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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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2020 USGS Alaska Annual Science Report
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Intercontinental migratory connectivity and population structuring of Dunlins from western Alaska

The Dunlin (Calidris alpina) is a polytypic shorebird with complex patterns of distribution and migration throughout its holarctic range. We analyzed mark-re sighting data obtained between 1977 and 2010 from birds captured at two major staging areas in western Alaska to test the hypothesis that the migration patterns of Alaskan populations are a...

Gill, Robert E.; Handel, Colleen M.; Ruthrauff, Daniel R.
Intercontinental migratory connectivity and population structuring of Dunlins from western Alaska; 2013; Article; Journal; The Condor; Gill, Jr., Robert E.; Handel, Colleen M.; Ruthrauff, Daniel R.

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Thermokarst and thaw-related landscape dynamics -- an annotated bibliography with an emphasis on potential effects on habitat and wildlife

Permafrost has warmed throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere since the 1980s, with colder permafrost sites warming more rapidly (Romanovsky and others, 2010; Smith and others, 2010). Warming of the near-surface permafrost may lead to widespread terrain instability in ice-rich permafrost in the Arctic and the Subarctic, and may result in...

Jones, Benjamin M.; Amundson, Courtney L.; Koch, Joshua C.; Grosse, Guido
Thermokarst and thaw-related landscape dynamics -- an annotated bibliography with an emphasis on potential effects on habitat and wildlife; 2013; OFR; 2013-1161; Jones, Benjamin M. ; Amundson, Courtney L. ; Koch, Joshua C. ; Grosse, Guido

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Reconnaissance geologic map of the Kuskokwim Bay region, southwest Alaska

The rocks of the map area range from Proterozoic age metamorphic rocks of the Kanektok metamorphic complex (Kilbuck terrane) to Quaternary age mafic volcanic rocks of Nunivak Island. The map area encompasses much of the type area of the Togiak-Tikchik Complex. The geologic maps used to construct this compilation were, for the most part,...

Wilson, Frederic H.; Hults, Chad P.; Mohadjer, Solmaz; Coonrad, Warren L.
Reconnaissance geologic map of the Kuskokwim Bay region, southwest Alaska; 2013; SIM; 3100; Wilson, Frederic H.; Hults, Chad P.; Mohadjer, Solmaz ; Coonrad, Warren L.

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Molecular detection and genotyping of Japanese Encephalitis Virus in mosquitoes during a 2010 outbreak in the Republic of Korea

Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), a mosquito-borne zoonotic pathogen, is one of the major causes of viral encephalitis. To reduce the impact of Japanese encephalitis among children in the Republic of Korea (ROK), the government established a mandatory vaccination program in 1967. Through the efforts of this program only 0-7 (mean 2.1) cases of...

Seo, Hyun-Ji; Kim, Heung Chul; Klein, Terry A.; Ramey, Andrew M.; Lee, Ji-Hyee; Kyung, Soon-Goo; Park, Jee-Yong; Cho, In-Soo; Yeh, Jung-Yong
Molecular detection and genotyping of Japanese Encephalitis Virus in mosquitoes during a 2010 outbreak in the Republic of Korea; 2013; Article; Journal; PLoS One; Seo, Hyun-Ji; Kim, Heung Chul; Klein, Terry A.; Ramey, Andrew M.; Lee, Ji-Hyee; Kyung, Soon-Goo; Park, Jee-Yong; Cho, In-Soo; Yeh, Jung-Yong

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Changing Arctic ecosystems--the role of ecosystem changes across the Boreal-Arctic transition zone on the distribution and abundance of wildlife populations

Arctic and boreal ecosystems provide important breeding habitat for more than half of North America’s migratory birds as well as many resident species. Northern landscapes are projected to experience more pronounced climate-related changes in habitat than most other regions. These changes include increases in shrub growth, conversion of tundra to...

McNew, Lance; Handel, Colleen M.; Pearce, John M.; DeGange, Anthony R.; Holland-Bartels, Leslie; Whalen, Mary E.
Changing Arctic ecosystems--the role of ecosystem changes across the Boreal-Arctic transition zone on the distribution and abundance of wildlife populations; 2013; FS; 2013-3054; McNew, Lance ; Handel, Colleen ; Pearce, John ; DeGange, Tony ; Holland-Bartels, Leslie ; Whalen, Mary

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Modeled distribution and abundance of a pelagic seabird reveal trends in relation to fisheries

The northern fulmar Fulmarus glacialis is one of the most visible and widespread seabirds in the eastern Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. However, relatively little is known about its abundance, trends, or the factors that shape its distribution. We used a long-term pelagic dataset to model changes in fulmar at-sea distribution and abundance since...

