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The USGS Ecosystems Mission Area provides science to help America achieve sustainable management and conservation of biological resources in wild and urban spaces, and places in between. Ecosystems scientists examine consequences of climate and environmental change; effects of management actions on communities, lands, and species; and risks and solutions to harmful invasive species, wildlife diseases, and contaminants in the environment.

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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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Date published: May 18, 2021

Wetland Science at WARC

This month we’re recognizing American Wetlands Month by sharing USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center (WARC) wetlands research along the Gulf of Mexico, throughout the Southeast, and around the world.

Date published: May 17, 2021

Wetland Word: Sequestration

Scientifically speaking, sequestration refers to the capture and storage of an element, like carbon, in the environment.   

May 13, 2021

USGS EcoNews - Vol. 2 | Issue 3

May is Wetlands Month and full of events and celebrations providing us an opportunity to highlight our ecosystems science supporting amphibian and migratory bird conservation, prevention and control of invasive species, global ungulate migrations, and more!

Attribution: Ecosystems


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Year Published: 2021

Trophic transfer efficiency in the Lake Superior food web: Assessing the impacts of non-native species

Ecosystem-based management relies on understanding how perturbations influence ecosystem structure and function (e.g., invasive species, exploitation, abiotic changes). However, data on unimpacted systems are scarce; therefore, we often rely on impacted systems to make inferences about ‘natural states.’ Among the Laurentian Great Lakes, ...

Mathias, Bryan G.; Hrabik, Thomas R.; Hoffman, Joel C.; Gorman, Owen; Seider, Michael J.; Sierszen, Michael E.; Vinson, Mark; Yule, Daniel; Yurista, Peder M.

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Year Published: 2021

Assessing the population impacts and cost‐effectiveness of a conservation translocation

Managers often move, or translocate, organisms into habitats that are assumed to be suitable, however the consequences of these translocations are usually not rigorously assessed. Robust assessment of these management experiments should consider impacts to both donor and recipient populations and compare the cost‐effectiveness of translocations to...

Yackulic, Charles B.; Van Haverbeke, David R.; Dzul, Maria C.; Bair, Lucas S.; Young, Kirk L.

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Climate drivers of large magnitude snow avalanche years in the U.S. northern Rocky Mountains

Large magnitude snow avalanches pose a hazard to humans and infrastructure worldwide. Analyzing the spatiotemporal behavior of avalanches and the contributory climate factors is important for understanding historical variability in climate-avalanche relationships as well as improving avalanche forecasting. We used established dendrochronological...

Peitzsch, Erich; Pederson, Gregory T.; Birkeland, Karl W.; Hendrikx, Jordy; Fagre, Daniel B.