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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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Maintenance of influenza A viruses and antibody response in mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) sampled during the non-breeding season in Alaska

Prevalence of influenza A virus (IAV) infections in northern-breeding waterfowl has previously been reported to reach an annual peak during late summer or autumn; however, little is known about IAV infection dynamics in waterfowl populations persisting at high-latitude regions such as Alaska, during winter. We captured mallards (Anas platyrhynchos...

Spivey, Timothy J.; Lindberg, Mark S.; Meixell, Brandt W.; Smith, Kyle R.; Puryear, Wendy Blay; Davis, Kimberly R.; Runstadler, Jonathan A.; Stallknecht, David E.; Ramey, Andrew M.
Spivey, T. J., M. S. Lindberg, B. W. Meixell, K. R. Smith, W. B. Puryear, K. R. Davis, J. A. Runstadler, D. E. Stallknecht, and A. M. Ramey. 2017. Maintenance of influenza A viruses and antibody response in mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) sampled during the non-breeding season in Alaska. PLoS One 12(8):e0183505. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0183505

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Small mammals as indicators of climate, biodiversity, and ecosystem change

Climate is a driving evolutionary force for biodiversity in high-latitude Alaska. This region is complex and dynamic with high annual variation in temperature and light. Through deeper time, Alaska has experienced major climate extremes over much longer periodicity. For example, the Quaternary Period (the last ~2.5 million years), commonly known...

Hope, Andrew G.; Waltari, Eric; Morse, Nathan R.; Flamme, M.J.; Cook, Joseph A.; Talbot, Sandra L.

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Combined analysis of roadside and off-road breeding bird survey data to assess population change in Alaska

Management interest in North American birds has increasingly focused on species that breed in Alaska, USA, and Canada, where habitats are changing rapidly in response to climatic and anthropogenic factors. We used a series of hierarchical models to estimate rates of population change in 2 forested Bird Conservation Regions (BCRs) in Alaska based...

Handel, Colleen M.; Sauer, John R.
Handel, C.M., Sauer, J.R., 2017, Combined analysis of roadside and off-road breeding bird survey data to assess population change in Alaska. Condor 119(3):557-575.

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New constraints on coseismic slip during southern Cascadia subduction zone earthquakes over the past 4600 years implied by tsunami deposits and marine turbidites

Forecasting earthquake and tsunami hazards along the southern Cascadia subduction zone is complicated by uncertainties in the amount of megathrust fault slip during past ruptures. Here, we estimate slip on hypothetical ruptures of the southern part of the megathrust through comparisons of late Holocene Cascadia earthquake histories derived from...

Priest, George R.; Witter, Robert C.; Zhang, Yinglong J.; Goldfinger, Chris; Wang, Kelin; Allan, Jonathan C.
Priest, G.R., Witter, R.C., Zhang, Y.J., Goldfinger, C., Wang, K., and Allan, J.C., 2017, New constraints on coseismic slip during southern Cascadia subduction zone earthquakes over the past 4,600 years implied by tsunami deposits and marine turbidites: Natural Hazards, doi:10.1007/s11069-017-2864-9

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Detect and exploit hidden structure in fatty acid signature data

Estimates of predator diet composition are essential to our understanding of their ecology. Although several methods of estimating diet are practiced, methods based on biomarkers have become increasingly common. Quantitative fatty acid signature analysis (QFASA) is a popular method that continues to be refined and extended. Quantitative fatty acid...

Bromaghin, Jeffrey F.; Budge, Suzanne M.; Thiemann, Gregory W.
Bromaghin, J. F., S. M. Budge, and G. W. Thiemann. 2017. Detect and exploit hidden structure in fatty acid signature data. Ecosphere 8(7):e01896. 10.1002/ecs2.1896

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Hydrologic impacts of changes in climate and glacier extent in the Gulf of Alaska watershed

High‐resolution regional‐scale hydrologic models were used to quantify the response of late 21st century runoff from the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) watershed to changes in regional climate and glacier extent. NCEP Climate Forecast System Reanalysis data were combined with five Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 general circulation models (...

