By Robert Jacobson
Our blog has been quiet lately because we have been concentrating on writing and reporting. It has been said that if scientific information isn’t published, it’s as if it doesn’t exist. On rivers like the Missouri, where contentious management issues create a high demand for quality science, there is a special need to publish high-quality, peer-reviewed information in a timely manner. Our project scientists have been catching up during the last several months, striving to complete a backlog of progress reports on pallid sturgeon ecology. We have recently completed publication of 5 of these reports, including annual reports for 2012 and 2013, and 3 reports for the Effects Analysis; our 2014 annual report is being finalized and should be published in winter 2016. The 2012 annual report was a special effort to synthesize progress from studies 2005 through 2012.
The USGS’ investment in a high-quality peer review process delays publications somewhat, but results in scientific information products that can be considered credible, authoritative, and unbiased. The USGS production process assures that well-edited reports are published into the public domain and are freely available to stakeholders and the public.
These reports are available at the indicated pubs.usgs.gov websites:
DeLonay, A.J., Jacobson, R.B., Chojnacki, K.A., Braaten, P.J., Buhl, K.J., Eder, B.L., Elliott, C.M., Erwin, S.O., Fuller, D.B., Haddix, T.M., Ladd, H.L.A., Mestl, G.E., Papoulias, D.M., Rhoten, J.C., Wesolek, C.J., and Wildhaber, M.L., 2016, Ecological requirements for pallid sturgeon reproduction and recruitment in the Missouri River: Annual report 2013: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015–1197, 99 p. https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/ofr20151197
DeLonay, A.J., Chojnacki, K.A., Jacobson, R.B., Albers, J.L., Braaten, P.J., Bulliner, E.A., Elliott, C.M., Erwin, S.O., Fuller, D.B., Haas, J.D., Ladd, H.L.A., Mestl, G.E., Papoulias, D.M., and Wildhaber, M.L., 2016, Ecological requirements for pallid sturgeon reproduction and recruitment in the Missouri River: A synthesis of science, 2005-2012: U.S. Geological Survey, Scientific Investigations Report 2015-5145, 224 p. https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/sir20155145
Jacobson, R.B., Parsley, M.J., Annis, M.L., Colvin, M.E., Welker, T.L., and James, D.A., 2015, Development of conceptual ecological models linking management of the Missouri River to pallid sturgeon population dynamics: U.S. Geological Survey, Open-File Report 2015-1038, 47 p. https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/ofr20151038
Jacobson, R.B., Parsley, M.J., Annis, M.L., Colvin, M.E., Welker, T.L., and James, D.A., 2016, Development of working hypotheses linking management of the Missouri River to population dynamics of Scaphirhynchus albus (pallid sturgeon): U.S. Geological Survey, Open-file Report 2015-1236, 33 p. https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/ofr20151236
Jacobson, R.B., Annis, M.L., Parsley, M.J., James, D.A., Colvin, M.E., and Welker, T.L., 2016, Scientific information to support the Missouri River pallid sturgeon effects analysis: U.S. Geological Survey, Open-file Report 2015-1226, 78 p. http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/ofr20151226