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Date published: April 8, 2021

Regional Habitat Differences Identified for Threatened Piping Plovers on Atlantic Coast

Piping plovers, charismatic shorebirds that nest and feed on many Atlantic Coast beaches, rely on different kinds of coastal habitats in different regions along the Atlantic Coast, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

March 31, 2021

Sound Waves Newsletter - December 2020-March 2021

Read about the challenges of conducting research during a pandemic, how USGS scientists conducted a nationwide assessment of salt marsh vulnerability, and more, in this December 2020-March 2021 issue of Sound Waves.

Date published: March 17, 2021

Assessing Salt Marsh Vulnerability Nationwide

Salt marshes are among the most productive and valuable ecosystems in the world. The vegetation in these coastal systems acts as a buffer between land and sea. This natural buffer helps reduce flooding, erosion, and subsequent damage to property and infrastructure by slowing down the flow of water and dissipating waves during storms. 

Date published: March 8, 2021

Invasive Zebra Mussels Found in Pet Stores in 21 States

A citizen’s report of an invasive zebra mussel found in an aquarium moss package found in a pet store prompted a U.S. Geological Survey expert on invasive aquatic species to trigger nationwide alerts that have led to the discovery of the destructive shellfish in pet stores in at least 21 states from Alaska to Florida.  

Date published: February 23, 2021

Invasive Species Science at WARC

This year, we recognize National Invasive Species Awareness Week on February 22 - 26 and May 15 - 22. Learn about USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center (WARC) invasive species science and the integral role our center plays in informing invasive species management strategies.

Date published: November 30, 2020

A Virtual Celebration of Science

What better way to celebrate the wonders of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) than hosting a virtual Science Festival?

Date published: November 30, 2020

Why the Ocean?

USGS scientists share brief thoughts about why they have focused their careers on studying our oceans and coasts. Here’s why they study the ocean:

Date published: November 12, 2020

Alabama Barrier Island Restoration Assessment Project public presentation

Scientists from the St. Petersburg Coastal Marine Science Center and the Wetland and Aquatic Research Center copresent the Alabama Barrier Island Restoration Assessment on the DOI Internal Gulf Restoration weekly meeting.

Date published: June 22, 2020

Seafloor Methane Seeps at the Edge of Hydrate Stability

In June 2019, USGS scientists led a 22-day deep-sea research expedition aboard the R/V Falkor to examine methane seep dynamics and processes along the Cascadia Margin offshore of Washington and Oregon.