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

Lionfish (Pterois spp.) invade the upper-bathyal zone in the western Atlantic

Non-native lionfish have been recorded throughout the western Atlantic on both shallow and mesophotic reefs, where they have been linked to declines in reef health. In this study we report the first lionfish observations from the deep sea (>200 m) in Bermuda and Roatan, Honduras, with lionfish observed to a maximum depth of 304 m off the...

Gress, Erika; Andradi-Brown, Dominic A; Woodall, Lucy; Schofield, Pam; Stanley, Karl; Rogers, Alex D.
Gress, E., Andradi-Brown, D.A., Woodall, L., Schofield, P.J., Stanley, K., and Rogers, A.D., 2017, Lionfish (Pterois sp.) invade the upper bathyal zone in the western Atlantic: PeerJ, v. 5, art. e3683, https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.3683.

Year Published: 2017

A unique coral community in the mangroves of Hurricane Hole, St. John, US Virgin Islands

Corals do not typically thrive in mangrove environments. However, corals are growing on and near the prop roots of red mangrove trees in Hurricane Hole, an area within the Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument under the protection of the US National Park Service in St. John, US Virgin Islands. This review summarizes current knowledge of the...

Rogers, Caroline S.
Rogers, C.S., 2017, A unique coral community in the mangroves of Hurricane Hole, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands: Diversity, v. 9, no. 3, art. 29, 16 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/d9030029.

Year Published: 2017

Barrier island habitat map and vegetation survey—Dauphin Island, Alabama, 2015

Barrier islands are dynamic environments due to their position at the land-sea interface. Storms, waves, tides, currents, and relative sea-level rise are powerful forces that shape barrier island geomorphology and habitats (for example, beach, dune, marsh, and forest). Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in 2010 are two...

Enwright, Nicholas M.; Borchert, Sinéad M.; Day, Richard H.; Feher, Laura C.; Osland, Michael J.; Wang, Lei; Wang, Hongqing
Enwright, N.M., Borchert, S.M., Day, R.H., Feher, L.C., Osland, M.J., Wang, Lei, and Wang, Hongqing, 2017, Barrier island habitat map and vegetation survey—Dauphin Island, Alabama, 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1083, 17 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171083.