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February 16, 2024

Friday's Findings is a public webinar series hosted by the USGS Ecosystems Mission Area. 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 within the USGS.



Speakers for the 2024 Friday's Findings webinar series

January 12 When Did Humans Come to North America? 

Kathleen Springer, Research Geologist, Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center 

Jeff Pigati, Research Geologist, Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center 

January 26 Expanding Biologists’ Toolbox for Assessing the Status of Southeastern Freshwater Fishes 

Logan Sleezer, Ecologist, Columbia Environmental Research Center 

Corey Dunn, Research Fish Biologist, Unit Leader, U.S. Geological Survey, North Carolina Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit; North Carolina State University 

February 9 Fields & Feedlots: Agricultural Research by the Food Resources Lifecycle Integrated Science Team    Dr. Dana Kolpin, Research Hydrologist, Central Midwest Water Science Center 
February 23 National EDRR Framework: focus on tools for early detection Wes Daniel, Fishery Biologist, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center 
March 8 Celebrating International Women's Day and the Paths Taken to a Career in Science
Dr. Aparna Bamzai-Dodson, Assistant Regional Administrator, USGS North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center; Dr. Erin Buchholtz, Assistant Unit Leader of Wildlife, USGS South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit; Dr. Maggie Hunter, Research Geneticist, USGS Wetlands and Aquatic Research Center
March 22 Finding The Core: Tools for Identifying Intact Grasslands and Tracking Restoration Outcomes    Caleb Roberts, Research Wildlife Biologist, Cooperative Research Units 
April 12 U.S. Inland Creel and Angler Survey Catalog (Creelcat)  Nick Sievert, ORISE Fellow in Data Informatics with the National Climate Adaptation Science Center 
April 26 Going To Extremes to Uncover the Secrets of Dinosaur's Ponderosa Pine  Becky (Rebecca) Brice, Geographer, Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center 
May 10 Leveraging thirty-four years of data to assess the effects of visitor use and climate on amphibian occupancy in a protected landscape Amanda M. Kissel, Fort Collins Science Center 
May 24 Adaptive Management, Fire, and Restoration in the Sagebrush Biome 

Chad Hoffman, Acting Wildland Fire Science Program Manager, Ecosystems Mission Area 

Lief Wiechman, Sagebrush Ecosystem Specialist, Ecosystems Mission Area 

June 14 What's the Buzz in USGS Pollinator Science

Lindsey Thurman, Partnerships Ecologist, Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center 

Kara Jones, Geneticist, Eastern Ecological Science Center 

David Haukos, Unit Leader, Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Kathryn Busby (Wildlife Biologist) and Kathryn Thomas (Research Ecologist), Southwest Biological Science Center  

June 28 From the Surface to the Deep: Assessing Biodiversity in Offshore Marine Environments with eDNA Alexis M. Weinnig, Postdoctoral Researcher, USGS Eastern Ecological Science Center
July 12 Blowing in the Wind (Or the Shipping Container): Airborne eDNA for Biosurveillance Steve Spear, Research Biologist, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center 
July 26 Urban Heat, Trees, and Equity  Peter Ibsen, Research Ecologist, Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center 
August 9 PFAS: Bridging Analytical Chemistry with Environmental Effects  Dr. Erin Pulster, Research Biologist, Columbia Environmental Research Center 
August 23 Indigenous Knowledge: Providing Insight into Climate Change  Nicole Herman Mercer, Research Social Scientist, Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Centers 
September 13 USGS Science on the Southern Border  Seth Munson, Research Ecologist, Southwest Biological Science Center 
September 27 USGS Science on Sea Otters Across Their Range (Northern and Southern Populations) Julie Yee, Research Statistician, Western Ecological Research Center   
Dan Esler, Research Wildlife Biologist, Alaska Science Center 
October 11 Ecosystems Science Conducted Under a One Health Framework 

Patty Bright, Science Advisor, Ecosystems Mission Area  

Camille Hopkins, Wildlife Disease Specialist, Ecosystems Mission Area 

October 25 USGS Bat Science and White-nose Syndrome Prevention  Tonie Rocke, Research Epidemiologist, National Wildlife Health Center 
Kathi Irvine, Research Statistician, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center 
November 8 USGS Research to Support Pacific Lamprey, A Species of Special Tribal Interest in The West  Theresa “Marty” Liedtke, Research Fish Biologist, Western Fisheries Research Center 
November 22 Developing Resources for Tribal Partnership Science  Tony Ciocco, Biologist, NC Climate Adaptation Science Centers 
December 6 USGS Science in Support of Condor Conservation and Health  Todd Katzner, Supervisory Research Wildlife Biologist, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center 


Friday's Findings Archives

Friday's Findings Archives

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