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

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News

A sea turtle on the beach
January 19, 2018

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

Hurricane Hole, St. John, US Virgin Islands
October 25, 2017

Coral reef expert Caroline Rogers was the only USGS employee in the Virgin Islands when the Category 5 storm hit.

Tadpole with SPI
September 19, 2017

A deadly amphibian disease called severe Perkinsea infections, or SPI, is the cause of many large-scale frog die-offs in the United States, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey

Publications

Year Published: 2018

Evaluating GPS biologging technology for studying spatial ecology of large constricting snakes

Background: GPS telemetry has revolutionized the study of animal spatial ecology in the last two decades. Until recently, it has mainly been deployed on large mammals and birds, but the technology is rapidly becoming miniaturized, and applications in diverse taxa are becoming possible. Large constricting snakes are top predators in their...

Smith, Brian; Hart, Kristen M.; Mazzotti, Frank J.; Basille, Mathieu; Romagosa, Christina M.
Smith, B.J., Hart, K.M., Mazzotti, F.J., Basille, Mathieu, and Romagosa, C.M., 2018, Evaluating GPS biologging technology for studying spatial ecology of large constricting snakes: Animal Biotelemetry, v. 6, p. 1-13, https://doi.org/10.1186/s40317-018-0145-3.

Year Published: 2018

Molecular and morphological data reveal non-monophyly and speciation in imperiled freshwater mussels (Anodontoides and Strophitus)

Accurate taxonomic placement is vital to conservation efforts considering many intrinsic biological characteristics of understudied species are inferred from closely related taxa. The rayed creekshell, Anodontoides radiatus (Conrad, 1834), exists in the Gulf of Mexico drainages from western Florida to Louisiana and has been petitioned for listing...

Smith, Chase; Johnson, Nathan A.; Pfeiffer, John M.; Gangloff, Michael M.
Smith, C.H., Johnson, N.A., Pfeiffer, J.M., and Gangloff, M.M., 2018, Molecular and morphological data reveal non-monophyly and speciation in imperiled freshwater mussels (Anodontoides and Strophitus): Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, v. 119, p. 50-62, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2017.10.018

Year Published: 2018

Consortial brown tide − picocyanobacteria blooms in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba

A brown tide bloom of Aureoumbra lagunensis developed in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba during a period of drought in 2013 that followed heavy winds and rainfall from Hurricane Sandy in late October 2012. Based on satellite images and water turbidity measurements, the bloom appeared to initiate in January 2013. The causative species (A. lagunensis...

Hall, Nathan S; Litaker, R. Wayne; Kenworthy, W. Judson; Vandersea, Mark W.; Sunda, William G.; Reid, James P.; Slone, Daniel H.; Butler, Susan M.
Hall, N.S., Litaker, R.W., Kenworthy, W.J., Vandersea, M.W., Sunda, W.G., Reid, J.P., Slone, D.H., and Butler, Susan, 2018, Consortial brown tide − picocyanobacteria blooms in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba: Harmful Algae, v. 73, p. 30-43, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hal.2018.01.003.