Unified Interior Regions

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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Vegetation of eastern Unalaska Island, Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Plant communities of Unalaska Island in the eastern Aleutian Islands of western Alaska, and their relationship to environmental variables, were studied using a combined Braun-Blanquet and multivariate approach. Seventy relevés represented the range of structural and compositional variation in the matrix of vegetation and landform zonation. Eleven...

Talbot, Stephen S.; Schofield, Wilfred B.; Talbot, Sandra L.; Daniëls, Fred J.A.
Vegetation of eastern Unalaska Island, Aleutian Islands, Alaska; 2010; Article; Journal; Botany; Talbot, Stephen S.; Schofield, Wilfred B.; Talbot, Sandra L.; Daniëls, Fred J. A.

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Beak deformities in Northwestern Crows: Evidence of a multispecies epizootic

Beak abnormalities are rare among adult birds and, typically, are not widespread in a given population, within a region, or across multiple species. A high concentration of beak deformities was recently documented in Black-capped Chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) and other resident avian species in Alaska. We describe a parallel condition in...

Van Hemert, Caroline R.; Handel, Colleen M.
Beak deformities in Northwestern Crows: evidence of a multispecies epizootic; 2010; Article; Journal; The Auk; Van Hemert, Caroline; Handel, Colleen M.

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Iceberg calving during transition from grounded to floating ice: Columbia Glacier, Alaska

The terminus of Columbia Glacier, Alaska, unexpectedly became ungrounded in 2007 during its prolonged retreat. Visual observations showed that calving changed from a steady release of low-volume bergs, to episodic flow-perpendicular rifting, propagation, and release of very large icebergs - a style reminiscent of calving from ice shelves. Here, we...

Walter, Fabian; O'Neel, Shad; McNamara, Daniel; Pfeffer, W.T.; Bassis, Jeremy N.; Fricker, Helen Amanda
Iceberg calving during transition from grounded to floating ice: Columbia Glacier, Alaska; 2010; Article; Journal; Geophysical Research Letters; Walter, Fabian; O'Neel, Shad; McNamara, Daniel; Pfeffer, W.T.; Bassis, Jeremy N.; Fricker, Helen Amanda

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Population structure and plumage polymorphism: the intraspecific evolutionary relationships of a polymorphic raptor, Buteo jamaicensis harlani

Background Phenotypic and molecular genetic data often provide conflicting patterns of intraspecific relationships confounding phylogenetic inference, particularly among birds where a variety of environmental factors may influence plumage characters. Among diurnal raptors, the taxonomic relationship of Buteo jamaicensis harlani to other...

Hull, Joshua M.; Mindell, David P.; Talbot, Sandra L.; Kay, Emily H.; Hoekstra, Hopi E.; Ernest, Holly B.

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Iceberg calving as a primary source of regional‐scale glacier‐generated seismicity in the St. Elias Mountains, Alaska

Since the installation of the Alaska Regional Seismic Network in the 1970s, data analysts have noted nontectonic seismic events thought to be related to glacier dynamics. While loose associations with the glaciers of the St. Elias Mountains have been made, no detailed study of the source locations has been undertaken. We performed a two-step...

O'Neel, Shad; Larsen, Christopher F.; Rupert, Natalia; Hansen, Roger
Iceberg calving as a primary source of regional‐scale glacier‐generated seismicity in the St. Elias Mountains, Alaska; 2010; Article; Journal; Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface; O'Neel, Shad R.; Larsen, Christopher F.; Rupert, Natalia; Hansen, Roger

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A likelihood framework for joint estimation of salmon abundance and migratory timing using telemetric mark-recapture

Many fisheries for Pacific salmon Oncorhynchus spp. are actively managed to meet escapement goal objectives. In fisheries where the demand for surplus production is high, an extensive assessment program is needed to achieve the opposing objectives of allowing adequate escapement and fully exploiting the available surplus. Knowledge of...

Bromaghin, Jeffrey F.; Gates, Kenneth S.; Palmer, Douglas E.
Bromaghin, J. F., K. S. Gates, and D. E. Palmer. 2010. A likelihood framework for joint estimation of salmon abundance and migratory timing using telemetric mark-recapture. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 30(6):1385-1394. doi:10.1577/M10-065.1

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Are inland wolf-ungulate systems influenced by marine subsidies of Pacific salmon?

Wolves (Canis lupus) in North America are considered obligate predators of ungulates with other food resources playing little role in wolf population dynamics or wolf–prey relations. However, spawning Pacific salmon (Oncorhyncus spp.) are common throughout wolf range in northwestern North America and may provide a marine subsidy affecting inland...

Adams, Layne G.; Farley, Sean D.; Stricker, Craig A.; Demma, Dominic J.; Roffler, Gretchen H.; Miller, Dennis C.; Rye, Robert O.
Are inland wolf-ungulate systems influenced by marine subsidies of Pacific salmon?; 2010; Article; Journal; Ecological Applications; Adams, L. G.; Farley, S. D.; Stricker, C. A.; Demma, D. J.; Roffler, G. H.; Miller, D. C.; Rye, R. O.

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Complete mitochondrial genome of a Pleistocene jawbone unveils the origin of polar bear

The polar bear has become the flagship species in the climate-change discussion. However, little is known about how past climate impacted its evolution and persistence, given an extremely poor fossil record. Although it is undisputed from analyses of mitochondrial (mt) DNA that polar bears constitute a lineage within the genetic diversity of brown...

