Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
New Genetic Test Detects Manatees' Recent Presence in Waterways
WARC scientists have developed the first lab test that can pick up traces of manatees' genetic material in fresh or saltwaterLearn more
New Tool Addresses Potential Biological Impacts of Hurricanes
A new WARC tool can help assess where aquatic invasive species may have spread due to flooding associated with recent hurricanesCheck it out
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.
Wade into USGS WARC's wetland and aquatic science!Learn More
Sea turtles, pythons, & manatees, oh my: USGS science in FloridaLearn more
Environmental DNA picks up traces of the elusive mammals’ saliva, skin, waste, or exhaled breaths.
Florida's second-largest turtle rescue of 21st century is “exhausting, inspiring,” USGS biologist says
Coral reef expert Caroline Rogers was the only USGS employee in the Virgin Islands when the Category 5 storm hit.
Faunal and vegetation monitoring in response to harbor dredging in the Port of Miami
Seagrasses are highly productive ecosystems. A before-after-control-impact (BACI) design was used to examine effects of dredging on seagrasses and the animals that inhabit them. The control site North Biscayne Bay and the affected site Port of Miami had seagrass densities decrease during both the before, Fish and Invertebrate Assessment Network...Daniels, Andre; Stevenson, Rachael; Smith, Erin; Robblee, Michael
Non-native fishes of the central Indian River Lagoon
We provide a comprehensive review of the status of non-native fishes in the central Indian River Lagoon (from Cape Canaveral to Grant-Valkaria, east of I-95) through literature review and field surveys. Historical records exist for 17 taxa (15 species, one hybrid, one species complex). We found historical records for one additional species, and...Schofield, Pamela J.; Loftus, William F.; Reaver, Kristen M.
Early growth interactions between a mangrove and an herbaceous salt marsh species are not affected by elevated CO2 or drought
Increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations are likely to influence future distributions of plants and plant community structure in many regions of the world through effects on photosynthetic rates. In recent decades the encroachment of woody mangrove species into herbaceous marshes has been documented along the U.S. northern Gulf...Howard, Rebecca J.; Stagg, Camille L.; Utomo, Herry S.