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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: 1990

Individual variation in behavior and breeding success of Northern Fulmars

In a sample of breeding Northern Fulmars (Fulmarus glacialis) observed in 4-5 years, up to 43% of the variability in 13 attributes of breeding behavior was consistent among individuals or pairs. Sample means for most attributes were correlated in a predictable way with annual levels of breeding success. Except for laying dates, there was little...

Hatch, Scott A.

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Is the polar bear (Ursus maritimus) a hibernator? Continued studies on opioids and hibernation

Polar bear behavior and biochemistry suggest they may have the ability to hibernate year-round, even though this species is not considered to be a true hibernator. This observation, plus the discovery of a hibernation-induced trigger (HIT) in the blood of black bears, prompted the examination of polar bear blood collected thoughout the year for...

Bruce, David S.; Darling, Nancy K.; Seeland, Katheleen J.; Oeltgen, Peter R.; Nilekani, Sita P.; Amstrup, Steven C.

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Isolation of infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus from a leech (Piscicola salmositica) and a copepod (Salmincola sp.), ectoparasites of sockeye salmon Oncorhynchus nerka

Infectious haematopoietic necrosis (IHN) virus was isolated from freshwater leeches Piscicola salmositica and copepods Salmincola sp. removed from the gills of spawning sockeye salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka. This is the first report of the isolation of IHN virus from an animal other than salmonid fishes. High levels of IHN virus were also found in...

Mulcahy, Daniel M.; Klaybor, D.; Batts, W.N.

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Monitoring St. Lawrence Island and Cape Thompson seabird populations

About 1.8 million seabirds of 12 species breed on St. Lawrence Island (Figure 1) - one of the largest aggregations of breeding seabirds in the subarctic Pacific. Colonies of least and crested auklets alone, totaling 1.5 million birds, contain a substantial proportion (perhaps 20%) of these species’ world populations. Large seabird colonies occur...

Hatch, Scott A.; Piatt, John F.; Fadely, Brian S.; Roberts, Bay D.

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Nest-site selection by Emperor Geese and Cackling Canada Geese

Differences were found in habitat structure between nest sites of Emperor Geese (Chen canagicus) and Cackling Canada Geese (Branta canadensis minima) during a 5-year study (1982-1986) at Kokechik Bay, Alaska. Emperor Geese tended to select sites that afforded concealment from avian predators before incubation began. Cackling Canada Geese tended to...

Petersen, Margaret R.

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Postrelease monitoring of radio-instrumented sea otters in Prince William Sound

Sea otters (Enhydra lutris) that were captured in western Prince William Sound (PWS) or the Gulf of Alaska, treated, and held in captivity at the temporary rehabilitation centers established in response to the T/V Exxon Valdez oil spill were instrumented with radio transmitters, released into eastern PWS, and monitored by radiotelemetry. We...

Bayha, Keith; Kormendy, Jennifer; Monnett, C.; Rotterman, L.M.; Stack, C.; Monson, Daniel H.

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Procedures and rationale for marking sea otters captured and treated during the T/V Exxon Valdez oil spill

Four methods were used for marking sea otters (Enhydra lutris) captured and treated during the response to the T/V Exxon Valdez oil spill. Colored and numbered flipper tags were placed on each sea otter that was brought to the otter treatment centers. These tags allowed individual recognition and permitted the tracking of individuals through the...

Bayha, Keith; Kormendy, Jennifer; DeGange, A.R.; Williams, T.D.

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Seasonal movements of adult female polar bears in the Bering and Chukchi seas

Ten adult female polar bears (Ursus maritimus) were fitted with satellite telemetry collars during March 1986 in the Kotzebue Sound area of the Chukchi Sea. During March-April 1987, 2 of these bears were refitted with satellite telemetry collars and an additional 10 adult females were collared in the northern Bering and eastern Chukchi seas. Data...

Garner, Gerald W.; Knick, Steven T.; Douglas, David C.

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Shorebirds and herring roe in Prince William Sound, Alaska

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Norton, David W.; Senner, Stanley E.; Gill, Robert E.; Martin, Philip D.; Wright, J.M.; Fukuyama, Allan K.

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Site 765: Sediment Lithostratigraphy

A 935-m-thick succession of Quaternary through Lower Cretaceous sediments was recovered at Site 765 (Fig. 10). A single core of Quaternary sediment was obtained from Hole 765A; drilling terminated and a new hole was drilled in an attempt to establish the mud line. Quaternary through middle Miocene sediments were cored in Hole 765B down to a depth...

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Site 765: Sedimentology

Various techniques were used to decipher the sedimentation history of Site 765, including Markov chain analysis of facies transitions, XRD analysis of clay and other minerals, and multivariate analysis of smear-slide data, in addition to the standard descriptive procedures employed by the shipboard sedimentologist. This chapter presents brief...

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Site 766: Sediment Lithostratigraphy

A total of 466.7 m of Pleistocene to upper Valanginian sediments were rotary cored at Site 766 (Fig. 10). Average recovery was 63.1%. Recovery was less than 50% in the following cores: Cores 123-766A-3R, -8R, -10R, -12R, -13R, -21R to -27R, -31R, and 123-766A-33R to -39R. Fourteen of the 20 cores having poor recovery occur in two intervals of...

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