Publication P3133 (08-17); MASGP-17-026. Link: http://extension.msstate.edu/publications/publications/citizen%E2%80%99s...

Martin S, Girard Y, Temple NA, Sparks EL. 2017. Ongoing Research: Plotting the Course for Protecting Shorelines. Weeks Bay Foundation’s Pelican Post: Summer 2017, Vol. 32, No. 2. Link: https://weeksbay.org/about/pelican-post-archives/

Sparks EL, Fischbach E. 2017. Help clean up the beach. MSU Extension Publication PM2187 (05-17); MASGP-17-027. Link: https://extension.msstate.edu/help-clean-the-beach

Sparks EL. 2017. Why you should slow down in no-wake zones. Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium Staff Blog. Published May 4, 2017. Link: http://masgc.org/news/article/why-you-should-slow-down-in-no-wake-zones

Temple NA, Sparks EL, Martin S, Firth DC, Amato J, Cebrian J. 2017. Living shorelines: adaptive strategies for changing tides. Weeks Bay Foundation’s Pelican Post: Spring 2017, Vol. 32, No. 1. Link: https://weeksbay.org/about/pelican-post-archives/

Sparks EL. 2017. Cleaning up our coast. Extension Matters Magazine Volume 3, Number 1, March 2017: 30-32. Photos by Susan Collins-Smith, Kevin Hudson, Kat Lawrence.

Fischbach E, Sparks EL, Sartain AN. 2017. Mississippi Coastal Cleanup Site Coordinator handbook. MSU Extension Publication P3064 (05-17); MASGP-17-015. Link: http://extension.msstate.edu/publications/publications/mississippi-coast...

Sparks EL, Fischbach E, Sartain AN. 2017. Mississippi Coastal Cleanup Volunteer handbook. MSU Extension Publication P3065 (05-17); MASGP-17-016. Link: http://extension.msstate.edu/publications/publications/mississippi-coast...

Sparks EL, Fischbach E, Sartain AN. 2017. Mississippi Coastal Cleanup Summary (2016). MSU Extension publication: P3061 (04-17); MASGP-17-014. Link: http://extension.msstate.edu/publications/publications/mississippi-coast...

Martin S, Sparks EL, Temple NA, Firth DC. 2017. Protection your property and the environment: A homeowner’s guide to living shorelines in Alabama. MSU Extension publication: P3063 (04-17); MASGP-17-010. Link: http://extension.msstate.edu/publications/publications/protecting-your-p...

Martin S, Sparks EL, Temple NA, Firth DC. 2017. Protection your property and the environment: A homeowner’s guide to living shorelines in Mississippi. MSU Extension publication: P3062 (04-17); MASGP-17-011. Link: http://extension.msstate.edu/publications/publications/protecting-your-p...

Sparks EL. 2016. The scale and consequences of plastic pollution. Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium Staff Blog. Published December 8, 2016. Link: http://masgc.org/news/article/the-scale-and-consequences-of-plastic-poll...

Collins-Smith S, Sparks EL. 2016. Volunteers collect tons of trash during cleanup. Mississippi State University Extension Service Online Feature Story. Published October 27, 2016. Link: http://extension.msstate.edu/news/feature-story/2016/volunteers-collect-...

Schneider M, Sparks EL. 2016. Let’s clean up the Coast. Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium Staff Blog. Published October 7, 2016. Link: http://masgc.org/news/article/lets-clean-up-the-coast

Sparks EL. 2016. Mississippi Tide Tables (2017). MSU Extension Publication 850 (rev-12M-10-16). Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Publication 16-009. Link: http://extension.msstate.edu/tides

Burrage D, Nguyen P, Posadas B, Sparks EL. 2016. Gulf Coast Fisherman monthly newsletter. MSU Extension Publication. Link: https://extension.msstate.edu/newsletters/gulf-coast-fisherman-newsletter

Sparks EL. 2016. Hands-on education offered through the Mississippi Master Naturalist Program. Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium Staff Blog. Published August 17, 2016. Link: http://masgc.org/news/article/hands-on-education-offered-through-the-mis...

Barbour L, Sparks EL, Rohnke A. 2016. Mississippi Master Naturalists: Experiencing Mississippi like never before. Extension Matters Magazine Volume 2, Number 2, May 2016: 34-35.

Sparks EL. 2016. Saving money and the environment using sustainable landscaping. Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium Staff Blog. Published April 28, 2016. Link: http://masgc.org/news/article/saving-money-and-the-environment-using-sus...

Sparks EL, Rohnke A. 2016. Get Kids into the Green: Connect your Children with the Great Outdoors. MSU Extension publication: M2111 (500-07-16); MASGP-16-020. Link: https://extension.msstate.edu/sites/default/files/publications/miscellan...

Barbour L, Sparks EL, Rohnke A. 2016. Getting into the Wild: Become a Mississippi Master Naturalist. MSU Extension publication: M2097 (2M-04-16); MASGP-16-017. Link: http://extension.msstate.edu/publications/miscellaneous/get-the-wild-bec...

Sparks EL, Cebrian J. 2016. Research helps landowners reduce erosion and support ecosystems. Mississippi LandMarks magazine. Volume 11, Number 4, January 2016: 10-11. Link: http://extension.msstate.edu/news/feature-story/2016/research-helps-land...

Dunlap K, Berrio J, Rounds L, Schubert J, Sempier S, Sparks EL. 2015. A Short Guide to Identifying and Implementing Hydrologic Restoration Projects in the Gulf of Mexico. MASGP-15-037. Link: http://masgc.org/assets/uploads/publications/1163/15-037_guide_to_id_hyd...

Dunlap K, Berrio J, Rounds L, Schubert J, Sempier S, Sparks EL. 2015. A Quick Guide to Finding Hydrologic Restoration Projects and their Benefits in the Gulf of Mexico. MASGP-15-042. Link: http://masgc.org/assets/uploads/publications/1163/15-042_final_quick_gui...

Sparks EL. 2015. Master Naturalist class has big plans for future service. Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium Staff Blog. Published October 28, 2015. Link: http://masgc.org/news/article/master-naturalist-class-has-big-plans-for-...

Sparks EL. 2015. Five reasons to become a master naturalist. Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium Staff Blog. Published July 7, 2015. Link: http://masgc.org/news/article/five-reasons-to-become-a-master-naturalist

Sparks EL. 2015. Coastal Wetland Restoration and Climate Change Research in Weeks Bay. Weeks Bay Foundation’s Pelican Post: Spring 2015, Vol. 30, No. 2. Link: https://weeksbay.org/about/pelican-post-archives/

Sparks EL. 2015. Shedding light on living shorelines lingo, project updates. Mississippi- Alabama Sea Grant Consortium Staff Blog. Published May 28, 2015. Link: http://masgc.org/news/article/shedding-light-on-living-shorelines-lingo-...

Contact us
If you are interested in learning more about our program or joining our team, please contact Dr. Eric Sparks at the contact information below.

Email: eric.sparks@msstate.edu
Phone: 228-388-4710