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Date published: October 25, 2018
Status: Active

Models of high-dimensional environmental and ecological data- Brian Gray

An intern would have the opportunity to work on GLMMs issues—or use already-proposed models to tackle natural resource questions that are multivariate in nature. The intern would not be limited to the use of parametric models; concerns with making inferences from multivariate ecological data may be addressed using machine learning or other approaches.

Date published: October 25, 2018
Status: Active

Modeling plague transmission dynamics- Robin Russell

Collaborators at the National Wildlife Health Center and University of Wisconsin Madison recently developed an oral plague vaccine and field tested the vaccine with a large scale experiment that included four species of prairie dog along a latitudinal gradient from Texas to Montana.

Date published: October 23, 2018
Status: Active

Fighting the Tide: Combating Coral Disease and Disappearance Within the Florida Reef Tract Using Models- Daniel Walsh

In an unprecedented large-scale mortality event, Florida has lost >90% of many coral species. This event is unusual due to its expansive spatial extent, the number of affected species (at least 21 scleractinian coral species), and severity of losses (> 95% for Dendrogyra cylindrus), effectively eliminating some species from the tract.

Date published: October 16, 2018
Status: Active

Quantifying nutrient retention and transformation in rivermouths- James Larson

Rivermouths and other areas of the Great Lakes nearshore zone are the interface between the Lakes and the human communities that surround them. These areas provide abundant ecosystem services, including those related to provisioning services (food and water supply), cultural services (recreation and tourism) and regulating services (water quality regulation).

Date published: October 16, 2018
Status: Active

Estimating trends in river and stream water temperature using improved statistical models- Bryan Gray

Interest in the effects of climate change will continue to spur efforts to model changes in river and stream temperatures. Such changes may have important effects on aquatic organisms. A challenge is that statistical efforts should not rely on standard linear models when water temperatures span intermediate values and either low or high values (<5 °C or >25 °C). ...

Date published: October 16, 2018
Status: Active

Evaluating potential ecosystem indicators of Great Lakes restoration success- James Larson

One of the focus areas for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative's (GLRI) Action Plan is to implement a science-based adaptive management approach. Here, we propose to monitor ecosystem processes across the Great Lakes to identify ecosystem response to local and watershed-wide restoration activities. ...

Date published: August 29, 2018
Status: Active

National Wildlife Health Center — Madison, Wisconsin

About the Laboratory

The National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) provides the services of board-certified veterinary pathologists specializing in gross and microscopic assessment of animal tissues to help understand the impacts of contaminants on wildlife species. The NWHC also offers real-time reporting of wildlife mortality events and maintains an extensive database of...

Date published: July 23, 2018
Status: Active

BOR environmental DNA sampling for invasive mussels at USGS gages

As part of an ongoing project funded by the Bureau of Reclamation and lead by the Idaho Water Sciences Center (IDWSC) and Northern Rocky Mountain Research Center (NOROCK), the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC) will analyze environmental DNA samples collected at gage stations directly downstream of multiple reservoirs throughout the Columbia River Basin. The goal of this...

Contacts: Jon Amberg
Date published: July 18, 2018
Status: Active

Monitoring and predicting the impacts of trees on urban stormwater volume reduction

Much has been learned about how effectively individual green infrastructure practices can reduce stormwater volume, however, the role of urban trees in stormwater detention is poorly understood. This study will quantify the effect of tree removal on the urban hydrologic cycle and measure the impact that trees have on stormwater runoff volume.

Contacts: William R Selbig, Steve Loheid, Bill Shuster, Dave Nowak
Date published: July 15, 2018
Status: Active

Amphibian Population Dynamic Models for Decision Making- Robin Russell

Amphibians are among the most threatened vertebrate taxa worldwide, and are facing a suite of potential stressors. In a recent synthesis, researchers identified four major threats - land use change, disease risk, climate change, and pesticide use - contributed to the local extinction of amphibian populations, but the strength and direction of these effects varied geographically.

Date published: July 13, 2018
Status: Active

Using optical sensors to detect sewage contamination in the Great Lakes

In the Great Lakes, large volumes of sewage never make it to wastewater treatment plants due to illicit discharges and leaking sewer infrastructure, but contamination can be difficult to detect. This study will define the utility and practicality of using optical sensors to identify the sources and timing of sewage contamination in surface water and storm sewers in real-time field settings....

Contacts: Steven R Corsi
Date published: May 1, 2018
Status: Active

Bird Banding Laboratory

The Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL) is an integrated scientific program established in 1920 supporting the collection, archiving, management and dissemination of information from banded and marked birds in North America.  This information is used to monitor the status and trends of resident and migratory bird populations. Because birds are good indicators of the health of the environment, the...