Scientists and Officials Celebrate 50 Years of Groundbreaking Science in Columbia

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Representatives from the offices of Senator Roy Blunt, Senator Claire McCaskill and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler will join leaders from the U.S. Geological Survey, federal and state partners and city officials for a special 50th anniversary event at the USGS Columbia Environmental Research Center in Columbia, Missouri, this Thursday, September 15.

CERC Building
The Columbia Environmental Research Center in Columbia, Missouri. 

The CERC was established in 1966 in response to the Pesticide Research Act, which authorized the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to investigate the nation’s concern with pesticide effects on fish and wildlife. The center’s capabilities have grown over the past five decades in response to emerging concerns with environmental pollution, invasive species, endangered species and the ecology of large rivers.

Over the past half-century, the CERC has provided groundbreaking research that has assisted resource managers in making informed choices across the landscape. The center has produced innovative studies to assess the impact of environmental pollutants on fish and wildlife health. Research focuses on topics ranging from emerging contaminants, such as endocrine disruptors and intersex fish, to species of interest such as the invasive Asian carp and endangered pallid sturgeon and piping plover.


What:              Reporters are welcome to attend an historic 50th anniversary celebration of the USGS Columbia Environmental Research
                        Center. Journalists will have access to highly visual tours and interview opportunities.

Who:               Representatives for Senator Roy Blunt, Senator Claire McCaskill and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler
                        USGS Director Suzette Kimball
                        Federal and city officials, and science leaders

When:            Thursday September 15, 2016
                       9 a.m.: Formal program
                       10 a.m.: Tours of the facilities

Where:           USGS Columbia Environmental Research Center (map)
                       4200 New Haven Road
                       Columbia, Missouri 65201

Reporters: please RSVP to Jennifer LaVista

CERC research on effects of environmental pollution on fish and wildlife
CERC researchers study effects of environmental pollution on fish and wildlife. 
CERC ecological research on Missouri River
USGS Biologist Sabrina Davenport prepares to release a reproductive female pallid sturgeon.















Image: Mapping A CERC Pond With A River Ray
A CERC pond being used for a sturgeon study is being mapped. 
Image: Lake Sturgeon at CERC
USGS Biologist prepares to artificially spawn a female lake sturgeon in the laboratory at the CERC.