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Archives | Friday's Findings Webinar Series

Friday's Findings is a public webinar series hosted by the USGS Ecosystems Mission Area. These half hour webinars are meant to provide listeners an overview of the science topic and chance to ask questions. We hope to offer our audience an opportunity to discover the Ecosystems science capacity within the USGS.


2023 Speakers

Date Speaker Name Webinar Topic
13-Jan Jeremy Littell Columbia/Snake River streamflow reconstructions from tree-rings: paleo in a climate change world? 
27-Jan Diyang Cui Potential shifts of climate zones in global terrestrial protected areas and implications
10-Feb Erich Peitzsch Big Avalanches in a Changing Climate: Snow Avalanche and Climate Relationships Across Multiple Climate Types
24-Feb Jill Shaffer No More Tilting at Windmills: A Quantitative Method for Evaluating Development Impacts
24-Mar Amy Symstad A decision support tool to guide vegetation management in National Park Service units of Northern Great Plains
7-Apr Katharine Dahm USGS Drought Science for the Colorado River Basin: What do we have? How do we use it? and Where is the cool communication tech?
21-Apr Brandon Barlow Do Birds of a Feather Really Flock Together?
5-May Sara Oyler-McCance Harnessing Genomics to Examine Local Adaptation in Sage-Grouse
19-May Clarke Knight Land management explains major trends in forest structure and composition over the last millennium in California's Klamath Mountains
9-Jun Dave Helweg Co-production of satellite-derived vegetation health reports with Marshall Islands stakeholder communities
23-Jun Andrea Fritts Movers and shakers: invasive and native fish passage at navigation dams
14-Jul Madelyn Mette New insight into past climate from clamshell proxy records
28-Jul John Hansen Tire dust and fish health
11-Aug Catherine Jarnevich  Invasive Species Habitat Tool (INHABIT)
25-Aug Carina Kusaka  Seeing the Bigger Picture: Using Aerial Photos to Assess Tufted Puffin Habitat in Oregon
15-Sep Kristen Bouska Diverse portfolios: investing in tributaries for restoration of large river fishes
13-Oct Rose Swift Understanding connectivity and its consequences for a listed species in the Prairie Pothole Region
27-Oct Melanie Davis Terrestrial-Aquatic linkages in the Nisqually River Delta Food Web
17-Nov Dan Jones Decision support tools for hazard assessment, science coordination, and reclamation strategies on mined lands
1-Dec Erik Beever Adaptive capacity as a lens to inform decisions on conservation status, invasive species, & climate-adaptation actions 


2022 Speakers


Dec 2

Russell Perry, Western Fisheries Research Center

Using the Stream Salmonid Simulator (S3) to assess the effect of flow management on mortality of juvenile Chinook Salmon caused by the myxosporean parasite Ceratonova shasta

Nov 18

Pam Nagler, Southwest Biological Science Center

Pat Shafroth, Fort Collins Science Center

Eduardo Gonzalez-Sargas, Research Scientist, Colorado State University

Minute 323: Update on USGS science supporting ecosystem restoration in the Colorado River Delta

Nov 4 Teresa Newton, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center Science to Support the Conservation of Native Freshwater Mussels in Large Rivers
Oct 28 Clint Muhlfeld, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center Ecohydrology: Integrated Science to Support Species, Ecosystems, and People Under Future Climate Change 
Oct 14 Kristin Byrd, Western Geographic Science Center Knowledge co-production on the impact of decisions for waterbird habitat in a changing climate
Sept 30 Heather Johnson, Alaska Science Center Investigating the Responses of Caribou to Changing Habitat Conditions in the Arctic 
Sept 16 Katie Walton Day, Colorado Water Science Center Ecosystems Mission Area, Environmental Health Program's Minerals Integrated Science Team:  Contaminant Fate and Effects Associated with the Lifecycle of Mineral Resources
Aug 26 Todd Katzner, Supervisory Research Wildlife Biologist, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center USGS Renewables-Wildlife Solutions Initiative
Aug 12 Brian Miller, Research Ecologist, North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center

