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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

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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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2019 USGS Alaska Annual Science Report
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Fossil locations and data for the Taylor Mountains, and parts of the Bethel, Goodnews, and Dillingham quadrangles, southwestern Alaska

Information about fossils collected by U.S. Geological Survey, State of Alaska, academic, and industry geologists that have been reported in literature or archived in reports from the former U.S. Geological Survey Branch of Paleontology and Stratigraphy are compiled on a plate and table in this report to provide comprehensive paleontologic age...

Karl, Susan M.; Blodgett, R.B.; Labay, Keith A.; Box, S.E.; Bradley, D. C.; Miller, Marti L.; Wallace, W.K.; Baichtal, J.F.
Fossil locations and data for the Taylor Mountains, and parts of the Bethel, Goodnews, and Dillingham quadrangles, southwestern Alaska; 2011; OFR; 2011-1065; Karl, S.M.; Blodgett, R.B.; Labay, K.A.; Box, S.E.; Bradley, D.C.; Miller, M.L.; Wallace, W.K.; Baichtal, J.F.

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Conceptual ecological models to support detection of ecological change on Alaska National Wildlife Refuges

More than 31 million hectares of land are protected and managed in 16 refuges by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in Alaska. The vastness and isolation of Alaskan refuges give rise to relatively intact and complete ecosystems. The potential for these lands to provide habitat for trust species is likely to be altered, however, due to...

Woodward, Andrea; Beever, Erik A.
Conceptual ecological models to support detection of ecological change on Alaska National Wildlife Refuges; 2011; OFR; 2011-1085; Woodward, Andrea; Beever, Erik A.

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Limnological and water-quality data from Wonder Lake, Chilchukabena Lake, and Lake Minchumina, Denali National Park and Preserve and surrounding area, Alaska, June 2006-August 2008

Growing visitor traffic and resource use, as well as natural and anthropogenic land and climatic changes, can place increasing stress on lake ecosystems in Denali National Park and Preserve. Baseline data required to substantiate impact assessment in this sub-arctic region is sparse to non-existent. The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with...

Long, D.A.; Arp, C.D.
Limnological and water-quality data from Wonder Lake, Chilchukabena Lake, and Lake Minchumina, Denali National Park and Preserve and surrounding area, Alaska, June 2006-August 2008; 2011; OFR; 2010-1322; Long, D.A.; Arp, C.D.

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Interspecific exchange of avian influenza virus genes in Alaska: The influence of trans-hemispheric migratory tendency and breeding ground sympatry

The movement and transmission of avian influenza viral strains via wild migratory birds may vary by host species as a result of migratory tendency and sympatry with other infected individuals. To examine the roles of host migratory tendency and species sympatry on the movement of Eurasian low-pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) genes into North...

Pearce, John M.; Reeves, Andrew B.; Ramey, Andrew M.; Hupp, Jerry W.; Ip, Hon S.; Bertram, M.; Petrula, M.J.; Scotton, B.D.; Trust, K.A.; Meixell, Brandt W.; Runstadler, J.A.
Interspecific exchange of avian influenza virus genes in Alaska: the influence of trans-hemispheric migratory tendency and breeding ground sympatry; 2011; Article; Journal; Molecular Ecology; Pearce, John M.; Reeves, A. B.; Ramey, A. M.; Hupp, J. W.; Ip, H. S.; Bertram, M.; Petrula, M. J.; Scotton, B. D.; Trust, K. A.; Meixell, B. W.; Runstadler, J. A.

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Review of the origin of the Braid Scarp near the Pebble prospect, southwestern Alaska

A linear geomorphic scarp, referred to as the 'Braid Scarp,' lies about 5 kilometers north of Iliamna Lake, Alaska, and has been identified as a possible seismically active fault. We examined the geomorphology of the area and an 8.5-meter-long excavation across the scarp. We conclude that the scarp was formed by incision of a glacial outwash braid...

Haeussler, Peter J.; Waythomas, Christopher F.
Review of the origin of the Braid Scarp near the Pebble prospect, southwestern Alaska; 2011; OFR; 2011-1028; Haeussler, Peter J.; Waythomas, Christopher F.

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Seasonal variation in nutritional characteristics of the diet of greater white-fronted geese

We studied diet and habitat use of greater white-fronted geese (Anser albifrons) from autumn through spring on their primary staging and wintering areas in the Pacific Flyway, 1979–1982. There have been few previous studies of resource use and forage quality of wintering greater white-fronted geese in North America, and as a consequence there has...

Ely, Craig R.; Raveling, Dennis G.
Seasonal variation in nutritional characteristics of the diet of greater white-fronted geese; 2011; Article; Journal; Wildlife Management; Ely, Craig R.; Raveling, Dennis G.

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Seismic swarm associated with the 2008 eruption of Kasatochi Volcano, Alaska: earthquake locations and source parameters

An energetic seismic swarm accompanied an eruption of Kasatochi Volcano in the central Aleutian volcanic arc in August of 2008. In retrospect, the first earthquakes in the swarm were detected about 1 month prior to the eruption onset. Activity in the swarm quickly intensified less than 48 h prior to the first large explosion and subsequently...

