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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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Experimental challenge and pathology of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1 in dunlin (Calidris alpina), an intercontinental migrant shorebird species

Background Shorebirds (Charadriiformes) are considered one of the primary reservoirs of avian influenza. Because these species are highly migratory, there is concern that infected shorebirds may be a mechanism by which highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAIV) H5N1 could be introduced into North America from Asia. Large numbers of dunlin (...

Hall, Jeffrey S.; Franson, J. Christian; Gill, Robert E.; Meteyer, Carol U.; TeSlaa, Joshua L.; Nashold, Sean W.; Dusek, Robert J.; Ip, Hon S.
Experimental challenge and pathology of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1 in dunlin (Calidris alpina), an intercontinental migrant shorebird species; 2011; Article; Journal; Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses; Hall, Jeffrey S.; Franson, J. Christian; Gill, Robert E.; Meteyer, Carol U.; TeSlaa, Joshua L.; Nashold, Sean ; Dusek, Robert J.; Ip, Hon S.

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Surficial geologic map of the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, Alaska

The Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve (GAAR) is centered over the central Brooks Range of northern Alaska. To the west, it abuts the Noatak National Preserve; its eastern boundary is the transportation corridor occupied by the Dalton Highway and the Alyeska Pipeline. The GAAR extends northward beyond the northern flank of the Brooks...

Hamilton, Thomas D.; Labay, Keith A.
Surficial geologic map of the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, Alaska; 2011; SIM; 3125; Hamilton, Thomas D.; Labay, Keith A.

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Wild bird migration across the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau: A transmission route for highly pathogenic H5N1

Background Qinghai Lake in central China has been at the center of debate on whether wild birds play a role in circulation of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1. In 2005, an unprecedented epizootic at Qinghai Lake killed more than 6000 migratory birds including over 3000 bar-headed geese (Anser indicus). H5N1 subsequently spread to...

Prosser, Diann J.; Cui, Peng; Takekawa, John Y.; Tang, Mingjie; Hou, Yuansheng; Collins, Bridget M.; Yan, Baoping; Hill, Nichola J.; Li, Tianxian; Li, Yongdong; Lei, Fumin; Guo, Shan; Xing, Zhi; He, Yubang; Zhou, Yuanchun; Douglas, David C.; Perry, William M.; Newman, Scott H.
Wild bird migration across the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau: A transmission route for highly pathogenic H5N1; 2011; Article; Journal; PLoS ONE; Prosser, Diann J.; Cui, Peng ; Takekawa, John Y.; Tang, Mingjie ; Hou, Yuansheng ; Collins, Bridget M.; Yan, Baoping ; Hill, Nichola J.; Li, Tianxian ; Li, Yongdong ; Lei, Fumin ; Guo, Shan ; Xing, Zhi ; He, Yubang ; Zhou, Yuanchun ; Douglas, David C.; Perry, William M.; Newman, Scott H.

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Using body mass dynamics to examine long-term habitat shifts of arctic-molting geese: Evidence for ecological change

From 1976 onward, molting brant geese (Branta bernicla) within the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area, Alaska, shifted from inland, freshwater lakes toward coastal wetlands. Two hypotheses explained this redistribution: (1) ecological change: redistribution of molting brant reflects improvements in coastal foraging habitats, which have undergone a...

Lewis, Tyler L.; Flint, Paul L.; Derksen, Dirk V.; Schmutz, Joel A.; Taylor, Eric J.; Bollinger, Karen S.
Using body mass dynamics to examine long-term habitat shifts of arctic-molting geese: Evidence for ecological change; 2011; Article; Journal; Polar Biology; Lewis, Tyler L.; Flint, Paul L.; Derksen, Dirk V.; Schmutz, Joel A.; Taylor, Eric J.; Bollinger, Karen S.

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Trends in sea otter population abundance in western Prince William Sound, Alaska: Progress toward recovery following the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill

Sea otters in western Prince William Sound (WPWS) and elsewhere in the Gulf of Alaska suffered widespread mortality as a result of oiling following the 1989 T/V Exxon Valdez oil spill. Following the spill, extensive efforts have been directed toward identifying and understanding long-term consequences of the spill and the process of recovery. We...

Bodkin, James L.; Ballachey, Brenda E.; Esslinger, George G.
Trends in sea otter population abundance in western Prince William Sound, Alaska: Progress toward recovery following the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill; 2011; SIR; 2011-5213; Bodkin, J. L.; Ballachey, B. E.; Esslinger, G. G.

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Molecular typing of Escherichia coli strains associated with threatened sea ducks and near-shore marine habitats of south-west Alaska

In Alaska, sea ducks winter in coastal habitats at remote, non‐industrialized areas, as well as in proximity to human communities and industrial activity. We evaluated prevalence and characteristics of Escherichia coli strains in faecal samples of Steller's eiders (Polysticta stelleri; n=122) and harlequin ducks (Histrionicus histrionicus; n=21)...

