Applies genetics and genomics to answer questions of endangered species, wildlife populations, captive breeding and reintroductions, sources of nonnative species introductions and hybridization and functional genomics.
Research in fish and wildlife health and disease, geomicrobiology, ecosystem function, climate change, water quality for drinking and in recreation, bioremediation, nanotechnology, energy and geographic patterns of microbial distribution.
An interdisciplinary organization advancing the use of science in natural resource decision making. SDC focuses on research and applications in three science areas: decision science (adaptive management and structured decision making), ecosystem services, and resilience/sustainability.
USGS science can help allow for renewable energy growth while lessening conflicts between renewable energy, ecosystems and wildlife.
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Science Feature: When Floods Hit, the USGS is There
Photo: USGS crews install a rapid deployment streamgage on the Boise River near Parma, Idaho, in 2012. Credit: Tim Merrick, USGS.
As soon as water starts to rise, specially trained USGS scientists and hydrologic technicians measure water levels, streamflows, and high water marks using state-of-the-art instrumentation. All of this information is crucial for National Weather Service (NWS) flood forecasts, for decisions by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to operate spillways and levees, and for the planning of Federal, state, and local emergency managers, first responders, and many other groups.More...
The USGS Ecosystem Mission Area serves our Department of the Interior partners and other resource managers by conducting research and monitoring to understand freshwater, terrestrial and marine ecosystems and the fish and wildlife within them. More...