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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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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
Attribution: Region 11: Alaska

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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.

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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.

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Predicting the effects of climate change on ecosystems and wildlife habitat in northwest Alaska: results from the WildCast project

We used a modeling framework and a recent ecological land classification and land cover map to predict how ecosystems and wildlife habitat in northwest Alaska might change in response to increasing temperature. Our results suggest modest increases in forest and tall shrub ecotypes in Northwest Alaska by the end of this century thereby...

DeGange, Anthony R.; Marcot, Bruce G.; Lawler, James; Jorgenson, Torre; Winfree, Robert
Attribution: Region 11: Alaska
Predicting the effects of climate change on ecosystems and wildlife habitat in northwest Alaska: results from the WildCast project; 2014; Article; Journal; Alaska Park Science; DeGange, Anthony R.; Marcot, Bruce G.; Lawler, James; Jorgenson, Torre; Winfree, Robert

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Hemispheric-scale wind selection facilitates bar-tailed godwit circum-migration of the Pacific

The annual 29 000 km long migration of the bar-tailed godwit, Limosa lapponica baueri, around the Pacific Ocean traverses what is arguably the most complex and seasonally structured atmospheric setting on Earth. Faced with marked variation in wind regimes and storm conditions across oceanic migration corridors, individuals must make critical...

Gill, Robert E.; Douglas, David C.; Handel, Colleen M.; Tibbitts, T. Lee; Hufford, Gary; Piersma, Theunis
Hemispheric-scale wind selection facilitates bar-tailed godwit circum-migration of the Pacific; 2014; Article; Journal; Animal Behaviour; Gill, Robert E.; Douglas, David C.; Handel, Colleen M.; Tibbitts, T. Lee; Hufford, Gary; Piersma, Theunis

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High fidelity does not preclude colonization: range expansion of molting Black Brant on the Arctic coast of Alaska

High rates of site fidelity have been assumed to infer static distributions of molting geese in some cases. To test this assumption, we examined movements of individually marked birds to understand the underlying mechanisms of range expansion of molting Black Brant (Branta bernicla nigricans) on the Arctic Coastal Plain (ACP) of Alaska. The...

Flint, Paul L.; Meixell, Brandt W.; Mallek, Edward J.
High fidelity does not preclude colonization: range expansion of molting Black Brant on the Arctic coast of Alaska; 2014; Article; Journal; Journal of Field Ornithology; Flint, Paul L.; Meixell, Brandt W.; Mallek, Edward J.

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Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) resource selection in the northern Bering Sea

The Pacific walrus is a large benthivore with an annual range extending across the continental shelves of the Bering and Chukchi Seas. We used a discrete choice model to estimate site selection by adult radio-tagged walruses relative to the availability of the caloric biomass of benthic infauna and sea ice concentration in a prominent walrus...

Jay, Chadwick V.; Grebmeier, Jacqueline M.; Fischbach, Anthony S.; McDonald, Trent L.; Cooper, Lee W.; Hornsby, Fawn
Jay, C. V., J. M. Grebmeier, A. S. Fischbach, T. L. McDonald, L. W. Cooper, and F. Hornsby. 2014. Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) resource selection in the northern Bering Sea. PLoS One 9(4):e93035. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0093035

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Blood lead concentrations in Alaskan tundra swans: linking breeding and wintering areas with satellite telemetry

Tundra swans (Cygnus columbianus) like many waterfowl species are susceptible to lead (Pb) poisoning, and Pb-induced mortality has been reported from many areas of their wintering range. Little is known however about Pb levels throughout the annual cycle of tundra swans, especially during summer when birds are on remote northern breeding areas...

Ely, Craig R.; Franson, Christian
Blood lead concentrations in Alaskan tundra swans: linking breeding and wintering areas with satellite telemetry; 2014; Article; Journal; Ecotoxicology; Ely, Craig R.; Franson, Christian

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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Sockeye salmon in shallow waters of Salmon Lake
September 7, 2005

Sockeye salmon in shallow waters of Salmon Lake

Sockeye salmon in shallow waters of Salmon Lake which is at the headwaters of the Pilgrim River.

Northern Fulmars on the water
July 25, 2005

Northern Fulmars on the water

Northern Fulmars on the water

Fish River on the Seward Peninsula, Alaska
June 16, 2005

Fish River on the Seward Peninsula, Alaska

Scenic view of the Fish River on Seward Peninsula, Alaska.

Fish River on the Seward Peninsula, Alaska
June 16, 2005

Fish River on the Seward Peninsula, Alaska

Scenic view of the Fish River on Seward Peninsula, Alaska.

The Nome River with clouds
June 11, 2005

The Nome River, Alaska

Scenic view of the Nome River

The Nome River with a grassy island
June 11, 2005

The Nome River, Alaska

Scenic view of the Nome River

The Nome River with clear skies
June 11, 2005

The Nome River with clear skies

Scenic view of the Nome River

Whiskered Auklet in the Aleutian Islands
June 10, 2005

Whiskered Auklet in the Aleutian Islands

Whiskered Auklet in the Aleutian Islands

Tanana River sonar at Nenana
June 2, 2005

Tanana River sonar at Nenana

Tanana River sonar at Nenana

Image: Alaskan Glacier
June 1, 2005

Alaskan Glacier

Near Seward, Alaska

Yukon River near Eagle, Alaska
May 23, 2005

Yukon River near Eagle, Alaska

Yukon River and rainbow near Eagle, Alaska

Sheridan River sonar
April 8, 2005

Sheridan River sonar

Sheridan River sonar

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