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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.

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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

Conservation and restoration of mangroves: Global status, perspectives, and prognosis

Mangrove forests provide critical services around the globe to both human populations and the ecosystems they occupy. However, losses of mangrove habitat of more than 50% have been recorded in some parts of the world, and these losses are largely attributable to human activities. The importance of mangroves and the threats to their persistence...

Romañach, Stephanie; DeAngelis, Don; Koh, Hock Lye; Li, Yuhong; Teh, Su Yean; Barizan, Raja Sulaiman Raja; Zhai, Lu
Romañach, S.S., DeAngelis, D.L., Koh, H.L., Li, Yuhong, Teh, S.Y., Barizan, R.S.R., and Zhai, Lu, 2018, Conservation and restoration of mangroves: Global status, perspectives, and prognosis: Ocean and Coastal Management, v. 154, p. 72-82, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2018.01.009.

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