Biology RSS feed of news related to Biology en Ancient fish, modern problem: How the pallid sturgeon could be a warning for the Missouri River;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>The Pallid Sturgeon is a U.S. Threatened species that primarily inhabits the Missouri River and lower Mississippi rivers. Ongoing work in the mainstems of large rivers has provided much critical information regarding the biology and ecology of the species. </p> Fri, 22 Sep 2023 18:25:46 EDT bd3e03f5-c08f-4c92-a37c-394ae6b3c1da ( U.S. Geological Survey SBSC hosts visiting scientist from México for international research collaboration;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>The Southwest Biological Science Center is pleased to be hosting an expert on Méxican turtle ecology. Dr. Rodrigo Macip-Rios is a professor at the Escuela Nacional de Estudios Superiores Unidad Morelia (School for Higher Studies) and at the Universidad Nacional Atónoma de México (National Autonomous University of México).</p> Fri, 22 Sep 2023 08:00:00 EDT 5de26c1f-a317-4678-8fc7-83716be21824 ( U.S. Geological Survey USGS Scientists Explore Mesophotic and Deep Benthic Communities in the Gulf of Mexico;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>A USGS-led expedition set sail into the northern Gulf of Mexico on September 8 to examine and characterize seafloor communities in areas impacted by the <em>Deepwater Horizon </em>oil spill.</p> Tue, 19 Sep 2023 14:00:00 EDT f3644d1e-68a7-4cb1-a4ec-00578f0f2ddc ( U.S. Geological Survey Institutional Biosafety Committee Meeting - September 18, 2023;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) advises the Center on the handling of biohazardous materials, and reviews and approves research projects that involve biohazardous materials, including but not limited to recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules.</p> Fri, 15 Sep 2023 08:15:00 EDT 21560106-15f4-4bcb-80f2-f68a10d9e62d ( U.S. Geological Survey A new management framework to balance competing species’ conservation needs;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Conservation practitioners and restoration managers are often faced with the difficult decision of which species and ecosystems to prioritize during conservation. To aid managers in decision making, FORT researchers developed a novel framework that determines where restoration would be most effective in achieving multi-species benefits across ecosystems.</p> Thu, 14 Sep 2023 15:57:46 EDT fd29365a-0292-421b-a514-3a2f7ac5abd2 ( U.S. Geological Survey Collaborative Research Between FORT Scientist Jill Baron and the Rocky Mountain National Park Featured in the Continental Divide Research Learning Center's September Newsletter;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>The Rocky Mountain National Park Continental Divide Learning Center September newsletter has an article titled "Let Me Count the Ways: How Citizen Scientists Helped a Park Measure Visitor Impacts" that highlights a collaborative research effort between FORT researcher Jill Baron<strong> </strong>and RMNP to document the impacts of visitor use on park natural resources. </p> Tue, 12 Sep 2023 13:01:34 EDT f6436bf8-bc22-49e1-84f7-9f9c7fb2c2ef ( U.S. Geological Survey New interagency study in Colorado identifies science needs to manage federal public lands;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Terrestrial wildlife, protected birds and impacts of energy development were among the topics analyzed for land management decisions.</p> Tue, 12 Sep 2023 08:02:44 EDT 7f5e9ff4-814f-442e-b2d3-58f9febf7a58 ( U.S. Geological Survey FORT Ecologist Adrian Monroe Coauthors Book Chapter on Sage-Grouse Ecology and Conservation Issues;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>FORT ecologist Adrian Monroe is a coauthor on a new book chapter summarizing the ecology and conservation issues affecting Greater (<em>Centrocercus urophasianus</em>) and Gunnison (<em>C. minimus</em>) sage-grouse in rangelands of the sagebrush biome.</p> Mon, 11 Sep 2023 17:44:37 EDT 87f07617-ea2f-4721-a973-8fb30c121519 ( U.S. Geological Survey Friday's Findings - September 15 2023;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p><strong>Title:</strong> Diverse Portfolios: Investing in Tributaries for Restoration of Large River Fishes</p> <p><strong>Speaker:</strong> Kristen Bouska, Research Ecologist, USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center</p> <p><strong>Date:</strong> September 15th at 2:00 pm Eastern</p> Thu, 7 Sep 2023 18:09:54 EDT 3d6aad90-d922-4d4e-809b-df81a2ff2ec3 ( U.S. Geological Survey Pathology Case of the Month - Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p><strong>Case History</strong>: An adult female eastern massasauga rattlesnake (<em>Sistrurus catenatus</em>) was found acting lethargic during species surveys in Wisconsin, U.S.A. and died the same day. Snake fungal disease (SFD) had previously been confirmed at this site, and another eastern massasauga found during the surveys exhibited skin lesions suggestive of SFD.