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

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Date published: January 13, 2021

Fort Collins Science Center Scientists have strong presence at AGU Fall Meeting 2020

Fort Collins Science Center scientists had multiple presentations and poster submissions, as well as one award, at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 2020. The Meeting was the largest worldwide virtual conference in the Earth and space sciences, with over 20,000 attendees. 

Date published: January 11, 2021

Media Advisory: Study of Asian Carp Deterrent Begins in January

Reporters: Do you want to interview USGS scientists about the project? Please contact Randy Hines or Marisa Lubeck.

Date published: January 6, 2021

Webinar Series - Friday's Findings


Friday's Findings is a public webinar series hosted by the USGS Ecosystems Mission Area.  Our webinars are typically the first Friday of each month at 2 p.m. eastern time. 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...

Attribution: Ecosystems


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Year Published: 2021

Coding-Complete Genome Sequence of Avian Orthoavulavirus 16, isolated from Emperor Goose (Anser canagica) feces, Alaska, USA

We sequenced the coding-complete genome of an avian orthoavulavirus serotype 16 (AOAV-16) isolate recovered from emperor goose (Anser canagicus) feces collected in Alaska. The detection of AOAV-16 in North America and genomic sequencing of the resultant isolate confirms that the geographic distribution of this virus extends beyond Asia.

Reeves, Andrew B.; Killian, Mary Lea; Tanner, Michael E; Lagasse, Benjamin Joel; Ramey, Andrew M.; Stallknecht, David E.; Poulson, Rebecca L.

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Testing which axes of species differentiation underlie covariance of phylogeographic similarity among montane sedge species

Co‐distributed species may exhibit similar phylogeographic patterns due to shared environmental factors or discordant patterns attributed to the influence of species‐specific traits. Although either concordant or discordant patterns could occur due to chance, stark differences in key traits (e.g., dispersal ability) may readily explain differences...

Hodel, Richard G.J.; Massatti, Robert; Bishop, Sasha G.D.; Knowles, L. Lacey

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Movement ecology

(Yackulic) At first glance, the decision to study movement in Galapagos tortoises seems curious. Given the slow speed of tortoises and tendency to forage and rest as they move, it seems implausible that tortoises would string their slow bursts of activity together to accomplish large-scale movements. Nonetheless, as early as 1815 (Porter 1815),...

Blake, Stephen; Yackulic, Charles B.; Cabrera, Freddy; Deem, Sharon L.; Ellis-Soto, Diego; Gibbs, James P.; Kummeth, Franz; Wikelski, Martin; Bastille-Rousseau, Guillaume
Blake, S., Yackulic, C.B., Cabrera, F., Deem, S.L., Ellis-Soto, D., Gibbs, J.P., Kummeth, F., Wikelski, M., and Bastille‐Rousseau, G., 2021, Movement ecology, in Gibbs, J.P., Cayot, L.J., and Aguilera, W.T., eds., Galapagos giant tortoises—Biodiversity of world—Conservation from genes to landscapes: Academic Press, Elsevier Inc., Section III, Chapter 13, p. 261-279, https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-817554-5.00018-6.