Lindqvist, Charlotte; Schuster, Stephan C.; Sun, Yazhou; Talbot, Sandra L.; Qi, Ji; Ratan, Aakrosh; Tomsho, Lynn P.; Kasson, Lindsay; Zeyl, Eve; Aars, Jon; Miller, Webb; Ingólfsson, Ólafur; Bachmann, Lutz; Wiig, Øystein
Complete mitochondrial genome of a Pleistocene jawbone unveils the origin of polar bear; 2010; Article; Journal; PNAS; Lindqvist, Charlotte; Schuster, Stephan C.; Sun, Yazhou; Talbot, Sandra L.; Qi, Ji; Ratan, Aakrosh; Tomsho, Lynn P.; Kasson, Lindsay; Zeyl, Eve; Aars, Jon; Miller, Webb; Ingólfsson, Ólafur; Bachmann, Lutz; Wiig, Øystein

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Cytochrome P4501A biomarker indication of oil exposure in harlequin ducks up to 20 years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill

Hydrocarbon-inducible cytochrome P4501A (CYP1A) expression was measured, as ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase (EROD) activity, in livers of wintering harlequin ducks (Histrionicus histrionicus) captured in areas of Prince William Sound, Alaska, USA, oiled by the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill and in birds from nearby unoiled areas, during 2005 to...

Esler, Daniel N.; Trust, Kimberly A.; Ballachey, Brenda E.; Iverson, Samuel A.; Lewis, Tyler L.; Rizzolo, Daniel; Mulcahy, Daniel M.; Miles, A. Keith; Woodin, Bruce R.; Stegeman, John J.; Henderson, John D.; Wilson, Barry W.
Esler, D., K. A. Trust, B. E. Ballachey, S. A. Iverson, T. L. Lewis, D. J. Rizzolo, D. M. Mulcahy, A. K. Miles, B. R. Woodin, J. J. Stegeman, J. D. Henderson, and B. W. Wilson. 2010. Cytochrome P4501A biomarker indication of oil exposure in Harlequin Ducks up to 20 years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 29(5):1138-1145. doi:10.1002/etc.129

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Evaluation of a portable automated serum chemistry analyzer for field assessment of harlequin ducks, Histrionicus histrionicus

A portable analytical chemistry analyzer was used to make field assessments of wild harlequin ducks (Histrionicus histrionicus) in association with telemetry studies of winter survival in Prince William Sound, Alaska. We compared serum chemistry results obtained on-site with results from a traditional laboratory. Particular attention was paid to...

Stoskopf, Michael K.; Mulcahy, Daniel M.; Esler, Daniel N.

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Greenhouse gas mitigation can reduce sea-ice loss and increase polar bear persistence

On the basis of projected losses of their essential sea-ice habitats, a United States Geological Survey research team concluded in 2007 that two-thirds of the worlds polar bears (Ursus maritimus) could disappear by mid-century if business-as-usual greenhouse gas emissions continue. That projection, however, did not consider the possible benefits...

Amstrup, Steven C.; Deweaver, E.T.; Douglas, David C.; Marcot, B.G.; Durner, George M.; Bitz, C.M.; Bailey, D.A.
Greenhouse gas mitigation can reduce sea-ice loss and increase polar bear persistence; 2010; Article; Journal; Nature; Amstrup, S. C.; Deweaver, E. T.; Douglas, D. C.; Marcot, B. G.; Durner, G. M.; Bitz, C. M.; Bailey, D. A.

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Intercontinental reassortment and genomic variation of low pathogenic avian influenza viruses isolated from northern pintails (Anas acuta) in Alaska: examining the evidence through space and time

Migration and population genetic data for northern pintails (Anas acuta) and phylogenetic analysis of low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) viruses from this host in Alaska suggest that northern pintails are involved in ongoing intercontinental transmission of avian influenza. Here, we further refine this conclusion through phylogenetic analyses...

Ramey, Andrew M.; Pearce, John M.; Flint, Paul L.; Ip, Hon S.; Derksen, Dirk V.; Franson, J. Christian; Petrula, Michael J.; Scotton, Bradley D.; Sowl, Kristine M.; Wege, Michael L.; Trust, Kimberly A.
Intercontinental reassortment and genomic variation of low pathogenic avian influenza viruses isolated from northern pintails (Anas acuta) in Alaska: examining the evidence through space and time; 2010; Article; Journal; Virology; Ramey, Andrew M.; Pearce, John M.; Flint, Paul L.; Ip, Hon S.; Derksen, Dirk V.; Franson, J. Christian; Petrula, Michael J.; Scotton, Bradley D.; Sowl, Kristine M.; Wege, Michael L.; Trust, Kimberly A.

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

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Clear day view of Iliamna IVE volcano

Iliamna IVE

Camera is co-located with seismic station IVE 2.7 miles (3.5 km) to the east south-east of Iliamna. Read more about Iliamna volcano.

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Unalakleet video camera 2 bright image

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 image from camera 2 is shown here. Please note that it takes 10 minutes for the images to be posted, once they are collected by

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Image: Sampling Stream Water in Denali National Park, Alaska

Sampling Stream Water in Denali National Park, Alaska

Ed Pfeifer of the USGS Southwest Geographic Science Team collecting water samples during field work for a study of Dall sheep habitat in Denali National Park, Alaska.

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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 image from camera 1 is shown here. Please note that it takes 10 minutes for the images to be posted, once they are collected by

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