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

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

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News

Date published: September 13, 2018

USGS Cool Tools for Hot Topics

WARC scientists present cool tools for hot topics at the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 2018 Annual Meeting. 

Date published: August 21, 2018

Genetic Analysis of Florida's Invasive Pythons Reveals A Tangled Family Tree

A new genetic analysis of invasive pythons captured across South Florida finds the big constrictors are closely related to one another. In fact, most of them are genetically related as first or second cousins, according to a study by wildlife genetics experts at the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: June 13, 2018

WARC Scientists Honored for Decades of Research on Florida Manatee

U.S. Geological Survey scientists have been honored as Recovery Champions by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Southeast Region for their long-term research efforts on the Florida manatee. 

Publications

Year Published: 2018

Identifying management-relevant research priorities for responding to disease-associated amphibian declines

A research priority can be defined as a knowledge gap that, if resolved, identifies the optimal course of conservation action. We (a group of geographically distributed and multidisciplinary research scientists) used tools from nominal group theory and decision analysis to collaboratively identify and prioritize information...

Campbell Grant, Evan H.; Adams, Michael J.; Fisher, Robert N.; Grear, Daniel A.; Halstead, Brian J.; Hossack, Blake R.; Muths, Erin L.; Richgels, Katherine L. D.; Russell, Robin E.; Smalling, Kelly; Waddle, J. Hardin; Walls, Susan C.; White, C. LeAnn
Grant, E. H. C., Adams, M. J., Fisher, R. N., Grear, D. A., Halstead, B. J., Hossack, B. R., Muths, E., Richgels, K. L. D., Russell, R. E., Smalling, K. L., Waddle, J. H., Walls, S. C., and White, C. L., 2018, Identifying management-relevant research priorities for responding to disease-associated amphibian declines: Global Ecology and Conservation, v. 16, article e00441, 9 p. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2018.e00441

Year Published: 2018

Novel ecological and climatic conditions drive rapid adaptation in invasive Florida Burmese pythons

Invasive species provide powerful in situ experimental systems for studying evolution in response to selective pressures in novel habitats. While research has shown that phenotypic evolution can occur rapidly in nature, few examples exist of genome‐wide adaptation on short ‘ecological’ timescales. Burmese pythons (Python molurus...

Card, Daren C.; Perry, Blair W.; Adams, Richard H.; Schield, Drew R.; Young, Acacia S.; Andrew, Audra L.; Jezkova, Tereza; Pasquesi, Giulia I.M.; Hales, Nicole R.; Walsh, Matthew R.; Rochford, Michael R.; Mazzotti, Frank J.; Hart, Kristen M.; Hunter, Margaret; Castoe, Todd A.
Card, D.C., Perry, B.W., Adams, R.H., Schield, D.R., Young, A.S., Jezkova, T., Pasquesi, G.I.M., Hales, N.R., Walsh, M.R., Rochford, M.R., Mazzotti, F.J., Hart, K.M., Hunter, M.E., and Castoe, T.A., 2018, Novel ecological and climatic conditions drive rapid adaptation in invasive Florida Burmese pythons: Molecular Ecology, Accepted Articles, https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.14885.

Year Published: 2018

Trends in nonindigenous aquatic species richness in the United States reveal shifting spatial and temporal patterns of species introductions

Understanding the spatial and temporal dynamics underlying the introduction and spread of nonindigenous aquatic species (NAS) can provide important insights into the historical drivers of biological invasions and aid in forecasting future patterns of nonindigenous species arrival and spread. Increasingly, public databases of species observation...

Mangiante, Michael J.; Davis, Amy J. S.; Panlasigui, Stephanie; Neilson, Matthew E.; Pfingsten, Ian; Fuller, Pam L.; Darling, John A.
Mangiante, M.J., Davis, A.J.S., Panlasigui, S., Neilson, M.E., Pfingsten, I., Fuller, P.L., and Darling, J.A., 2018, Trends in nonindigenous aquatic species richness in the United States reveal shifting spatial and temporal patterns of species introductions: Aquatic Invasions, v. 13, no. 3, p. 323-338, http://www.aquaticinvasions.net/2018/issue3.html or http://www.aquaticinvasions.net/2018/AI_2018_Mangiante_etal.pdf.