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Volcano Science Center

Volcano Science Center

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Anchorage, AK 99508
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Climate Adaptation 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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2020 USGS Alaska Annual Science Report
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Capturing migration phenology of terrestrial wildlife using camera traps

Remote photography, using camera traps, can be an effective and noninvasive tool for capturing the migration phenology of terrestrial wildlife. We deployed 14 digital cameras along a 104-kilometer longitudinal transect to record the spring migrations of caribou (Rangifer tarandus) and ptarmigan (Lagopus spp.) in the Alaskan Arctic. The cameras...

Tape, Ken D.; Gustine, David D.
Capturing migration phenology of terrestrial wildlife using camera traps; 2014; Article; Journal; BioScience; Tape, Ken D.; Gustine, David D.

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Uncertainty and extreme events in future climate and hydrologic projections for the Pacific Northwest: providing a basis for vulnerability and core/corridor assessments

The purpose of this project was to (1) provide an internally-consistent set of downscaled projections across the Western U.S., (2) include information about projection uncertainty, and (3) assess projected changes of hydrologic extremes. These objectives were designed to address decision support needs for climate adaptation and resource management...

Littell, Jeremy S.; Mauger, Guillaume S.; Salathe, Eric P.; Hamlet, Alan F.; Lee, Se-Yeun; Stumbaugh, Matt R.; Elsner, Marketa; Norheim, Robert; Lutz, Eric R.; Mantua, Nathan J.

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Interspecific hybridization contributes to high genetic diversity and apparent effective population size in an endemic population of mottled ducks (Anas fulvigula maculosa)

Under drift-mutation equilibrium, genetic diversity is expected to be correlated with effective population size (Ne). Changes in population size and gene flow are two important processes that can cause populations to deviate from this expected relationship. In this study, we used DNA sequences from six independent loci to examine the influence of...

Peters, Jeffrey L.; Sonsthagen, Sarah A.; Lavretsky, Philip; Rezsutek, Michael; Johnson, William P.; McCracken, Kevin G.
Interspecific hybridization contributes to high genetic diversity and apparent effective population size in an endemic population of mottled ducks (Anas fulvigula maculosa); 2014; Article; Journal; Conservation Genetics; Peters, Jeffrey L.; Sonsthagen, Sarah A.; Lavretsky, Philip; Rezsutek, Michael; Johnson, William P.; McCracken, Kevin G.

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Reviving common standards in point-count surveys for broad inference across studies

We revisit the common standards recommended by Ralph et al. (1993, 1995a) for conducting point-count surveys to assess the relative abundance of landbirds breeding in North America. The standards originated from discussions among ornithologists in 1991 and were developed so that point-count survey data could be broadly compared and jointly...

Matsuoka, Steven M.; Mahon, C. Lisa; Handel, Colleen M.; Solymos, Peter; Bayne, Erin M.; Fontaine, Patricia C.; Ralph, C.J.
Matsuoka, S. M., C. L. Mahon, C. M. Handel, P. Sólymos, E. M. Bayne, P. C. Fontaine, and C. J. Ralph. 2014. Reviving common standards in point-count surveys for broad inference across studies. Condor: Ornithological Applications 116(4):599-608. doi:10.1650/CONDOR-14-108.1

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Survival of adult Red-throated Loons (Gavia stellata) may be linked to marine conditions

Large variations in the summering population size of Red-throated Loons (Gavia stellata) have occurred in recent decades in Alaska. Little information exists about annual or seasonal survival rates of adult Red-throated Loons. This study used tracking data from satellite transmitters implanted into 33 Red-throated Loons captured on breeding...

Schmutz, Joel A.
Survival of red-throated loons (Gavia stellata) may be linked to marine conditions; 2014; Article; Journal; Waterbirds; Schmutz, Joel A.

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Carbonate rocks of the Seward Peninsula, Alaska: Their correlation and paleogeographic significance

Paleozoic carbonate strata deposited in shallow platform to off-platform settings occur across the Seward Peninsula and range from unmetamorphosed Ordovician–Devonian(?) rocks of the York succession in the west to highly deformed and metamorphosed Cambrian–Devonian units of the Nome Complex in the east. Faunal and lithologic correlations indicate...

