Site: Florida Coastal Everglades LTER

Adam Rosenblatt (Ph.D. student) holding one of his study subjects, an American alligator, in the Shark River estuary.
Credit: Rand Rosenblatt

Coastal food webs are subsidized by episodic and seasonal connections to upstream detrital food supplies. However, top coastal estuary predators show great individual variation in their ability to capitalize on this subsidy — a finding that has been applied in comparative cross-site research.