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Eel climbing substrate
December 31, 2019

Eel climbing substrate

Left: Prototype ABS plastic eel climbing ramp under development and testing at CAFRL. New substrate design allows for passage of a wider size range of eels with less need for precise flow regulation. Right: juvenile eel climbing wetted ABS plastic substrate.

Release of radio-tagged silver phase American Eel
December 31, 2019

Release of radio-tagged silver phase American Eel

Radio-tagged silver phase American Eels being released for a CAFRL telemetry study of downstream passage of eels at hydroelectric dams on the Shetucket River, Connecticut.

Eel airlift bypass prototype
December 31, 2019

Eel airlift bypass prototype

Prototype design of an airlift developed at CAFL to transport downstream migrant eels through a bypass pipe and away from turbine intakes. The airlift design passes eels as well as a conventional siphon or gravity pipe.

Eel electrosensitivity test apparatus
December 31, 2019

Eel electrosensitivity test apparatus

Apparatus used to test the sensitivity of eels to low-voltage pulsed DC electric fields. Knowledge of sensitivity of eels to electric fields enables development of behavioral barriers that use electricity to guide eels away from turbine intakes.

Close-up photo of pollen for analysis
June 13, 2019

Close-up photo of pollen for analysis

Leetown Science Center researcher, Dr. Deborah Iwanowicz is collaborating with Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center.  Dr. Clint Otto, who has the lead on a project designed to identify and improve forage for honey bees on USDA Conservation Lands.  Dr. Iwanowicz is performing the genetic analysis of pollen collected from the hives to determine from which plants they’re

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Honey bees being prepared for Lake Sinai Virus (LSV) testing.
June 13, 2019

Honey bees being prepared for Lake Sinai Virus (LSV) testing.

Leetown Science Center researcher, Dr. Deborah Iwanowicz, is preparing honey bees for analysis of the Lake Sinai Virus (LSV).  This type of work is important to society as pollinators are critical for sustaining healthy ecosystems and prosperous human populations.

Pollen being removed from microcentrifuge tube for plant DNA analysis.
June 13, 2019

Pollen being removed from microcentrifuge tube for plant DNA analysis.

Leetown Science Center researcher, Dr. Deborah Iwanowicz is collaborating with Fort Collins Science Center.  Dr. Scott Cornman who has the lead on a project designed to identify diversity of strains of Lake Sinai Virus (LSV) in bees.  Dr. Iwanowicz is developing primers to more efficiently test for LSV and strain differentiation.   This type of work is important to society

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USGS Leetown Science Center building surrounded by snow.
January 6, 2017

USGS Leetown Science Center Administration Building

Morning snowfall at the Leetown Science Center's Administration building.

December 31, 2016

USGS Phosphorus Filter

Take a short look at a low cost phosphorus removal water filter the USGS has been working on for several years. 
 

Blue Ridge Sculpin
June 27, 2009

Blue Ridge Sculpin

Blue Ridge Sculpin from Wikimedia Commons