Dumoulin, Julie A.; Harris, Alta; Repetski, John E.
Dumoulin, J. A., Harris, A. G., & Repetski, J. E. (2014, June 30). Carbonate rocks of the Seward Peninsula, Alaska: Their correlation and paleogeographic significance. Geological Society of America Special Papers. Geological Society of America. https://doi.org/10.1130/2014.2506(03)

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Delineation of Tundra Swan Cygnus c. columbianus populations in North America: geographic boundaries and interchange

North American Tundra Swans Cygnus c. columbianus are composed of two wellrecognised populations: an Eastern Population (EP) that breeds across northern Canada and north of the Brooks Range in Alaska, which migrates to the eastern seaboard of the United States, and a Western Population (WP) that breeds in coastal ...

Ely, Craig R.; Sladen, William J. L.; Wilson, Heather M.; Savage, Susan E.; Sowl, Kristine M.; Henry, Bill; Schwitters, Mike; Snowden, James
Ely, C. R., W. J. L. Sladen, H. M. Wilson, S. E. Savage, K. M. Sowl, B. Henry, M. Schwitters, and J. Snowden. 2014. Delineation of Tundra Swan Cygnus c. columbianus populations in North America: Geographic boundaries and interchange. Wildfowl 64:132-147.

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Demography and behavior of polar bears summering on land in Alaska

Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) in the southern Beaufort Sea population (SB) are spending increased time on the coastal North Slope of Alaska between July and October (Gleason and Rode 2010). The duration spent on land by polar bears, satellite collared on the sea-ice in the spring, during the summer and fall has also increased (USGS, unpublished...

Peacock, Elizabeth L.
Peacock, E. 2012. Demography and behavior of polar bears summering on land in Alaska. Progress Report for 2011 for Interagency Agreement No. M09PB00025 (Minerals Management Service). USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, AK. 15 pp.

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Estuarine removal of glacial iron and implications for iron fluxes to the ocean

While recent work demonstrates that glacial meltwater provides a substantial and relatively labile flux of the micronutrient iron to oceans, the role of high-latitude estuary environments as a potential sink of glacial iron is unknown. Here we present the first quantitative description of iron removal in a meltwater-dominated estuary. We find that...

Schroth, Andrew W.; Crusius, John; Hoyer, Ian; Campbell, Robert
Schroth, A.W., Crusius, J., Hoyer, I., Campbell, R., 2014. Estuarine removal of glacial iron and implications for iron fluxes to the ocean. Geophysical Research Letters 41, 3951-3958. DOI: 10.1002/2014gl060199

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Evaluation of potential protective factors against metabolic syndrome in bottlenose dolphins:feeding and activity patterns of dolphins in Sarasota Bay, Florida

Free-ranging bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) living in Sarasota Bay, Florida appear to have a lower risk of developing insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome compared to a group of dolphins managed under human care. Similar to humans, differences in diet and activity cycles between these groups may explain why Sarasota dolphins have...

Wells, Randall S.; McHugh, Katherine A.; Douglas, David C.; Shippee, Steve; McCabe, Elizabeth Berens; Barros, Nélio B.; Phillips, Goldie T.
Wells, R. S., K. A. McHugh, D. C. Douglas, S. Shippee, E. B. McCabe, N. B. Barros, and G. T. Phillips. 2013. Evaluation of potential protective factors against metabolic syndrome in bottlenose dolphins:Feeding and activity patterns of dolphins in Sarasota Bay, Florida. Frontiers in Endocrinology 4(139):1-16. doi:10.3389/fendo.2013.00139

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Free-living waterfowl and shorebirds

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Mulcahy, Daniel M.

