Mission Areas

Ecosystems

The USGS Ecosystems Mission Area, the biological research arm of the Department of the Interior (DOI), provides science to help America achieve sustainable management and conservation of its biological resources. This work is done within the broader mission of the USGS to serve the Nation with science that advances understanding of our natural resources and inform land and water stewardship.

Collaborative Conservation

Collaborative Conservation

What do gray wolves, manatees and bears have in common? They are just a few of the species that are part of important USGS research that informs U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decisions for endangered and threatened species.

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Outstanding in the Field

Outstanding in the Field

An Ecosystems Mission Area original podcast series that tells stories about our science, our adventures, and our efforts to better understand fish and wildlife and the ecosystems that support them.  

Ep 5 - GC Fish

Where's our Science?

Where

Find out where Ecosystems Science Centers, Field Stations, and Cooperative Research Units are located.

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News

Date published: October 30, 2019

WaterWords-Aragonite

Keep up to speed with the latest USGS deep-sea research cruise with this seafloor syntax.

Date published: October 28, 2019

People of the Sage

Meet one of the People of the Sage, Dr. Anna Chalfoun, Assistant USGS Cooperative Research Unit Leader and Associate Professor at the University of Wyoming. Don’t let the titles intimidate you, Anna Chalfoun loves all types of hockey, loves horses—all animals really! Even snakes.

Publications

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Using the STARS Model to evaluate the effects of the proposed project for the long-term operation of State Water Project Incidental Take Permit Application and CEQA compliance

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) requested analysis of juvenile Chinook salmon survival in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta (henceforth identified as “the Delta”) as part of an effects analysis that will be included in an Incidental Take Permit (ITP) Application. This application is in compliance with the California...

Perry, Russell W.; Hansen, Amy C.; Evans, Scott D.; Kock, Tobias J.
Perry, R.W., Hansen, A.C., Evans, S.D., and Kock, T.J., 2019, Using the STARS Model to evaluate the effects of the proposed project for the long-term operation of State Water Project Incidental Take Permit Application and CEQA compliance: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1127, 31 p. plus appendixes, https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191127.

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Unintentional and intentional poisoning or harassment of cranes related to agriculture

No abstract available.

Austin, Jane E.
Austin, J.E. 2019. Unintentional and intentional poisoning or harassment of cranes related to agriculture. In: Mirande, CM, Harris, JT, editors. Crane Conservation Strategy. Baraboo, Wisconsin, USA: International Crane Foundation. p. 135-141.

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Changes in agricultural land use and practices

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Austin, Jane E.
Austin, J.E. 2019. Changes in agricultural land use and practices. In: Mirande, CM, Harris, JT, editors. Crane Conservation Strategy. Baraboo, Wisconsin, USA: International Crane Foundation. p. 104-111.