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

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News

Manatee and Dr. Margaret Hunter underwater
March 19, 2018

Environmental DNA picks up traces of the elusive mammals’ saliva, skin, waste, or exhaled breaths.

 

A sea turtle on the beach
January 19, 2018

Florida's second-largest turtle rescue of 21st century is “exhausting, inspiring,” USGS biologist says

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.

Publications

Year Published: 2018

Faunal and vegetation monitoring in response to harbor dredging in the Port of Miami

Seagrasses are highly productive ecosystems. A before-after-control-impact (BACI) design was used to examine effects of dredging on seagrasses and the animals that inhabit them. The control site North Biscayne Bay and the affected site Port of Miami had seagrass densities decrease during both the before, Fish and Invertebrate Assessment Network...

Daniels, Andre; Stevenson, Rachael; Smith, Erin; Robblee, Michael
Daniels, A., Stevenson, R., Smith, E., and Robblee, M., 2018, Faunal and vegetation monitoring in response to harbor dredging in the Port of Miami: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1052, 38 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181052.

Year Published: 2018

Non-native fishes of the central Indian River Lagoon

We provide a comprehensive review of the status of non-native fishes in the central Indian River Lagoon (from Cape Canaveral to Grant-Valkaria, east of I-95) through literature review and field surveys. Historical records exist for 17 taxa (15 species, one hybrid, one species complex). We found historical records for one additional species, and...

Schofield, Pamela J.; Loftus, William F.; Reaver, Kristen M.
Schofield, P.J., Loftus, W.F., and Reaver, K.M., 2018, Non-native fishes of the central Indian River Lagoon: Florida Scientist, v. 81, no. 1, p. 12-24.

Year Published: 2018

Early growth interactions between a mangrove and an herbaceous salt marsh species are not affected by elevated CO2 or drought

Increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations are likely to influence future distributions of plants and plant community structure in many regions of the world through effects on photosynthetic rates. In recent decades the encroachment of woody mangrove species into herbaceous marshes has been documented along the U.S. northern Gulf...

Howard, Rebecca J.; Stagg, Camille L.; Utomo, Herry S.
Howard, R.J., Stagg, C.L., and Utomo, H.S., 2018, Early growth interactions between a mangrove and an herbaceous salt marsh species are not affected by elevated CO2 or drought: Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, v. 207, p. 74-81, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2018.03.026.