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Welcome to the USGS Status and Trends Program

The Nation's living resources and habitats are changing. Climate change, invasive species, and human activities is challenging and complex. Status and Trends supports and provides the collection and analysis of biological data for use by natural resource managers, scientists, and the general public. USGS works closely with its partners in Department of Interior Bureau's and other resource management agencies to provide scientific information to meet management needs.

National Contact
Matthew Andersen,, 703-648-4064

Ecosystems Science & Research Centers

Nearly all 17 Ecosystems Science & Research Centers conduct status and trends research. The following is not a comprehensive list.

Status & Trends Program's Research Topics



Recent Highlights

Status and TrendsUsing the Innovative Approaches of Today to Conserve Biodiversity for Tomorrow- Natural resource managers, planners, policy makers, industry and private landowners must make informed decisions and policies regarding management, conservation, and restoration of species, habitats, and ecosystem function in response to these changes. Specific needs include (1) a better understanding of population status and trends; (2) understanding of species’ habitat needs and roles in supporting ecosystem functions; (3) the ability to assess species’ responses to environmental changes and predict future responses; and (4) the development of innovative techniques and tools to better understand, minimize or prevent any unintended consequences of environmental change. Read the Fact Sheet >>

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