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Date published: March 1, 2016

Snake Fungal Disease Found in Louisiana

Snake fungal disease, or SFD, a disease causing high mortality rates in some species of snakes, has been found in Louisiana for the first time, according to a new study by U.S. Geological Survey scientists. SFD now has been confirmed in at least 16 states in the Eastern and Midwestern United States.

Date published: January 28, 2016

Process Changes for Reporting Sightings of Asian Carp, Other Non-Native Aquatic Species

Boaters, swimmers or other members of the public who see Lionfish, Asian carp, Zebra mussels or any other invasive or non-native plant or animal species have two options to report sightings.

Date published: January 22, 2016

Magical Manatees

It may be hard to believe the legend that sailors long-at-sea once believed manatees to be mermaids. The manatee nickname the “Sea Cow” – named so for their affinity for grazing on vegetation and their slow, ambling way – just makes more sense. But a new U.S. Geological Survey video reveals that while they may be cow-like, they also have more than a bit of magical mermaid to them.

Date published: January 15, 2016

Biodiversity Critical to Maintaining Healthy Ecosystems

Researchers have found clear evidence that biological communities rich in species are substantially healthier and more productive than those depleted of species.

Date published: October 28, 2015

Everglades’ Alligator Numbers Drop after Dry Years

Alligators and the Everglades go hand-in-hand, and as water conditions change in the greater Everglades ecosystem, gators are one of the key species that could be affected.

Date published: September 1, 2015

EarthWord: Anthropogenic

Scientists use the word “anthropogenic” in referring to environmental change caused or influenced by people, either directly or indirectly.

Date published: August 27, 2015

New Sea-Level Rise Handbook for Non-Scientists

Coastal managers and planners now have access to a new U.S. Geological Survey handbook that, for the first time, comprehensively describes the various models used to study and predict sea-level rise and its potential impacts on coasts.

Date published: June 24, 2015

Past Water Patterns Drive Present Wading Bird Numbers

Wading bird numbers in the Florida Everglades are driven by water patterns that play out over multiple years according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and Florida Atlantic University.

Date published: April 17, 2013

Training Workshop for Emergency Flood Forecasting in the US-Mexico Borderlands

Laura Norman helped scientists from the USGS, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), and the University of Arizona (UA) to facilitate a software demonstration and training workshop for an Emergency Flood Warning System being created for the city of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.