Alaska Science Center


News Releases are timely, official communications produced by the Alaska Science Center that are targeted for use by the news media in reporting information on scientific findings or program activities.

If you have questions about upcoming events, research, or media inquiries regarding the USGS Alaska Science Center please contact Yvette Gillies or Steven Sobieszczyk.


Filter Total Items: 102
Date published: July 30, 2013

Zoo Polar Bear Sports High -Tech Neckwear for Conservation

Study will help biologists track wild polar bears' response to climate change. In partnership with: Oregon Zoo

Date published: June 27, 2013

Potential Hot Spot for Avian Flu Transmission Identified in Western Alaska

Low-pathogenic avian influenza viruses with Eurasian genes have been found among birds in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta of western Alaska, supporting the theory that the area is a potential point of entry for foreign animal diseases such as the more highly pathogenic H5N1 strain, according to a new study by U.S. Geological Survey scientists.

Date published: June 4, 2013

Research on Rare Earth Elements in Alaska Could Help Make Them Less Rare

A unique deposit of heavy rare earth elements at Alaska's Bokan Mountain could help scientists understand how rare earth element deposits form, according to new research by geologists from Saint Mary's University in Halifax and the U.S. Geological Survey. Rare earth elements are important, but scarce, elements used in components in many cutting edge electronic and defense technologies.

Date published: May 30, 2013

Alaska Geochemical Database Updated

Multiple sources of Alaskan geochemical information have united into one online resource. 

Date published: November 14, 2012

USGS Study Tracks Pacific Walrus, Observes Effects of Arctic Sea Ice Loss on Behavior

Sparse summer sea ice in the Arctic over the past five years has caused behavioral changes in Pacific walruses according to research published by U.S. Geological Survey and Russian scientists. The effects on the walrus population are unknown.

Date published: June 26, 2012

Shrews in the News -- Rapid Evolution of Shrews in Response to Climate Change

Shrews are among a diverse group of small mammals that have rapidly evolved in response to climate change, according to a new study released this month.

Date published: June 14, 2012

Lifetime Mates Good for the Goose and the Gander

In partnership with: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, University of Nevada, Reno

Date published: April 6, 2012

Polar Bears in Alaska Observed with Patchy Hair Loss and other Skin Lesions

Technical Announcement: In partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Date published: January 23, 2012

New Study Reveals Past and Present Erosion Hazards of the Matanuska River

In partnership with: Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Date published: January 6, 2012

Satellite Tracking Helps Russian Tanker Navigate Critical Sea Duck Habitat

On its way to deliver emergency fuel to Nome, Alaska, the Russian tanker Renda will move through an area used by wintering spectacled eiders, a federally threatened sea duck. 

Date published: December 22, 2011

New Research Shows How Much Food is Needed by Seabirds

Global seabird responses to forage fish depletion - One-third for the birds

Date published: October 25, 2011

Scientists Quantify Export Of Mercury From The Yukon River

Thawing permafrost in the Yukon River watershed may be a source of naturally occurring mercury being conveyed by rivers into the environment, according to USGS research scientists.