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Year Published: 2018

Wrangling distributed computing for high-throughput environmental science: An introduction to HTCondor

Biologists and environmental scientists now routinely solve computational problems that were unimaginable a generation ago. Examples include processing geospatial data, analyzing -omics data, and running large-scale simulations. Conventional desktop computing cannot handle these tasks when they are large, and high-performance computing is not...

Erickson, Richard A.; Fienen, Michael N.; McCalla, S. Grace; Weiser, Emily L.; Bower, Melvin L.; Knudson, Jonathan M.; Thain, Greg
Erickson, R.A., Fienen, M.N., McCalla, S.G., Weiser, E.L., Bower, M.L., Knudson, J.M., Thain, G. 2018. Wrangling distributed computing for high-throughput environmental science: An introduction to HTCondor. PLoS Computational Biology. 14(10):e1006468. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1006468.

Year Published: 2018

Quantifying climate sensitivity and climate-driven change in North American amphibian communities

Changing climate will impact species’ ranges only when environmental variability directly impacts the demography of local populations. However, measurement of demographic responses to climate change has largely been limited to single species and locations. Here we show that amphibian communities are responsive to climatic variability, using >...

Miller, David A.W.; Campbell Grant, Evan H.; Muths, Erin L.; Amburgey, Staci M.; Adams, Michael J.; Joseph, Maxwell B.; Waddle, J. Hardin; Johnson, Pieter T.J.; Ryan, Maureen E.; Schmidt, Benedikt R.; Calhoun, Daniel L.; Davis, Courtney L.; Fisher, Robert N.; Green, David M.; Hossack, Blake R.; Rittenhouse, Tracy A.G.; Walls, Susan; Bailey, Larissa L.; Cruickshank, Sam S.; Fellers, Gary M.; Gorman, Thomas A.; Haas, Carola A.; Hughson, Ward; Pilliod, David S.; Price, Steven J.; Ray, Andrew M.; Sadinski, Walter; Saenz, Daniel; Barichivich, William J.; Brand, Adrianne B,; Brehme, Cheryl S.; Dagit, Rosi; Delaney, Katy S.; Glorioso, Brad M.; Kats, Lee B.; Kleeman, Patrick M.; Pearl, Christopher; Rochester, Carlton J.; Riley, Seth P. D.; Roth, Mark F.; Sigafus, Brent
Miller, D. A. W., Grant, E. H. C., Muths, E., Amburgey, S. M., Adams, M. J., Joseph, M. B., Waddle, J. H., Johnson, P. J. T., Ryan, M. E., Schmid, B. R., Calhoun, D. L., Davis, C. L., Fisher, R. N., Green, D. M., Hossack, B. R., Rittenhouse, T. A. G., Walls, S. C., Bailey, L. L., Cruickshank, S. S., Fellers, G. M., Gorman, T. A., Haas, C. A., Hughson, W., Pilliod, D. S., Price, S. J., Ray, A. M., Sadinski, W., Saenz, D., Barichivich, W. J., Brand, A. B., Brehme, C. S., Dagit, R., Delaney, K. S., Glorioso, B. M., Kats, L. B., Kleeman, P. M., Pearl, C. A., Rochester, C. J., Riley, S. P. D., Roth, M., and Sigafus, B. H., 2018, Quantifying climate sensitivity and climate-driven change in North American amphibian communities: Nature Communications, v. 9, no. Article number: 3926, p. 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-06157-6

Year Published: 2018

A spatially discrete, integral projection model and its application to invasive carp

Natural resource managers and ecologists often desire an understanding of spatial dynamics such as migration, dispersion, and meta-population dynamics. Network-node models can capture these salient features. Additionally, the state-variable used with many species may be appropriately modeled as a continuous variable (e.g., length) and...

Erickson, Richard A.; Eager, Eric E.; Kocovsky, Patrick; Glover, David C.; Kallis, Jahn L.; Long, K. R.
Erickson, R.A., Eager, E.A., Kocovsky, P.M., Glover, D.C., Kallis, J.L., Long, K.R. 2018. A spatially discrete, integral projection model and its application to invasive carp. Ecological Modelling. 387:163-171. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2018.09.006.

