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Welcome to the Columbia Environmental Research Center. Our research focuses on environmental contaminants and the effects of habitat alterations on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. 

Comprehensive Sturgeon Research Project (CSRP) Blog

Comprehensive Sturgeon Research Project (CSRP) Blog

Learn how CERC research is contributing to the recovery of the endangered pallid sturgeon in the Missouri River

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Passive Sampling Using SPMDs and POCIS - Resources and Tools

Passive Sampling Using SPMDs and POCIS - Resources and Tools

CERC scientists are pioneers in the development of passive sampling techniques.

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News

Date published: June 21, 2017

Red Dye Study Will Examine Water Flow in Yellowstone River near Glendive, Montana

Reporters: If interested in being notified when the study date is chosen, please contact Jennifer or Susannah.

Date published: April 26, 2017

Asian Carp Would Have Adequate Food to Survive in Lake Michigan

If invasive bighead carp and silver carp spread into Lake Michigan, there would be enough food available for these particular species of Asian carp to survive, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Publications

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Year Published: 2019

Developing a decision-support process for landscape conservation design

Planning for sustainable landscapes is hampered by uncertainty in how species will respond to conservation actions amidst impacts from landscape and climate change. Planning decisions, including tradeoffs among competing species objectives, are complex. We developed a decision-support framework that integrates dynamic-landscape metapopulation...

Bonnot, Thomas W.; Jones-Farrand, D. Todd; Thompson III, Frank R.; Millspaugh, Joshua J.; Fitzgerald, Jane A.; Muenks, Nate; Hanberry, Phillip; Stroh, Esther; Heggemann, Larry; Fowler, Allison; Howery, Mark; Hammond, Shea; Evans, Kristine
Bonnot, T.W., Jones-Farrand, D.T, Thompson, F.R., Millspaugh, J.J., Fitzgerald, J.A., Muenks, N., Hanberry, P., Stroh, E., Heggemann, L., Fowler, A., Howery, M., Hammond, S., and Evans, K., 2019, Developing a decision-support process for landscape conservation design: U.S. Forest Service, General Technical Report NRS-190: 66 p.

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Year Published: 2019

Toward sustainable environmental quality: Priority research questions for North America

Anticipating, identifying, and prioritizing strategic needs represent essential activities by research organizations. Decided benefits emerge when these pursuits engage globally important environment and health goals, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. To this end, horizon scanning efforts can facilitate identification of...

Fairbrother, Anne; Muir, Derek; Solomon, Keith R.; Ankley, Gerald T.; Rudd, Murray A.; Boxall, Alistair B. A.; Adams, William J.; Apell, Jennifer N.; Armbrust, Kevin L.; Blalock, Bonnie J.; Bowman, Sarah R.; Campbell, Linda M.; Cobb, George P.; Connors, Kristin A.; Dreier, David A.; Evans, Marlene S.; Henry, Carol J.; Hoke, Robert A.; Houde, Magali; Klaine, Stephen J.; Klaper, Rebecca D.; Kullik, Sigrun A.; Lanno, Roman P.; Meyer, Charles; Ottinger, Mary Ann; Oziolor, Elias; Petersen, Elijah J.; Poynton, Helen C.; Rice, Pamela J.; Rodriguez-Fuentes, Gabriela; Samel, Alan; Shaw, Joseph R.; Steevens, Jeffery; Verslycke, Tim A.; Vidal-Dorsch, Doris E.; Weir, Scott M.; Wilson, Peter; Brooks, Bryan W.

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Effects of microcystin-LR on juvenile Lost River suckers (Deltistes luxatus) during feeding trials, Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon, 2014−16

Executive SummaryHistorically, populations of Lost River suckers (Deltistes luxatus) of the Upper Klamath Basin were so numerous that they were commercially harvested; however, declining numbers throughout the 20th century led to the listing of the species under the United States Endangered Species Act in 1988. Habitat destruction, poor water...

Martin, Barbara A.; Echols, Kathy R.; Elliott, Diane G.; Feltz, Kevin; Conway, Carla M.; Burdick, Summer M.
Martin, B.A., Echols, K.R., Elliott, D.G., Feltz, K., Conway, C.M., and Burdick, S.M., 2019, Effects of microcystin-LR on juvenile Lost River suckers (Deltistes luxatus) during feeding trials, Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon, 2014−16: U.S. Geological Survey Open−File Report 2019–1079, 22 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191079.