Coastal and Wetlands Ecology
Ph.D. University of California Los Angeles
B.S. University of California Los Angeles - Marine Biology
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Department of Marine Biology
P.O. Box 1675
Galveston, Texas 77553
Wetlands Ecology Lab
Department of Marine Biology -
Dr. Armitage's CV
Dr. Armitage's research examines the
community-level interactions that structure coastal ecosystems
such as salt marshes, tidal mudflats, seagrass beds, and tidal
freshwater wetlands. She is particularly interested in
changes in trophic interactions following habitat restoration,
nutrient enrichment, or other human disturbances. Dr.
Armitage utilizes field and mesocosm experiments to investigate
community dynamics in tropical, subtropical, and temperate
Dr. Armitage's ultimate goal is to
incorporate our understanding of coastal ecosystem dynamics into
the management of restored and anthropogenically impacted
habitats. She seeks to apply her findings to the design
and management of restored coastal wetlands, maintenance of
water quality standards in local watersheds, and coastal habitat
management in the face of near-term global sea level rise.
Armitage's Recent Publications:
Armitage, A.R., T.A. Frankovich, and J.W. Fourqurean. 2011. Long
term effects of adding nutrients to an oligotrophic coastal
environment. Ecosystems. Online First doi:10.1007/s10021-011-9421-2
Baggett, L.P., K.L. Heck, Jr., T.A. Frankovich, A.R. Armitage,
and J.W. Fourqurean. 2010. Nutrient enrichment, grazer identity
and their effects on epiphytic algal assemblages: field
experiments in sub-tropical turtlegrass (Thalassia testudinum)
meadows. Marine Ecology Progress Series 406: 33-45.
Armitage, A.R. and J.W. Fourqurean. 2009. Stable isotopes reveal
complex changes in trophic relationships following nutrient
addition in a coastal marine ecosystem. Estuaries and Coasts 32:
Armitage, A.R., V. Gonzalez, and P. Fong. 2009. Decoupling of
nutrient and grazer impacts on a benthic estuarine diatom
assemblage. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 84: 375-382.
Frankovich, T.A., A.R. Armitage, A.H. Wachincka, E.E. Gaiser,
and J.W. Fourqurean. 2009. Nutrient effects on seagrass epiphyte
community structure in Florida Bay. Journal of Phycology 45:
Armitage, A.R., S.M. Jensen, J.E. Yoon, and R.F. Ambrose. 2007.
Wintering shorebird assemblages and behavior in restored tidal
wetlands in southern California. Restoration Ecology 15:
Armitage, A.R., K.E. Boyer, R.R. Vance, and R.F. Ambrose. 2006.
Restoring assemblages of salt marsh halophytes in the presence
of a rapidly colonizing dominant species. Wetlands 26: 667-676.
Armitage, A.R. and P. Fong. 2006. Predation and physical
disturbance by crabs reduce the relative impacts of nutrients in
a tidal mudflat. Marine Ecology Progress Series 313: 205-213.
Armitage, A.R. and J.W. Fourqurean. 2006. The short-term
influence of herbivory near patch reefs varies between seagrass
species. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 339:
Armitage, A.R., T.A. Frankovich, and J.W. Fourqurean. 2006.
Variable responses within epiphytic and benthic microalgal
communities to nutrient enrichment. Hydrobiologia 569: 423-435.
Gil, M., A.R. Armitage, and J.W. Fourqurean. 2006. Nutrients
increase epifaunal abundance and shift species composition in
subtropical seagrass beds. Hydrobiologia 569: 437-447.