</p> Fri, 1 Sep 2023 06:02:04 EDT c2da4c0d-3257-4db2-b517-bb9cdcaa42a0 ( U.S. Geological Survey USGS scientists with the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative lead field tour to share science outcomes with partners and stakeholders.;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>The USGS WLCI science team lead, Patrick Anderson (USGS Fort Collins Science Center), organized a field tour on August 24 to share and discuss science outcomes with WLCI partners after five years of investigating aquatic processes and change on Muddy Creek and Littlefield Creek (Carbon County, Wyoming).</p> Thu, 31 Aug 2023 10:40:45 EDT 50d66b2f-fcc3-4fe2-a2dc-2ffec5e59d6d ( U.S. Geological Survey USGS researchers and collaborators successfully host the first Pacific Northwest Native American Workshop on Bats;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Dr. Ernest Valdez of USGS-FORT, New Mexico Landscapes Field Station along with USGS-Northwest Pacific Islands Region, Native American Fish and Wildlife Society, Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Park Service, and Oregon State University were successful in co-organizing the first Pacific Northwest Native American Workshop on Bats.</p> Tue, 29 Aug 2023 13:20:52 EDT 9a08d230-5ed0-4c7f-a402-7dcb230f853b ( U.S. Geological Survey New Map Demonstrates Hurricane Ian’s Potential Spread of Non-native Aquatic Species;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p><em>USGS has released the </em><em>final Flood and Storm Tracker (FaST) map for Hurricane Ian</em><em>.</em></p> Tue, 29 Aug 2023 11:57:24 EDT 70916e24-3e99-403d-b174-f552a6dee263 ( U.S. Geological Survey Directors Message: Knowledge Transfer is Vital to the Success of New Ventures in Fish Passage and Reintroduction;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>There are many unique challenges posed in fish passage and reintroduction projects, and knowledge transfer is critical to their success.</p> Mon, 28 Aug 2023 13:32:02 EDT fec44720-3507-4c3d-a17c-9aedbc2e5e90 ( U.S. Geological Survey SPCMSC scientists and National Park Service resource managers collaborate to save threatened corals during ocean-heat wave;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>A team from the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center and the National Park Service conducted emergency fieldwork to protect corals during the ongoing Florida coral-bleaching event.</p> Thu, 24 Aug 2023 14:47:52 EDT b418019c-d923-42ec-8e8b-d6e3fea9e5b1 ( U.S. Geological Survey New Directions in Mark-Recapture Models: Putting Models in the Hands of Managers;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p><em>Scientists from WFRC are creating new tools and techniques to help natural resource managers explore data and ecosystem scenarios, making it easier to use complex modeling and data for water and fish management decisions</em>.</p> Mon, 21 Aug 2023 19:03:09 EDT abb4257d-737c-4999-9fee-29320ea07efe ( U.S. Geological Survey SPCMSC Scientists Participate in Research Cruise to Collect Gulf of Mexico Deep Sea Corals for Microbiology Research;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Research Microbiologist Christina Kellogg and Research Marine Biologist James Evans took part in a research cruise in the Gulf of Mexico, collecting mesophotic and deep-sea coral specimens for microbiology research.</p> Fri, 18 Aug 2023 16:28:56 EDT 40230ce0-39fc-4c5c-8f13-85776364686d ( U.S. Geological Survey Purdue University to host new multi-agency research partnership to benefit Indiana’s wildlife and wild places;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p><em>The partnership is Indiana’s first U.S. Geological Survey Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit</em></p> Thu, 17 Aug 2023 12:00:00 EDT 6749116f-0c63-4d83-9aff-ef96ee99bef4 ( U.S. Geological Survey News- Our Scientist Quoted in Seattle Times Article on Trap-and-Haul Methods for Moving Endangered Fish Around High Head Dams;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>WFRC’s Research Fish Biologist Toby Kock was recently quoted in a news article on the potential implementation of a trap-and-haul program to move endangered fish around dams on the Skagit River in northern Washington.</p> Wed, 16 Aug 2023 15:55:44 EDT cba46f88-6330-4326-a563-393b1b4941a7 ( U.S. Geological Survey If You Build It, They Will Swim—New Swim Flume Gives Insight into Fish Disease, Swimming Performance, and Fitness;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Scientists at the Western Fisheries Research Center, Marrowstone Marine Field Station have designed a fish swim flume to investigate the effects of fish disease on swim performance and survival. This new capacity can be used for a wide variety of applications.