Year Published: 2018

Effects of leg flags on nest survival of four species of Arctic‐breeding shorebirds

Marking wild birds is an integral part of many field studies. However, if marks affect the vital rates or behavior of marked individuals, any conclusions reached by a study might be biased relative to the general population. Leg bands have rarely been found to have negative effects on birds and are frequently used to mark individuals. Leg flags,...

Weiser, Emily L.; Lanctot, Richard B.; Brown, Stephen C.; Gates, H. River; Bentzen, Rebecca L.; Boldenow, Megan L.; Cunningham, Jenny A.; Doll, Andrew C.; Donnelly, Tyrone F.; English, Willow B.; Franks, Samantha E.; Grond, Kristen; Herzog, Patrick; Hill, Brooke L.; Kendall, Steve J.; Kwon, Eunbi; Lank, David B.; Liebezeit, Joseph R.; Rausch, Jennie; Saalfeld, Sarah T.; Taylor, Audrey R.; Ward, David H.; Woodard, Paul F.; Sandercock, Brett K.
Weiser, E.L., Lanctot, R.B., Brown, S.C., Gates, H.R., Bentzen, R.L., Boldenow, M.L., Cunningham, J.A., Doll, A., Donnelly, T.F., English, W.B., Franks, S.E., Grond, K., Herzog, P., Hill, B.L., Kendall, S., Kwon, E., Lank, D.B., Liebezeit, J.R., Rausch, J., Saalfeld, S.T., Taylor, A.R., Ward, D.H., Woodard, P.F., Sanderock, B.K. 2018. Effects of leg flags on nest survival of four species of Arctic-breeding shorebirds. Journal of Field Ornithology. 89(3):287-297. DOI: 10.1111/jofo.12264.

Year Published: 2018

Aquatic vegetation responses to island construction (habitat restoration) in a large floodplain river

The Upper Mississippi River is maintained in its current navigable state through impoundments, dredging, and other engineering projects. These stressors, along with anthropogenic impacts and natural system processes, led to declines in aquatic vegetation and the loss of fish and wildlife habitat, with a major downturn the late 1980s and early...

Drake, Deanne C.; Gray, Brian R.; Forbes, Nora
Drake, D.C., Gray, B.R., Forbes, N. 2018. Aquatic vegetation responses to island construction (habitat restoration) in a large floodplain river. River Research and Applications. 34(7):765-776. DOI: 10.1002/rra.3307.

Year Published: 2018

Multi-year data from satellite- and ground-based sensors show details and scale matter in assessing climate’s effects on wetland surface water, amphibians, and landscape conditions

Long-term, interdisciplinary studies of relations between climate and ecological conditions on wetland-upland landscapes have been lacking, especially studies integrated across scales meaningful for adaptive resource management. We collected data in situ at individual wetlands, and via satellite for surrounding 4-km2 landscape...

Sadinski, Walter; Gallant, Alisa L.; Roth, Mark; Brown, Jesslyn; Senay, Gabriel; Brininger, Wayne L.; Jones, Perry M.; Stoker, Jason M.
Sadinski, W., Gallant, A.L., Roth, M., Brown, J., Senay, G., Brininger, W., Jones, P.M., Stoker, J. 2018. Multi-year data from satellite- and ground-based sensors show details and scale matter in assessing climate's effects on wetland surface water, amphibians, and landscape conditions. PLoS ONE. 13(9):e0201951. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201951.

Year Published: 2018

Effects of formaldehyde on nitrification in biofilters of small‐scale recirculating systems

Florfenicol (Aquaflor®) is the only U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved drug for treating diseased fish reared in recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS). Treating diseased fish in RAS is challenging because of the potential to damage nitrifying bacteria in the biofilters. Impaired nitrification can lead to concentrations of ammonia...

Fredricks, Kim T.; Cupp, Aaron R.; Schleis, Susan M.; Erickson, Richard A.; Gaikowski, Mark P.
Fredricks, K.T., Cupp, A.R., Schleis, S.M., Erickson, R.A., Gaikowski. M.P. 2018. Effects of formaldehyde on nitrification in biofilters of small‐scale recirculating systems. Aquaculture Research. 49(9):3207-3217. DOI: 10.1111/are.13785.

Year Published: 2018

A bioassay assessment of a zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) eradication treatment

Zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha, Pallas, 1771) are an aquatic invasive species in theUnited States, and new infestations of zebra mussels can rapidly expand into dense colonies. Zebramussels were first reported in Marion Lake, Dakota County, Minnesota, in September 2017, andsurveys indicated the infestation was likely isolated near a public...

