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Eastern Ecological Science Center

In 2020, the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and Leetown Science Center merged to create the Eastern Ecological Science Center (EESC). Our goals are to align our scientific capabilities with the most pressing conservation and management challenges; establish an engaged workforce that fosters high relationship trust with employees, partners and the public.

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One Health and Structured Decision Making

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Partnerships encourage the public to assist with fish disease biosurveillance

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A Surprising Band Recovery from the USGS Bird Banding Lab’s Fall Migration Station

Publications

Preliminary evidence of anticoagulant rodenticide exposure in American kestrels (Falco sparverius) in the western United States

Although there is extensive evidence of declines in the American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) population across North America, the cause of such declines remains a mystery. One hypothesized driver of decline is anticoagulant rodenticide (AR) exposure, which could potentially cause mortality or reduced fitness. We investigated AR exposure in wild American Kestrels in Utah, USA. We collected and teste

Do pharmaceuticals in the environment pose a risk to wildlife?

The vast majority of knowledge related to the question of, “To what extent do pharmaceuticals in the environment pose a risk to wildlife?”, stems from the Asian vulture crisis (>99% decline of some species of old-world vultures on the Indian subcontinent related to the veterinary use of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) diclofenac). The hazard of diclofenac and other NSAIDs (carprof

Habitat associations of riverine fishes among rocky shoals

Understanding species' associations with physical habitat conditions is a fundamental goal of ecology. For organisms that occupy lotic ecosystems, relationships to streamflow are of particular importance, but these associations are unstudied for most species. We tested the predictability of fish–microhabitat relationships in river shoals (shallow, rocky areas with relatively swift water flow) usin

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Disease Decision Analysis and Research

The Disease Decision Analysis and Research group is a multi-disciplinary team based out of the Eastern Ecological Science Center whose strengths are in ecology, decision sciences and quantitative modeling.
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Disease Decision Analysis and Research

The Disease Decision Analysis and Research group is a multi-disciplinary team based out of the Eastern Ecological Science Center whose strengths are in ecology, decision sciences and quantitative modeling.
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Wastewater Surveillance

September 2021, wastewater sampling for COVID-19 was carried out by USGS across six states as part of the National Wastewater Surveillance System. Results of this work include the development of an effective high-frequency sampling approach to support rapid wastewater-based epidemiology and provided important and timely data to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 
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Wastewater Surveillance

September 2021, wastewater sampling for COVID-19 was carried out by USGS across six states as part of the National Wastewater Surveillance System. Results of this work include the development of an effective high-frequency sampling approach to support rapid wastewater-based epidemiology and provided important and timely data to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 
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COVID-19 Pathways and Wildlife Dynamics

Below are the USGS 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) research projects related to COVID-19 pathways and wildlife dynamics. Select tabs above for related items.
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COVID-19 Pathways and Wildlife Dynamics

Below are the USGS 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) research projects related to COVID-19 pathways and wildlife dynamics. Select tabs above for related items.
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