Hollmén, Tuula E.; DebRoy, Chitrita; Flint, Paul L.; Safine, D.E.; Schamber, J.L.; Riddle, Ann E.; Trust, K.A.

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Results and evaluation of a survey to estimate Pacific walrus population size, 2006

In spring 2006, we conducted a collaborative U.S.–Russia survey to estimate abundance of the Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens). The Bering Sea was partitioned into survey blocks, and a systematic random sample of transects within a subset of the blocks was surveyed with airborne thermal scanners using standard strip‐transect methodology...

Kepler, Angela K.; Chernook, V.I.; Burn, D.M.; Udevitz, Mark S.; Kochnev, A.A.; Vasilev, A.; Jay, C.V.; Lisovsky, A.; Fischbach, Anthony S.; Benter, Robert B.

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Development of a pan-Arctic monitoring plan for polar bears: Background paper

Polar bears (Ursus maritimus), by their very nature, and the extreme, remote environment in which they live, are inherently difficult to study and monitor. Monitoring polar bear populations is both arduous and costly and, to be effective, must be a long-term commitment. There are few jurisdictional governments and management boards with a mandate...

Vongraven, Dag; Peacock, Elizabeth L.
Vongraven, D. and E. Peacock. 2011. Development of a pan-Arctic monitoring plan for polar bears: Background paper. Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme. CAFF Monitoring Series Report No. 1, January 2011. CAFF International Secretariat, Akureyri, Iceland. ISBN 978-9935-431-01-1, 46 pp.

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Geomorphology and bank erosion of the Matanuska River, southcentral Alaska

Bank erosion along the Matanuska River, a braided, glacial river in southcentral Alaska, has damaged or threatened houses, roadways, and public facilities for decades. Mapping of river geomorphology and bank characteristics for a 65-mile study area from the Matanuska Glacier to the river mouth provided erodibility information that was assessed...

Curran, Janet H.; McTeague, Monica L.
Geomorphology and bank erosion of the Matanuska River, southcentral Alaska; 2011; SIR; 2011-5214; Curran, Janet H.; McTeague, Monica L.

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Water quality of the Chokosna, Gilahina, Lakina Rivers, and Long Lake watershed along McCarthy Road, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska, 2007-08

The Chokosna, Gilahina, and Lakina River basins, and the Long Lake watershed are located along McCarthy Road in Wrangell–St. Elias National Park and Preserve. The rivers and lake support a large run of sockeye (red) salmon that is important to the commercial and recreational fisheries in the larger Copper River. To gain a better...

Brabets, Timothy P.; Ourso, Robert T.; Miller, Matthew P.; Brasher, Anne M. D.
Water quality of the Chokosna, Gilahina, Lakina Rivers, and Long Lake watershed along McCarthy Road, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska, 2007–08; 2011; SIR; 2011-5185; Brabets, Timothy P.; Ourso, Robert T.; Miller, Matthew P.; Brasher, Anne M.

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Selenium concentrations and enzyme activities of glutathione metabolism in wild long-tailed ducks and common eiders

The relationships of selenium (Se) concentrations in whole blood with plasma activities of total glutathione peroxidase, Se-dependent glutathione peroxidase, and glutathione reductase were studied in long-tailed ducks (Clangula hyemalis) and common eiders (Somateria mollissima) sampled along the Beaufort Sea coast of Alaska, USA. Blood Se...

Franson, J. Christian; Hoffman, David J.; Flint, Paul L.

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Global seabird responses to forage fish depletion - One-third for the birds

Determining the form of key predator-prey relationships is critical for understanding marine ecosystem dynamics. Using a comprehensive global database, we quantified the effect of fluctuations in food abundance on seabird breeding success. We identified a threshold in prey (fish and krill, termed “forage fish”) abundance below which seabirds...

Cury, Philippe M.; Boyd, Ian L.; Bonhommeau, Sylvain; Anker-Nilssen, Tycho; Crawford, Robert J.M.; Furness, Robert W.; Mills, James A.; Murphy, Eugene J.; Österblom, Henrik; Paleczny, Michelle; Piatt, John F.; Roux, Jean-Paul; Shannon, Lynne; Sydeman, William J.
Cury, P. M., I. L. Boyd, S. Bonhommeau, T. Anker-Nilssen, R. J. M. Crawford, R. W. Furness, J. A. Mills, E. J. Murphy, H. Osterblom, M. Paleczny, J. F. Piatt, J. P. Roux, L. Shannon, and W. J. Sydeman. 2011. Global seabird responses to forage fish depletion - one-third for the birds. Science 334(6063):1703-1706. doi:10.1126/science.1212928

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