Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
Invasive Cuban Treefrogs Establish First Known Population in Louisiana
A population of the invasive treefrogs has been discovered in New Orleans, more than 430 miles from the nearest known population in Florida.Read more
New Genetic Test Detects Manatees' Recent Presence in Waterways
WARC scientists have developed the first lab test that can pick up traces of manatees' genetic material in fresh or saltwaterLearn more
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 FloridaLearn more
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.
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.
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
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.
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.