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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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Development and characterization of 16 polymorphic microsatellite loci for the Alaska blackfish (Esociformes: Dallia pectoralis)

Blackfishes (Esociformes: Esocidae: Dallia), small fishes with relictual distributions, are unique in being the only primary freshwater fish genus endemic to Beringia. Although the number of species of Dallia is debated, disjunct populations and distinct mitochondrial divisions that predate the end of the last glacial maximum are apparent. We...

Campbell, Matthew A.; Sage, George K.; DeWilde, Rachel L.; López, J. Andres; Talbot, Sandra L.
Development and characterization of 16 polymorphic microsatellite loci for the Alaska blackfish (Esociformes: Dallia pectoralis); 2014; Article; Journal; Conservation Genetics Resources; Campbell, Matthew A.; Sage, George K.; DeWilde, Rachel L.; López, J. Andres; Talbot, Sandra L.

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Prevalence, transmission, and genetic diversity of blood parasites infecting tundra-nesting geese in Alaska

A total of 842 blood samples collected from five species of tundra-nesting geese in Alaska was screened for haemosporidian parasites using molecular techniques. Parasites of the generaLeucocytozoon Danilewsky, 1890, Haemoproteus Kruse, 1890, and Plasmodium Marchiafava and Celli, 1885 were detected in 169 (20%), 3 (<1...

Ramey, Andrew M.; Reed, John A.; Schmutz, Joel A.; Fondell, Tom F.; Meixell, Brandt W.; Hupp, Jerry W.; Ward, David H.; Terenzi, John; Ely, Craig R.
Ramey, A. M., J. A. Reed, J. A. Schmutz, T. F. Fondell, B. W. Meixell, J. W. Hupp, D. H. Ward, J. Terenzi, and C. R. Ely. 2014. Prevalence, transmission, and genetic diversity of blood parasites infecting tundra-nesting geese in Alaska. Canadian Journal of Zoology 92(8):699-706. doi:10.1139/cjz-2014-0041

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Low-altitude photographic transects of the Arctic Network of National Park Units and Selawik National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, July 2013

During July 16–18, 2013, low-level photography flights were conducted (with a Cessna 185 with floats and a Cessna 206 with tundra tires) over the five administrative units of the National Park Service Arctic Network (Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Cape Krusenstern National Monument, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, Kobuk...

Marcot, Bruce G.; Jorgenson, M. Torre; DeGange, Anthony R.
Low-altitude photographic transects of the Arctic Network of National Park Units and Selawik National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, July 2013; 2014; DS; 846; Marcot, Bruce G.; Jorgenson, M. Torre; DeGange, Anthony R.

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Physiological and ecological effects of increasing temperature on fish production in lakes of Arctic Alaska

Lake ecosystems in the Arctic are changing rapidly due to climate warming. Lakes are sensitive integrators of climate-induced changes and prominent features across the Arctic landscape, especially in lowland permafrost regions such as the Arctic Coastal Plain of Alaska. Despite many studies on the implications of climate warming, how fish...

Carey, Michael P.; Zimmerman, Christian E.
Physiological and ecological effects of increasing temperature on fish production in lakes of Arctic Alaska; 2014; Article; Journal; Ecology and Evolution; Carey, Michael P.; Zimmerman, Christian E.

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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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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
Attribution: Region 11: Alaska
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.

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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Image: Eroding Shoreline Along Alaska's Coast
August 8, 2006

Eroding Shoreline Along Alaska's Coast

This photograph shows ice-wedge polygons and an eroding shoreline at Cape Halkett on the Beaufort Sea coast of Alaska. Coastal erosion along the Arctic coast is chronic, widespread and potentially accelerating, posing threats to infrastructure important for defense and energy purposes, natural shoreline habitats and nearby Native communities. To help address these concerns

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Image: Polar Bear Along Alaska's Coast
August 7, 2006

Polar Bear Along Alaska's Coast

A polar bear stands on a low-lying barrier shoal near the Huluhula River on the Beaufort Sea coast of Alaska. Coastal erosion along the Arctic coast is chronic, widespread and potentially accelerating, posing threats to infrastructure important for defense and energy purposes, natural shoreline habitats and nearby Native communities. To help address these concerns,

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Unuk River
June 30, 2006

Unuk River in Southeast Alaska

Unuk River is one of the transboundary watersheds of Southeast Alaska.

A lot of sand lance in a bucket from a beach seine in the Aleutian Islands
June 14, 2006

Sand lance catch from a beach seine in the Aleutian Islands

Pacific sand lance catch from a beach seine in the Aleutian Islands.

Taku River
June 13, 2006

Taku River in Southeast Alaska

Taku River is one of the transboundary watersheds of Southeast Alaska.

Eric Reghr and Kristin Simac working on an anesthetized polar bear
April 3, 2006

Eric Reghr and Kristin Simac working on an anesthetized polar bear

Eric Reghr and Kristin Simac working on an anesthetized polar bear

A gas plume arising from Augustine Volcano during it's eruptive phase 2005-06.
January 24, 2006

A gas plume arising from Augustine Volcano during it's eruptive phase 2005-06.

A gas plume arising from Augustine Volcano during it's eruptive phase 2005-06. This photo was taken during  a FLIR/maintenance flight on January 24, 2006.

A small bird on a deck bird feeder
November 5, 2005

Deformed beak Black-capped Chickadee next to peanut butter on a feeder

Deformed beak Black-capped Chickadee next to peanut butter on a feeder

A large flock of Bar-tailed Godwits flying near Egegik, Alaska
September 14, 2005

Bar-tailed Godwits in flight near Egegik, Alaska

A large flock of Bar-tailed Godwits flying near Egegik, Alaska

A weir on the Snake River to count chum and coho salmon, near Nome, Alaska
September 7, 2005

Fish weir on the Snake River, near Nome, Alaska

A weir on the Snake River, near Nome, Alaska.  This weir was used to count chum and coho salmon adults.

Spawning sockeye salmon in the Grand Central River, near Nome, Alaska
September 7, 2005

Spawning sockeye salmon in the Grand Central River, near Nome, Alaska

Spawning sockeye salmon in the Grand Central River, near Nome, Alaska

Sockeye salmon spawning in Grand Central River on the Seward Peninsula, Alaska
September 7, 2005

Sockeye salmon spawning in the Grand Central River, Alaska

Sockeye salmon spawning in the Grand Central River, on the Seward Peninsula near Salmon Lake, Alaska.

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