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USGS research activities relevant to Alaska have yielded more than 9400 historical publications. This page features some of the most recent newsworthy research findings.

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2019 USGS Alaska Annual Science Report
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Year Published: 1992

Antipredator strategies in breeding Bristle-thighed Curlews

Each fall the world’s breeding population of Bristle-thighed Curlews (Numenius tahitiensis) arrives on the central Pacific wintering grounds following a migration that entails a non- stop flight of over 5000 kilometers. Sun-drenched, palm-shrouded atolls will be their home for the ensuing eight months. Even in the avian world, however, such...

McCaffery, Brian J.; Gill, Robert E.

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Breeding chronology of mottled ducks in a Texas coastal marsh

The relationship between breeding chronology of Mottled Ducks (Anas fulvigula fulvigula) and wetland conditions at San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge was examined over a 3-yr period. Median nest initiation dates varied by as much as 68 d among years. Initiation occurred earlier in 1985 and 1987 versus 1986 (P < 0.05). Nesting initiation was...

Grand, James B.

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Change-in-ratio methods for estimating population size

Change-in-ratio (CIR) methods can provide an effective, low cost approach for estimating the size of wildlife populations. They rely on being able to observe changes in proportions of population subclasses that result from the removal of a known number of individuals from the population. These methods were first introduced in the 1940’s to...

McCullough, Dale R.; Barrett, Reginald H.; Udevitz, Mark S.; Pollock, Kenneth H.

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Changes in Alaskan soft-bottom prey communities along a gradient in sea otter predation

Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris), well documented as "keystone" predators in rocky marine communities, were found to exert a strong influence on infaunal prey communities in soft-sediment habitats. Direct and indirect effects of sea otter predation on subtidal soft-bottom prey communities were evaluated along a temporal gradient of sea otter occupancy...

Kvitek, R.G.; Oliver, J.S.; DeGange, A.R.; Anderson, B.S.

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Depositional history, nannofossil biostratigraphy, and correlation of Argo Abyssal Plain Sites 765 and 261

Sediments from the Argo Abyssal Plain (AAP), northwest of Australia, are the oldest known from the Indian Ocean and were recovered from ODP Site 765 and DSDP Site 261. New biostratigraphic and sedimentologic data from these sites, as well as reinterpretations of earlier findings, indicate that basal sediments at both localities are of Late...

Stewart, Sondra K.; Kennett, Diana; Mazzullo, Elsa K.; Dumoulin, Julie A.; Bown, Paul R.

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Distribution, numbers, and habitat of Bristle-thighed Curlews (Numinous tahitiensis) on Rangiroa atoll

We assessed the numbers, distribution, and habitat of Bristle-tithed Curlews (Numinous tahitiensis) on Rangiroa Atoll, Tuamotu Archipelago, during a visit in April 1988. We estimated a total of 250-350 curlews on the atoll. These birds were seen only on the southern and western rims, where they were most common on (1) saltpans within clusters of...

Gill, Robert E.; Redmond, Roland L.

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Intraspecific mitochondrial DNA variation in North American cervids

Symptoms appeared when quail and pheasants were fed diets containing 0.025-0.050% DDT. Symptoms appeared sooner as percentages increased. Young birds seemed more resistant than adults. Median lethal quantity for adult quail was about 1,200 mg./Kg. Young quail showed no ill-effects after ingesting 3,000 mg./Kg. during 10-week period. Adult...

Cronin, M.A.
Intraspecific mitochondrial DNA variation in North American cervids; 1992; Article; Journal; Journal of Mammalogy; Cronin, M. A.

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Intraspecific variation in egg shape among individual emperor geese

Within-clutch variability in shape of 1743 eggs from 301 nests of Emperor Geese (Chen canagicus) laid over a 5-yr period was measured. Individual females laid similar shaped eggs in successive years, and eggs among clutches within females could not be distinguished. Cluster analysis correctly identified 69.9% of 136 known conspecific parasitic...

Petersen, Margaret R.

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Lower Cretaceous smarl turbidites of the Argo Abyssal Plain, Indian Ocean

Sediments recovered during Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Leg 123 from the Argo Abyssal Plain (AAP) consist largely of turbidites derived from the adjacent Australian continental margin. The oldest abundant turbidites are Valanginian-Aptian in age and have a mixed (smarl) composition; they contain subequal amounts of calcareous and siliceous...

Stewart, Sondra K.; Kennett, Diana; Mazzullo, Elsa K.; Dumoulin, Julie A.

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Molt frequency and size class distribution in the California spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus), at San Nicolas Island, California

Bodkin, James L.; Browne, L.B.
Molt frequency and size class distribution in the California spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus), at San Nicolas Island, California; 1992; Article; Journal; California Fish and Game; Bodkin, J. L.; Browne, L. B.

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Paleomagnetism and geochronology of 23 Ma gabbroic intrusions in the Keku Strait, Alaska, and implications for the Alexander Terrane

Samples of Tertiary gabbro from 24 sites in the Keku Strait, Alaska, help constrain the displacement history of the Alexander terrane. Step heating experiments on a plagioclase separate from these previously undated intrusions indicate a discordant 40Ar/39Ar age of 23.1 ± 1.7 Ma. The characteristic magnetization resides in magnetite, is easily...

Haeussler, Peter J.; Coe, Robert S.; Renne, Paul R.

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Paleomagnetism of the Late Triassic Hound Island Volcanics: Revisited

The collision and accretion of the Alexander terrane profoundly influenced the geologic history of Alaska and western Canada; however, the terrane's displacement history is only poorly constrained by sparse paleomagnetic studies. We studied the paleomagnetism of the Hound Island Volcanics in order to evaluate the location of the Alexander terrane...

Haeussler, Peter J.; Coe, Robert S.; Onstott, T.C.

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