Ruppert, Natalia G.; Prejean, Stephanie G.; Hansen, Roger A.
Seismic swarm associated with the 2008 eruption of Kasatochi Volcano, Alaska: earthquake locations and source parameters; 2011; Article; Journal; Journal of Geophysical Research; Ruppert, Natalia G.; Prejean, Stephanie G.; Hansen, Roger A.

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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, Daniel M.

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Fine scale movements and habitat use of black brant during the flightless Wing Molt in Arctic Alaska

Thousands of Black Brant (Branta bernicla nigricans) migrate annually to the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area (TLSA), Alaska, to undergo the flightless wing molt on tundra lakes and wetlands. GPS transmitters were attached to Brant over two summers (2007–2008) to examine patterns of movement and habitat use of molting Brant, including variation by...

Lewis, Tyler L.; Flint, Paul L.; Derksen, Dirk V.; Schmutz, Joel A.
Fine scale movements and habitat use of black brant during the flightless Wing Molt in Arctic Alaska; 2011; Article; Journal; The Waterbird Society; Lewis, Tyler L.; Flint, Paul L.; Derksen, Dirk V.; Schmutz, Joel A.

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Attempted surgical correction of single- and multiyear post-ovulatory egg stasis in yellow and red Irish lords, Hemilepidotus jordani (Bean) and Hemilepidotus hemilepidotus (Tilesius)

Egg stasis ('egg-binding', 'post-ovulatory stasis') is a poorly characterized syndrome characterized by an inability of female fish to complete ovulation and to naturally expel mature eggs. Although it occurs in a variety of fish species, no definitive studies of the causation, prevalence, prevention and treatment have been done. The cause of egg...

Goertz, C.E.C.; Mulcahy, Daniel M.

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Long-term increases in young-of-the-year growth of Arctic cisco Coregonus autumnalis and environmental influences

Arctic cisco Coregonus autumnalis young-of-year (YOY) growth was used as a proxy to examine the long-term response of a high-latitude fish population to changing climate from 1978 to 2004. YOY growth increased over time (r2 = 0·29) and was correlated with monthly averages of the Arctic oscillation index, air temperature, east wind speed,...

von Biela, Vanessa R.; Zimmerman, Christian E.; Moulton, L. L.
Von Biela, V. R., C. E. Zimmerman, and L. L. Moulton. 2011. Long-term increases in young-of-the-year growth of Arctic cisco (Coregonus autumnalis) and environmental influences. Journal of Fish Biology 78(1):39-56. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8649.2010.02832.x

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Secular trends in the geologic record and the supercontinent cycle

Geologic secular trends are used to refine the timetable of supercontinent assembly, tenure, and breakup. The analysis rests on what is meant by the term supercontinent, which here is defined broadly as a grouping of formerly dispersed continents. To avoid the artificial pitfall of an all-or-nothing definition, quantitative measures of “...

Bradley, Dwight C.
Secular trends in the geologic record and the supercontinent cycle; 2011; Article; Journal; Earth-Science Reviews; Bradley, Dwight C.

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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Image: Dall Sheep Habitat, Denali National Park, Alaska

Dall Sheep Habitat, Denali National Park, Alaska

Ed Pfeifer of the USGS Southwest Geographic Science Team recording field notes in alpine tundra during a field study of Dall sheep habitat in Denali National Park, Alaska, on July 29, 2009

Clear day view of Peulik volcano

Peulik Volcano

Camera is located at Whale Mountain, showing a flank of Peulik, Becharof Lake, the Gas Rocks, and Chiginagak in the distance. Current image interval is 60 minutes. This camera lens is often covered by snow and ice. 

View of a beach that's mostly mud with some dried grasses and rocks, shown at low tide with birds and ice in the water.

Unalakleet video camera 1 snapshot

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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Clear day view of Redoubt CI

Redoubt - CI

Camera installation and maintenance are courtesy of Hilcorp. The camera is located on Platform Anna, approximately 38 miles SE of Mt. Spurr; it was originally pointed at Mt. Spurr. This camera is NE of Redoubt, and has been repositioned (mid-March, 2012) to show both Redoubt (right) and Iliamna (left) in its view.

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Image: Sampling Stream Water in Denali National Park, Alaska

Sampling Stream Water in Denali National Park, Alaska

Ed Pfeifer of the USGS Southwest Geographic Science Team collecting water samples during field work for a study of Dall sheep habitat in Denali National Park, Alaska.

View of a beach that's mostly mud with some dried grasses and rocks, shown at low tide with birds and ice in the water.

Unalakleet video camera 2 snapshot

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 2 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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Clear day view of Redoubt DFR

Redoubt - DFR

Camera is co-located with seismic station DFR, approximately 7.6 miles (12.2 km) NE of Redoubt. Read more details about Redoubt volcano.

View of a beach that's mostly mud with some dried grasses and rocks, shown at low tide with birds and ice in the water.

Unalakleet video camera 1 time exposure

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 time-exposure (timex) image from camera 1 is shown here. Please note that it takes 10 minutes for the images to be posted, once

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August 1, 2017

Movements and Habitat Use of White-fronted Geese

Flint, P. L. and B. W. Meixell. 2017. Movements and habitat use of White-fronted geese during the remigial molt in Arctic Alaska, USA. Waterbirds 40(3):272-281. doi:10.1675/063.040.0308

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