Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center


Providing the scientific information needed by managers, decision makers, and the public to protect, enhance, and restore the ecosystems in the Upper Mississippi River Basin, the Midwest, and worldwide.

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Date published: September 28, 2018

Large-scale Review of Amphibian Species and Community Response to Climate Change

Amphibian species and community richness has been declining in North America and climate change may play a role in these declines. Global climate change has led to a range shift of many wildlife species and thus understanding how these changes in species distribution can be used to predict amphibian community responses that may improve conservation efforts.

Date published: March 9, 2018

Tree Swallow GLRI Story Map

This Story Maps accompanies 4 peer-reviewed publications to provide a convenient and useful tool to access the information contained within these four peer-reviewed publications.  The tree swallow data are easily visualized on a landscape scale, or more detail can be obtained by drilling down.  These data are being used by States and EPA in their Beneficial Use Impairment (BUI) assessments. ...

Date published: September 5, 2017

Public Invitation: USGS La Crosse Science Center Opens Doors for Interactive Experience

The public is invited to attend a free, family-friendly open house at a local U.S. Geological Survey center for ecology research on Saturday, September 9.  


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Year Published: 2019

Spatially explicit modelling of floodplain forest succession: Interactions among flood inundation, forest successional processes, and other disturbances in the Upper Mississippi River floodplain, USA

Simulation models are often used to identify hydrologic regimes suitable for different riparian or floodplain tree species. However, most existing models pay little attention to forest successional processes or other disturbances that may interact with the hydrologic regime of river systems to alter forest dynamics in space and time. In...

De Jager, Nathan R.; Van Appledorn, Molly; Fox, Timothy J.; Rohweder, Jason J.; Guyon, Lyle J.; Meier, Andrew R.; Cosgriff, Robert J.; Vandermyde, Benjamin J.

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Year Published: 2019

Control of invasive sea lampreys using the piscicides TFM and niclosamide: Toxicology, successes & future prospects

The invasion of the Laurentian Great Lakes of North America by sea lampreys (Petromyzon marinus) in the early 20th century contributed to the depletion of commercial, recreational and culturally important fish populations, devastating the economies of communities that relied on the fishery. Sea lamprey populations were subsequently controlled...

Michael Wilkie; Terrance Hubert; Boogaard, Michael A.; Oana Birceanu

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Basin, climatic, and irrigation factors associated with median summer water yields for streams in Southwestern Michigan, 1945-2015

Median summer water yields and resultant flows for streams are used in Michigan to regulate large water withdrawals to help prevent negative effects on characteristic fish populations. Large water withdrawals commonly are associated with irrigation in rural areas. In an earlier statewide report, an index-flow statistic for the period of record,...

Holtschlag, David J.
Holtschlag, D.J., 2019, Basin, climatic, and irrigation factors associated with median summer water yields for streams in southwestern Michigan, 1945–2015: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5071, 23 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185071.