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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

Red bubblegum coral
September 13, 2017

Scientists beginning a three-week research cruises to study deep-sea corals, canyons and seeps departed from Norfolk, Virginia on September 12 after a one-day delay due to the effects of Hurricane Irma. USGS research oceanographer Amanda Demopoulos is the lead scientist for this cruise, the first of three planned as part of a four-and-a-half year study.

USGS: Science for a changing world
August 23, 2017

A non-native insect infestation may not be the only factor involved in the ongoing die-back of a marsh grass in the Mississippi River’s “bird foot delta,” the ecologically and economically important part of coastal Louisiana where the river meets the Gulf of Mexico.

Publications

Year Published: 2017

Measuring the role of seagrasses in regulating sediment surface elevation

Seagrass meadows provide numerous ecosystem services and their rapid global loss may reduce human welfare as well as ecological integrity. In common with the other ‘blue carbon’ habitats (mangroves and tidal marshes) seagrasses are thought to provide coastal defence and encourage sediment stabilisation and surface elevation. A sophisticated...

Potouroglou, Maria; Bull, James C.; Krauss, Ken W.; Kennedy, Hilary A.; Fusi, Marco; Daffonchio, Daniele; Mangora, Mwita M.; Githaiga, Michael N.; Diele, Karen; Huxham, Mark
Potouroglou, M., Bull, J.C., Krauss, K.W., Kennedy, H., Fusi, M., Daffonchio, D., Mangora, M.M., Githaiga, N.M., Diele, K., and Huxham, M., 2017, Measuring the role of seagrasses in regulating sediment surface elevation: Scientific Reports, v. 7, art. 11917, https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-12354-y.

Year Published: 2017

Fatal attraction? Intraguild facilitation and suppression among predators

Competition and suppression are recognized as dominant forces that structure predator communities. Facilitation via carrion provisioning, however, is a ubiquitous interaction among predators that could offset the strength of suppression. Understanding the relative importance of these positive and negative interactions is necessary to anticipate...

Sivy, Kelly J.; Pozzanghera, Casey B.; Grace, James B.; Prugh, Laura R.
Sivy, K.J., Pozzanghera, C.B., Grace, J.B., and Prugh, L.R., 2017, Fatal attraction? Intraguild facilitation and suppression among predators: The American Naturalist, Online Ahead of Print, https://doi.org/10.1086/693996.

Year Published: 2017

The extremely divergent maternally- and paternally-transmitted mitochondrial genomes are co-expressed in somatic tissues of two freshwater mussel species with doubly uniparental inheritance of mtDNA

Freshwater mussel species with doubly uniparental inheritance (DUI) of mtDNA are unique because they are naturally heteroplasmic for two extremely divergent mtDNAs with ~50% amino acid differences for protein-coding genes. The paternally-transmitted mtDNA (or M mtDNA) clearly functions in sperm in these species, but it is still unknown whether it...

Breton, Sophie; Bouvet, Karim; Auclair, Gabrielle; Ghazal, Stephanie; Sietman, Bernard E.; Johnson, Nathan A.; Bettinazzi, Stefano; Dtewart, Donald T.; Guerra, Davide
Breton, S., Bouvet, K., Auclair, G., Ghazal, S., Sietman, B.E., Johnson, N.A., Bettinazzi, S., and Guerra, D., 2017, The extremely divergent maternally- and paternally-transmitted mitochondrial genomes are co-expressed in somatic tissues of two freshwater mussel species with doubly uniparental inheritance of mTDNA: PLoS ONE, v. 12, no. 8, art. e0183529, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0183529.