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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. Based on guidance from the White House, the CDC, and state and local authorities, we are shifting our operations to a virtual mode and have minimal staffing onsite.

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USGS Friday's Findings - March 25 2022

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Environmental DNA Research Sheds Light on Invasive Species

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Media Availability: Study of Invasive Carp Deterrent Underway in Keokuk

Publications

Protocols for collecting and processing macroinvertebrates from the benthos and water column in depressional wetlands

Freshwater aquatic macroinvertebrates are key links in food webs and nutrient cycles, and thus often serve as biological indicators of ecosystem health. Macroinvertebrate investigations in research and monitoring require consistent and reliable field and laboratory procedures. Comprehensive standard operating procedures for sampling macroinvertebrates from depressional wetlands, which can range fr

FishStan: Hierarchical Bayesian models for fisheries

Fisheries managers and ecologists use statistical models to estimate population-level relations and demographic rates (e.g., length-maturity curves, growth curves, and mortality rates). These relations and rates provide insight into populations and inputs for other models. For example, growth curves may vary across lakes showing fish populations differ due to management actions or underlying envir

The use of continuous sediment-transport measurements to improve sand-load estimates in a large sand-bedded river: The Lower Chippewa River, WI

Accurately determining sediment loads is necessary for managing river environments but is difficult because multiple processes can lead to large discharge-independent changes in sediment transport. Thus, estimations of sediment load using discharge–sediment rating curves fit to sparse or historical sediment-transport measurements can be inaccurate, necessitating alternative approaches to reduce un

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Bathymetric Surveying at Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge

The Trempealeau National Wildlife refuge (NWR) is a refuge for breeding and migratory birds. In order to better understand habitat availability and manipulate water levels, a baseline knowledge of bathymetry of the area is needed. Currently, there is no bathymetric surveys for this area specifically and there are very few shallow water surveys especially for highly vegetated wetlands. The U.S...
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Bathymetric Surveying at Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge

The Trempealeau National Wildlife refuge (NWR) is a refuge for breeding and migratory birds. In order to better understand habitat availability and manipulate water levels, a baseline knowledge of bathymetry of the area is needed. Currently, there is no bathymetric surveys for this area specifically and there are very few shallow water surveys especially for highly vegetated wetlands. The U.S...
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CarpDAT Invasive Carp Data Catalog

Four types of invasive carp fish species are currently found in the United States: black, grass, silver, and bighead carps. These species are fast growing, prolific feeders that out-compete native fish species and drastically alter the natural ecosystems they invade.
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CarpDAT Invasive Carp Data Catalog

Four types of invasive carp fish species are currently found in the United States: black, grass, silver, and bighead carps. These species are fast growing, prolific feeders that out-compete native fish species and drastically alter the natural ecosystems they invade.
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Department of Interior the Natural Resource Conservation Achievement Award for FY19-20 for efforts associated with the Monarch Conservation Science Partnership

Congratulations to the Monarch Conservation Science Partnership for receiving a 2020 Department of the Interior Natural Resource Conservation Achievement Award. The Team received this award in the Trailblazer category for efforts to address concerns related to the Monarch butterfly including conducting extinction risk research to establish the minimum overwintering population size required to...
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Department of Interior the Natural Resource Conservation Achievement Award for FY19-20 for efforts associated with the Monarch Conservation Science Partnership

Congratulations to the Monarch Conservation Science Partnership for receiving a 2020 Department of the Interior Natural Resource Conservation Achievement Award. The Team received this award in the Trailblazer category for efforts to address concerns related to the Monarch butterfly including conducting extinction risk research to establish the minimum overwintering population size required to...
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