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World class scientists working in Southeast Region Science Centers help our partners understand and manage complex issues including competition for limited water resources, coastal hazards, mineral and energy resource extraction, degraded ecosystems, vector-borne diseases, rapidly changing land use, and response to climate change.

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Date published: June 22, 2016

Status and Trends of Emergent Wetlands in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: 1950-2010

Throughout the past century, emergent wetlands have been declining across the Gulf of Mexico. Emergent wetland ecosystems provide a plethora of resources including plant and wildlife habitat, commercial and recreational economic activity, water quality, and natural barriers against storms.

Contacts: Kathryn Spear
Date published: June 17, 2016
Status: Active

Monitoring of Amphibians at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Northwest Florida

Freshwater wetlands provide critical habitat for a diverse array of organisms, including many amphibians. Yet, under the threat of climate change, these habitats are among the most imperiled ecosystems on Earth.

Date published: June 16, 2016
Status: Active

Statistical Models for the Design and Analysis of Environmental DNA (eDNA) Surveys of Invasive and Imperiled Species

Detecting invasive species at low densities or prior to population establishment is critical for successful control and eradication. For example, Burmese pythons occupy thousands of square kilometers of mostly inaccessible habitats.

Date published: June 13, 2016
Status: Active

Preserving Gulf Sturgeon—A Fish Tale of Gargantuan Proportions

It's hard to imagine a better job than doing fieldwork with the USGS Coastal Ecology crew as they work to keep tabs on the Gulf sturgeon population.

Contacts: Michael Randall, Tania Larson
Date published: May 23, 2016
Status: Completed

Fish Slam - Spring 2016

May 23, 2016 – Five teams of fishery biologists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the National Park Service (NPS), Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH), University of Florida (UF), and Florida International University (FIU) sampled 12 sites for non-native fishes in Broward and Miami-Dade counties in southeastern Florida.

Date published: May 11, 2016
Status: Active

Impacts of Sea Level Rise & Ecosystem Restoration on Wildlife

The interior marshes of the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge (TTINWR) are currently negatively impacted by sea level rise through saltwater intrusion from the south which furthers mangrove encroachment into the freshwater marsh.

Date published: May 11, 2016
Status: Active

Assessment of Small Mammal Demographics and Communities in the Picayune Strand Restoration Area

The Picayune Strand Restoration Project (PSRP) is in the process of restoring pre-drainage hydrology to the southwest portion of the Greater Everglades ecosystem.

Date published: May 11, 2016
Status: Active

Assessment of Small Mammal Demographics and Communities in Everglades National Park

The decline of mammal populations in Everglades National Park (ENP) over the last 20 years is likely to influence the ecology of the Everglades system and the likelihood of successful Everglades restoration.

Date published: May 11, 2016

Wildlife Indicators of Greater Everglades Restoration Progress, Climate Change, and Shifts in Ecosystem Service

As Greater Everglades restoration project implementation progresses, wetlands in near coastal areas may undergo changes in salinity, hydroperiod, and water depth.

Date published: May 6, 2016
Status: Active

Joint Ecosystem Modeling: Greater Everglades Modeling Decision Support Tools

Ecological models are needed to facilitate evaluation and assessment of alternative approaches to restore Greater Everglades ecosystems. However, the provision of useful and accessible models is a challenge because there is often a disconnect between model developers and model users. Joint Ecosystem Modeling (JEM) was established to meet this challenge, with the goal of getting ecological...

Date published: May 6, 2016
Status: Active

Optimal Control Strategies for Invasive Exotics in South Florida

The establishment and proliferation of exotic plants and animals can interfere with native ecological processes and can cause severe stress to sensitive ecosystems.

Date published: May 2, 2016
Status: Active

The Oysters of Chicopit: Status of the Oyster Population in Chicopit Bay before, during, and after the Construction of the Mile Point Project

Chicopit Bay, part of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve in Florida, is a small embayment at the intersection of San Pablo Creek (part of the Intercoastal Waterway) and the St. Johns River. Home to a number of small oyster beds, this area is now being dredged to help eliminate cross currents from the main shipping channel of the St. Johns. WARC researchers collect baseline...

Contacts: Michael Randall
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Michelle Collier of the USGS holding a black and white Tegu lizard.
December 31, 2014

Michelle Collier of the USGS holding a black and white Tegu

Invasive Species biological science technician Michelle Collier holds an invasive black and white Tegu lizard. 

Aerial Photographs of coastal area with lots of houses Key Largo, Florida
September 8, 2014

Aerial Photographs Collected from Key Largo, Florida

Baseline Coastal Oblique Aerial Photographs Collected from Key Largo, Florida, to the Florida/Georgia Border, September 5-6, 2014

View south/southeast along eastern shoreline in April 2014 shows a dense berm of mangrove trees. 
April 30, 2014

Berm at Jim Foot Key, Florida (2014)

In Photo: View south/southeast along eastern shoreline in April 2014 shows a dense berm of mangrove trees.  The bay is not visible. 

