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; and be a ‘go to’ organization for delivering actionable science to those responsible for conserving our nation’s natural resources for the enjoyment of current and future generations.

Risks posed by SARS-CoV-2 to North American bats

Risks posed by SARS-CoV-2 to North American bats

The virus that causes COVID-19 likely evolved in a mammalian host, possibly Old-World bats, before adapting to humans, raising the question of whether reverse zoonotic transmission to bats is possible. Wildlife management agencies in North America...

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Endocrine Disrupting Compounds in the Chesapeake

Endocrine Disrupting Compounds in the Chesapeake

Findings from US Geological Survey studies on sources, occurrence, effects and risk of contaminants throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

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Date published: July 14, 2021

USGS-Led Study Helps in the Fight Against the Coronavirus Pandemic

With few additional targeted tests and non-invasive surveys, public health agencies can better estimate disease occurrence and trends, changes in transmission, rates of hospitalization and death and effectiveness of vaccines and other control measures.

Date published: July 7, 2021

Partner Spotlight: The Canadian Bird Banding Office

Many North American migratory bird species travel from North America to Central and South America during their yearly migrations. Therefore, studying birds in a coordinated fashion across borders is critical, making the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory’s partnership with the Bird Banding Office in Canada vital in managing the North American Bird Banding Program.

Date published: June 21, 2021

It’s Pollinator Week!

Pollinators in the form of bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles provide vital but often invisible services, from supporting terrestrial wildlife and plant communities, to supporting healthy watersheds.


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Year Published: 2021

Identifying climate-resistant vernal pools: Hydrologic refugia for amphibian reproduction under droughts and climate change

Vernal pools of the northeastern United States provide important breeding habitat for amphibians but may be sensitive to droughts and climate change. These seasonal wetlands typically fill by early spring and dry by mid-to-late summer. Because climate change may produce earlier and stronger growing-season evapotranspiration combined with...

Cartwright, Jennifer M.; Morelli, Toni Lyn; Campbell Grant, Evan H.

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Year Published: 2021

Novel microbiome dominated by Arcobacter during anoxic excurrent flow from an ocean blue hole in Andros Island, The Bahamas

Andros Island, The Bahamas, composed of porous carbonate rock, has about 175 inland blue holes and over 50 known submerged ocean caves along its eastern barrier reef. These ocean blue holes can have both vertical and horizontal zones that penetrate under the island. Tidal forces drive water flow in and out of these caves. King Kong Cavern has a...

Iwanowicz, Deborah D.; Jonas, Robert B; Schill, William B.; Marano-Briggs, Kay

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Year Published: 2021

Structured decision making and optimal bird monitoring in the northern Gulf of Mexico

The avian conservation community struggles to design and implement large scale, long-term coordinated bird monitoring programs within the northern Gulf of Mexico due to the complexity of the conservation enterprise in the region; this complexity arises from the diverse stakeholders, multiple jurisdictions, complex ecological processes, myriad...

Fournier, Auriel M.V.; Wilson, R. Randy; Lyons, James E.; Gleason, Jeffrey S.; Adams, Evan M.; Barnhill, Laurel M.; Brush, Janell M.; Cooper, Robert J.; DeMaso, Stephen J.; Driscoll, Melanie J.L.; Eaton, Mitchell J.; Frederick, Peter C.; Just, Michael G.; Seymour, Michael A.; Tirpak, John M.; Woodrey, Mark S.
Fournier, A.M.V., Wilson, R.R., Lyons, J.E., Gleason, J.S., Adams, E.M., Barnhill, L.M., Brush, J.M., Cooper, R.J., DeMaso, S.J., Driscoll, M.J.L., Eaton, M.J., Frederick, P.C., Just, M.G., Seymour, M.A., Tirpak, J.M, and Woodrey, M.S., 2021, Structured decision making and optimal bird monitoring in the northern Gulf of Mexico: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1122, 62 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201122.