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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

Reporting the limits of detection and quantification for environmental DNA assays

BackgroundEnvironmental DNA (eDNA) analysis is increasingly being used to detect the presence and relative abundance of rare species, especially invasive or imperiled aquatic species. The rapid progress in the eDNA field has resulted in numerous studies impacting conservation and management actions. However, standardization of eDNA methods and...

Klymus, Katy E.; Merkes, Christopher M.; Allison, Michael J.; Goldberg, Caren S.; Helbing, Caren C.; Hunter, Margaret; Jackson, Craig; Lance, Richard F.; Mangan, Anna M.; Monroe, Emy M.; Piaggio, Antoinette J.; Stokdyk, Joel P.; Wilson, Chris C.; Richter, Catherine A.

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Year Published: 2019

Black Carp in North America: A description of range, habitats, time of year, and methods of reported captures

Black Carp Mylopharyngodon piceus are considered invasive in North America. Since the first wild capture in 2003, collection records have increased, yet information summarizing successful collection methods is lacking. Reported capture methods throughout the Black Carp's native and introduced ranges vary providing minimal aid for...

Kroboth, Patrick; Cox, Cortney; Chapman, Duane C.; Whitledge, Gregory W.

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Year Published: 2019

Thermal variability drives synchronicity of an aquatic insect resource pulse

Spatial heterogeneity in environmental conditions can prolong food availability by desynchronizing the timing of ephemeral, high‐magnitude resource pulses. Spatial patterns of water temperature are highly variable among rivers as determined by both natural and anthropogenic features, but the influence of this variability on freshwater resource...

Anderson, Heidi E.; Alberson, Lindsey K.; Walters, David