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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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News

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

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.

Publications

Year Published: 2018

Erratum: Understanding interaction effects of climate change and fire management on bird distributions through combined process and habitat models

This article corrects: Understanding Interaction Effects of Climate Change and Fire Management on Bird Distributions through Combined Process and Habitat Models Volume 25, Issue 3, 536–546, Article first published online: 28 April 2011

Gutzwiller, Kevin J.; White, Joseph D.; Barrow, Wylie; Randall, Lori A.
Gutzwiller, K.J., White, J.D., Barrow, W.C., Jr., and Johnson-Randall, Lori, 2017, Erratum: Understanding interaction effects of climate change and fire management on bird distributions through combined process and habitat models: Conservation Biology, Early View, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13055.

Year Published: 2018

Numerical modeling of salt marsh morphological change induced by Hurricane Sandy

The salt marshes of Jamaica Bay serve as a recreational outlet for New York City residents, mitigate wave impacts during coastal storms, and provide habitat for critical wildlife species. Hurricanes have been recognized as one of the critical drivers of coastal wetland morphology due to their effects on hydrodynamics and sediment transport,...

Hu, Kelin; Chen, Qin; Wang, Hongqing; Hartig, Ellen K.; Orton, Philip M.
Hu, Kelin, Chen, Qin, Wang, Hongqing, Hartig, E.K., and Orton, P.M., 2018, Numerical modeling of salt marsh morphological change induced by Hurricane Sandy: Coastal Engineering, v. 132, p. 63-81, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coastaleng.2017.11.001.

Year Published: 2018

Modeling the compensatory response of an invasive tree to specialist insect herbivory

The severity of the effects of herbivory on plant fitness can be moderated by the ability of plants to compensate for biomass loss. Compensation is an important component of the ecological fitness in many plants, and has been shown to reduce the effects of pests on agricultural plant yields. It can also reduce the effectiveness of biocontrol...

Zhang, Bo; Liu, Xin; DeAngelis, Don; Zhai, Lu; Rayamajhi, Min B.; Ju, Shu
Zhang, B., Liu, X., DeAngelis, D.L., Zhai, L., Rayamajhi, M.B., and Ju, S., 2017, Modeling the compensatory response of an invasive tree to specialist insect herbivory: Biological Control, In Press, Accepted Manuscript, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocontrol.2017.11.002.