Beamer, Jordan; Hill, Dave; Mcgrath, Daniel; Arendt, Anthony A.; Kienholz, Christian

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Tracer-based evidence of heterogeneity in subsurface flow and storage within a boreal hillslope

Runoff from boreal hillslopes is often affected by distinct soil boundaries, including the frozen boundary and the organic – mineral boundary (OMB), where highly porous and hydraulically-conductive organic material overlies fine-grained mineral soils. Viewed from the surface, ground cover appears as a patchwork on sub-meter scales, with thick,...

Koch, Joshua C.; Toohey, Ryan C.; Reeves, D.M.

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Increased Arctic sea ice drift alters adult female polar bear movements and energetics

Recent reductions in thickness and extent have increased drift rates of Arctic sea ice. Increased ice drift could significantly affect the movements and the energy balance of polar bears (Ursus maritimus) which forage, nearly exclusively, on this substrate. We used radio-tracking and ice drift data to quantify the influence of increased drift on...

Durner, George M.; Douglas, David C.; Albeke, Shannon; Whiteman, John P.; Amstrup, Steven C.; Richardson, Evan; Wilson, Ryan R.; Ben-David, Merav
Durner GM, Douglas DC, Albeke SE, et al. Increased Arctic sea ice drift alters adult female polar bear movements and energetics. Glob Change Biol. 2017; 00: 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13746

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Autonomous acoustic recorders reveal complex patterns in avian detection probability

Avian point‐count surveys are typically designed to occur during periods when birds are consistently active and singing, but seasonal and diurnal patterns of detection probability are often not well understood and may vary regionally or between years. We deployed autonomous acoustic recorders to assess how avian availability for detection (i.e.,...

Thompson, Sarah J.; Handel, Colleen M.; McNew, Lance B.
Thompson, S. J., C. M. Handel, and L. B. McNew. 2017. Autonomous acoustic recorders reveal complex patterns in avian detection probability. Journal of Wildlife Management 81(7):1228-1241. doi:10.1002/jwmg.21285

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Decadal declines in avian herbivore reproduction: density-dependent nutrition and phenological mismatch in the Arctic

A full understanding of population dynamics depends not only on estimation of mechanistic contributions of recruitment and survival, but also knowledge about the ecological processes that drive each of these vital rates. The process of recruitment in particular may be protracted over several years, and can depend on numerous ecological...

Ross, Megan V.; Alisaukas, Ray T.; Douglas, David C.; Kellett, Dana K.
Ross, M.V., Alisauskas, R.T., Douglas, D.C., and Kellett, D.K. 2017. Decadal declines in avian herbivore reproduction: density-dependent nutrition and phenological mismatch in the arctic: Ecology. vol. no. p. doi: 10.1002/ecy.1856

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Genetic assessment of the effects of streamscape succession on coho salmon Oncorhynchus kisutch colonization in recently deglaciated streams

Measures of genetic diversity within and among populations and historical geomorphological data on stream landscapes were used in model simulations based on approximate Bayesian computation (ABC) to examine hypotheses of the relative importance of stream features (geomorphology and age) associated with colonization events and gene flow for coho...

Scribner, Kim T.; Soiseth, Chad; McGuire, Jeffrey J.; Sage, G. Kevin; Thorsteinson, Lyman K.; Nielsen, J. L.; Knudsen, E.
Scribner, K. T., C. Soiseth, J. J. McGuire, G. K. Sage, L. K. Thorsteinson, J. L. Nielsen, and E. E. Knudsen. 2017. Genetic assessment of the effects of streamscape succession on coho salmon Oncorhynchus kisutch colonization in recently deglaciated streams. Journal of Fish Biology 91(1):195-218. doi:10.1111/jfb.13337

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Glacierized headwater streams as aquifer recharge corridors, subarctic Alaska

Arctic river discharge has increased in recent decades although sources and mechanisms remain debated. Abundant literature documents permafrost thaw and mountain glacier shrinkage over the past decades. Here we link glacier runoff to aquifer recharge via a losing headwater stream in subarctic Interior Alaska. Field measurements in Jarvis Creek (...

