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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. 

Date published: May 29, 2020

Extreme Arsenic and Antimony Uptake and Tolerance in Toad Tadpoles

The effects of extreme concentrations of toxic metalloids, such as arsenic and antimony, on larval amphibians are not well understood. 

Date published: May 25, 2020

Biological Soil Crusts in Ecological Restoration: Emerging Research and Perspectives

In this introductory paper for a special issue of the journal Restoration Ecology focused on the restoration of biological soil crusts, authors summarize the importance of biological soil crusts, as well as emerging research efforts using biocrusts in ecological restoration.

Date published: May 6, 2020

ARMI Scientist Michael Adams Receives 2020 PARC Honor

Dr. Michael Adams, Lead for the USGS Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) and Supervisory Research Ecologist at the USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, has been selected to receive the 2020 Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) Alison Haskell Award for Excellence in Herpetofaunal Conservation...

Date published: April 30, 2020

Thermal Heterogeneity in a Large Impounded River: Implications for Cold-Water Refuges

Dam operations can influence spatial and temporal thermal heterogeneity in rivers, yet quantity and distribution of cold-water refuges for salmonids in large impounded rivers have not been well studied. 

Date published: April 30, 2020

Burned Area Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation Facilitated by Land Treatment Exploration Tool

The Bureau of Land Management is partnering with U.S. Geological to provide improved decision support to Burned Area Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ESR) planning efforts. 

Date published: April 24, 2020

Partitioning Surface Energy Balance Components in a Semi-Arid Environment

Understanding ecosystem energy and hydrological response is important for predicting and managing future water resources under climate and land-cover changes. 

Date published: April 24, 2020

Surface Energy Fluxes, Soil Moisture, and Evapotranspiration Across Three Ecosystems in a Semiarid Climate

Understanding the land-atmosphere interaction at the ecosystem scale is important for water resource management and regional or global climate studies. Researchers examined surface fluxes of energy and moisture for three different ecosystems - sagebrush, cheatgrass, and lodgepole pine - in the Snake River Plain of Idaho.