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Volcano Science Center

Volcano Science Center

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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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Intercolony variation in growth of black brant goslings on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska

Recent declines in black brant (Branta bernicla nigricans) are likely the result of low recruitment. In geese, recruitment is strongly affected by habitat conditions experienced by broods because gosling growth rates are indicative of forage conditions during brood rearing and strongly influence future survival and productivity. In 2006–2008, we...

Fondell, T.F.; Flint, Paul L.; Sedinger, J.S.; Nicolai, C.A.; Schamber, J.L.
Intercolony variation in growth of black brant goslings on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska; 2011; Article; Journal; Journal of Wildlife Management; Fondell, T. F.; Flint, P. L.; Sedinger, J. S.; Nicolai, C. A.; Schamber, J. L.

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Migration and wintering areas of glaucous-winged Gulls from south-central Alaska

We used satellite telemetry to investigate the migration patterns and wintering areas of Glaucous-winged Gulls (Larus glaucescens) from Middleton Island, Alaska, where this species' population increased tenfold from the 1970s to the 1990s. Fall migration spanned 11 weeks, including numerous stopovers en route, apparently for feeding. Spring...

Hatch, Scott A.; Gill, V.A.; Mulcahy, D.M.

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Migration and wintering sites of Pelagic Cormorants determined by satellite telemetry

Factors affecting winter survival may be key determinants of status and population trends of seabirds, but connections between breeding sites and wintering areas of most populations are poorly known. Pelagic Cormorants (Phalacrocorax pelagicus; N= 6) surgically implanted with satellite transmitters migrated from a breeding colony on Middleton...

Hatch, Scott A.; Gill, V.A.; Mulcahy, D.M.

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Modern thermokarst lake dynamics in the continuous permafrost zone, northern Seward Peninsula, Alaska

Quantifying changes in thermokarst lake extent is of importance for understanding the permafrost-related carbon budget, including the potential release of carbon via lake expansion or sequestration as peat in drained lake basins. We used high spatial resolution remotely sensed imagery from 1950/51, 1978, and 2006/07 to quantify changes in...

Jones, Benjamin M.; Grosse, G.; Arp, C.D.; Jones, M.C.; Walter, Anthony K.M.; Romanovsky, V.E.
Modern thermokarst lake dynamics in the continuous permafrost zone, northern Seward Peninsula, Alaska; 2011; Article; Journal; Journal of geophysical research: biogeosciences; Jones, B. M.; Grosse, G.; Arp, C. D.; Jones, M. C.; Walter, Anthony, K. M.; Romanovsky, V. E.

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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 (...

Hollmén, Tuula E.; DebRoy, Chitrita; Flint, Paul L.; Safine, David E.; Schamber, Jason L.; Riddle, Ann E.; Trust, Kimberly A.
Molecular typing of Escherichia coli strains associated with threatened sea ducks and near-shore marine habitats of southwest Alaska; 2011; Article; Journal; Environmental Microbiology Reports; Schamber, Jason L.

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Polar bear population status in the northern Beaufort Sea, Canada, 1971-2006

Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) of the northern Beaufort Sea (NB) population occur on the perimeter of the polar basin adjacent to the northwestern islands of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Sea ice converges on the islands through most of the year. We used open-population capture–recapture models to estimate population size and vital rates...

Stirling, I.; McDonald, T.L.; Richardson, E.S.; Regehr, E.V.; Amstrup, Steven C.
Polar bear population status in the northern Beaufort Sea, Canada, 1971-2006; 2011; Article; Journal; Ecological Applications; Stirling, I.; McDonald, T. L.; Richardson, E. S.; Regehr, E. V.; Amstrup, S. C.

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Potential shifts in dominant forest cover in interior Alaska driven by variations in fire severity

Large fire years in which >1% of the landscape burns are becoming more frequent in the Alaskan (USA) interior, with four large fire years in the past 10 years, and 79 000 km2 (17% of the region) burned since 2000. We modeled fire severity conditions for the entire area burned in large fires during a large fire year (2004) to determine the...

Barrett, K.; McGuire, A. David; Hoy, E.E.; Kasischke, E.S.
Potential shifts in dominant forest cover in interior Alaska driven by variations in fire severity; 2011; Article; Journal; Ecological Applications; Barrett, K.; McGuire, A. D.; Hoy, E. E.; Kasischke, E. S.

