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Our Science Centers

The NAA Region has 15 Science Centers spanning 14 NE States and Washington, DC. The Centers conduct interdisciplinary biologic, geologic, hydrologic, and energy monitoring and research addressing natural resource issues facing our nation.

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March Photo Contest

March Photo Contest

Check out the winning photographs in the March 2021 Photo Contest! Categories include People, USGS at Work, Where We Work, and Honorable Mention

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Date published: May 9, 2018
Status: Active

Development of Patch Occupancy Models for Assessing the Spatial Distribution of Organisms

The Challenge: A variety of important questions about the conservation and management of natural resources requires information about the spatial distribution of organisms. For species of conservation concern, the size of a species’ range is a criterion used to assign species status as threatened or endangered. For invasive species and disease organisms, the dynamics of the species range ...

Date published: May 9, 2018
Status: Active

Statistical Research for the USGS - Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative

The Challenge: Since its inception in 2002 the USGS Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) has taken the lead in monitoring amphibian populations on Department of Interior lands. ARMI scientists work on a broad spectrum of species and management issues to address the core causes of amphibian declines. In many cases, research requires complex study designs and innovative methods. A...

Date published: May 7, 2018
Status: Active

Monitoring Land-Surface Deformation in the Virginia Coastal Plain

Land-surface deformation in eastern Virginia is being monitored to evaluate effects of groundwater pumping and wastewater injection on land-surface movement and relative sea-level rise.

Date published: May 4, 2018
Status: Archived

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Prevalence of Intersex in Fish Populations in New Jersey

NJ WSC and Leetown Science Center scientists in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection were tasked with characterizing endocrine disruption in smallmouth bass from New Jersey.

 

Contacts: Kelly Smalling, Luke R Iwanowicz, Ph.D., Sandra Goodrow
Date published: May 4, 2018
Status: Active

Long-term trends in Rainbow Trout growth and naturalized populations in the Ashokan Basin

Background: Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) have thrived in the Esopus Creek since their introduction in the 1880s. The construction of the Ashokan Reservoir in 1915 changed the fishery by providing a stable lentic environment where adult trout could grow large and find refuge during periods when stream conditions become stressful. Although many adult Rainbow Trout spend time in the...

Date published: May 2, 2018
Status: Completed

New England WSC seminar series Elskus 20180502

Known in Turners Falls as ‘The Fish Lab’, the USGS Conte lab’s mission is the conservation of migratory fish.

Date published: May 2, 2018
Status: Active

Environmental Compliance

The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is the cornerstone of our Nation's environmental laws and was enacted to ensure that information on the environmental impacts of any Federal, or federally funded, action is available to public officials and citizens before decisions are made and before actions are taken

Date published: May 1, 2018
Status: Active

Bird Banding Laboratory

The Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL) is an integrated scientific program established in 1920 supporting the collection, archiving, management and dissemination of information from banded and marked birds in North America.  This information is used to monitor the status and trends of resident and migratory bird populations. Because birds are good indicators of the health of the environment, the...

Date published: April 27, 2018
Status: Active

Development of Long Island Water Quality Integrated Data System (LIQWIDS) - User interface and web services in support of collaboration under the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan(LINAP)

PROBLEM There are more than 60 organizations and agencies collecting water-quality data on Long Island. The types of database management that are used to store and archive regulatory and non-regulatory data vary from paper forms to spreadsheets to State and Federal databases, and there is minimal communication between these systems. As a result, those interested in analyzing data may be...

Contacts: Martyn Smith
Date published: April 25, 2018
Status: Active

Water Use Resources

The future health and welfare of the Nation's population and environment are dependent upon a continuing supply of uncontaminated fresh water. Increasing withdrawals and increasing demands for in-stream flows are limiting the water available for future use.

Date published: April 24, 2018
Status: Active

Threatened & Endangered Species

Science on threatened and endangered species often includes challenges in counting rare animals or in resolving human-wildlife conflicts.  Our research is focused on measuring populations and managing species in spite of these challenges, and working with agency biologists who must manage populations under competing priorities for habitat use.

