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Year Published: 2021

Changes in forest connectivity from beech bark disease in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Within the forests of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, biologists are trying to understand the effects beech bark disease has on wildlife species, especially species that need forest connectivity to thrive. This project used aerial imagery collected in 2005, shortly after beech bark disease infestation, and satellite imagery from 2018. The 2018...

Sattler, Stephanie R.
Sattler, S.R., 2021, Changes in forest connectivity from beech bark disease in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1069, 12 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211069.

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The ecology of river ice

Many of the world's rivers are ice-covered during winter months but increasing evidence indicates that the extent of river ice will shift substantially as winters warm. However, our knowledge of rivers during winter lags far behind that of the growing season, limiting our understanding of how ice loss will affect rivers. Physical, chemical, and...

Thellman, Audrey; Jankowski, Kathi Jo; Hayden, Brian; Yang, Xiao; Dolan, Wayana; Smits, Adrianne P; O'Sullivan, Antoin M

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Integrating ecosystem metabolism and consumer allochthony reveals nonlinear drivers in lake organic matter processing

Lakes process both terrestrial and aquatic organic matter, and the relative contribution from each source is often measured via ecosystem metabolism and terrestrial resource use in the food web (i.e., consumer allochthony). Yet, ecosystem metabolism and consumer allochthony are rarely considered together, despite possible interactions and...

Holgerson, Meredith A.; Hovel, Rachel A.; Kelly, Patrick T.; Bortolotti, Lauren E; Brentrup, Jennifer A.; Bellamy, Amber R; Oliver, Samantha; Reisenger, Alexander J

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Timing and hydrological conditions associated with bigheaded carp movement past navigation dams on the upper Mississippi river

As the range of non-native bigheaded carps (Hypophthalmichthys spp.) continues to expand throughout river systems of the United States, managers are tasked with preventing or slowing the spread of these invasive species. Main stem navigation dams on the upper Mississippi River, long considered a deterrent to fish migration, may slow or...

Vallazza, Jon; Mosel, Kayle J.; Reineke, David M.; Runstrom, Ann L.; Larson, James H.; Knights, Brent C.

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Benthic and planktonic inorganic nutrient processing rates at the interface between a river and lake

The interface between lotic and lentic ecosystems is often a zone of intense metabolic activity, as primary production in streams and rivers can be light limited whereas nutrients often limit primary production in lake ecosystems. Our objective was to model the influence that rivermouths (the lotic-lentic interface) could have on the loads of...

Larson, James H.; Evans, Mary Anne; Fitzpatrick, Faith A.; Frost, Paul C.; Xenopoulos, Marguerite A.; James, William F.; Reneau, Paul

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National Park Service Vegetation Mapping Inventory Program: Great Smoky Mountains National Park vegetation mapping project

The National Park Service (NPS) Vegetation Mapping Inventory (VMI) Program is an effort to classify, describe, and map existing vegetation communities in national park units throughout the United States. The NPS VMI Program is managed by the NPS Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Inventory and Monitoring Program and provides baseline...

Hop, Kevin D.; Strassman, Andrew C.; Sattler, Stephanie; White, Rickie; Pyne, Milo; Govus, Tom; Dieck, Jennifer

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Literature review for candidate chemical control agents for nonnative crayfish

Nonnative crayfish are an immediate and pervasive threat to aquatic environments and their biodiversity. Crayfish control can be achieved by physical methods, water chemistry modification, biological methods, biocidal application, and application of crayfish physiology modifiers. The purpose of this report is to identify suitable candidates for...

Schueller, Justin R.; Smerud, Justin R.; Fredricks, Kim T.; Putnam, Joel G.
Schueller, J.R., Smerud, J.R., Fredricks, K.T., and Putnam, J.G., 2021, Literature review for candidate chemical control agents for nonnative crayfish: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1048, 32 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211048.

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Paths to computational fluency for natural resource educators, researchers, and managers

Natural resource management and supporting research teams need computational fluency in the data and model-rich 21st century. Computational fluency describes the ability of practitioners and scientists to conduct research and represent natural systems within the computer's environment. Advancement in information synthesis for natural resource...

Erickson, Richard A.; Burnett, Jessica Leigh; Wiltermuth, Mark; Bulliner, Edward A.; Hsu, Leslie

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Fully accounting for nest age reduces bias when quantifying nest survival

Accurately measuring nest survival is challenging because nests must be discovered to be monitored, but nests are typically not found on the first day of the nesting interval. Studies of nest survival therefore often monitor a sample that overrepresents older nests. To account for this sampling bias, a daily survival rate (DSR) is estimated and...

Weiser, Emily L.

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Visualizing proximity of non-native species to protected areas of the United States—A proximity visualization tool for BISON

The Proximity Visualization Tool is a simple lightweight tool that can be placed on web pages that allows users to identify non-native species near Department of Interior lands. The tool works by accessing the more than 400 million species occurrence records in the Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON) database using the BISON...

Harrison, Travis J.; Hlavacek, Enrika; Dieck, Jennifer
Harrison, T., Visualizing proximity of non-native species to protected areas of the United States—A proximity visualization tool for BISON: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3027, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213027.

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Decision analysis of barrier placement and targeted removal to control invasive carp in the Tennessee River Basin

Controlling range expansion of invasive carp (specifically Hypophthalmichthys spp.) on the Tennessee River is important to conserve the ecological and economic benefits provided by the river. We collaborated with State and Federal agencies (the stakeholder group) to develop a decision framework and decision support model to evaluate strategies to...

van der Burg, Max Post; Smith, David R.; Cupp, Aaron R.; Rogers, Mark W.; Chapman, Duane C.
Post van der Burg, M., Smith, D.R., Cupp, A.R., Rogers, M.W., and Chapman, D.C., 2021, Decision analysis of barrier placement and targeted removal to control invasive carp in the Tennessee River Basin: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1068, 18 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211068.

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Land use change influences ecosystem function in headwater streams of the Lowland Amazon Basin

Intensive agriculture alters headwater streams, but our understanding of its effects is limited in tropical regions where rates of agricultural expansion and intensification are currently greatest. Riparian forest protections are an important conservation tool, but whether they provide adequate protection of stream function in these areas of rapid...

Jankowski, Kathi Jo; Deegan, Linda A.; Neill, Christopher; Sullivan, HIllary L.; Ilha, Paulo; Maracahipes-Santos, Leonardo; Marques, Nubia C.S.; Macedo, Marcia N.