Columbia Environmental Research Center

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Since 1966, CERC scientists have published over 2000 peer reviewed articles and reports. Browse our publications below or search CERC's publications by author or title through the USGS Publications Warehouse.

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Year Published: 2021

The role of behavioral ecotoxicology in environmental protection

For decades, we have known that chemicals affect human and wildlife behavior. Moreover, due to recent technological and computational advances, scientists are now increasingly aware that a wide variety of contaminants and other environmental stressors adversely affect organismal behavior and subsequent ecological outcomes in terrestrial and...

Ford, Alex T.; Ågerstrand, Marlene; Brooks, Bryan W.; Allen, Joel; Bertram, Michael G.; Brodin, Tomas; Dang, Zhichao; Duquesne, Sabine; Sahm, René; Hoffmann, Frauke; Hollert, Henner; Jacob, Stefanie; Klüver, Nils; Lazorchak, James M.; Ledesma, Mariana; Melvin, Steven D.; Mohr, Silvia; Padilla, Stephanie; Pyle, Gregory G.; Scholz, Stefan; Saaristo, Minna; Smit, Els; Steevens, Jeffery; van den Berg, Sanne; Kloas, Werner; Wong, Bob B.M.; Ziegler, Michael; Maack, Gerd

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Predicting the spatiotemporal exposure of aquatic species to intrusions of fire retardant in streams with limited data

Because fire retardant can enter streams and harm aquatic species including endangered fish, agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) must estimate the downstream extent of toxic effects every time fire retardant enters streams (denoted as an “intrusion”). A challenge in estimating the length of stream affected by the intrusion...

Rehmann, Chris R.; Jackson, P. Ryan; Puglis, Holly J.

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Embryo deformities and nesting trends in Kemp’s ridley sea turtles Lepidochelys kempii before and after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Kemp’s ridley sea turtles Lepidochelys kempii were disproportionately affected by the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill, which began on 20 April 2010. Embryo deformities were documented in inviable L. kempii eggs before (2008-2010) and after (2011-2013) the DWH spill in 2 Texas (USA) nesting areas (Upper Texas Coast...

Shaver, Donna J.; Gredzens, Christian; Walker, J. Shelby; Godard-Codding, Céline A. J.; Yacabucci, Janet E.; Frey, Amy; Dutton, Peter H.; Schmitt, Christopher J.

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Enumerating white-tailed deer using unmanned aerial vehicles

The white‐tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) is an ecologically important species in forests of North America. Effective management of forests requires accurate, precise estimates of deer population abundance to plan and justify management actions. Spotlight surveys in combination with distance sampling are a common method of estimating deer...

Preston, Todd M.; Wildhaber, Mark L.; Green, Nicholas S.; Albers, Janice L.; Debenedetto, Geoffrey P.

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Reproduction

Lake charr Salvelinus namaycush are typically fall spawners although one ecotype has populations that spawn during spring and fall (siscowets in Lake Superior). Lake charr are iteroparous (reproduce more than once in a lifetime) with group-synchronous ovarian development and typically spawn once per year. However, lake charr may not...

W. Goetz, Frederick; Marsden, J. Ellen; Richter, Catherine A.; Tillitt, Donald E.; Sitar, Shawn P.; Riley, Stephen; Krueger, Charles C.

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Production of haploid gynogens to inform genomic resource development in the paleotetraploid pallid sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus)

Order Acipenseriformes (sturgeons and paddlefishes) is an ancient lineage of osteichthyan fishes (>200 million years old) with most extant species at conservation risk. A relatively basal species, the pallid sturgeon, Scaphirhynchus albus, is a federally endangered species native to the Mississippi and Missouri River basins. Hybridization with...

Flamio Jr., Richard; Chojnacki, Kimberly; Delonay, Aaron J.; Dodson, Marlene J; Gocker, Rachel M.; Jenkins, Jill; Powell, Jeffrey; Heist, Edward J.

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Aquatic toxicity of chemical road dust suppressants to freshwater organisms

Unpaved roads make up at least 14 million kilometers of the worldwide road network. Although investigations of road runoff often are focused on paved roads, unpaved roads contribute large volumes of runoff to roadside aquatic habitats and introduce unique constituents to runoff, such as chemical dust suppressants. At least 200 products across five...

Kunz, Bethany K.; Little, Edward E.; Barandino, Vincent L.

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Stream classification and gravel-bar inventory for Buffalo National River and Ozark National Scenic Riverways

The data summarized in this report provide a baseline characterization of the physical attributes of the riverine ecosystems in two landscapes managed by the National Park Service—Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri, and Buffalo National River, Arkansas—to inform understanding and management of aquatic habitat. The study utilized a basin-...

Erwin, Susannah O.; Jacobson, Robert B.; Jones, Jabari C.
Erwin, S.O., Jacobson, R.B., and Jones, J.C., 2021, Stream classification and gravel-bar inventory for Buffalo National River and Ozark National Scenic Riverways: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5122, 42 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205122.

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Effectiveness of a distance sampling from roads program for white-tailed deer in the National Capital Region parks

We evaluated the effectiveness of a distance sampling from roads program for estimating population sizes of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) from 2001 to 2015 in parks of the National Capital Region (NCR), National Parks Service. Distance sampling is a method for estimating the density of organisms using a distribution of distances to...

Green, Nicholas S.; Wildhaber, Mark L.; Albers, Janice L.

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Variation in metal concentrations across a large contamination gradient is reflected in stream but not linked riparian food webs

Aquatic insects link food web dynamics across freshwater-terrestrial boundaries and subsidize terrestrial consumer populations. Contaminants that accumulate in larval aquatic insects and are retained across metamorphosis can increase dietary exposure for riparian insectivores. To better understand potential exposure of terrestrial insectivores to...

Kraus, Johanna M.; Wanty, Richard; Schmidt, Travis S.; Walters, David; Wolf, Ruth E.

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Using turbulence to identify preferential areas for grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) larvae in streams: A laboratory study

In this experimental series, we studied the swimming capabilities and response of grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) larvae to flow turbulence in a laboratory flume. We compared three different experimental configurations, representing in‐stream obstructions commonly found in natural streams (e.g., a gravel bump, a single vertical cylinder, and...

Prada, Andres F.; George, Amy E.; Stahlschmidt, Benjamin H.; Jackson, P. Ryan; Chapman, Duane C.; Tinoco, Rafael O.

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Metabarcoding assays for the detection of freshwater mussels (Unionida) with environmental DNA

Freshwater mussels of the order Unionida are a widely distributed taxon that are important in maintaining freshwater ecosystems and are also highly imperiled throughout the world. Monitoring of mussel populations with environmental DNA (eDNA) is an attractive alternative to traditional methods because it is noninvasive and requires less labor and...

Klymus, Katy E.; Richter, Catherine A.; Thompson, Nathan; Hinck, Jo Ellen; Jones, Jess W.