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Date published: November 15, 2018
Status: Completed

New England WSC seminar series Rau 20181116

Demand for biomass bioenergy has been increasing due to consumer choices, and changes in public policy in response to global climate change. Currently, in the United States, unprocessed wood waste is the primary source of biomass for energy production. 

Contacts: Matt Ely
Date published: October 25, 2018
Status: Active

Wildlife responses to climate change- Toni Lyn Morelli

Northern New England is a fascinating landscape of conifers, unique wildlife, mountainous landscapes, and warming climates. Help us better understand whether red squirrel populations are responding to climate change and predict how that will impact the vulnerable boreal birds that they prey upon.

Date published: October 24, 2018
Status: Active

Assessment of hydrologic and water-quality changes in shallow groundwater beneath a coastal neighborhood being converted from septic systems to municipal sewers

The U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are collaborating on a study to better understand changes to groundwater quality beneath a densely developed coastal neighborhood as it undergoes conversion from onsite wastewater disposal to municipal sewering.

Date published: October 23, 2018
Status: Active

Invasive Species and Climate Change- Toni Lyn Morelli

The topic of how climate change will exacerbate the impacts of invasive species is at the cutting edge of conservation biology and applied ecology. We are looking for someone to work with a group of researchers and natural resource managers under the paradigm of translational ecology, producing publications and designing research that will improve conservation outcomes on the ground

Date published: October 23, 2018
Status: Active

Incorporating Citizen Science to improve Biodiversity Knowledge- Toni Lyn Morelli

We are inviting you to participate in an exciting project that brings together citizen science data from iNaturalist and other online platforms to improve currently static biodiversity databases.  This project will ultimately identify invasive species, taxonomy changes, and potential climate migrants that will aid conservation efforts on public lands.

Date published: October 23, 2018
Status: Active

A groundwater network geodatabase for New England

A foundation for understanding hydrologic response to climate variation 

The drought of 2016 affected hydrologic conditions throughout New England. Responses of USGS groundwater observation wells to this event, however, were not uniform and were sometimes markedly different from site to site. Although USGS scientists were able to provide explanations for most of these...

Date published: October 16, 2018
Status: Active

Groundwater and Surface-Water Monitoring in the Mill Creek Watershed, Wellfleet and Truro, Massachusetts

The Herring River estuary and salt marsh system, within the Cape Cod National Seashore in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, has been diked off from the ocean for more than 100 years. The National Park Service is now preparing to restore the 1,100 acre estuary-marsh system.  

Date published: October 16, 2018
Status: Active

Improving Models of Coastal Change- Chris Sherwood

Help improve models of coastal erosion and morphologic change! This project offers an opportunity to collect and process various kinds of oceanographic and morphologic data using instruments and images recorded with our beach cam and drones. Or it can be a chance to develop and test numerical models. In either case, the results will help the USGS make forecasts of coastal erosion during storms...

Date published: June 30, 2018
Status: Active

Climate-induced changes in phenology in coastal ecosystems- Michelle Staudinger

Shifts in phenology provide one of the strongest indicators of an organism’s adaptive capacity to climate change, yet it is one of the most poorly known consequences of future impacts. This project seeks to improve understanding and develop adaptation strategies of the effects of phenological shifts and trophic mismatches in Atlantic coastal fish, seabird and marine mammal species.

Date published: June 19, 2018
Status: Active

Updating a Method to Estimate Probable High Groundwater Levels in Selected Areas of Massachusetts

Periodic high groundwater levels are a major cause of septic system-failures, wet basements, and other problems for suburban and rural residents in Massachusetts. High groundwater-level estimates for installation of on-site septic systems are mandated by State regulations.

Date published: June 19, 2018
Status: Active

USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Samples Repository-Collections Management

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Samples Repository (Buczkowski, 2018) is to

1. serve as the USGS repository for geological, biological, and geochemical samples collected through field research sponsored by the WHCMSC,

2. provide long-term storage of these samples collected by WHCMSC scientists and affiliated researchers under controlled conditions to ensure...

Date published: June 19, 2018
Status: Active

USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Samples Repository- Facilities

The USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center's Samples Repository is co-located on the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's Quissett Campus at 384 Woods Hole Road in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

The K.O. Emery Geotechnical Wing serves as the primary storage location for all geological, biological, and geochemical samples collected through USGS research, or in the permanent...