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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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Comparative mitochondrial genetics of North American and Eurasian mergansers with an emphasis on the endangered scaly-sided merganser (Mergus squamatus)

The scaly-sided merganser, Mergus squamatus, is considered one of the most threatened sea duck species in the Palearctic with limited breeding and wintering distribution in China and Russia. To provide information for future conservation efforts, we sequenced a portion of the mitochondrial (mt) DNA control region in four species of mergansers...

Solovyeva, Diana V.; Pearce, John M.
Comparative mitochondrial genetics of North American and Eurasian mergansers with an emphasis on the endangered scaly-sided merganser (Mergus squamatus); 2011; Article; Journal; Conservation Genetics; Solovyeva, Diana V.; Pearce, John M,

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Distribution and density of marine birds and mammals along the Kenai Fjords National Park coastline - March 2010

From March 21, 2010 to March 24, 2010, a winter marine bird and mammal skiff-based survey along the coast of Kenai Fjords National Park (KEFJ) was completed. This was the second winter survey completed for KEFJ since 2008. The primary objectives of the SWAN winter surveys are to characterize the species composition, density and distribution of the...

Coletti, Heather A.; Esslinger, George G.; Bodkin, James L.
Coletti, H. A. J. L. Bodkin and G. G. Esslinger. 2011. Distribution and density of marine birds and mammals along the Kenai Fjords National Park coastline - March 2010: Southwest Alaska Network Inventory and Monitoring Program. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/SWAN/NRTR—2011/451. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Surficial geologic map of the Noatak National Preserve, Alaska

The surficial geologic map of the Noatak National Preserve (NNP) is a compilation that incorporates portions of four published USGS maps (Hamilton, 1980, 1981, 1984a,b), a USGS Open-File Report (Hamilton, 2003), and unpublished field mapping. It covers an area of about 28,700 km2, and includes parts of eight 1:250,000-scale quadrangles. The mapped...

Hamilton, Thomas D.
Surficial geologic map of the Noatak National Preserve, Alaska; 2011; SIM; 3036; Hamilton, Thomas D.

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Gulkana Glacier, Alaska-Mass balance, meteorology, and water measurements, 1997-2001

The measured winter snow, maximum winter snow, net, and annual balances for 1997-2001 in the Gulkana Glacier basin are determined at specific points and over the entire glacier area using the meteorological, hydrological, and glaciological data. We provide descriptions of glacier geometry to aid in estimation of conventional and reference surface...

March, Rod S.; O'Neel, Shad
Gulkana Glacier, Alaska-Mass balance, meteorology, and water measurements, 1997-2001; 2011; SIR; 2011-5046; March, Rod S.; O'Neel, Shad

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The Cannery Formation--Devonian to Early Permian arc-marginal deposits within the Alexander Terrane, Southeastern Alaska

The Cannery Formation consists of green, red, and gray ribbon chert, siliceous siltstone, graywacke-chert turbidites, and volcaniclastic sandstone. Because it contains early Permian fossils at and near its type area in Cannery Cove, on Admiralty Island in southeastern Alaska, the formation was originally defined as a Permian stratigraphic unit....

Karl, Susan M.; Layer, Paul W.; Harris, Anita G.; Haeussler, Peter J.; Murchey, Benita L.
The Cannery Formation--Devonian to Early Permian arc-marginal deposits within the Alexander Terrane, Southeastern Alaska; 2011; PP; 1776-B; Karl, Susan M.; Layer, Paul W.; Harris, Anita G.; Haeussler, Peter J.; Murchey, Benita L.

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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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Lack of genetic polymorphism among peregrine falcons Falco peregrinus of Fiji

We compared levels of genetic diversity and isolation among peregrine falcons Falco peregrinus from two South Pacific island complexes (Fiji and Vanuatu: F. p. nesiotes), relative to other island and mainland populations. Fragment data from 12 microsatellite loci and sequence information from the control region of the mitochondrial DNA indicated...

Talbot, Sandra L.; Palmer, Angela G.; Sage, George K.; Sonsthagen, Sarah A.; Swem, Ted; Brimm, Daniel J.; White, C.M.

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