</p> Wed, 16 Aug 2023 12:59:15 EDT 6d6dfc87-b62c-4aeb-a2d1-481682aa0d2c ( U.S. Geological Survey Friday's Findings - August 25, 2023;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p><strong>Title:</strong>  Seeing the Bigger Picture: Using Aerial Photos to Assess Tufted Puffin Habitat in Oregon</p> <p><strong>Speaker: </strong> Carina Kusaka, Master's Student, Oregon State University</p> <p><strong>Date:  </strong>August 25, 2023 at 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT</p> Wed, 16 Aug 2023 12:47:04 EDT b4971e05-8c81-4688-a470-2bbe7baa041b ( U.S. Geological Survey Photo Contest Winner! By Air and by Sea, Pacific Herring Research is Underway in Alaska;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Our photo contest winner is Ashley MacKenzie, for bringing multiple images to us from research in Alaska.</p> Wed, 16 Aug 2023 10:33:05 EDT 00ceb092-804a-4eea-998b-bd36ba6333e8 ( U.S. Geological Survey First Examination of Functional Capacity of Deep-sea Coral Microbiomes Reveals Details of Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling Plus Tropical Similarities;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>In this newly published "deep dive" into coral microbiomes, Dr. Christina Kellogg and partners reveal very similar microbial gene functions in deep-water coral microbiomes compared to those in shallow, tropical environments. They also uncover results such as varying nutritional strategies, antibiotic gene resistance, and differences between stony and soft coral microbiomes.</p> Mon, 14 Aug 2023 10:33:14 EDT dc2f0af4-ded5-4133-b6be-2b0bb4fb922d ( U.S. Geological Survey Bats, Bugs, and Boaters: Bat activity along the Colorado River in Grand Canyon is determined by the availability of aquatic flies;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>In a study published by Journal of Wildlife Management, the USGS, US National Park Service, and US Forest Service collaborated with commercial and recreational river rafters to learn about riparian bat foraging along the Colorado River in Grand Canyon, Arizona.</p> Thu, 10 Aug 2023 06:00:00 EDT c9fac2a5-a6d8-4840-8e31-28749f194c2b ( U.S. Geological Survey FORT Scientists Discuss Research at the 2023 Ecological Society of America Meeting;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>FORT researchers will be presenting at the 2023 Ecological Society of America (ESA) Conference in Portland, OR from August 6-11. The theme of this year's meeting is "ESA for All Ecologists" in which ESA aims to promote collaboration between academic ecologists and private- or public-sector ecologists.</p> Fri, 4 Aug 2023 05:44:19 EDT 57ffb089-a5a1-4cf1-ac28-5ac064fbf292 ( U.S. Geological Survey Friday's Findings - August 11 2023;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p><strong>Title:</strong>  INHABIT:  What, Where, and Why of Invasive Plant Species</p> <p><strong>Speaker: </strong> Catherine Jarnevich, Research Ecologist, Fort Collins Science Center</p> <p><strong>Date:  </strong>August 11, 2023 at 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT</p> Wed, 2 Aug 2023 13:30:41 EDT fb76517d-ed18-4562-bf18-d1a616ab12f5 ( U.S. Geological Survey Pathology Case of the Month - Boulder Brain Coral Colony;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p><strong>Case History:</strong> A 20cm diameter colony of boulder brain coral (<em>Colpophyllia natans</em>) offshore of Miami Beach, FL, US began losing tissue in September of 2021 after a long period of stable tissue coverage and was not responding to local treatment with amoxicillin paste.</p> Tue, 1 Aug 2023 06:06:57 EDT dbf446d1-dce5-4290-9f74-1e81a8dad7ff ( U.S. Geological Survey USGS Researchers are Organizing the first Pacific Northwest Native American Workshop on Bats in Toppenish, WA, August 8-9, 2023.;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Dr. Ernest Valdez of FORT, New Mexico Landscapes Field Station along with researchers from the USGS-Northwest-Pacific Islands Region, Native American Fish and Wildlife Society, Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Park Service, and Oregon State University are co-organizing and co-hosting the first Pacific Northwest Native American Workshop on Bats.</p> Mon, 31 Jul 2023 13:51:20 EDT b1d5393f-32d8-4ee6-9b02-34babc692dc9 ( U.S. Geological Survey The Lake Trophic State - US Dataset;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) data and code, along with a collaborative team focused on equity make this project a great example of open science.</p> Thu, 27 Jul 2023 17:27:25 EDT 40494a79-b497-4eb6-937c-e99dde6bb4f4 ( U.S. Geological Survey Biofuel crop expansion contributes to loss of grassland birds in North Dakota, study finds;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p><em>Recent shifts from small grain agriculture to biofuel feedstocks affected grassland birds more negatively than did oil and gas development</em></p> Wed, 26 Jul 2023 03:22:07 EDT 09fafe9b-cfa5-4071-96e7-8789a409fc4a ( U.S. Geological Survey