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Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center

Our Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center's priority is to continue the important work of the Department of the Interior and the USGS, while also maintaining the health and safety of our employees and community. The Center is open with operations adjusted based on guidance from the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force and federal policies and informed by local community transmission level.

News

USGS deploys equipment to measure waves in Upper Mississippi River’s Pool 13

USGS deploys equipment to measure waves in Upper Mississippi River’s Pool 13

Latest science findings from Ocean Ecology Research to be presented at Conferences in February 2024

Latest science findings from Ocean Ecology Research to be presented at Conferences in February 2024

USGS to deploy bait stations for invasive grass carp in Upper Mississippi River

USGS to deploy bait stations for invasive grass carp in Upper Mississippi River

Publications

The where and why of large wood occurrence in the Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers

Large wood (LW) plays important geomorphic and ecological roles in rivers and is widely used as a restoration tool. Changes to floodplain land use and historical removal have altered wood dynamics in fluvial systems globally. We know little about the distribution and dynamics of LW in great rivers (approximately >105 km2) like the Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers despite its ecosystem importa
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Molly Van Appledorn, Kathi Jo Jankowski, Kaija Gahm, Serenity Budd, Douglas Baumann, Barbara Bennie, Richard A. Erickson, Roger J. Haro, Jason J. Rohweder

Bornean Wren-Babbler Ptilocichla leucogrammica

No abstract available.
Authors
Ryan C. Burner, Guy M. Kirwan, Peter Pyle, Nigel J. Collar, Craig Robson

Bare-headed Laughingthrush Melanocichla calva

No abstract available.
Authors
Ryan C. Burner, Guy M. Kirwan, Peter Pyle, Nigel J. Collar, Craig Robson

Science

Genetic control of Grass Carp through RNA interface

Grass Carp are one of the Invasive Carp species monitored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in the Upper Mississippi River, navigation pools 1-8. Grass Carp are herbivores that feed heavily on vegetation and have been found to damage and even irradicate aquatic vegetation communities vital to many native fish and waterfowl species. Loss of aquatic vegetation can also disrupt food...
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Genetic control of Grass Carp through RNA interface

Grass Carp are one of the Invasive Carp species monitored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in the Upper Mississippi River, navigation pools 1-8. Grass Carp are herbivores that feed heavily on vegetation and have been found to damage and even irradicate aquatic vegetation communities vital to many native fish and waterfowl species. Loss of aquatic vegetation can also disrupt food...
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Deployment and Evaluation of an Underwater Acoustic Deterrent System at Lock and Dam 19

Previous studies and experience have demonstrated that some locks and dams operate as bottlenecks or pinch points for invasive carp populations and range expansion because of unique hydraulic conditions and operations at these dams. As compared to dams without these unique conditions, pinch-point dams restrict upstream fish passage to the lock chamber and result in limited (but not zero) upstream...
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Deployment and Evaluation of an Underwater Acoustic Deterrent System at Lock and Dam 19

Previous studies and experience have demonstrated that some locks and dams operate as bottlenecks or pinch points for invasive carp populations and range expansion because of unique hydraulic conditions and operations at these dams. As compared to dams without these unique conditions, pinch-point dams restrict upstream fish passage to the lock chamber and result in limited (but not zero) upstream...
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Invasive Carp Control: Acoustic Deterrents

Invasive carp including bighead carp ( Hypophthalmichthys nobilis) , silver carp ( H. molitrix ), grass carp ( Ctenopharyngodon idella ), and black carp ( Mylopharyngodon piceus ) are invasive fish species established in the Mississippi and Ohio River basins. The spread of these species threatens the Laurentian Great Lakes and other major waterways. Significant work has been done to identify...
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Invasive Carp Control: Acoustic Deterrents

Invasive carp including bighead carp ( Hypophthalmichthys nobilis) , silver carp ( H. molitrix ), grass carp ( Ctenopharyngodon idella ), and black carp ( Mylopharyngodon piceus ) are invasive fish species established in the Mississippi and Ohio River basins. The spread of these species threatens the Laurentian Great Lakes and other major waterways. Significant work has been done to identify...
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