Scientists from the Florence Bascom Geoscience Center first sampled four islands in Florida Bay, Everglades National Park, in April 2014 to collect cores to study sea level rise and storm history in the region.  In September 2017,

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Field crews on a Florida Bay island
April 14, 2014

Florida Bay island sediments reveal past, may foretell future

Field crew on Bob Allen Key in Florida Bay, Everglades National Park, April 14, 2014, conferring on next steps near core sites marked with orange flags.  The mangroves that form the islands’ perimeter are to the left and in the background. Photo: Anna Wachnicka, FIU [left to right: Lynn Wingard, Marci Marot, Christopher Bernhardt, Terry McCloskey, and James Murray,

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USGS diver taking a core of a 100-year-old coral in USVI
August 19, 2013

USGS diver taking a core of a 100-year-old coral in USVI

USGS diver taking a core of a 100-year-old coral to allow reconstruction of past ocean temperatures in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Photo of Sunset Beach, Florida, during tropical storm Colin in June 2016
December 31, 2012

Photo of Sunset Beach, Florida, during tropical storm Colin, June 2016

Photo of Sunset Beach, Florida, during tropical storm Colin in June 2016. The storm resulted in large waves and elevated water levels that caused erosion in this area, as can be seen in the scarp forming at the vegetation line. CMHRP researchers surveyed the elevation of the beach before and after the storm to quantify the storm's impacts.

A SCUBA diver beside a Massive starlet coral on the sea floor at Dry Tortugas National Park
May 31, 2012

Diver with a Massive Starlet coral, Dry Tortugas National Park

A USGS diver beside a Massive Starlet (Siderastrea siderea) coral colony in Dry Tortugas National Park. Scientists used a core from this coral to reconstruct ocean temperatures going back to 1837. Photo: USGS, May 2012

A large boulder-shaped Massive Starlet coral on the sea floor in Dry Tortugas National Park
May 31, 2012

Massive Starlet coral at Dry Tortugas National Park

Scientists used a core from this Massive Starlet (Siderastrea siderea) coral colony in Dry Tortugas National Park to reconstruct ocean temperatures going back to 1837. Photo: USGS

Pitcher plant Sarracenia purpurea
December 31, 2011

Pitcher plant Sarracenia purpurea

Pitcher plant, Sarracenia purpurea leaves filled with water in a bog in northern Florida.

The North American pitcher plant, Sarracenia purpurea, is a unique system for characterizing microbial diversity and carbon cycling but it has been poorly studied from a microbiology perspective. The leaves of S. purpurea trap rainwater, creating a microscopic aquatic

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Image: Burmese Python Swimming in Florida Bay
November 16, 2011

Burmese Python Swimming in Florida Bay

Fishing guide Camp Walker, Catalyst Charters, of Islamorada, Fla.,  took this photo of a Burmese python swimming in Florida Bay from the end of Twisty Channel toward End Key on Nov. 16, 2011. 

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An invasive Burmese python in the Everglades.
March 19, 2014

Invasive Burmese pythons in South Florida are able to find their way home even when moved far away from their capture locations, a finding that has implications for the spread of the species.

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March 12, 2014

Raw or undercooked Asian swamp eels could transmit a parasitic infection called gnathostomiasis to consumers.

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February 27, 2014

The estimated tens of thousands of Burmese pythons now populating the Everglades present a low risk to people in the park, according to a new assessment byU.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service scientists.

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February 10, 2014

Emergency managers and residents along the Withlacoochee and Little River Basins have a new educational resource to help them better understand floods and the importance of stream gauging.

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February 6, 2014

A newly developed computer model holds the promise of helping scientists track and predict where oil will go after a spill, sometimes years later.

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August 27, 2013

Beaches and dunes on Fire Island, New York, lost more than half of their pre-storm volume during Hurricane Sandy, leaving the area more vulnerable to future storms. 

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April 29, 2013

Nesting green sea turtles are benefiting from marine protected areas by using habitats found within their boundaries, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study that is the first to track the federally protected turtles in Dry Tortugas National Park.

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September 19, 2012

With the release of US Topo maps for Florida and Illinois, the continental US is now covered with the new digital quadrangles
 

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September 18, 2012

Davie, FL. -- A new online tool will make data on several of Florida’s threatened and endangered species—including the Florida panther, American crocodile, and Key deer—more readily accessible to resource managers and planners. 

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August 28, 2012

Sandy beaches and barrier islands along the northern Gulf of Mexico are highly vulnerable to beach and dune erosion as Hurricane Isaac makes landfall this week, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey assessment. The projections also show which coastal areas may see storm-surge topping sand dunes and beaches.  

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August 25, 2012

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Seventy-eight percent of Florida's west central coast and 23 percent of the Panhandle are very likely to face beach and dune erosion as Tropical Storm Isaac moves into the area early next week, according to an assessment released by the U.S. Geological Survey on Friday. These numbers are likely to increase if the storm reaches hurricane strength as predicted.