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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

An image of a Giant Applesnail
April 23, 2018

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate may have spread non-native freshwater plants and animals into new water bodies, where some of them can disrupt living communities or change the landscape.

Manatee and Dr. Margaret Hunter underwater
March 19, 2018

Environmental DNA picks up traces of the elusive mammals’ saliva, skin, waste, or exhaled breaths.

 

A sea turtle on the beach
January 19, 2018

Florida's second-largest turtle rescue of 21st century is “exhausting, inspiring,” USGS biologist says

Publications

Year Published: 2018

Establishment of the exotic invasive Cuban treefrog (Osteopilus septentrionalis) in Louisiana

The Cuban treefrog, Osteopilus septentrionalis, is native to Cuba, the Bahamas, and the Cayman Islands, and is invasive in areas where it has been introduced and established in the Caribbean as well as Florida. Despite repeated occurrences in several states over many years, it was not believed that Cuban treefrogs had successfully established...

Glorioso, Brad M.; Waddle, J. Hardin; Muse, Lindy J.; Jennings, Nicole D.; Litton, Melanie; Hamilton, Joel; Gergen, Steven; Heckard, David
Glorioso, B.M., Waddle, J.H., Muse, L.J., Jennings, N.D., Litton, M., Hamilton, J., Gergen, S., and Heckard, D., 2018, Establishment of the exotic invasive Cuban treefrog (Osteopilus septentrionalis) in Louisiana: Biological Invasions, Online First, p. 1-7, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-018-1732-1.

Year Published: 2018

The Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) T cell receptor loci exhibit V subgroup synteny and chain-specific evolution

The Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) has limited diversity in the immunoglobulin heavy chain. We therefore investigated the antigen receptor loci of the other arm of the adaptive immune system: the T cell receptor. Manatees are the first species from Afrotheria, a basal eutherian superorder, to have an in-depth...

Breaux, Breanna; Hunter, Margaret; Cruz-Schneider, Maria Paula; Sena, Leonardo; Bonde, Robert K.; Criscitiello, Michael F.
Breaux, B., Hunter, M.E., Cruz-Schneider, M.P., Seno, L., Bonde, R.K., and Criscitiello, M.F., 2018, The Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) T cell receptor loci exhibit V segment locus synteny and chain-specific evolution: Developmental and Comparative Immunology, v. 85, p. 71-85, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dci.2018.04.007.

Year Published: 2018

Coastal estuaries and lagoons: The delicate balance at the edge of the sea

Coastal communities are increasingly concerned about the dynamic balance between freshwater and saltwater because of its implications for societal, economic, and ecological resources. While the mixing of freshwater and saltwater sources defines coastal estuaries and lagoons, sudden changes in this balance can have a large effect on critical...

Conrads, Paul A.; Rodgers, Kirk D.; Passeri, Davina L.; Prinos, Scott T.; Smith, Christopher; Swarzenski, Christopher M.; Middleton, Beth A.
Conrads, P.A., Rodgers, K.D., Passeri, D.L., Prinos, S.T., Smith, C., Swarzenski, C.M., and Middleton, B.A., 2018, Coastal estuaries and lagoons: The delicate balance at the edge of the sea: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018–3022, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183022.