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New ichnological, paleobotanical and detrital zircon data from an unnamed rock unit in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve (Cretaceous: Alaska): Stratigraphic implications for the region

A paleontological reconnaissance survey on Cretaceous and Paleogene terrestrial units along the Yukon River drainage through much of east-central Alaska has provided new chronostratigraphic constraints, paleoclimatological data, and the first information on local biodiversity within an ancient, high-latitude ecosystem. The studied unnamed rock...

Fiorillo, Anthony R.; Fanti, Federico; Hults, Chad; Hasiotis, Stephen T

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.

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Sea ice in the Chukchi Sea
December 31, 1969

Chukchi Sea sea ice

Sea ice in the Chukchi Sea.

Repeat oblique photographs of Gulkana glaciers in Alaska.
December 31, 1967

Repeat oblique photographs of Gulkana glaciers in Alaska.

Repeat oblique photographs of Gulkana glaciers in Alaska.  1967, Unknown USGS photographer. 2016, L. Sass, USGS.

Repeat oblique photographs of Wolverine glacier in Alaska.
December 31, 1966

Repeat oblique photographs of Wolverine glacier in Alaska.

Repeat oblique photographs of Wolverine glacier in Alaska.  1966 image by unknown USGS photographer; 2015 image by L. Sass, USGS.

Photograph shows what remains of a building foundation in the foreground and a house in the background and up a slight elevation
December 31, 1964

Chenega Village after tsunami waves hit in 1964

Photograph taken in 1964 of the main part of the Chenega village site in Alaska. Pilings in the ground mark the former locations of homes swept away by tsunami waves. The schoolhouse on high ground was undamaged. Credit: Figure 6 from Plafker et al. (1969).

Image: Muir and Riggs Glaciers, Muir Inlet, Alaska - 1950
August 4, 1950

Muir and Riggs Glaciers, Muir Inlet, Alaska - 1950

This, the first of two repeat photographs, documents significant changes that have occurred during the nine years between photographs A and B. Although Muir Glacier has retreated more than 3 kilometers and thinned more than 100 meters, exposing Muir Inlet, it remains connected with tributary Riggs Glacier. White Thunder Ridge remains devoid of vegetation. In places,

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Image: Muir and Riggs Glaciers, Muir Inlet, Alaska - 1941
August 13, 1941

Muir and Riggs Glaciers, Muir Inlet, Alaska - 1941

This northeast-looking photograph, on the southeastern side of White Thunder Ridge ,shows the lower reaches of Muir Glacier, then a large tidewater calving valley glacier, and its tributary Riggs Glacier. The séracs in the lower right-hand corner of the photograph mark Muir Glacier’s terminus. The ice thickness is more than 700 meters. Muir Glacier had been retreating

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Image: Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska
August 13, 1912

Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Volcanic ash drifts around houses at Katmai after the June 1912 eruption of Novarupta Volcano. Church in the distant background. August 13, 1912.

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Unalakleet video camera 1 dark image

Two video cameras overlook the coast from atop a windmill tower in Unalakleet, Alaska where they look westward over Norton Sound. Every half hour during daylight hours, the cameras collect snapshots and video for 10 minutes. Today’s most recent image from camera 1 is shown here. Please note that it takes 10 minutes for the images to be posted, once they are collected by

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Image: Exit Glacier, Alaska (In Full Retreat)

Exit Glacier, Alaska (In Full Retreat)

USGS ecologist Kevin Lafferty visits the Exit Glacier in Alaska.

Clear day view of Augustine - Mound volcano

Augustine - Island

The Augustine island webcam has been replaced with a new camera, and is now functioning. Read more details about Augustine volcano.
 

Clear day view of SpurrCKT

SpurrCKT Volcano

Camera is located at station CKT, and looks at Crater Peak and the Spurr summit behind. Read more details about SpurrCKT volcano.

Image: The Ivotuk Hills, Alaska North Slope, Viewed From Ivotuk Camp

The Ivotuk Hills, Alaska North Slope, Viewed From Ivotuk Camp

Exposures of sedimentary rocks in the western Brooks Range, Alaska were evaluated for their contents of metals and phosphate and for their petroleum maturation histories to determine the potential for undiscovered resources in the southern National Petroleum Reserve Alaska.

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