Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK)

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We hope you will enjoy learning about the variety of ecosystems and species we are studying throughout the United States. We are part of the Northwest Region of the USGS and our scientists work on diverse issues such as wildlife health, invasive species, climate, endangered species and much more. Click on Science to begin exploring the places we go and the species and landscapes we study.

NOROCK EcoLunch

NOROCK EcoLunch

EcoLunch is s a forum for those in the environmental sciences to present their current and past work. Click below for upcoming talks!

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NOROCK in the News

NOROCK in the News

Recent news and media featuring NOROCK Science. Click below for our most recent news feature.

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News

Mosquito, Aedes aegypti
December 7, 2017

Sharing isn’t always polite, judging by this EarthWord. 

Screenshot from the USGS video, "Living With Fire."
November 30, 2017

Visit our new USGS fire webpage to learn how USGS fire science is making a difference

Filtering water for eDNA sample collection in Yellowstone National Park between Lewis and Shoshone Lakes.
November 6, 2017

Western waters support some of the most intact aquatic ecosystems in North America, yet invasive species and emerging infectious diseases pose significant and immediate threats to these ecosystems. 

Publications

Year Published: 2017

Application of synthetic scenarios to address water resource concerns: A management-guided case study from the Upper Colorado River Basin

Water managers are increasingly interested in better understanding and planning for projected resource impacts from climate change. In this management-guided study, we use a very large suite of synthetic climate scenarios in a statistical modeling framework to simultaneously evaluate how (1) average temperature and precipitation changes, (2)...

McAfee, Stephanie A.; Pederson, Gregory T.; Woodhouse, Connie A.; McCabe, Gregory
Stephanie A. McAfee, Gregory T. Pederson, Connie A. Woodhouse, Gregory J. McCabe, Application of synthetic scenarios to address water resource concerns: A management-guided case study from the Upper Colorado River Basin, Climate Services, Volume 8, 2017, Pages 26-35, ISSN 2405-8807, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cliser.2017.10.003.

Year Published: 2017

Linking spring phenology with mechanistic models of host movement to predict disease transmission risk

Disease models typically focus on temporal dynamics of infection, while often neglecting environmental processes that determine host movement. In many systems, however, temporal disease dynamics may be slow compared to the scale at which environmental conditions alter host space-use and accelerate disease transmission.Using a mechanistic movement...

Merkle, Jerod A.; Cross, Paul C.; Scurlock, Brandon M.; Cole, Eric K.; Courtemanch, Alyson B.; Dewey, Sarah R.; Kauffman, Matthew J.
Merkle, J. A., P. C. Cross, B. M. Scurlock, E. K. Cole, A. B. Courtemanch, S. R. Dewey, and M. J. Kauffman. 2017. Linking spring phenology with mechanistic models of host movement to predict disease transmission risk. Journal of Applied Ecology.

Year Published: 2017

A probe-based quantitative PCR assay for detecting Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae in fish tissue and environmental DNA water samples

A probe-based quantitative real-time PCR assay was developed to detect Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae, which causes proliferative kidney disease in salmonid fish, in kidney tissue and environmental DNA (eDNA) water samples. The limits of detection and quantification were 7 and 100 DNA copies for calibration standards and T. bryosalmonae...

Hutchins, Patrick; Sepulveda, Adam; Martin, Renee; Hopper, Lacey
Hutchins P. R., A. J. Sepulveda, R. M. Martin, and L. R. Hopper. 2017. A probe-based quantitative PCR assay for detecting Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae in fish tissue and environmental DNA water samples. Conservation Genetics Resources:1-3.