Lilledahl, Anna K.; Gadeke, Anne; O'Neel, Shad; Gatesman, T. A.; Douglas, T. A.
Liljedahl, A. K., A. Gädeke, S. O'Neel, T. A. Gatesman, and T. A. Douglas (2017), Glacierized headwater streams as aquifer recharge corridors, subarctic Alaska, Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, 6876–6885, doi:10.1002/2017GL073834.

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Person in a trench
June 26, 2016

Investigating a trench across the Fairweather Fault

USGS Research Geologist Chris DuRoss investigates earthquake-faulted stratigraphy exposed in a hand-dug trench across the Fairweather Fault scarp. Location: Crillon Lake, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.

Two men walking on the edge of a thin forest
June 22, 2016

Walking along the Fairweather Fault scarp

USGS scientists Adrian Bender and Peter Haeussler walk along the base of a ~10 m tall escarpment formed during past ground-rupturing earthquakes on the Fairweather Fault. Location: Crillon Lake, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

A person in a forest of tall trees
June 20, 2016

Surveying the Fairweather Fault trace

USGS Geologist Adrian Bender surveys a trace of the 1958 Fairweather Fault earthquake surface rupture. The trace forms a linear, uphill-facing, 1-2 m tall escarpment flanked by trees that were likely tilted during the 1958 earthquake. Location: Crillon Lake, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.

A nest of a warbler in a bush
June 17, 2016

Yellow Warbler nest in a tall shrub thicket habitat

Yellow Warbler nest in a tall shrub thicket habitat.  This photo was taken on the Seward Peninsula as part of the Changing Arctic Ecosystem Boreal-Arctic Transition Zone program.

Small bird in a tree
June 16, 2016

Male Arctic Warbler on the Seward Peninsula, Alaska

Male Arctic Warbler on the Seward Peninsula, Alaska. This photo was taken on the Seward Peninsula as part of the Changing Arctic Ecosystem Boreal-Arctic Transition Zone program.

Scientists setting a trap for gulls at the landfill
June 9, 2016

Setting a trap for gulls at the Soldotna landfill in June 2016

Scientists Andrew Ramey, Bjorn Olsen, and Jonas Bonnedahl (L to R) setting a trap for gulls at the Soldotna landfill in June 2016.

Glacier National Park
June 5, 2016

Glacier Bay National Park

View of Glacier Bay National Park from the air.

Fairweather Fault
June 5, 2016

Fairweather Fault

USGS research geologist Kate Scharer with her finger on the Fairweather Fault in southeast Alaska. The magnitude 7.8 Lituya Bay earthquake caused shaking that toppled trees along the fault, which left a break in the forest shown here.

South Crillon Glacier
June 5, 2016

South Crillon Glacier

Nearly 60 years after a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck Lituya Bay, Alaska — leading to a tsunami that devastated the area — six U.S. Geological Survey geologists revisited the isolated region of Alaska, to pick up where their scientific predecessors left off. In this photo, members of the USGS research team pause to take in the view of South Crillon Glacier from a study

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South Crillon Glacier
June 5, 2016

South Crillon Glacier

Periodic calving of ice from the snout of South Crillon Glacier.

Glacier Bay National Park
June 5, 2016

Glacier Bay National Park

Trench site along the southern Fairweather Fault, in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. The alluvial fan at left consists of lake, stream channel and debris flow deposits impounded by the Fairweather Fault scarp, at right.

Alaska field team
June 5, 2016

Alaska field team

The field team included USGS geologists Rob Witter, Adrian Bender, Chris DuRoss, Peter Haeussler, Richard Lease and Kate Scharer

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