Date published: April 24, 2018
Status: Active

Birds

Patuxent’s historical strength and emphasis has been in studies of migratory bird populations. See our migratory birds theme for more information.  In addition, we do research on harvested species management, endangered birds, birds in the context of coastal restoration and offshore wind energy development, and birds’...

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Date published: January 1, 2017

Multibeam bathymetry and sediment depth data at select locations on the Des Plaines River near Joliet, Illinois, February 13–14, 2017

These data are high-resolution bathymetry (river bottom elevation) in XYZ format, generated from the February 13, 2017, topographic and hydrographic survey of the Des Plaines River in an area centered approximately 2.2 miles downstream of Brandon Road Lock and Dam at Joliet, Illinois. Hydrographic data were collected using a multibeam echo-sounder (MBES) with integrated inertial n

Date published: January 1, 2017

Multibeam bathymetry and sediment depth data at select locations on the Des Plaines River near Joliet, Illinois, February 13–14, 2017

These data are high-resolution bathymetry (river bottom elevation) in XYZ format, generated from the February 14, 2017, topographic and hydrographic survey of the Des Plaines River in an area centered approximately 250 feet upstream of Brandon Road Lock and Dam at Joliet, Illinois. Hydrographic data were collected using a multibeam echo-sounder (MBES) with integrated inertial navi

Date published: January 1, 2017

Multibeam bathymetry and sediment depth data at select locations on the Des Plaines River near Joliet, Illinois, February 13–14, 2017

These data are high-resolution bathymetry (river bottom elevation) in XYZ format and measurements of sediment depth in CSV format, generated from the February 13–14, 2017, topographic and hydrographic survey of the Des Plaines River near Brandon Road Lock and Dam at Joliet, Illinois. Hydrographic data were collected in three separate areas (approach channel, mooring area%2

Date published: January 1, 2017

Channel Migration Rates of Stream Reaches in Indiana

An investigation was completed by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs that found 1,132 transportation and utility assets in Indiana are vulnerable to fluvial erosion hazards due to close proximity to actively migrating streams. Locations of transportation assets (bridges, roadways, and railroad lines) and selected utility asse

Date published: January 1, 2017

Summary of Transportation and Utility Assets Vulnerable to Fluvial Erosion Hazards in Indiana

An investigation was completed by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs that found 1,132 transportation and utility assets in Indiana are vulnerable to fluvial erosion hazards due to close proximity to actively migrating streams. Locations of transportation assets (bridges, roadways, and railroad lines) and selected utility asse

Date published: January 1, 2017

PRISM late Pliocene (Piacenzian) alkenone - derived SST data

This dataset collects sea surface temperature data generated through alkenone analysis of late Pliocene sediments collected from cores and outcrops

Date published: January 1, 2017

Multibeam bathymetry and sediment depth data at select locations on the Des Plaines River near Joliet, Illinois, February 13–14, 2017

These data are high-resolution bathymetry (river bottom elevation) in XYZ format, generated from the February 14, 2017, topographic and hydrographic survey of the Des Plaines River in an area centered approximately 0.3 miles downstream of Brandon Road Lock and Dam at Joliet, Illinois. Hydrographic data were collected using a multibeam echo-sounder (MBES) with integrated inertial n

Date published: January 1, 2017

Matrix inhibition PCR and Microtox® 81.9% screening assay analytical results for samples collected for the Sediment-Bound Contaminant Resiliency and Response Strategy pilot study, northeastern United States, 2015

Coastal communities are uniquely vulnerable to sea-level rise (SLR) and severe storms such as hurricanes. These events enhance the dispersion and concentration of natural and anthropogenic chemicals and pathogenic microorganisms that could adversely affect the health and resilience of coastal communities and ecosystems in coming years. The U.S. Geo­logical Survey has developed the Sedime

