Western Ecological Research Center


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Date published: August 8, 2016

How Climate Change Will Transform the National Parks' Iconic Animals and Plants (Smithsonian)

WERC Ecologist Nate Stephenson talks about how climate change could affect trees in National Parks in this article from Smithsonian.com.

Date published: July 29, 2016

A Creative Approach to Controlling a Deadly Snail (NPR, Science Friday)

Ecologist Kevin Lafferty was co-author of a paper that inspired this segment on NPR's Science Friday.

Date published: August 14, 2015

Study Shows Sea Level Rise to Threaten West Coast Tidal Wetlands Over the Next 100 Years

The U.S. Geological Survey and Oregon State University released a report this week examining Pacific Northwest tidal wetland vulnerability to sea level rise. Scientists found that, while vulnerability varies from marsh to marsh, most wetlands would likely be resilient to rising sea levels over the next 50-70 years.

Date published: August 8, 2014

Guest Post: Does Biodiversity Protect Humans Against Infectious Disease?

The prevailing view among scientists is that a healthy ecosystem reduces the transmission of infectious diseases in humans. But is this really true for all environments? 

Date published: June 11, 2014

For Sea Otter Moms, Energy Is Critical to “Win the Stanley Cup”

For female sea otters, raising a pup to maturity is like surviving multiple, grueling rounds of playoff hockey. And like the playoffs, not everyone makes it to the end.

Date published: April 14, 2014

California Camera Captures Curious Bobcat Behavior

Cats can find curious ways to navigate the human environment. USGS Western Ecological Research Center ecologist Erin Boydston has been studying how large wildlife like bobcats and mountain lions deal with the suburban sprawl of...

Date published: April 8, 2014

Sea Otters Can Get the Flu, Too

Northern sea otters living off the coast of Washington state were infected with the same H1N1 flu virus that caused the world-wide pandemic in 2009, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. 

Date published: March 27, 2014

At the Lab Bench, Amid the Island Fog, and Under the Desert Sun, WERC Women Scientists Lean In

Like women researchers in other organizations and other scientific disciplines, women PI’s at USGS must manage unique career challenges, while pursuing their research questions and making an impact on our world.

Date published: March 3, 2014

WERC Center Director Steven Schwarzbach Retires

Steven Schwarzbach, Center Director of the USGS Western Ecological Research Center, has retired from federal service. WERC Deputy Center Director Dr. Keith Miles acted as Acting Center Director in the interim, and is now the official Center Director.

Date published: February 26, 2014

"Nerds for Nature" Test out Tech Toys at SFBE Field Station in Vallejo

The USGS Western Ecological Research Center hosted passionate biogeeks and hackers on Dec. 8th for a "NatureNerdFest" and "Bio-Blitz". Members of the San Francisco Bay Area group Nerds for Nature gathered on Mare Island to test and share development ideas for research instruments and drones. The meetup was organized by N4N and Isa Woo of the USGS Western Ecological Research Center. 

Date published: February 9, 2014

Celebrating North Coast Geomorphologist Mary Ann Madej

Research Geologist Mary Ann Madej retired from the USGS Western Ecological Research Center in 2013, concluding a federal service career spanning 35 years.