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2019 USGS Alaska Annual Science Report
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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.

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An isotopic approach to measuring nitrogen balance in caribou

Nutritional restrictions in winter may reduce the availability of protein for reproduction and survival in northern ungulates. We refined a technique that uses recently voided excreta on snow to assess protein status in wild caribou (Rangifer tarandus) in late winter. Our study was the first application of this non‐invasive, isotopic approach to...

Gustine, David D.; Barboza, Perry S.; Adams, Layne G.; Farnell, Richard G.; Parker, Katherine L.
An isotopic approach to measuring nitrogen balance in caribou; 2011; Article; Journal; Journal of Wildlife Management; Gustine, D. D.; Barboza, P. S.; Adams, L. G.; Farnell, R. G.; Parker, K. L.

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Assessment of clinical pathology and pathogen exposure in sea otters (Enhydra lutris) bordering the threatened population in Alaska

Northern sea otter (Enhydra lutris kenyoni) abundance has decreased dramatically over portions of southwest Alaska, USA, since the mid-1980s, and this stock is currently listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. In contrast, adjacent populations in south central Alaska, USA, and Russia have been stable to increasing during the same...

Goldstein, Tracey; Gill, Verena A.; Tuomi, Pamela A.; Monson, Daniel H.; Burdin, Alexander; Conrad, Patricia A.; Dunn, J. Lawrence; Field, Cara L.; Johnson, Christine K.; Jessup, David A.; Bodkin, James L.; Doroff, Angela M.
Assessment of clinical pathology and pathogen exposure in sea otters (Enhydra lutris) bordering the threatened population in Alaska; 2011; Article; Journal; Journal of Wildlife Diseases; Goldstein, T.; Gill, V. A.; Tuomi, P.; Monson, D.; Burdin, A.; Conrad, P. A.; Dunn, J. L.; Field, C.; Johnson, C.; Jessup, D. A.; Bodkin, J.; Doroff, A. M.

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Characteristics of foraging sites and protein status in wintering muskoxen: insights from isotopes of nitrogen

Identifying links between nutritional condition of individuals and population trajectories greatly enhances our understanding of the ecology, conservation, and management of wildlife. For northern ungulates, the potential impacts of a changing climate to populations are predicted to be nutritionally mediated through an increase in the severity and...

Gustine, David D.; Barboza, Perry S.; Lawler, James P.; Arthur, Stephen M.; Shults, Brad S.; Persons, Kate; Adams, Layne G.
Characteristics of foraging sites and protein status in wintering muskoxen: Insights from isotopes of nitrogen; 2011; Article; Journal; Oikos; Gustine, D. D.; Barboza, P. S.; Lawler, J. P.; Arthur, S. M.; Shults, B. S.; Persons, K.; Adams, L. G.

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Coelomic implantation of satellite transmitters in the bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica) and the bristle-thighed curlew (Numenius tahitiensis) using propofol, bupivacaine, and lidocaine

Intravenous propofol was used as a general anesthetic with a 2∶1 (mg∶mg) adjunctive mixture of lidocaine and bupivacaine as local anesthetics infiltrated into the surgical sites for implantation of satellite transmitters into the right abdominal air sac of 39 female and 4 male bar-tailed godwits (Limosa lapponica baueri and Limosa lapponica...

Mulcahy, Daniel M.; Gartrell, Brett D.; Gill, Robert E.; Tibbitts, T. Lee; Ruthrauff, Daniel R.
Coelomic implantation of satellite transmitters in the bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica) and the bristle-thighed curlew (Numenius tahitiensis) using propofol, bupivacaine, and lidocaine; 2011; Article; Journal; Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine; Mulcahy, Daniel M.; Gartrell, Brett; Gill, Robert E., Jr.; Tibbitts, T. Lee; Ruthrauff, Daniel R.

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Consequences of long-distance swimming and travel over deep-water pack ice for a female polar bear during a year of extreme sea ice retreat

Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) prefer to live on Arctic sea ice but may swim between ice floes or between sea ice and land. Although anecdotal observations suggest that polar bears are capable of swimming long distances, no data have been available to describe in detail long distance swimming events or the physiological and reproductive...

Durner, George M.; Whiteman, J.P.; Harlow, H.J.; Amstrup, Steven C.; Regehr, E.V.; Ben-David, M.
Consequences of long-distance swimming and travel over deep-water pack ice for a female polar bear during a year of extreme sea ice retreat; 2011; Article; Journal; Polar Biology; Durner, G. M.; Whiteman, J. P.; Harlow, H. J.; Amstrup, S. C.; Regehr, E. V.; Ben-David, M.

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Cytochrome P4501A biomarker indication of the timeline of chronic exposure of Barrow’s goldeneyes to residual Exxon Valdez oil

We examined hepatic EROD activity, as an indicator of CYP1A induction, in Barrow’s goldeneyes captured in areas oiled during the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill and those from nearby unoiled areas. We found that average EROD activity differed between areas during 2005, although the magnitude of the difference was reduced relative to a previous...

Esler, Daniel N.; Ballachey, Brenda E.; Trust, Kimberly A.; Iverson, Samuel A.; Reed, John A.; Miles, A. Keith; Henderson, John D.; Woodin, Bruce R.; Stegeman, John J.; McAdie, Malcolm; Mulcahy, Daniel M.; Wilson, Barry W.
Cytochrome P4501A biomarker indication of the timeline of chronic exposure of Barrow's goldeneyes to residual Exxon Valdez oil; 2011; Article; Journal; Marine Pollution Bulletin; Esler, D.; Ballachey, B. E.; Trust, K. A.; Iverson, S. A.; Reed, J. A.; Miles, A. K.; Henderson, J. D.; Woodin, B. R.; Stegeman, J. J.; McAdie, M.; Mulcahy, D. M.; Wilson, B. W.

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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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