Gregor Schuurman, Ecologist, National Park Service

Amy Symstad, Research Ecologist, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Getting the Most out of Climate Change Scenario Planning: A Decade of Lessons Learned
July 29 Isabelle Cozzarelli, Research Hydrologist, Geology, Energy & Minerals Science Center Wastes from oil and gas development: accidental releases and re-use investigations
July 15

Laura Thompson, Research Ecologist, National Climate Adaptation Science Centers

Abigail Lynch, Research Fish Biologist, National Climate Adaptation Science Centers

Managing for RADical ecosystem change: applying the Resist-Accept-Direct (RAD) framework
June 24 Keith Loftin, Research Chemist, USGS Toxins and Harmful Algal Bloom Research Team Overview of Toxic Algal Blooms and Effects on Human and Animal Health
June 10 Tony Celis-Murillo, Chief, USGS Bird Banding Lab, Eastern Ecological Science Center USGS Bird Banding Lab
May 20 Jeff Steevens, Supervisory Research Fish Biologist, Columbia Environmental Research Center USGS per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) research and strategic vision
May 6 Ellis Margolis, Research Ecologist, USGS Fort Collins Science Center, New Mexico Landscapes Field Station Tree Rings Provide Historical Perspectives on Increasing Wildfires

April 22

Robb Diehl, Research Ecologist, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center Response of Flying Animals to Utility-Scale Photovoltaic Solar Facilities

April 8

Michelle I. Jeffries, Biologist, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center

Translating Science with Interactive Visualizations

March 25

Ryan Burner, Research Wildlife Biologist, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center

Mark Wimer, Wildlife Program Manager, Ecosystems

Climate change and migratory birds: Science for a road to recovery

March 11

Adam Sepulveda, Research Zoologist, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center

Robotic Environmental DNA Biosurveillance at USGS Streamgages

February 25

John Mola, Research Ecologist, Fort Collins Science Center

Endangered bumble bees: Science on the threats and recovery

February 11

Diann Prosser, Research Biologist, Eastern Ecological Science Center

Avian Influenza: Understanding the role of wild waterfowl 

January 28

Laura Gemery, Ecologist, USGS Florence Bascom Geoscience Center

Ocean-climate variability during the last 2 millennia on the Beaufort Sea shelf

January 14

Bridget Deemer, Postdoctoral Research Ecologist, USGS Southwest Biological Science Center

Turning the red river green- an experimental flow promotes primary production in the Colorado River


2021 Speakers


USGS Land Carbon: A Review of Accomplishments

Date: December 17, 2021, from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Zhiliang Zhu, Deputy Program Coordinator, USGS Climate Adaptation Science Center


Climate Change Refugia for Landscape Conservation

Date: December 3, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speakers: Toni Lyn Morelli, Research Ecologist, USGS Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center


Risks Posed by SARS-CoV-2 to North American Bats During Winter Field Work

Date: November 19, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speakers: Jonathan Cook, Evan Grant, Mike Runge - USGS Eastern Ecological Science Center


What is a glacier? Defining ice dynamic thresholds for regional assessments of glacier mass change

Date: November 5, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Caitlyn Florentine, Research Physical Scientist, USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center


Ecological Pathways of Contaminant Transfer and Effects: Aquatic Insects and Insectivores

Date: October 15, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Johanna Kraus, PhD, Research Ecologist, USGS Columbia Environmental Research Center


Glucocorticoid hormones associated with reduced White-tailed deer fawn survival

Date: October 1, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Tess Gingery, Graduate Student, USGS Pennsylvania Cooperative Research Unit


The National Seed Strategy

Date: September 24, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Molly Mccormick, RAMPS Coordinator/Ecologist, USGS Southwest Biological Science Center


Thresholds and Consequences of Ecophysiological Water Use in Forested Wetlands of the Southeast with Salinity: Why We Study Trees

Date: September 10, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Ken Krauss, Research Ecologist, USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center


Assessing migration and survival of Pacific salmon in impounded rivers of the Pacific Northwest, USA

Date: August 20, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Toby Kock, Research Fish Biologist, USGS Western Fisheries Research Center


Structured decision making and adaptive management with the Central Valley Project Improvement Act fisheries program…progress? 

