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Sea turtles, pythons, & manatees, oh my: USGS science in Florida

Sea turtles, pythons, & manatees, oh my: USGS science in Florida

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News

Date published: September 13, 2018

USGS Cool Tools for Hot Topics

WARC scientists present cool tools for hot topics at the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 2018 Annual Meeting. 

Date published: August 21, 2018

Genetic Analysis of Florida's Invasive Pythons Reveals A Tangled Family Tree

A new genetic analysis of invasive pythons captured across South Florida finds the big constrictors are closely related to one another. In fact, most of them are genetically related as first or second cousins, according to a study by wildlife genetics experts at the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: June 13, 2018

WARC Scientists Honored for Decades of Research on Florida Manatee

U.S. Geological Survey scientists have been honored as Recovery Champions by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Southeast Region for their long-term research efforts on the Florida manatee. 

Publications

Year Published: 2018

Mangrove forests in a rapidly changing world: Global change impacts and conservation opportunities along the Gulf of Mexico coast

Mangrove forests are highly-productive intertidal wetlands that support many ecosystem goods and services. In addition to providing fish and wildlife habitat, mangrove forests improve water quality, provide seafood, reduce coastal erosion, supply forest products, support coastal food webs, minimize flooding impacts, and support high rates of...

Osland, Michael J.; Feher, Laura C.; López-Portillo, Jorge; Day, Richard H.; Suman, Daniel O.; Guzmán Menéndez, Jose Manuel; Rivera-Monroy, Victor H.
Osland, M.J., Feher, L.C., López-Portillo, J., Day, R.H., Suman, D.O., Guzmán Menéndez, J.M., and Rivera-Monroy, V.H., 2018, Mangrove forests in a rapidly changing world: global change impacts and conservation opportunities along the Gulf of Mexico coast: Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, Available Online, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2018.09.006.

Year Published: 2018

Serum proteins in healthy and diseased Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris)

A major goal of this study was to determine whether serum protein fractions of healthy Florida manatees differ with age, sex, or living environments (wild versus housed). A second goal was to determine which serum protein fractions vary in diseased versus healthy manatees. Serum protein fractions were determined using agarose gel electrophoresis....

Harvey, John W.; Harr, Kendall E.; Murphy, David; Walsh, Michael T.; deWit, Martina; Deutsch, Charles J.; Bonde, Robert K.
Harvey, J.W., Harr, K.E., Murphy, D., Walsh, M.T., deWit, M., Deutsch, C.J., and Bonde, R.K., 2018, Serum proteins in healthy and diseased Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris): Comparative Clinical Pathology, Online Early, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00580-018-2797-z.

Year Published: 2018

Exotic invasive Pomacea maculata (Giant Apple Snail) will depredate eggs of frog and toad species of the Southeastern US

Pomacea maculata (Perry) (Giant Apple Snail) is a freshwater snail native to South America (Hayes et al. 2015) that is an invasive species in the freshwater wetlands and waterways of the northern Gulf of Mexico, peninsular Florida (Benson 2017, Burks 2017) and globally (Hayes et al. 2015). Karraker and Dudgeon (2014) found that ...

Carter, Jacoby; Johnson, Darren; Merino, Sergio
Carter, J., Johnson, D., and Merino, S., 2018, Exotic invasive Pomacea maculata (giant apple snail) will depredate eggs of frog and toad species of the Southeastern US: Southeastern Naturalist, v. 17, no. 3, p. 470-475, https://doi.org/10.1656/058.017.0313.