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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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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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Arctic Science for Decision Maker

2020 USGS Alaska Annual Science Report
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Experimental methods fail to address the questions posed in studies of surgical techniques

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Mulcahy, Daniel M.
Experimental methods fail to address the questions posed in studies of surgical techniques; 2014; Article; Journal; Fisheries Research; Mulcahy, Daniel M.

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Avian influenza virus antibodies in Pacific Coast Red Knots (Calidris canutus rufa)

Prevalence of avian influenza virus (AIV) antibodies in the western Atlantic subspecies of Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa) is among the highest for any shorebird. To assess whether the frequency of detection of AIV antibodies is high for the species in general or restricted only to C. c. rufa, we sampled the northeastern Pacific Coast subspecies...

Johnson, James A.; DeCicco, Lucas H.; Ruthrauff, Daniel R.; Krauss, Scott; Hall, Jeffrey S.
Avian influenza virus antibodies in Pacific Coast Red Knots (Calidris canutus rufa); 2014; Article; Journal; Journal of Wildlife Diseases; Johnson, James A.; DeCicco, Lucas H.; Ruthrauff, Daniel R.; Krauss, Scott; Hall, Jeffrey S.

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Lack of sex-biased dispersal promotes fine-scale genetic structure in alpine ungulates

Identifying patterns of fine-scale genetic structure in natural populations can advance understanding of critical ecological processes such as dispersal and gene flow across heterogeneous landscapes. Alpine ungulates generally exhibit high levels of genetic structure due to female philopatry and patchy configuration of mountain habitats. We...

Roffler, Gretchen H.; Talbot, Sandra L.; Luikart, Gordon; Sage, George K.; Pilgrim, Kristy L.; Adams, Layne G.; Schwartz, Michael K.
Lack of sex-biased dispersal promotes fine-scale genetic structure in alpine ungulates; 2014; Article; Journal; Conservation Genetics; Roffler, Gretchen H.; Talbot, Sandra L.; Luikart, Gordon; Sage, George K.; Pilgrim, Kristy L.; Adams, Layne G.; Schwartz, Michael K.

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Seasonal thaw settlement at drained thermokarst lake basins, Arctic Alaska

Drained thermokarst lake basins (DTLBs) are ubiquitous landforms on Arctic tundra lowland. Their dynamic states are seldom investigated, despite their importance for landscape stability, hydrology, nutrient fluxes, and carbon cycling. Here we report results based on high-resolution Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) measurements...

Liu, Lin; Schaefer, Kevin; Gusmeroli, Alessio; Grosse, Guido; Jones, Benjamin M.; Zhang, Tinjun; Parsekian, Andrew; Zebker, Howard
Seasonal thaw settlement at drained thermokarst lake basins, Arctic Alaska; 2014; Article; Journal; The Cryosphere; Liu, Lin; Schaefer, Kevin; Gusmeroli, Alessio; Grosse, Guido; Jones, B.M.; Zhang, Tinjun; Parsekian, Andrew; Zebker, Howard

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Multi-trophic resilience of boreal lake ecosystems to forest fires

Fires are the major natural disturbance in the boreal forest, and their frequency and intensity will likely increase as the climate warms. Terrestrial nutrients released by fires may be transported to boreal lakes, stimulating increased primary productivity, which may radiate through multiple trophic levels. Using a before‐after‐control‐impact (...

Lewis, Tyler L.; Lindberg, Mark S.; Schmutz, Joel A.; Bertram, M.R.

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Year Published: 2014

USGS US topo maps for Alaska

In July 2013, the USGS National Geospatial Program began producing new topographic maps for Alaska, providing a new map series for the state known as US Topo. Prior to the start of US Topo map production in Alaska, the most detailed statewide USGS topographic maps were 15-minute 1:63,360-scale maps, with their original production often dating back...

Anderson, Becci; Fuller, Tracy
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Alaska

Key Messages Arctic summer sea ice is receding faster than previously projected and is expected to virtually disappear before mid-century. This is altering marine ecosystems and leading to greater ship access, offshore development opportunity, and increased community vulnerability to coastal erosion. Most glaciers in Alaska and British Columbia...

Melillo, J.M.; Richmond, Terese; Yohe, G.W.; Chapin, F. Stuart; Trainor, Sarah F.; Cochran, Patricia; Huntington, Henry; Markon, Carl J.; McCammon, Molly; McGuire, A. David; Serreze, Mark
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Chapin, F. S., III, S. F. Trainor, P. Cochran, H. Huntington, C. Markon, M. McCammon, A. D. McGuire, and M. Serreze, 2014: Ch. 22: Alaska. Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment, J. M. Melillo, Terese (T.C.) Richmond, and G. W. Yohe, Eds., U.S. Global Change Research Program, 514-536. doi:10.7930/J00Z7150.

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Genomic characterization of H14 subtype influenza A viruses in New World waterfowl and experimental infectivity in mallards Anas platyrhynchos

Recent repeated isolation of H14 hemagglutinin subtype influenza A viruses (IAVs) in the New World waterfowl provides evidence to suggest that host and/or geographic ranges for viruses of this subtype may be expanding. In this study, we used genomic analyses to gain inference on the origin and evolution of H14 viruses in New World waterfowl and...

Ramey, Andrew M.; Poulson, Rebecca L.; Gonzalez-Reiche, Ana S.; Perez, Daniel R.; Stalknecht, David E.; Brown, Justin D.