Renner, Martin; Parrish, Julia K.; Piatt, John F.; Kuletz, Kathy J.; Edwards, Ann E.; Hunt, George L.
Modeled distribution and abundance of a pelagic seabird reveal trends in relation to fisheries; 2013; Article; Journal; Marine Ecology Progress Series (MEPS); Renner, Martin ; Parrish, Julia K.; Piatt, John F.; Kuletz, Kathy J.; Edwards, Ann E.; Hunt, George L., Jr.

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Mapping polar bear maternal denning habitat in the National Petroleum Reserve -- Alaska with an IfSAR digital terrain model

The National Petroleum Reserve–Alaska (NPR-A) in northeastern Alaska provides winter maternal denning habitat for polar bears (Ursus maritimus) and also has high potential for recoverable hydrocarbons. Denning polar bears exposed to human activities may abandon their dens before their young are able to survive the severity of Arctic winter weather...

Durner, George M.; Simac, Kristin S.; Amstrup, Steven C.

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Genomic analysis of avian influenza viruses from waterfowl in Western Alaska, USA

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta (Y-K Delta) in western Alaska is an immense and important breeding ground for waterfowl. Migratory birds from the Pacific Americas, Central Pacific, and East Asian-Australasian flyways converge in this region, providing opportunities for intermixing of North American- and Eurasian-origin hosts and infectious agents, such...

Reeves, Andrew B.; Pearce, John M.; Ramey, Andrew M.; Ely, Craig R.; Schmutz, Joel A.; Flint, Paul L.; Derksen, Dirk V.; Ip, Hon S.; Trust, Kimberly A.
Genomic analysis of avian influenza viruses from waterfowl in Western Alaska, USA; 2013; Article; Journal; Journal of Wildlife Diseases; Reeves, A.B.; Pearce J.M.; Ramey, A.M.; Ely, C.R.; Schmutz, J.A.; Flint, P.L.; Derksen, D.V.; IP, H.S.; Trust, K.A.

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Kittiwake diets and chick production signal a 2008 regime shift in the Northeast Pacific

I examined ~2700 food samples collected from adult and nestling black-legged kittiwakes Rissa tridactyla from 1978 through 2011 on Middleton Island in the Gulf of Alaska. The kittiwake diet was composed chiefly of fish, but invertebrates were taken in appreciable quantities in April and May. Upon spring arrival at the colony, adult kittiwakes...

Hatch, Scott A.
Kittiwake diets and chick production signal a 2008 regime shift in the Northeast Pacific; 2013; Article; Journal; Marine Ecology Progress Series; Hatch, Scott A.

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Geologic map of the east half of the Lime Hills 1:250,000-scale quadrangle, Alaska

This map is compiled from geologic mapping conducted between 1985 and 1992 by the U.S. Geological Survey as part of the Alaska Mineral Resource Assessment Program. That mapping built upon previous USGS work (1963–1988) unraveling the magmatic history of the Alaska–Aleutian Range batholith. Quaternary unit contacts depicted on this map are derived...

Gamble, Bruce M.; Reed, Bruce L.; Richter, Donald H.; Lanphere, Marvin A.
Geologic map of the east half of the Lime Hills 1:250,000-scale quadrangle, Alaska; 2013; OFR; 2013-1090; Gamble, Bruce M.; Reed, Bruce L.; Richter, Donald H.; Lanphere, Marvin A.

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Ice-age megafauna in Arctic Alaska: extinction, invasion, survival

Radical restructuring of the terrestrial, large mammal fauna living in arctic Alaska occurred between 14,000 and 10,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age. Steppe bison, horse, and woolly mammoth became extinct, moose and humans invaded, while muskox and caribou persisted. The ice age megafauna was more diverse in species and possibly...

