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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

Modeling occupancy of rare stream fish species in the upper Cumberland and Kentucky River Basins

Biological conservation often requires an understanding of how environmental conditions affect species occurrence and detection probabilities. We used a hierarchical framework to evaluate these effects for several Appalachian stream fish species of conservation concern: Chrosomus cumberlandensis (BSD; blackside dace), Etheostoma sagitta (CAD;...

Hitt, Nathaniel P.; Rogers, Karli M.; Kessler, Karmann; Macmillan, Hannah
Hitt, N.P., Rogers, K.M., Kessler, K., and Macmillan, H., 2020, Modeling occupancy of rare stream fish species in the upper Cumberland and Kentucky River Basins: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1100, 22 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201100.

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Comparison of anadromous and landlocked Atlantic salmon genomes reveals signatures of parallel and relaxed selection across the northern hemisphere

Most Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) populations follow an anadromous life cycle, spending early life in freshwater, migrating to the sea for feeding and returning to rivers to spawn. At the end of the last ice age ~10,000 years ago, several populations of Atlantic salmon became landlocked. Comparing their genomes to their anadromous...

Kjaerner-Semb, Erik; Edvardsen, Rolf B; Ayllon, Fernando; Vogelsang, Petra; Furmanek, Tomasz; Rubin, Carl Johan; Vaselov, Alexey E.; Nilsen, Tom Ole; McCormick, Stephen D.; Primmer, Craig R; Wargelius, Anna

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Paleoclimate ocean conditions shaped the evolution of corals and their skeletal composition through deep time

Identifying how past environmental conditions shaped the evolution of corals and their skeletal traits provides a framework for predicting their persistence and that of their non-calcifying relatives under impending global warming and ocean acidification. Here, we show that ocean geochemistry, particularly aragonite-calcite seas, drives patterns...

Quattrini, Andrea M.; Rodriguez-Burgueno, Eliana; Faircloth, B. C.; Cowman, P.; Brugler, M. R.; Farfan, G.; Hellberg, M. E.; Kitahara, M. V.; Morrison, Cheryl; Paz-Garcia, D. A.; Reimer, J. D.; McFadden, C. S.