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Sea otter abundance in Kenai Fjords national Park: results from the 2010 aerial survey

A sea otter aerial survey was completed in Kenai Fjords National Park (KEFJ) during June of 2010. This was the third aerial survey completed since 2002 along the Kenai Peninsula, the second specifically conducted within KEFJ. Survey methodology followed the Bodkin and Udevitz (1999) method which accounts for imperfect detection. The survey took...

Coletti, Heather A.; Bodkin, James L.; Esslinger, George G.
Coletti, H. A., J. L. Bodkin, and G. G. Esslinger. 2011. Sea otter abundance in Kenai Fjords national Park: results from the 2010 aerial survey: Southwest Alaska Inventory and Monitoring. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/SWAN/NRTR—2011/417. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Short-term survival and effects of transmitter implantation into western grebes using a modified surgical procedure

Two pilot trials and one study in a closely related grebe species suggest that Western grebes (Aechmophorus occidentalis) will not tolerate intracoelomic transmitter implantation with percutaneous antennae and often die within days of surgery. Wild Western grebes (n = 21) were captured to evaluate a modified surgical technique. Seven birds were...

Gaydos, Joseph K.; Massey, J. Gregory; Mulcahy, Daniel M.; Gaskins, Lori A.; Nysewander, David; Evenson, Joseph; Siegel, Paul B.; Ziccardi, Michael H.
Short-term survival and effects of transmitter implantation into western grebes using a modified surgical procedure; 2011; Article; Journal; Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine; Gaydos, Joseph K.; Massey, J. Gregory; Mulcahy, Daniel M.; Gaskins, Lori A.; Nysewander, David; Evenson, Joseph; Siegel, Paul B.; Ziccardi, Michael H.

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Status and distribution of the Kittlitz's Murrelet Brachyramphus brevirostris along the Alaska Peninsula and Kodiak and Aleutian Islands, Alaska

The Kittlitz's Murrelet Brachyramphus brevirostris is adapted for life in glacial-marine ecosystems, being concentrated in the belt of glaciated fjords in the northern Gulf of Alaska from Glacier Bay to Cook Inlet. Most of the remaining birds are scattered along coasts of the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Islands, where they reside in protected...

Madison, Erica N.; Piatt, John F.; Arimitsu, Mayumi L.; Romano, Marc D.; van Pelt, Thomas I.; Nelson, S. Kim; Williams, Jeffrey C.; DeGange, Anthony R.
Madison, E. N., J. F. Piatt, M. L. Arimitsu, M. D. Romano, T. I. Van Pelt, K. Nelson, J. Williams, and A. R. DeGange. 2011. Status and distribution of the Kittlitz's Murrelet Brachyramphus brevirostris along the Alaska Peninsula, Kodiak, and Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Marine Ornithology 39(1):111-122.

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Status and trend of the Kittlitz's Murrelet Brachyramphus brevirostris in Glacier Bay, Alaska

We conducted standardized surveys for marine birds in Glacier Bay in seven years between 1991 and 2008. From our most recent survey, a combination of line- and strip-transect methods completed in 2008, we estimated that 4981 (95% CI 1293–8670) Kittlitz’s Murrelets Brachyramphus brevirostris resided in Glacier Bay during the month of June, together...

Piatt, John F.; Arimitsu, Mayumi L.; Drew, Gary S.; Madison, Erica N.; Bodkin, James L.; Romano, Marc D.
Status and trend of the Kittlitz's Murrelet Brachyramphus brevirostris in Glacier Bay, Alaska; 2011; Article; Journal; Marine Ornithology; Piatt, J. F.; Arimitsu, M.; Drew, G.; Madison, E. N.; Bodkin, J.; Romano, M. D.

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Stopover habitats of spring migrating surf scoters in southeast Alaska

Habitat conditions and nutrient reserve levels during spring migration have been suggested as important factors affecting population declines in waterfowl, emphasizing the need to identify key sites used during spring and understand habitat features and resource availability at stopover sites. We used satellite telemetry to identify stopover sites...

Lok, Erica K.; Esler, Daniel N.; Takekawa, John Y.; De La Cruz, S.W.; Sean, Boyd W.; Nysewander, D.R.; Evenson, J.R.; Ward, David H.
Stopover habitats of spring migrating surf scoters in southeast Alaska; 2011; Article; Journal; Journal of Wildlife Management; Lok, E. K.; Esler, D.; Takekawa, J. Y.; De La, Cruz, S. W.; Sean, Boyd, W.; Nysewander, D. R.; Evenson, J. R.; Ward, D. H.

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