Science Support Program and Quick Response Program

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This is a nation-wide collaborative program, supported by the USGS Ecosystems Mission Area, through which USGS and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff address priority research needs identified by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  On this page, we highlight research taking place in Alaska as part of this program.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service priorities change annually through this program and results of past studies can be found under Data and Tools and Publications on this page.

For 2019-2022, the USGS Alaska Science Center is focusing on the following science needs identified by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Alaska Region:

  • Overwintering distribution of juvenile Dolly Varden in the Canning River, Alaska
  • Quantifying groundwater and aufeis and their contribution to surface water availability and habitat in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska
  • Polar bear maternal den disturbance levels associated with industrial activity in the 1002 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
  • Distribution and abundance of breeding waterbirds in relation to habitat type on the 1002 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska
  • Development of a population monitoring plan for the Southern Beaufort Sea polar bear subpopulation
  • Mapping calving and post-calving habitat quality for the Porcupine Caribou Herd under dynamic climate conditions, and assessing the influence of habitat on neonate calf survival
  • Prioritization and risk assessment of freshwater invasive species to Alaska
  • Design of a photographic survey approach to estimation of population size of Black Brant at Izembek National Wildlife Refuge
  • Assessing the population status of two rare taxa endemic to the central Bering Sea, Alaska: McKay's Bunting and Pribilof Rock Sandpiper
  • Status assessment of Spectacled Eider populations on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta
  • Investigating hybridization between the declining Gray-headed Chickadee and a recent colonizer, the Boreal Chickadee
  • Quantifying fine-scale habitat selection and thermal stress in Deshka River Chinook salmon