USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)

First Advisor

James A. Gore Professor: Environmental Science, Policy, and Geography

Second Advisor

Deby Cassil, Ph.D. Associate Professor: College of Arts and Sciences


University of South Florida St. Petersburg

Document Type


Date Available

March 2012

Publication Date


Date Issued

April 2008


Florida's Rivers have undergone substantial change since the early 201 h century. Urbanization, mass agriculture, and phosphate mining have affected many watersheds across Florida, and the Peace River Watershed is no exception (Nordlie 1990). With altered flow patterns, agricultural and mining runoff, and loss of habitat, the . environmental integrity of the Peace River is in decline (Florida Department of Environmental Protection [FDEP] 2007). As environmental integrity of an aquatic system such as the Peace River declines, environmental monitoring and analysis becomes critical. Monitoring of water quality is traditionally abiotic and chemical and includes measurements of organic pollutants, turbidity, pH, and conductivity (FDEP 2006). Measurements of this type can tell scientists much about the abiotic (non-living) aspects of a !otic (flowing water) system, however biotic integrity is difficult to determine without habitat and biological assessment.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program, University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

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