Mann, Daniel H.; Groves, Pamela; Kunz, Michael L.; Reanier, Richard E.; Gaglioti, Benjamin V.
Ice-age megafauna in Arctic Alaska: extinction, invasion, survival; 2013; Article; Journal; Quaternary Science Reviews; Mann, Daniel H.; Groves, Pamela; Kunz, Michael L.; Reanier, Richard E.; Gaglioti, Benjamin V.

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Age-specific survival of tundra swans on the lower Alaska Peninsula

The population of Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus columbianus) breeding on the lower Alaska Peninsula represents the southern extremity of the species' range and is uniquely nonmigratory. We used data on recaptures, resightings, and recoveries of neck-collared Tundra Swans on the lower Alaska Peninsula to estimate collar loss, annual apparent...

Meixell, Brandt W.; Lindberg, Mark S.; Conn, Paul B.; Dau, Christian P.; Sarvis, John E.; Sowl, Kristine M.
Age-specific survival of tundra swans on the lower Alaska Peninsula; 2013; Article; Journal; The Condor; Meixell, Brandt W.; Lindberg, Mark S.; Conn, Paul B.; Dau, Christian P.; Sarvis, John E.; Sowl, Kristine M.

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.

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Jannelle Trowbridge sorts through benthic invertebrates for bivalves
December 31, 1969

Jannelle Trowbridge sorts through benthic invertebrates for bivalves

ANSEP intern Jannelle Trowbridge sorts through a catch of benthic invertebrates for bivalves on the Norseman II. This was from the Ecosystem Shifts in Arctic Seas project. 

Underwater photo of young of year Arctic cisco
December 31, 1969

Underwater photo of young of year Arctic cisco

Underwater photo of young of year Arctic cisco

2015 benthic field sampling team
December 31, 1969

2015 benthic field sampling team

The 2015 benthic field sampling team Jannelle Trowbridge, Vanessa von Biela, Carolynn Harris, and Thomas Nguyen. This was from the Ecosystem Shifts in Arctic Seas project.

Biologist with a Chinook salmon in a large net from a boat on the Yukon River
December 31, 1969

Vanessa von Biela with a Chinook salmon on the Yukon River

Vanessa von Biela with a Chinook salmon on the Yukon River.

Eroding coastline of the Beaufort Sea on Arey Island near Kaktovik
December 31, 1969

Beaufort Sea coastline on Arey Island with eroding cliff near Kaktovik

Eroding coastline of the Beaufort Sea on Arey Island near Kaktovik. 

Flock of birds over Arey Island near Kaktovik on the coastline of the Beaufort Sea
December 31, 1969

Beaufort Sea coastline on Arey Island with flock of birds

Flock of birds over Arey Island near Kaktovik on the coastline of the Beaufort Sea.

Bring in the mid-water trawl on the R/V Alaskan Gyre
December 31, 1969

Starting to bring in the mid-water trawl on the R/V Alaskan Gyre

Bring in the mid-water trawl on the R/V Alaskan Gyre

Biologists sorting through buckets of benthic invertebrates looking for bivalves onboard the Norseman II in the Chukchi Sea
December 31, 1969

Biologists sorting through benthic invertebrates for bivalves

Biologists sorting through buckets of benthic invertebrates looking for bivalves onboard the Norseman II in the Chukchi Sea.

Sea ice in the Chukchi Sea
December 31, 1969

Chukchi Sea sea ice

Sea ice in the Chukchi Sea.

Repeat oblique photographs of Gulkana glaciers in Alaska.
December 31, 1967

Repeat oblique photographs of Gulkana glaciers in Alaska.

Repeat oblique photographs of Gulkana glaciers in Alaska.  1967, Unknown USGS photographer. 2016, L. Sass, USGS.

Repeat oblique photographs of Wolverine glacier in Alaska.
December 31, 1966

Repeat oblique photographs of Wolverine glacier in Alaska.

Repeat oblique photographs of Wolverine glacier in Alaska.  1966 image by unknown USGS photographer; 2015 image by L. Sass, USGS.

Photograph shows what remains of a building foundation in the foreground and a house in the background and up a slight elevation
December 31, 1964

Chenega Village after tsunami waves hit in 1964

Photograph taken in 1964 of the main part of the Chenega village site in Alaska. Pilings in the ground mark the former locations of homes swept away by tsunami waves. The schoolhouse on high ground was undamaged. Credit: Figure 6 from Plafker et al. (1969).

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