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Date published: September 15, 2020

Data Release: Combined Wildfire Datasets for the United States and Certain Territories, 1878-2019

USGS researchers created a comprehensive wildfire dataset for the United States that spans 142 years, from 1878-2019.

Date published: September 14, 2020

Small Mammals and Ungulates Respond to and Interact with Revegetation Processes Following Dam Removal

Terrestrial wildlife communities are often overlooked as components of ecosystem restoration following dam removal. 

Date published: September 11, 2020

Spatial Grain of Adaptation is Much Finer than Ecoregional-Scale Common Gardens Reveal

Common-garden experiments, in which plants sourced from geographically distant populations are grown together such that genetic differences may be expressed, can provide insight on adaptive variation of sagebrush.

Date published: September 11, 2020

Bacterial Soil Amendment MB906 Shows Inconsistent Control of Invasive Annual Grasses

In 2016, land managers began using a soil amendment called MB906, a weed-suppressive bacteria, to control invasive annual grasses, yet the success of MB906 is inconclusive.

Date published: August 18, 2020

What to do when Invaders are out of Control?

Impacts from biological invasions are especially prevalent in freshwaters. Conventional approaches to managing invaders such as prevention, control, or eradication can be variably effective, difficult to implement, or socially undesirable. 

Date published: August 17, 2020

FLOwPER User’s Guide—For Collection of FLOw PERmanence Field Observations

USGS and USFS develop a mobile application field form for rapid collection of flow/no flow observations.

Date published: August 6, 2020

Modeling Effects of Climate Change on Stream Temperature: Implications for Coldwater Fishes

Resource managers need more accurate information about how cold-water habitats for fish will change in the future. 

Date published: August 5, 2020

Can Nutrient Additions Facilitate Recovery of Pacific Salmon?

Multiple restoration actions have been implemented in response to declining salmon populations, including adding salmon carcasses or artificial nutrients to mimic marine-derived nutrients historically provided by large spawning runs of salmon. 

Date published: July 21, 2020

Assessment of Mercury Bioaccumulation in US National Parks Using Citizen Science

A team of federal, academic, and NGO researchers conducted a national-scale assessment of mercury bioaccumulation in aquatic ecosystems using dragonfly larvae as biosentinels.

Date published: July 6, 2020

Get to Know a Scientist Emeritus—Mike Kochert

This is the fourth in a series of Get to Know posts highlighting and celebrating the contributions of exemplary Scientists Emeriti. Their work, experience, and contributions are essential to the mission of the USGS.

Date published: May 29, 2020

Genetic Identification of African Pangolins and Their Origin in Illegal Trade

Pangolins are heavily poached, partly due to growing demand in East Asia for their scales and meat. Analysis of DNA from seized animals is an underutilized but powerful approach to help identify captured species and elucidate trade routes. 

Date published: May 29, 2020

Nitrogen-fixing Trees Increase Regional Soil Fertility

Symbiotic nitrogen-fixing trees enhance forest fertility by increasing nitrogen and organic matter in soil.