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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. 

News

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

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EXPRESS 2022 Expedition: NOAA Fisheries Expertise

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EXPRESS 2022 Expedition: USGS Expertise

Publications

Size distribution and reproductive phenology of the invasive Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus) in the Greater Everglades Ecosystem, Florida, USA

The design of successful invasive species control programs is often hindered by the absence of basic demographic data on the targeted population. Establishment of invasive Burmese pythons (Python molurus bivittatus) in the Greater Everglades Ecosystem, Florida USA has led to local precipitous declines (> 90%) of mesomammal populations and is also a major threat to native populations of reptiles an

Piñon and juniper tree removal increases available soil water, driving understory response in a sage-steppe ecosystem

Over the past century, piñon and juniper trees have encroached into sagebrush steppe lands of the interior United States, and managers have for many years removed trees to stimulate the favored understory. While consistent understory response to tree removal in these semiarid lands suggests that trees outcompete other plants for water, no studies have linked increased soil water to understory resp

Response of soil respiration to changes in soil temperature and water table level in drained and restored peatlands of the southeastern United States

Extensive drainage of peatlands in the southeastern United States coastal plain for the purposes of agriculture and timber harvesting has led to large releases of soil carbon as carbon dioxide (CO2) due to enhanced peat decomposition. Growth in mechanisms that provide financial incentives for reducing emissions from land use and land-use change could increase funding for hydrological restoration t

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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