Ecosystems

Education

Below are USGS educational resources for learners of all ages that focus on ecological sciences!

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Learning From Home

Your first stop for learning resources from USGS!  This will be updated weekly throughout the spring of 2020.

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Ecosystems Podcasts

Ecosystems Podcasts

Outstanding in the Field is an 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.  

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Date published: October 28, 2020
Status: Active

I Am A...Chiropterologist

I Am A ... Chiropterologist is part of our "I Am A..." series of USGS whiteboard animations that highlight USGS careers. The concept is to show "what society (or my mom) thinks I do" compared with "what I really do." One image captures a more whimsical representation of a "scientist" in...

Attribution: Ecosystems
Date published: October 28, 2020
Status: Active

I Am A...

Welcome to the "I Am A..." series - a collection of USGS whiteboard animations that highlight USGS careers. The concept is to show "what society (or my mom) thinks I do" compared with "what I really do." One image captures a more whimsical representation of a "scientist" in the field and the second demonstrates a more accurate representation of what we really look like.

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Attribution: Ecosystems
Date published: October 28, 2020
Status: Active

Episode 6 - Sandbars and Vegetation in Grand Canyon

In this episode of Outstanding in the Field, we are talking about beaches in a place that most people probably would not think of—the Grand Canyon. USGS scientists at the Southwest Biological Science...

Date published: October 13, 2020
Status: Active

I Am A ... Fire Ecologist

I Am A ... Fire Ecologist is part of our "I Am A..." series of USGS whiteboard animations that highlight USGS careers. The concept is to show "what society (or my mom) thinks I do" compared with "what I really do." One image captures a more whimsical representation of a "scientist" in...

Attribution: Ecosystems
Date published: September 15, 2020
Status: Active

I Am An ... Ornithologist

I Am An ... Ornithologist is part of our "I Am A..." series of USGS whiteboard animations that highlight USGS careers. The concept is to show "what society (or my mom) thinks I do" compared with "what I really do." One image captures a more whimsical representation of a "scientist" in...

Attribution: Ecosystems
Date published: September 15, 2020
Status: Active

I Am A ... Herpetologist

I Am A ... Herpetologist is part of our "I Am A..." series of USGS whiteboard animations that highlight USGS careers. The concept is to show "what society (or my mom) thinks I do" compared with "what I really do." One image captures a more whimsical representation of a "scientist" in the field and the...

Attribution: Ecosystems
Date published: July 1, 2020
Status: Active

Ecosystems A to Z

Did you know that the USGS Ecosystems Mission Area is the biological research arm of the U.S. Department of the Interior?    

USGS Ecosystems Mission Area scientists are leading research and monitoring efforts across the country and in some cases around the globe. Studying topics from amphibians to zoonotic...

Attribution: Ecosystems
Date published: March 26, 2020
Status: Active

Educational Resources

Whether you’re interested in ways to make neighborhood nature walks more engaging, or on the hunt for science material to help your students stay focused, we’re here to help. USGS WARC scientists conduct research on aquatic and wetland ecosystems, the plants and animals that rely on those habitats, and the stressors threatening these systems and species. To help home-based students learn more...

Contacts: Kaitlin Kovacs
Date published: October 7, 2019
Status: Active

Episode 5 - Fish in Grand Canyon

In this episode of Outstanding in the Field, you will learn about the one-of-a-kind native fish species that call the Grand Canyon segment of the Colorado River home and the USGS science that is...

Date published: August 23, 2019
Status: Active

Episode 4 - Amphibian Surveys

In this episode of Outstanding in the Field, you will learn about the USGS’s efforts to track frog populations and identify invasive frog species in the southeast United States by listening to the...

Date published: July 3, 2019
Status: Active

Episode 3 - Chronic Wasting Disease

In this episode of Outstanding in the Field, we’ll be talking about chronic wasting disease, or CWD, a fatal and contagious wildlife disease that affects animals in the deer family and is of great...

Date published: April 12, 2019
Status: Active

Episode 2 - Citizen Science

This episode of Outstanding in the Field is our first to highlight USGS science along the Colorado River as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Powell Expedition, an exploration of the Green and...