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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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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.

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Trends in sea otter population abundance in western Prince William Sound, Alaska: Progress toward recovery following the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill

Sea otters in western Prince William Sound (WPWS) and elsewhere in the Gulf of Alaska suffered widespread mortality as a result of oiling following the 1989 T/V Exxon Valdez oil spill. Following the spill, extensive efforts have been directed toward identifying and understanding long-term consequences of the spill and the process of recovery. We...

Bodkin, James L.; Ballachey, Brenda E.; Esslinger, George G.
Trends in sea otter population abundance in western Prince William Sound, Alaska: Progress toward recovery following the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill; 2011; SIR; 2011-5213; Bodkin, J. L.; Ballachey, B. E.; Esslinger, G. G.

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Molecular typing of Escherichia coli strains associated with threatened sea ducks and near-shore marine habitats of south-west Alaska

In Alaska, sea ducks winter in coastal habitats at remote, non‐industrialized areas, as well as in proximity to human communities and industrial activity. We evaluated prevalence and characteristics of Escherichia coli strains in faecal samples of Steller's eiders (Polysticta stelleri; n=122) and harlequin ducks (Histrionicus histrionicus; n=21)...

Hollmén, Tuula E.; DebRoy, Chitrita; Flint, Paul L.; Safine, D.E.; Schamber, J.L.; Riddle, Ann E.; Trust, K.A.

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Results and evaluation of a survey to estimate Pacific walrus population size, 2006

In spring 2006, we conducted a collaborative U.S.–Russia survey to estimate abundance of the Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens). The Bering Sea was partitioned into survey blocks, and a systematic random sample of transects within a subset of the blocks was surveyed with airborne thermal scanners using standard strip‐transect methodology...

Kepler, Angela K.; Chernook, V.I.; Burn, D.M.; Udevitz, Mark S.; Kochnev, A.A.; Vasilev, A.; Jay, C.V.; Lisovsky, A.; Fischbach, Anthony S.; Benter, Robert B.

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Clear day view of Redoubt Hut

Redoubt - Hut

Camera is located at AVO's Redoubt Hut, approximately 7.5 mi (12 km) from Redoubt's summit crater. This camera provides a view of the north flank of Redoubt. This camera is in a remote location and operates on battery power. We will set this camera to power on as much as batteries allow. Redoubt summit is approximately 10,200 ft above sea level.

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Movements and Habitat Use of White-fronted Geese

Flint, P. L. and B. W. Meixell. 2017. Movements and habitat use of White-fronted geese during the remigial molt in Arctic Alaska, USA. Waterbirds 40(3):272-281. doi:10.1675/063.040.0308

View of a beach that's mostly mud with some dried grasses and rocks, shown at low tide with birds and ice in the water.

Unalakleet video camera 1 time exposure

Two video cameras overlook the coast from atop a windmill tower in Unalakleet, Alaska where they look westward over Norton Sound. Every half hour during daylight hours, the cameras collect snapshots and video for 10 minutes. Today’s most recent time-exposure (timex) image from camera 1 is shown here. Please note that it takes 10 minutes for the images to be posted, once

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