Western Ecological Research Center


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Date published: February 8, 2013

Biologist Roger Hothem Retires from USGS

A wildlife biologist and environmental contaminants expert with the Department of Interior for more than 30 years, USGS Western Ecological Research Center scientist and principal investigator Roger Hothem was given a fond farewell this January in Dixon, California.

Date published: December 19, 2012

VIDEO: Puma 22 of Los Angeles

Remember P-22, the Hollywood cougar? Now the Griffith Park cat has its own mini-documentary.

Date published: October 9, 2012

New Study: Mallard Migrations Bring Bird Flu Strains to California

Migrating ducks play an important part in the transmission and mixing of new avian influenza strains in their northern California wintering grounds, according to a new study by researchers from the USGS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California-Davis, Canadian Department of the Environment and University of Minnesota.

Date published: October 5, 2012

Sac State Ecology Colloquium Connects Students with USGS Researchers

The U.S. Geological Survey has teamed up with California State University, Sacramento to provide students and faculty with an Ecology Colloquium lecture series for the Fall 2012 semester. WERC scientist Pete Coates recently spoke to students about the ecology of the Greater Sage-grouse across California and Nevada.

Date published: August 21, 2012

Q&A: What’s the Future for California Sea Otter Populations?

Today, the USGS Western Ecological Research Center announced the results of the 2012 spring population survey for the southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris nereis) -- a federally listed threatened species.

Date published: July 16, 2012

New NWR Web Tool for Tidal Marsh Restoration Monitoring

A new online tool is now available to help estuary and wetland managers plan and strategize their restoration projects: www.tidalmarshmonitoring.org.

Date published: July 13, 2012

Karen Thorne Named California LCC Scientist

This year saw the departure of scientist Brady Mattsson, who has left USGS to continue research in Europe. Mattsson ably served as a collaborative researcher between the USGS Western Ecological Research Center and the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative, providing the California LCC with assistance in program...

Date published: July 9, 2012

Tiny San Diego Songbirds Take Winter Holidays in Baja

When it comes to vacation planning, the least Bell’s vireo (Vireo bellii pusillus) is pretty savvy. USGS Western Ecological Research Center ornithologist Barbara Kus has been surveying this endangered species, trying to determine...

Date published: July 1, 2012

USGS Forest Ecologist Receives National Honors from National Park Service

Nathan Stephenson, a forest ecologist with the USGS Western Ecological Research Center, has been honored by the National Park Service with the Director's Natural Resource Award for Natural Resource Research.

Date published: June 28, 2012

Why Are Biologists Studying Housing Loss from Wildfires?

In places like Southern California, where homes are at the edge of urban and natural areas -- ecologists and planners call this "wildland-urban interface" -- home protection and habitat planning are truly intertwined.

Date published: May 31, 2012

Science Alive! Photos from the 10th USGS Open House

The 10th USGS Open House was a smashing success! Science enthusiasts from the Bay Area and beyond converged on the USGS Menlo Park campus on May 19 and May 20 to sample the wide variety of scientific research that USGS provides to the Nation.

Date published: April 23, 2012

Ecological Science Helps Tackle Devastating Human Parasite

Who you callin' a shrimp? With the help of some ecologists, a species of freshwater prawn just might lend a big hand to combating one of the most devastating diseases in Africa.