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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.

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Newsletter - EcoNews

Newsletter - EcoNews

This quarterly newsletter highlights ecosystems science and activities coming out of our Science Centers and Cooperative Research Units across the Nation. 

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Webinar - Friday's Findings

Webinar - Friday

A public webinar series meant to offer our audience an opportunity to discover the Ecosystems science capacity within the USGS.

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

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News

Date published: August 10, 2020

RAMPS Newsletter - Summer 2020 Edition

This season's edition of the Restoration Assessment and Monitoring Program for the Southwest Newsletter contains recent program highlights including research updates, new projects, field updates and more.

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Date published: August 3, 2020

National Seed Strategy Report

Federal input requested on accomplishments using locally adapted plants in habitat restoration in the USA. Add your projects to a comprehensive federal activities report for the National Seed Strategy and get recognized for your efforts!

Date published: August 3, 2020

Friday's Findings - August 7 2020

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

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Publications

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Year Published: 2020

U.S. Geological Survey—Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center 2018 research activity report

The mission of Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center is to provide scientific information needed to conserve and manage the Nation’s natural capital for current and future generations, with an emphasis on migratory birds, Department of the Interior trust resources, and ecosystems of the Nation’s interior. This report provides an overview of...

Sherfy, Mark H.
Sherfy, M.H., ed., 2020, U.S. Geological Survey—Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center 2018 research activity report: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1465, 69 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/cir1465.

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A hybrid approach for predictive soil property mapping using conventional soil survey data

Soil property maps are important for land management and earth systems modeling. A new hybrid point-disaggregation predictive soil property mapping strategy improved mapping in the Colorado River Basin, and can be applied to other areas with similar data (e.g. conterminous United States). This new approach increased sample size ~6-fold over past...

Nauman, Travis W.; Duniway, Michael C.

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The freshwater mysid Mysis diluviana (Audzijonyte and Väinölä, 2005) (Mysida: Mysidae) consumes detritus in the presence of Daphnia (Cladocera: Daphniidae)

Freshwater mysids of the Mysis relicta group are omnivorous macroinvertebrates that form an important link between fishes and lower trophic levels in many north temperate to Arctic lakes, where they exhibit diel vertical migration (DVM) to exploit subsurface food-rich layers at night. Benthic food resources have been assumed to be less important...

Griffin, Jessica E.; O'Malley, Brian; Stockwell, Jason D.