Fort Collins Science Center


Welcome to the Fort Collins Science Center (FORT) located in Fort Collins, Colorado, just east of the Rocky Mountains. At FORT we develop and disseminate research-based information and tools needed to understand the nation’s biological resources in support of effective decision making.

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Users, Uses, and Value of Landsat Imagery

Users, Uses, and Value of Landsat Imagery

Landsat satellites provide high-quality, imagery of urban, rural, and remote lands for all areas of the world. The imagery is applied to a variety of research areas, such as climate change research, agriculture, and environmental management.

Landsat Imagery

Burmese Pythons Invade the Everglades

Burmese Pythons Invade the Everglades

The Florida Everglades encompass a vast subtropical ecosystem. Billions of dollars have been committed to the long-term restoration of this ecosystem, but burgeoning populations of introduced and invasive reptiles threaten prospects for restoration.

Invasives Species

Bat Fatalities at Wind Turbines

Bat Fatalities at Wind Turbines

Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, however, widespread deployment of wind turbines is having unprecedented adverse impacts on tree-roosting and migratory bat species.

Bats and Wind Energy


Date published: September 23, 2021

Ecologist recognized by Department of Interior for Exceptional Scientific Contributions

Research Ecologist Dr. Craig Allen was recently awarded the Department of Interior Distinguished Service Award for developing a deep understanding of forests, landscape ecology

Date published: August 11, 2021

Field Research for the Benefit of Bees

USGS scientists take on the task of surveying native bee populations to understand what may put native bees at risk, and how to help them.  

Date published: July 28, 2021

Fort Collins Science Center Ecologists Share Expertise on Invasive Species

Research Ecologists Amy Yackel Adams and Andrea Currylow present “Invasive Reptiles: Lizards, Treesnakes, and Burmese Pythons, Oh My!” lecture


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Year Published: 2021

Thermal stability of an adaptable, invasive ectotherm: Argentine giant tegus in the Greater Everglades ecosystem, USA

Invasive species globally threaten biodiversity and economies, but the ecophysiological mechanisms underlying their success are often understudied. For those alien species that also exhibit high phenotypic plasticity, such as habitat generalists, adaptations in response to environmental pressures can take place relatively quickly. The Argentine...

Currylow, Andrea Faye; Michelle Collier; Emma B. Hanslowe; Bryan G. Falk; Cade, Brian S.; Sarah E. Moy; Alejandro Grajal-Puche; Frank N. Ridgley; Reed, Robert; Yackel Adams, Amy A.

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Year Published: 2021

Visitors count! Guidance for protected areas on the economic analysis of visitation

The value of protected areas is often hidden from direct view. Once managers understand the number and behaviour of visitors they host, and the revenues and costs they generate, informed decisions on management plans and tourism strategies can be made. Demonstrating the positive impact of protected areas on the local economy can lead to greater...

Spenceley, Anna; Schagner, Jan Philipp; Engels, Barbara; Cullinane Thomas, Catherine; Engelbauer, Mauel; Erkkonen, Joel; Job, Hubert; Kajala, Liisa; Majewski, Lisa; Metzler, Daniel; Mayer, Marius; Rylance, Andrew; Woltering, Manuel; Scheder, Niklas; Smith-Christensen, Cecile; Beraldo Souza, Thiago

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Year Published: 2021

Amphibian population responses to mitigation: Relative importance of wetland age and design

Wetland creation is a common practice to mitigate for the loss of natural wetlands. However, there is still uncertainty about how effectively created wetlands replace habitat provided by natural wetlands. This uncertainty is due in part because post-construction monitoring of biological communities, and vertebrates especially, is rare and...

Oja, Emily Bea; Swartz, Leah S; Muths, Erin L.; Hossack, Blake R.