Barbour, Matthew T.; Wise, Jeremy K.; Luoma, James A.
Barbour, M.T., Wise, J.K., and Luoma, J.A. 2018, A bioassay assessment of a zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) eradication treatment: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1138, 11 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181138.

Year Published: 2018

Field evaluation of carbon dioxide as a fish deterrent at a water management structure along the Illinois River

Construction of a water management structure (WMS) in the levee surrounding The Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Preserve (Havana, Illinois, USA) created a new hydrological connection and potential aquatic invasive species pathway between the Illinois River and a large conservation wetland complex. Site managers need a control tool that deters the...

Cupp, Aaron R.; Smerud, Justin R.; Tix, John; Schleis, Susan M.; Fredricks, Kim T.; Erickson, Richard A.; Amberg, Jon J.; Morrow, William S.; Koebel, Carolyn; Murphy, Elizabeth A.; Vishy, Chad; Blodgett, K. Douglas
Cupp, A.R., Smerud, J.R., Tix, J.A., Schleis, S.M., Fredricks, K.T., Erickson, R.A., Amberg, J.J., Morrow, W.S., Koebel, C., Murphy, E.A., Vishy, C., Blodget, K.D. 2018. Field evaluation of carbon dioxide as a fish deterrent at a water management structure on the Illinois River. Management of Biological Invasions. 9(3):299-308. DOI: 10.3391/mbi.2018.9.3.12.

Year Published: 2018

State-level freshwater mussel programs: Current status and a research framework to aid in mussel management and conservation

Despite increased focus on their ecology and conservation, freshwater mussels remain one of the most imperiled groups of aquatic organisms. We documented current management actions, resources, and challenges in managing freshwater mussels in the United States through a survey of state natural resource agencies. Approximately 85% of surveyed states...

Bouska, Kristen; Rosenberger, Amanda E.; McMurray, Stephen E.; Lindner, Garth A.; Key, Kayla N.
Bouska, K.L., Rosenberger, A., McMurray, S.E., Linder, G.A., Key, K.N. 2018. State‐Level Freshwater Mussel Programs: Current Status and a Research Framework to Aid in Mussel Management and Conservation. Fisheries. 43(8):345-360. DOI: 10.1002/fsh.10106.

Year Published: 2018

Before-after, control-impact analysis of evidence for the impacts of water level on Walleye, Northern Pike and Yellow Perch in lakes of the Rainy-Namakan complex (MN, USA and ON, CA)

Water level (WL) fluctuations in lakes influence many aspects of ecosystem processes. Concern about the potential impact of WL fluctuations on fisheries was one of the factors that motivated the decision in 2000 to alter the management of WL in the Rainy-Namakan reservoir complex (on the border between the U.S. state of Minnesota and the Canadian...

Larson, James H.; Maki, Ryan P.; Vondra, Benjamin A.; Peterson, Kevin E.
Larson, J.H., Maki, R.P., Vondra, B.A., Peterson, K.E. 2018. Before-after, control-impact analysis of evidence for the impacts of water level on Walleye, Northern Pike and Yellow Perch in lakes of the Rainy-Namakan complex (MN, USA and ON, CA). PLoS ONE. 13(6):e0198612. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0198612.

Year Published: 2018

Distribution and foraging patterns of common loons on Lake Michigan with implications for exposure to type E avian botulism

Common loons (Gavia immer) staging on the Great Lakes during fall migration are at risk to episodic outbreaks of type E botulism. Information on distribution, foraging patterns, and exposure routes of loons are needed for understanding the physical and ecological factors that contribute to avian botulism outbreaks. Aerial surveys were conducted to...

Kenow, Kevin P.; Houdek, Steven C.; Fara, Luke; Gray, Brian R.; Lubinski, Brian R.; Heard, Darryl J.; Meyer, Michael W.; Fox, Timothy J.; Kratt, Robert
Kenow, K.P., Houdek, S.C., Fara, L.J., Gray, B.R., Lubinski, B.R., Heard, D.J., Meyer, M.W., Fox, T.J., Kratt, R.J. 2018. Distribution and foraging patterns of common loons on Lake Michigan with implications for exposure to type E avian botulism. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 44(3):497-513. DOI: 10.1016/j.jglr.2018.02.004.