Date published: January 1, 2016

Attributes for NHDPlus Version 2.1 Reach Catchments and Modified Routed Upstream Watersheds for the Conterminous United States: STATSGO Soil Characteristics, Soil pH

This tabular data set represents the soil pH as processed from STATSGO2 database compiled for two spatial components of the NHDPlus version 2 data suite (NHDPlusv2) for the conterminous United States; 1) individual reach catchments and 2) reach catchments accumulated upstream through the river network. The source data was produced by the United States Geological Survey (Wieczorek, 2

Date published: May 11, 2014

High-resolution geophysical and sample data collected in Moultonborough Bay, Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire in 2005, U.S. Geological Survey Field Activity 2005-004-FA

 This study utilized geophysical systems and conventional water-quality measurements to identify lake-floor environments that may provide suitable habitat for the establishment and growth of variable leaf water-milfoil. The results of the study are intended to assist resource managers in federal and state agencies.

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Year Published: 2019

Using a Bayesian network to understand the importance of coastal storms and undeveloped landscapes for the creation and maintenance of early successional habitat

Coastal storms have consequences for human lives and infrastructure but also create important early successional habitats for myriad species. For example, storm-induced overwash creates nesting habitat for shorebirds like piping plovers (Charadrius melodus). We examined how piping plover habitat extent and location changed on barrier islands in...

Zeigler, Sara L.; Gutierrez, Benjamin T.; Sturdivant, Emily J.; Catlin, Daniel H.; Fraser, James D.; Hecht, A.; Karpanty, Sarah M.; Plant, Nathaniel G.; Thieler, E. Robert

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The bee fauna of coastal Napatree Point and two inland sites in southern Rhode Island

We surveyed the bee fauna at Napatree Point, a coastal barrier beach in southwestern Rhode Island, using bee-bowl and netting samples, and compared results to bee-bowl samples at 2 inland sites. We collected a total of 53 species and morphospecies at Napatree Point, including 5 likely Rhode Island state records and several coastal dune and sand-...

Rothwell, Aya; Ginsberg, Howard S.

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Resource Assessment Economic Filter (RAEF)—A graphical user interface supporting implementation of simple engineering mine cost analyses of quantitative mineral resource assessment simulations

Economic evaluations of undiscovered mineral resources provide important context in which to consider the results of quantitative mineral resource assessments. The U.S. Geological Survey economic analysis method uses a simple engineering cost model approach developed by the U.S. Bureau of Mines that applies mine and mill engineering cost equations...

Shapiro, Jason L.; Robinson,, Gilpin R.
Shapiro, J.L., and Robinson, G.R., Jr., 2019, Resource Assessment Economic Filter (RAEF)—A graphical user interface supporting implementation of simple engineering mine cost analyses of quantitative mineral resource assessment simulations: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, book 7, chap. C23, 18 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/tm7C23.

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Endless forams: >34,000 modern planktonic foraminiferal images for taxonomic training and automated species recognition using convolutional neural networks

Accurate planktonic foraminiferal species identification is central to many paleoceanographic studies, from selecting specific species for geochemical research to elucidating the biotic dynamics of microfossil communities relevant to physical oceanographic processes and interconnected phenomena such as climate change. However, species...

Hsiang, Allison Y.; Brombacher, Anieke; Costa Rillo, Marina; Mleneck-Vautravers, Maryline J.; Connett, Stephen; Lordsmith, Sian; Jentzen, Anna; Henehan, Michael J.; Metcalfe, Brett; Fenton, Isabel; Wade, Bridget; Fox, Lyndsey; Meilland, Julie; Davis, Catherine V.; Baranowski, Ulrike; Groeneveld, Jeroen; Edgar, Kirsty M.; Movellan, Aurore; Aze, Tracy; Dowsett, Harry J.; Miller, Giles; Rios, Nelson; Hull, Pincelli M.
Hsiang, A. Y., Brombacher, A. , Rillo, M. C., Mleneck‐Vautravers, M. J., Conn, S. , Lordsmith, S. , Jentzen, A. , Henehan, M. J., Metcalfe, B. , Fenton, I. S., Wade, B. S., Fox, L. , Meilland, J. , Davis, C. V., Baranowski, U. , Groeneveld, J. , Edgar, K. M., Movellan, A. , Aze, T. , Dowsett, H. J., Miller, C. G., Rios, N. and Hull, P. M. (2019), Endless Forams: >34,000 Modern Planktonic Foraminiferal Images for Taxonomic Training and Automated Species Recognition Using Convolutional Neural Networks. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 34: 1157-1177. doi:10.1029/2019PA003612

