Wetland and Aquatic Research Center


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.


USGS: Science for a changing world
July 12, 2017

Lack of Major Hurricanes Since 2008 Is Likely the Main Reason

A Manatee swimming in Florida waters.
April 11, 2017

Florida’s iconic manatee population is highly likely to endure for the next 100 years, so long as wildlife managers continue to protect the marine mammals and their habitat, a new study by the US Geological Survey and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute has found.

April 11, 2017

We appreciate your interest in USGS' Sirenia Project. To help inform members of the media and public, we have provided relevant publications, reports, and websites. 


Year Published: 2017

Frequencies of decision making and monitoring in adaptive resource management

Adaptive management involves learning-oriented decision making in the presence of uncertainty about the responses of a resource system to management. It is implemented through an iterative sequence of decision making, monitoring and assessment of system responses, and incorporating what is learned into future decision making. Decision making at...

Williams, Byron K.; Johnson, Fred A.
Williams, B.K., and Johnson, F.A., 2017, Frequencies of decision making and monitoring in adaptive resource management: PLoS ONE, v. 12, no. 8, art. e0182934, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0182934.

Year Published: 2017

Moving forward in circles: Challenges and opportunities in modeling population cycles

Population cycling is a widespread phenomenon, observed across a multitude of taxa in both laboratory and natural conditions. Historically, the theory associated with population cycles was tightly linked to pairwise consumer–resource interactions and studied via deterministic models, but current empirical and theoretical research reveals a much...

Barraquand, Frederic; Louca, Stilianos; Abbott, Karen C; Cobbold, Christina A; Cordoleani, Flora; DeAngelis, Don; Elderd, Bret D; Fox, Jeremy W; Greenwood, Priscilla; Hilker, Frank M; Murray, Dennis; Stieha, Christopher R; Taylor, Rachel A; Vitense, Kelsey; Wolkowicz, Gail; Tyson, Rebecca C
Barraquand, F., Louca, S., Abbott, K.C., Cobbold, C.A., Cordoleani, F., DeAngelis, D.L., Elderd, B.D., Fox, J.W., Greenwood, P., Hilker, F.M., Murray, D.L., Stieha, C.R., Taylor, R.A., Vitense, K., Wolkowicz, G.S.K., and Tyson, R.C., 2017, Moving forward in circles: challenges and opportunities in modeling population cycles: Ecology Letters, v. 20, no. 8, p. 1074-1092, https://doi.org/10.1111/ele.12789.

Year Published: 2017

Life histories and conservation of long-lived reptiles, an illustration with the American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus)

Successful species conservation is dependent on adequate estimates of population dynamics, but age-specific demographics are generally lacking for many long-lived iteroparous species such as large reptiles. Accurate demographic information allows estimation of population growth rate, as well as projection of future population sizes and...

Briggs-Gonzalez, Venetia; Bonefant, Christophe; Basille, Mathieu; Cherkiss, Michael S.; Beauchamp, Jeff; Mazzotti, Frank J.
Briggs-Gonzalez, V., Bonenfant, C., Basille, M., Cherkiss, M., Beauchamp, J., and Mazzotti, F., 2017, Life histories and conservation of long-lived reptiles, an illustration with the American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus): Journal of Animal Ecology, v. 86, p. 1102-1113, https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2656.12723.