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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: 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. 

Date published: May 31, 2018

USGS Hurricane Response Met Challenges in 2017, Prepares for 2018

No one has a crystal ball to foresee what will happen during the 2018 hurricane season that begins June 1, but NOAA forecasters say there’s a 75 percent chance this hurricane season will be at least as busy as a normal year, or busier.

Publications

Year Published: 2018

Moving from generalisations to specificity about mangrove-saltmarsh dynamics

Spatial and temporal variability in factors influencing mangrove establishment and survival affects the distribution of mangrove, particularly near their latitudinal limit, where mangrove expansion into saltmarsh is conspicuous. In this paper the spatial variability in mangrove distribution and variability in factors influencing mangrove...

Rogers, Kerrylee; Krauss, Ken W.
Rogers, K., and Krauss, K.W., 2018, Moving from generalisations to specificity about mangrove-saltmarsh dynamics: Wetlands, Online First, https://doi.org/10.1007/s13157-018-1067-9.

Year Published: 2018

Macrobenthic infaunal communities associated with deep‐sea hydrocarbon seeps in the northern Gulf of Mexico

There are thousands of seeps in the deep ocean worldwide; however, many questions remain about their contributions to global biodiversity and the surrounding deep‐sea environment. In addition to being globally distributed, seeps provide several benefits to humans such as unique habitats, organisms with novel genes, and carbon regulation. The...

Washburn, Travis W.; Demopoulos, Amanda W.J.; Montagna, Paul A.
Washburn, T.W., Demopoulos, A.W.J., and Montagna, P.A., 2018, Macrobenthic infaunal communities associated with deep‐sea hydrocarbon seeps in the northern Gulf of Mexico: Marine Ecology, Early View, https://doi.org/10.1111/maec.12508.

Year Published: 2018

A novel technique for isolating DNA from Tempus™ blood RNA tubes after RNA isolation

ObjectiveWe use Tempus blood RNA tubes (Applied Biosystems) during health assessments of American moose (Alces alces spp.) as a minimally invasive means to obtain RNA. Here we describe a novel protocol to additionally isolate high-quality DNA from the supernatant remaining after the RNA isolation methodology. Metrics used to qualify DNA...

Ferrante, Jason A.; Giles, Michelle R.; Benzie, Emily; Hunter, Margaret
Ferrante, J.A., Giles, M.R., Benzie, E., and Hunter, M.E., 2018, A novel technique for isolating DNA from Tempus blood RNA tubes after RNA isolation: BMC Research Notes, v. 11, art. 563, https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-018-3671-4.