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Geophysical advances triggered by 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake

A little more than 50 years ago, on 27 March 1964, the Great Alaska earthquake and tsunami struck. At moment magnitude 9.2, this earthquake is notable as the largest in U.S. written history and as the second-largest ever recorded by instruments worldwide. But what resonates today are its impacts on the understanding of plate tectonics, tsunami...

Haeussler, Peter J.; Leith, William S.; Wald, David J.; Filson, John R.; Wolfe, Cecily; Applegate, David
Haeussler, P., Leith, W., Wald, D., Filson, J., Wolfe, C., and Applegate, D., 2014, Geophysical advances triggered by 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake:

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Spatio-temporal patterns of ptarmigan occupancy relative to shrub cover in the Arctic

Rock and willow ptarmigan are abundant herbivores that require shrub habitats in arctic and alpine areas. Shrub expansion is likely to increase winter habitat availability for ptarmigan, which in turn influence shrub architecture and growth through browsing. Despite their ecological role in the Arctic, the distribution and movement patterns of...

Schmutz, Joel A.
Spatio-temporal patterns of ptarmigan occupancy relative to shrub cover in the Arctic; 2014; Article; Journal; Polar Biology; Schmutz, Joel A.

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Use of DNA from bite marks can determine species and individual animals that attack humans

During the summer of 2008, 6 documented attacks and close encounters with brown bears (Ursus arctos) occurred in the greater Anchorage, Alaska (USA) area. We discuss findings from 2 incidents in which people were mauled within 2 km of each other over a 6-week period and in which it was assumed that a single animal was responsible. To ensure public...

Farley, Sean; Talbot, Sandra L.; Sage, George K.; Sinnott, Rick; Coltrane, Jessica
Use of DNA from bite marks can determine species and individual animals that attack humans; 2014; Article; Journal; Wildlife Society Bulletin; Farley, Sean; Talbot, Sandra L.; Sage, George K.; Sinnott, Rick; Coltrane, Jessica

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Biological legacies: Direct early ecosystem recovery and food web reorganization after a volcanic eruption in Alaska

Attempts to understand how communities assemble following a disturbance are challenged by the difficulty of determining the relative importance of stochastic and deterministic processes. Biological legacies, which result from organisms that survive a disturbance, can favour deterministic processes in community assembly and improve predictions of...

Walker, Lawrence R.; Sikes, Derek S.; DeGange, Anthony R.; Jewett, Stephen C.; Michaelson, Gary; Talbot, Sandra L.; Talbot, Stephen S.; Wang, Bronwen; Williams, Jeffrey C.
Biological legacies: direct early ecosystem recovery and food web reorganization after a volcanic eruption in Alaska; 2014; Article; Journal; Ecoscience; Walker, Lawrence R.; Sikes, Derek S.; DeGange, Anthony R.; Jewett, Stephen C.; Michaelson, Gary; Talbot, Sandra L.; Talbot, Stephen S.; Wang, Bronwen; Williams, Jeffrey C.

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!

Documentary on walruses here!

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

Join USGS geologists as they collect lava samples from Kilauea Volcano.

Watch researchers in the Arctic!

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A Pacific sand lance from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
November 15, 2002

A Pacific sand lance from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

A Pacific sand lance from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Image: Denali Fault: Alaska Pipeline
November 10, 2002

Denali Fault: Alaska Pipeline

View south along the Trans Alaska Pipeline in the zone where it was engineered for the Denali fault. The fault trace passes beneath the pipeline between the 2nd and 3rd slider supports at the far end of the zone. A large arc in the pipe can be seen in the pipe on the right, due to shortening of the zigzag-shaped pipeline trace within the fault zone. (It was snowing when

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Image: Denali Fault: Alaska Pipeline
November 10, 2002

Denali Fault: Alaska Pipeline

Surface faulting split this tree near the Trans Alaska Pipeline.

Image: Central Alaska Range
November 7, 2002

Central Alaska Range

View of central Alaska Range from the south.

3 glaciers coming down from the mountains
October 2, 2002

Portage, Burns and Shakespeare glaciers in Southcentral Alaska

Portage Glacier (right), Burns Glacier (center), Shakespeare Glacier (left) in Southcentral Alaska from the air.

A sunset seen from Kaktovik, Alaska
September 13, 2002

A sunset seen from Kaktovik, Alaska

A sunset seen from Kaktovik, Alaska

Biologist pulling a beach seine on a side channel of the Yukon River
August 15, 2002

Beach seining on the Yukon River Delta

Jason Baker and Scott McLean pulling a beach seine in a side channel of the Yukon River

Image: Alaska Mountain Range
July 1, 2002

Alaska Mountain Range

Alaska mountain range.

Image: Alaska Mountain Range
July 1, 2002

Alaska Mountain Range

Alaska mountain range.

Image: Alaska Scenic View
June 30, 2002

Alaska Scenic View

Scenic view of Alaskan lake and mountains.

Brooks Range, Alaska: View southward from Fortress Mountain Formation on Atigun syncline
December 31, 2001

Fortress Mountain Formation, Brooks Range

View southward from Fortress Mountain Formation on Atigun syncline towards Brooks Range.  Trans-Alaska Pipeline, haul road, and Galbraith Lake in valley.  Location in Brooks Range foothills, about 90 miles southeast of Umiat.

Polar bear mother and two cubs on the Beaufort Sea ice.
January 16, 2001

Polar bear mother and two cubs on the Beaufort Sea ice

Polar bear mother and two cubs on the Beaufort Sea ice.

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