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Date published: April 3, 2020

Mercury Bioaccumulation in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Despite the prevalence of mercury contamination in the Chesapeake Bay, large-scale patterns of mercury concentrations, and potential risks to fish, wildlife, and humans across the watershed, are poorly understood.

Date published: May 23, 2019

Public Lecture Series - Wildlife, Water, and One-health: Considerations for Wildlife in Water Related Disasters

May 29, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. EDT at USGS Leetown Science Center, Fish Health Conference Room, 407 Reservoir Road, Kearneysville, West Virginia

Date published: May 2, 2019

Connecting Point Fish Migration Story

Brian Sullivan from WGBY, a public television station in Springfield, MA, came to Conte the week of April 22nd and spent two days interviewing and filming for a short piece on migratory fish in the Connecticut River. 


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Year Published: 2020

11‑Deoxycortisol controlshydromineral balance in the mostbasal osmoregulating vertebrate, sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus)

It is unknown whether and how osmoregulation is controlled by corticosteroid signaling in the phylogenetically basal vertebrate group Agnatha, including lampreys and hagfishes. It is known that a truncated steroid biosynthetic pathway in lampreys produces two predominant circulating corticosteroids, 11-deoxycortisol (S) and 11-deoxycorticosterone...

Shaughnessy, Ciaran S; Barany-Ruiz, Andre; McCormick, Stephen D.

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An updated genetic marker for detection of Lake Sinai Virus and metagenetic applications

BackgroundLake Sinai Viruses (LSV) are common RNA viruses of honey bees (Apis mellifera) that frequently reach high abundance but are not linked to overt disease. LSVs are genetically heterogeneous and collectively widespread, but despite frequent detection in surveys, the ecological and geographic factors structuring their distribution in A...

Iwanowicz, Deborah D.; Wu-Smart, Judy Y.; Olgun, Tugce; Smart, Autumn; Otto, Clint R. V.; Lopez, Dawn; Evans, Jay D.; Cornman, Robert S.

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Aquatic invasive species in the Chesapeake Bay drainage—Research-based needs and priorities of U.S. Geological Survey partners and collaborators

Executive SummaryThe U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is revising the Chesapeake Bay-based science plan to align it with recent U.S. Department of Interior and USGS science priorities that include, as stated in the plan, providing “an integrated understanding of the factors affecting fish habitat, fish health, and landscape conditions” in Chesapeake...

Densmore, Christine L.
Densmore, C.L., 2020, Aquatic invasive species in the Chesapeake Bay drainage—Research-based needs and priorities of U.S. Geological Survey partners and collaborators: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1057, 23 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201057.