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Wetland and Aquatic Research Center

WARC conducts relevant and objective research, develops new approaches and technologies, and disseminates scientific information needed to understand, manage, conserve, and restore wetlands and other aquatic and coastal ecosystems and their associated plant and animal communities throughout the nation and the world. 

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Invasive Snakehead Population Discovered, Removed from Manatee River Drainage, Florida

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Event: Explore USGS Careers in Florida and the Caribbean

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Coastal marsh responses to rising seas: Surface elevation dynamics in coastal marshes along the northwestern Gulf of Mexico

Publications

United States Gulf of Mexico waters provide important nursery habitat for Mexico’s green turtle nesting populations

Resolving natal populations for juvenile green turtles is challenging given their potential for extensive dispersal during the oceanic stage and ontogenetic shifts among nursery habitats. Mitochondrial DNA markers have elucidated patterns of connectivity between green turtle nesting populations (rookeries) and juvenile foraging aggregations. However, missing rookery baseline data and haplotype sha

Enhancing the predictability of ecology in a changing world: A call for an organism-based approach

Ecology is usually very good in making descriptive explanations of what is observed, but is often unable to make predictions of the response of ecosystems to change. This has implications in a human-dominated world where a suite of anthropogenic stresses are threatening the resilience and functioning of ecosystems that sustain mankind through a range of critical regulating and supporting services.

Local weather and endogenous factors affect the initiation of migration in short- and medium-distance songbird migrants

Migratory birds employ a variety of mechanisms to ensure appropriate timing of migration based on integration of endogenous and exogenous information. The cues to fatten and depart from the non-breeding area are often linked to exogenous cues such as temperature or precipitation and the endogenous program. Shorter distance migrants should rely heavily on environmental information when initiating m

Science

Natural Resource Damage and Assessment (NRDA) Program-Louisiana’s Monitoring and Adaptive Management

The USGS is participating in the Louisiana-Trustee Implementation Group Monitoring and Adaptive Management work group to assess the injuries caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and to select the appropriate restoration measures to compensate the public for the injury to coastal and marine resources.
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Natural Resource Damage and Assessment (NRDA) Program-Louisiana’s Monitoring and Adaptive Management

The USGS is participating in the Louisiana-Trustee Implementation Group Monitoring and Adaptive Management work group to assess the injuries caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and to select the appropriate restoration measures to compensate the public for the injury to coastal and marine resources.
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Mark-Recapture Estimation of Razor-backed Musk Turtle Abundance in Louisiana

USGS scientists are working to determine the baseline population numbers of the Razor-backed Musk Turtle.
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Mark-Recapture Estimation of Razor-backed Musk Turtle Abundance in Louisiana

USGS scientists are working to determine the baseline population numbers of the Razor-backed Musk Turtle.
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Southwest Florida Fish Slam – Spring 2022

Forty-two fish biologists from seven organizations participated in a two-day Spring Fish Slam event in southwest Florida. Fourteen species of non-native fishes were collected or observed.
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Southwest Florida Fish Slam – Spring 2022

Forty-two fish biologists from seven organizations participated in a two-day Spring Fish Slam event in southwest Florida. Fourteen species of non-native fishes were collected or observed.
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