Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Ecological Stressors

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Date published: April 9, 2018
Status: Active

Climate Change

The impacts of a changing climate on wildlife and associated ecosystems have yet to be fully determined but changes are clearly underway as are a variety of investigations to assess how we can best preserve key resources while effectively managing others.  Using a variety of tools and a combination of studies including adaptive management, long-term monitoring, mathematical modeling, and...

Date published: April 6, 2018
Status: Active

Wind Energy

Demands for alternative energy are increasing and the number of wind farms, both terrestrial and in the marine environment, while serving great benefit to society, have the potential to impact wildlife populations, particularly birds and bats.  Studies of the spatio-temporal distribution and abundance of birds can identify sensitive and high–use areas in need of protection, not to mention...

Date published: April 5, 2018
Status: Active


The high winds and storm surge associated with hurricanes impacted coastal wetlands from Virginia to Maine.  Understanding the ecological and geological impacts of hurricanes on coastal wetlands and both resident and migratory wildlife populations is fundamental to helping rebuild and maintain these unique ecosystems.

Date published: April 4, 2018
Status: Active

Sea-level Rise

Acceleration in sea-level rise and changing environmental stressors have important implications for the integrity of coastal wetlands and for efforts to restore and protect the ecosystem services they provide. Federal and state agencies need to make more detailed assessments of how different watersheds and shoreline types might influence an array of ecosystem functions and components and...

Date published: April 3, 2018
Status: Active

Recreation Ecology

Wilderness areas in the United States are preserved for their untrammeled naturalness and opportunities for unconfined recreation. In park and wilderness management, integrating social and resource indicators is essential to meet park mandates that require the protection of both experiential and resource conditions. Recreation ecology examines the effects of recreation on protected area...

Date published: April 2, 2018
Status: Active

Invasive Species

The impact of invasive plants and animals as taken on a heightened significance with an increase in the movement of people and goods around the world. Control of invasive and non-native species has become a national priority in the protection of endangered species and ecosystem services (through native species) and the understanding the mechanisms, pathways, and ecological relationships is...