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Florida

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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Image: Florida floods with extreme highwater
April 15, 2009

Florida floods with extreme highwater

The dry landscape of northwest Florida floods with extreme highwater from the Withlacoochee River.

Image: Bucolic Country Lane in Florida
August 21, 2008

Bucolic Country Lane in Florida

This bucolic country lane in east central Florida is lined with cabbage palms and oaks, a scene that is made increasingly rare with ongoing pressures of urbanization.

An alligator rest on exposed limestone bedrock, sunning itself.
March 16, 2008

Alligator Resting in Afternoon Sun

Alligators are very abundant in the freshwater wetlands of Everglades National Park and can usually be seen along the Anhinga trail in the park, especially when water levels are low.  This ~5-foot gator is resting on exposed limestone bedrock alongside the trail.  

Tadpole with SPI
December 19, 2002

Tadpole with SPI

This tadpole shows signs of a severe Perkinsea infection. 

Tadpole with organ failure
December 19, 2002

Tadpole with organ failure

This tadpole shows signs of severe Perkinsea infection, which causes organ failure. 

Image: Florida Bay
December 13, 1999

Florida Bay

Looking south from the Black Betsy Keys shore, onto waters of Florida Bay. On the horizon, Key islands separate the green bay waters from the blue cloud-filled skies.

Image: Florida Bay sunset
December 11, 1999

Florida Bay sunset

The sky filled with a profusion of colors as the sun slowly set behind this mangrove island in Florida Bay, at the south end of Everglades National Park.

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USGS
November 8, 2001

Evidence recently obtained by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) indicates that an ancient sand delta in South Florida, discovered in 1999 by scientists from the USGS and the University of South Florida, rivals the size of deltaic lobes of the modern-day Mississippi River.

USGS science for a changing world logo
November 6, 2001

Recent evidence recovered from the muddy bottom of Florida Bay by a team of USGS scientists indicates that some of the changes in Florida Bay’s ecosystem are natural and some are not. Lynn Brewster-Wingard will present data from cores that show a significant increase in the last 20-40 years in Brachidontes exustus, a mussel that is tolerant of poor water quality and a wide range of salinities.

USGS
November 6, 2001

Recent evidence recovered from the muddy bottom of Florida Bay by a team of USGS scientists indicates that some of the changes in Florida Bay’s ecosystem are natural and some are not.

USGS
November 6, 2001

At the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, in Boston, Tuesday, November 6, at 9:15 a.m., scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will describe partnerships between their agency and other public agencies and the private sector that are contributing to a greater understanding of public areas, such as national parks.

USGS
September 5, 2001

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Madison, Wisc., said today that two dead crows, found in the Chicago area tested positive for the West Nile Virus. Last week, dead crows found near Milwaukee also tested positive for the virus. So far this year, West Nile Virus has been identified in 20 states, the District of Columbia and in southern Ontario.

USGS
January 25, 2001

If the aquarium of brightly colored exotic fish with interesting names like angelfish, swordtail, glow-light tetra, hatchet fish and tire track eel that Aunt Tillie gave you for Christmas is rapidly becoming a burden, think twice before you dump the tank and destroy the evidence.

USGS
March 3, 2000

A new population of non-native Asian swamp eels, a highly adaptable predatory fish, has been found near the eastern border of Everglades National Park in the area of Homestead, Fla.

USGS
September 17, 1999

USGS scientists from the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, the National Wetlands Research Center and the Florida and Caribbean Science Center are gearing up to assess Hurricane Floyd damage to wildlife and habitat from Florida to Maine.

USGS
September 17, 1999

Wildfires have long played a key role in structuring ecosystems and plant communities in the southeastern United States. From the coastal prairie of Texas and Louisiana to the marshes and pinelands of Florida, many native species have adapted to a natural regime of frequent wildfire caused by lightning strikes.

USGS
August 27, 1999

USGS scientists, managers and experts from a diverse spectrum of scientific disciplines are on high alert Friday as Hurricane Dennis seems poised to make landfall along the southeastern coast of the United States sometime this weekend.

USGS
March 2, 1999

From the large, open-air pens where they have spent the past two weeks, eight young whooping cranes survey their surroundings. The rural, central Florida landscape of open prairie, brush, and marshlands stretches away as far as the birds can see, though only a few tens of miles separate the Kissimmee release site from the metropolitan sprawl of Orlando.

USGS
October 24, 1998

A century of alterations by humans to the Everglades ecosystem has lowered water levels and changed Everglades plant communities more than what would be expected from natural climatic changes alone over the last 2,000 years, according to scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey.