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Region 11: Alaska

Alaska Science Center

Alaska Science Center

4210 University Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: (907) 786-7000

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Volcano Science Center

Volcano Science Center

4230 University Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: (907) 786-7497

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Climate Adaptation Science Center

Climate Adaptation Science Center

4230 University Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: 907-301-7830

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Year Published: 2012

Microsatellite marker isolation and development for the giant Pacific Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini)

We isolated and developed 18 novel microsatellite markers for the giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) and examined them for 31 individuals from Prince William Sound (PWS), Alaska. These loci displayed moderate levels of allelic diversity (averaging 11 alleles per locus) and heterozygosity (averaging 65%). Seven loci deviated from Hardy...

Toussaint, Rebecca K.; Sage, G. Kevin; Talbot, Sandra L.; Scheel, David
Toussaint, R. K., G. K. Sage, S. L. Talbot, and D. Scheel. 2011. Microsatellite marker isolation and development for the giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini). Conservation Genetics 4:545-548. doi:10.1007/s12686-011-9588-z

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Paired serologic and polymerase chain reaction analyses of avian influenza prevalence in Alaskan shorebirds

Surveillance has revealed low prevalence of avian influenza viruses (AIV) in shorebirds except Ruddy Turnstones (Arenaria interpres) on the North American Atlantic coast. Similarly, of five species of shorebirds surveyed in Alaska in 2010, Ruddy Turnstones had the highest AIV antibody prevalence; prevalence of AIV RNA was low or zero.

Pearce, John M.; Ruthrauff, Daniel R.; Hall, Jeffrey S.
Paired serologic and polymerase chain reaction analyses of avian influenza prevalence in Alaskan shorebirds; 2012; Article; Journal; Journal of Wildlife Diseases; Pearce, John M.; Ruthrauff, Daniel R.; Hall, Jeffrey S.

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The footprint of Alaskan tundra fires during the past half-century: implications for surface properties and radiative forcing

Recent large and frequent fires above the Alaskan arctic circle have forced a reassessment of the ecological and climatological importance of fire in arctic tundra ecosystems. Here we provide a general overview of the occurrence, distribution, and ecological and climate implications of Alaskan tundra fires over the past half-century using...

Rocha, Adrian V.; Loranty, Michael M.; Higuera, Phil E.; Mack, Michelle C.; Hu, Feng Sheng; Jones, Benjamin M.; Breen, Amy L.; Rastetter, Edward B.; Goetz, Scott J.; Shaver, Gus R.
The footprint of Alaskan tundra fires during the past half-century: implications for surface properties and radiative forcing; 2012; Article; Journal; Environmental Research Letters; Rocha, Adrian V.; Loranty, Michael M.; Higuera, Phil E.; Mack, Michelle C.; Hu, Feng Sheng; Jones, Benjamin M.; Breen, Amy L.; Rastetter, Edward B.; Goetz, Scott J.; Shaver, Gus R.

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Year Published: 2011

Studies by the U.S. Geological Survey in Alaska, 2010

The collection of papers that follows continues the series of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) investigative reports in Alaska under the broad umbrella of the geologic sciences. This series represents new and sometimes-preliminary findings that are of interest to Earth scientists in academia, government, and industry; to land and resource managers;...

Dumoulin, Julie A.; Dusel-Bacon, Cynthia
Dumoulin, J.A. and Dusel-Bacon, Cynthia, eds., Studies by the U.S. Geological Survey in Alaska, 2010: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1784, available at https://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/1784/.

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Multilocus phylogeography and population structure of common eiders breeding in North America and Scandinavia

Aim  Glacial refugia during the Pleistocene had major impacts on the levels and spatial apportionment of genetic diversity of species in northern latitude ecosystems. We characterized patterns of population subdivision, and tested hypotheses associated with locations of potential Pleistocene refugia and the relative contribution of these...

Sonsthagen, Sarah A.; Talbot, Sandra L.; Scribner, Kim T.; McCracken, Kevin G.
Multilocus phylogeography and population structure of common eiders breeding in North America and Scandinavia; 2014; Article; Journal; Journal of Biogeography; Sonsthagen, Sarah A.; Talbot, Sandra L.; Scribner, Kim T.; McCracken, Kevin G.

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Carryover effects associated with winter location affect fitness, social status, and population dynamics in a long-distance migrant

We used observations of individually marked female black brant geese (Branta bernicla nigricans; brant) at three wintering lagoons on the Pacific coast of Baja California—Laguna San Ignacio (LSI), Laguna Ojo de Liebre (LOL), and Bahía San Quintín (BSQ)—and the Tutakoke River breeding colony in Alaska to assess hypotheses about carryover effects on...

Sedinger, James S.; Schamber, Jason L.; Ward, David H.; Nicolai, Christopher A.; Conant, Bruce
Carryover effects associated with winter location affect fitness, social status, and population dynamics in a long-distance migrant; 2011; Article; Journal; The American Naturalist; Sedinger, James S.; Schamber, Jason L.; Ward, David H.; Nicolai, Christopher A.; Conant, Bruce

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The distribution of lingering subsurface oil from the Exxon Valdez oil spill

This study used field data and a suite of geospatial models to identify areas where subsurface oil is likely to still be present on the shorelines of Prince William Sound (PWS) and the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) affected by the Exxon Valdez oil spill, as well as the factors related to continued presence of such oil. The goal was to identify factors and...

Michel, Jacqueline; Nixon, Zachary; Hayes, Miles O.; Irvine, Gail V.; Short, Jeffrey W.
The distribution of lingering subsurface oil from the Exxon Valdez oil spill; 2011; Article; Conference publication; International Oil Spill Conference Proceedings; Michel, Jacqueline ; Nixon, Zachary ; Hayes, Miles O.; Irvine, Gail V.; Short, Jeffrey W.

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Variation in spring migration routes and breeding distribution of northern pintails Anas acuta that winter in Japan

In North America, spring migration routes and breeding distribution of northern pintails Anas acuta vary because some individuals opportunistically nest at mid-latitudes in years when ephemeral prairie wetlands are available, whereas others regularly nest in arctic and sub-arctic regions where wetland abundance is more constant. Less was known...

Hupp, Jerry W.; Yamaguchi, Noriyuki; Flint, Paul L.; Pearce, John M.; Tokita, Ken-ichi; Shimada, Tetsuo; Ramey, Andrew M.; Kharitonov, Sergei; Higuchi, Hiroyoshi
Variation in spring migration routes and breeding distribution of northern pintails Anas acuta that winter in Japan; 2011; Article; Journal; Journal of Avian Biology; Hupp, Jerry W.; Yamaguchi, Noriyuki ; Flint, Paul L.; Pearce, John M.; Tokita, Ken-ichi ; Shimada, Tetsuo ; Ramey, Andrew M.; Kharitonov, Sergei ; Higuchi, Hiroyoshi

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Experimental challenge and pathology of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1 in dunlin (Calidris alpina), an intercontinental migrant shorebird species

Background Shorebirds (Charadriiformes) are considered one of the primary reservoirs of avian influenza. Because these species are highly migratory, there is concern that infected shorebirds may be a mechanism by which highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAIV) H5N1 could be introduced into North America from Asia. Large numbers of dunlin (...

Hall, Jeffrey S.; Franson, J. Christian; Gill, Robert E.; Meteyer, Carol U.; TeSlaa, Joshua L.; Nashold, Sean W.; Dusek, Robert J.; Ip, Hon S.
Experimental challenge and pathology of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1 in dunlin (Calidris alpina), an intercontinental migrant shorebird species; 2011; Article; Journal; Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses; Hall, Jeffrey S.; Franson, J. Christian; Gill, Robert E.; Meteyer, Carol U.; TeSlaa, Joshua L.; Nashold, Sean ; Dusek, Robert J.; Ip, Hon S.

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Surficial geologic map of the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, Alaska

The Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve (GAAR) is centered over the central Brooks Range of northern Alaska. To the west, it abuts the Noatak National Preserve; its eastern boundary is the transportation corridor occupied by the Dalton Highway and the Alyeska Pipeline. The GAAR extends northward beyond the northern flank of the Brooks...

Hamilton, Thomas D.; Labay, Keith A.
Surficial geologic map of the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, Alaska; 2011; SIM; 3125; Hamilton, Thomas D.; Labay, Keith A.

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Wild bird migration across the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau: A transmission route for highly pathogenic H5N1

Background Qinghai Lake in central China has been at the center of debate on whether wild birds play a role in circulation of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1. In 2005, an unprecedented epizootic at Qinghai Lake killed more than 6000 migratory birds including over 3000 bar-headed geese (Anser indicus). H5N1 subsequently spread to...

Prosser, Diann J.; Cui, Peng; Takekawa, John Y.; Tang, Mingjie; Hou, Yuansheng; Collins, Bridget M.; Yan, Baoping; Hill, Nichola J.; Li, Tianxian; Li, Yongdong; Lei, Fumin; Guo, Shan; Xing, Zhi; He, Yubang; Zhou, Yuanchun; Douglas, David C.; Perry, William M.; Newman, Scott H.
Wild bird migration across the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau: A transmission route for highly pathogenic H5N1; 2011; Article; Journal; PLoS ONE; Prosser, Diann J.; Cui, Peng ; Takekawa, John Y.; Tang, Mingjie ; Hou, Yuansheng ; Collins, Bridget M.; Yan, Baoping ; Hill, Nichola J.; Li, Tianxian ; Li, Yongdong ; Lei, Fumin ; Guo, Shan ; Xing, Zhi ; He, Yubang ; Zhou, Yuanchun ; Douglas, David C.; Perry, William M.; Newman, Scott H.

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Using body mass dynamics to examine long-term habitat shifts of arctic-molting geese: Evidence for ecological change

From 1976 onward, molting brant geese (Branta bernicla) within the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area, Alaska, shifted from inland, freshwater lakes toward coastal wetlands. Two hypotheses explained this redistribution: (1) ecological change: redistribution of molting brant reflects improvements in coastal foraging habitats, which have undergone a...

Lewis, Tyler L.; Flint, Paul L.; Derksen, Dirk V.; Schmutz, Joel A.; Taylor, Eric J.; Bollinger, Karen S.
Using body mass dynamics to examine long-term habitat shifts of arctic-molting geese: Evidence for ecological change; 2011; Article; Journal; Polar Biology; Lewis, Tyler L.; Flint, Paul L.; Derksen, Dirk V.; Schmutz, Joel A.; Taylor, Eric J.; Bollinger, Karen S.

Browse a selection of videos, audio clips, images, and more from a wide range of science topics covered by USGS!

"Science for a Changing World" - watch the short film here!

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Watch the first-ever footage of a polar bear on Arctic sea ice!

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Pacific sand lance in Prince William Sound next to a ruler
July 8, 2004

Pacific sand lance in Prince William Sound next to a ruler

Pacific sand lance in Prince William Sound next to a ruler

A Pacific sand lance, Pacific herrring and a capelin in Prince William Sound, Alaska
June 30, 2004

A Pacific sand lance, Pacific herrring and a capelin

A Pacific sand lance, Pacific herrring and a capelin in Prince William Sound, Alaska

A catch of Pacific sandlance, capelin and other forage fish
June 24, 2004

A catch of Pacific sandlance, capelin and other forage fish

A catch of Pacific sandlance, capelin and other forage fish

Emperor geese standing at the ocean shoreline
February 10, 2004

Emperor geese standing at the shoreline near Kodiak

Emperor geese standing at the shoreline near Kodiak.

Three-dimensional cartoon showing features of an area of the seafloor in relief, near a coastline.
December 31, 2003

Resurrection Bay multibeam imagery

Sonar-generated image showing underwater topography and the potential for landslides near the head of Resurrection Bay, Alaska. The terrain looks three times as steep as it occurs naturally. The arrow points to underwater landslide debris from the collapse of a fan-delta following the great Alaskan earthquake of 1964. The town of Seward, which suffered much damage and lost

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December 11, 2003

PubTalk 12/2003 — What's Happening to Alaska's Glaciers?

Their Dynamic Response to Changing Climate and Other Factors

by Bruce F. Molnia, Research Geologist 

 

  • Although the oceans contain more than 95% of the Earth.s water, glaciers hold 75% of the fresh water
  • If all the world's glaciers melted, sea level would rise more than 250 feet
  • Of Alaska.s 2,000 or so
Attribution: Region 11: Alaska
Scientist holding a bird
September 24, 2003

Scientist holding a Grey-cheeked Thrush

Scientist holding a Grey-cheeked Thrush

Scientist holding a Common Redpoll songbird
September 22, 2003

Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll 

A flock of Steller's Eiders in the Izembek Lagoon. Isanotski Volcano in the background
September 18, 2003

Steller's Eiders in Izembek Lagoon. Isanotski Volcano in background

Steller's Eiders in Izembek Lagoon. Isanotski Volcano in background

Small bird with crossed beak
September 11, 2003

Black-capped Chickadee with upper long, curved down beak and crossed

Black-capped Chickadee with upper long, curved down beak and crossed.

Four clams on a piece of plywood
June 23, 2003

Four clams taken from a sea otter forage survey

Clams layed out on a piece of plywood as part of a sea otter forage survey in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Pacific Brant family in Alaska
June 15, 2003

Pacific Brant family in Alaska

Pacific brant family on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska.

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