Date: August 6, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: James Peterson, Unit Leader, USGS Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit 


Supersized: Coastwide Scale Wetland Monitoring to Support Large Scale Restoration in America’s Delta

Date: July 23, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Sarai Piazza, Ecologist, USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center


Conservation of the Sagebrush Ecosystem Under the Sage-Grouse Umbrella

Date:  July 9, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Cameron Aldridge, Research Ecologist, USGS Fort Collins Science Center


The Role of Drought in Aquatic Systems: Population and Community Dynamics

Date:  June 25, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Daniel Magoulick, Fish Biologist, Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Assistant Unit Leader


Linking Climate Change, Cattail Expansion, and Wetland Management

Date:  June 4, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Sheel Bansal, Research Ecologist, USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center


USGS Research to Support the Recovery of Endangered Atlantic Sturgeon

Date:  May 21, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Dave Kazyak, Research Ecologist, Eastern Ecological Science Center


Structured decision making: A strategy for collaboration and conservation of imperiled herpetofauna (Carolina gopher-frog)

Date: May 7, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Brian Crawford, Post Doc, Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit


Roadmap Through Fire: USGS Wildland Fire Strategic Plan

Date: April 23, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Paul F. Steblein, Wildland Fire Science Coordinator


Adaptive Monitoring in Action: Whitebark Pine in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Date: April 2, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Kathi Irvine, Research Statistician, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center


Impacts of Translocation on the Cooperatively Breeding Florida Scrub-Jay in Ocala National Forest 

Date: March 19, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Alexis Cardas, Graduate Student, Florida Cooperative Research Unit


Species Status Assessments to Support Endangered Species Decision Making

Date: March 5, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time


Conor McGowan, Assistant Unit Leader, Research Wildlife Biologist, Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

David Smith, Research Statistician (Biology), Eastern Ecological Science Center


Using Information from Global Climate Models to Inform Policymaking 

Date: February 5, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Adam Terando, Research Ecologist, Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center


We Did Start the Fire: Humans, Climate and Fire in the Holocene

Date: January 8, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Natalie Kehrwald, Research Geologist, Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center


The Smart Energy Webtool: Providing Relevant and Accessible Information to Support Energy Development and Management

Date: December 4, 2020 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Mike Duniway, Research Ecologist/Soil Scientist, USGS Southwest Biological Science Center


Imperilment and Recovery of the Monarch Butterfly

Date: November 20, 2020 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Wayne Thogmartin, USGS-Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center


Opportunities for Ecological Forecasting to Improve Natural Resource Management

Date: November 6, 2020 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time


John Bradford, Research Ecologist, USGS Southwest Biological Science Center

Jake Weltzin, Acting Senior Science Advisor, USGS Ecosystems Mission Area


Hawaii Avian Genomics: Searching the Genomic ‘Haystack’ for Genes Associated with Disease Immunity

Date: October 2, 2020 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Eben Paxton, Research Ecologist, USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center


Using the past to inform management today: insights from the Genetics for Western Restoration and Conservation (GWRC) research group

Date: September 4, 2020 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time


Rob Massatti, Research Ecologist, USGS Southwest Biological Science Center

Daniel Winkler, Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Southwest Biological Science Center

Matt Jones, Research Affiliate, U.S. Geological Survey, Southwest Biological Science Center


Using Models and Web Applications for Chronic Wasting Disease Scenario Planning

Date: August 7, 2020 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Paul Cross, Research Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center


How Social Science Informs the Management of North American Waterfowl Hunting and Birdwatching

Date: July 10, 2020 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Nicholas Cole, U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center


Constructing Realistic Species Distribution and Habitat Modelling Map Products: Challenges and Opportunities

Date: June 5, 2020 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Thomas C. Edwards, Jr., USGS Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Department of Wildland Resources, Utah State University