Wetland and Aquatic Research Center

Species Biology

Research into life history, successful conservation, and recovery of threatened and endangered species listed under the Endangered Species Act; trust species that are protected by law; sensitive species that are declining, rare, or uncommon and are identified as candidates for future listing consideration; and species of management concern that warrant management or conservation attention as identified by a natural resource management agency. This category includes a variety of species, including those that are considered at-risk, have economic or intrinsic value, or are overly abundant and therefore leading to management conflicts; biological systematics to understand the evolutionary interrelationships of living things, trying to interpret the way in which life has diversified and changed over time; and decision science, a collaborative approach involving mathematical formulae, business tactics, technological applications, and behavioral sciences to help management make data driven decisions.

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Date published: November 8, 2019
Status: Active

Fine-Scale Dive Profiles and Activity Patterns of Sea Turtles in the Gulf of Mexico

Researchers are developing acceleration data logger pop-off packages that can be affixed to sea turtles to collect behavioral patterns of diving, surfacing, and general activity levels.

Date published: November 6, 2019
Status: Active

Applications of Advanced Tracking and Modeling Tools with Burmese Pythons across South Florida's Landscape

Researchers will determine movement rates and habitat-use patterns of pythons across the South Florida landscape by conducting a telemetry study tracking pythons simultaneously in several locations

Date published: November 6, 2019
Status: Active

Habitat Selection of the Burmese Python in the Florida Everglades

Researchers plotted locations of radio-tagged pythons to create a habitat suitability model.

Date published: November 6, 2019
Status: Active

Hotspot and Risk Analysis for Sea Turtles in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Researchers will collect location data that will be used to identify areas of high-use for resident sea turtles in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. 

Date published: October 2, 2019
Status: Active

Comparative Freshwater Fish Toxicity Testing of Antimycin A

Researchers are investigating the influence of Antimycin A on Asian carp and non-target fishes by measuring the effects of a novel species-specific bait formulation.

Contacts: Jill Jenkins, Ph.D., Robin D Calfee, Bonnie Brown
Date published: July 24, 2019
Status: Active

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Preferences of Fishes in Lake Apopka, Florida

To achieve the adaptive restoration objective of maximizing fish habitat, researchers will sample fish communities in Florida's Lake Apopka to compare between natural submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), restored SAV, and bare bottom habitat. To undertand SAV preference of juvenile largemouth bass, researchers will conduct controlled experiments. These experiments will help managers select...

Contacts: Stephen Walsh, Ph.D., Audrey Looby, Charles W. Martin, Ph.D., Laura K. Reynolds, Carrie Reinhardt Adams, Ph.D.
Date published: July 11, 2019
Status: Active

Informing Future Condition Scenario Planning for Habitat Specialists of the Imperiled Pine Rockland Ecosystem of South Florida

South Florida's pine rockland ecosystem represents less than 3% of its original extent. This project will evaluate habitat conditions for two pine rockland snake species to develop future habitat condition scenarios for Species Status Assessments.

Date published: June 28, 2019
Status: Active

Modeling Conservation Targets for the Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The USGS is working with the Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative to develop forecast models that integrate potential impacts from external drivers for selected conservation targets and priority resources.

Date published: June 4, 2019
Status: Active

Connectivity of Coral Ecosystems in the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico

Connectivity among coral communities influences the probability of speciation and contributes to their ability to adapt to natural and anthropogenic stressors. Results from this study will enhance our understanding of Gulf of Mexcio ecosystems with regional conservation initiatives to inform the restoration of degraded deepwater coral communities and preserve long-term viability of coastal...

Date published: May 23, 2019
Status: Active

Modeling Spatial Habitat Quality for the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow

The Joint Ecosystem Modeling (JEM) team will develop species distribution models that incorporate hydrologic and habitat variables known to influence Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow occurrence.

Date published: April 4, 2019
Status: Active

Health Effects and Behavioral Response of Florida Manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris) to Persistent Algal Bloom and Associated Loss of Seagrass Resources in Brevard County, Florida

USGS researchers are working with partners to assess the health and foraging behavior of Florida manatees in the northern Indian River Lagoon and Banana River, areas that have experienced declining seagrasses due to an extended phytoplankton bloom. 

Date published: March 26, 2019
Status: Active

Identification of Hydrologic Controls on Coastal Spartina patens Marshes and Optimal Hydrological Conditions for Sustainable Mottled Duck Habitat

Mottled ducks rely on the coastal marshes of the Texas Chenier Plain, which are considered among the most critically endangered habitats in the United States. USGS scientists are evaluating what might be contributing to the degradation of high-quality mottled duck habitat to better understand the causes of habitat loss and subsequently mitigate those losses.