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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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October 29, 2021

Sound Waves Newsletter - September-October 2021

Explore how Landsat 9 will boost shoreline change monitoring capabilities, how we celebrate diversity and education in STEM, how genetic techniques are revealing secrets about the start of the lionfish invasion, and more in this issue of Sound Waves

Date published: October 27, 2021

Putting the ‘T’ in ‘STEAM’: using technology to share USGS research with the next generation of scientists

The St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center and the Wetland and Aquatic Research Center shared U.S. Geological Survey science via live, virtual sessions and pre-recorded video presentations at the annual St. Petersburg Science Festival.

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U.S. Geological Survey invasive species research—Improving detection, awareness, decision support, and control

More than 6,500 nonindigenous species are now established in the United States, posing risks to human and wildlife health, native plants and animals, and our valued ecosystems. The annual environmental, economic, and health-related costs of invasive species are substantial. Invasive species can drive native species onto the endangered species list...

Tam, Cindy Kolar; Daniel, Wesley M.; Campbell, Earl; English, James J.; Soileau, Suzanna C.
Tam, C.K., Daniel, W.M., Campbell, E., English, J.J., and Soileau, S.C., 2021, U.S. Geological Survey invasive species research—Improving detection, awareness, decision support, and control: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1485, 28 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/cir1485.

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Environmental DNA surveys of Burmese pythons in the Greater Everglades Ecosystem

Improving the probability of detecting invasive giant snakes is vital for the management of emerging or established populations. Burmese pythons occupy thousands of square kilometers of mostly inaccessible habitats in Florida. Environmental DNA (eDNA) methods have been shown to be time and cost effective in a number of systems and may be...

Beaver, Caitlin E.; Meigs-Friend, Gaia; Hunter, Margaret E.
Beaver, C.E., Meigs-Friend, G., and Hunter, M.E., 2021, Environmental DNA surveys of Burmese pythons in the Greater Everglades Ecosystem: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1082, 17 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211082.

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Establishment of baseline cytology metrics in nestling American kestrels (Falco sparverius): Immunomodulatory effects of the flame retardant isopropylated triarylphosphate isomers

Avian populations must mount effective immune responses upon exposure to environmental stressors such as avian influenza and xenobiotics. Although multiple immune assays have been tested and applied to various avian species, antibody-mediated immune responses in non-model avian species are not commonly reported due to the lack of commercially...

Jenkins, Jill; Baudoin, Brooke A; Johnson, Darren; Fernie, Kim J.; Stapelton, Heather M.; Karouna-Renier, Natalie K.