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Natural hazards and mineral commodity supply: Quantifying risk of earthquake disruption to South American copper supply

Mineral resources, and their mining and enrichment operations, are not equally distributed across Earth. The concentration of mineral supply in certain regions, owing to the geology or geography of the mineral resource, raises the level of risk related to supply disruption. Where mineral production coincides with areas prone to natural hazards,...

Schnebele, Emily; Jaiswal, Kishor; Luco, Nicolas; Nassar, Nedal T.
Schnebele, Emily, Jaiswal, Kishor, Luco, Nicolas, and Nassar, Nedal T., 2019, Natural hazards and mineral commodity supply—Quantifying risk of earthquake disruption to South American copper supply: Resources Policy, 63, 101430.

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Long-term (37 years) impacts of low-head dams on freshwater shrimp habitat connectivity in northeastern Puerto Rico

Freshwater migratory shrimp in Puerto Rico depend on watershed connectivity, from stream headwaters to the ocean, to complete their life cycle. Moreover, shrimp populations in different watersheds are known to be connected in an island-wide metapopulation. However, low-head dams paired with water intakes on streams draining the El Yunque National...

Chappell, Jessica; S. Kyle McKay; Freeman, Mary; Catherine M. Pringle

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Rapid inundation of the southern Florida coastline despite low relative sea-level rise rates during the late-Holocene

Sediment cores from Florida Bay, Everglades National Park were examined to determine ecosystem response to relative sea-level rise (RSLR) over the Holocene. High-resolution multiproxy analysis from four sites show freshwater wetlands transitioned to mangrove environments 4–3.6 ka, followed by estuarine environments 3.4–2.8 ka, during a period of...

Jones, Miriam; Wingard, G. Lynn; Stackhouse, Bethany; Keller, Katherine; Willard, Debra A.; Marot, Marci E.; Landacre, Bryan D.; Bernhardt, Christopher E.

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Northern forest winters have lost cold, snowy conditions that are important for ecosystems and human communities

Winter is an understudied but key period for the socio-ecological systems of northeastern North American forests. A growing awareness of the importance of the winter season to forest ecosystems and surrounding communities has inspired several decades of research, both across the northern forest and at other mid- and high-latitude ecosystems around...

Contosta, Alexandra R; Casson, Nora J.; Garlick, Sarah; Nelson, Sarah J.; Ayers, Matthew P; Buralkowski, Elizabet A; Campbell, John ; Creed, Irean; Eimers, Catharine; Evans, Celia; Fernandez, Ivan; Fuss, Collin; Huntington, Thomas; Pate, Kaizad; Sanders-DeMott, Rebecca; Son, Kyongo; Templer, Pamela H.; Thornbrugh, Darren

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Individual behaviour and resource use of thermally stressed brook trout Salvelinus fontinalis portend the conservation potential of thermal refugia

Individual aggression and thermal refuge use were monitored in brook trout Salvelinus fontinalis in a controlled laboratory to determine how fish size and personality influence time spent in forage and thermal habitat patches during periods of thermal stress. On average, larger and more exploratory fish initiated more aggressive...

White, Shannon L.; Kline, B.C.; Hitt, Nathaniel; Wagner, Tyler

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Heat flow in the Western Arctic Ocean (Amerasian Basin)

From 1963 to 1973 the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) measured heat flow at 356 sites in the Amerasian Basin (Western Arctic Ocean) from a drifting ice island (T-3). The resulting measurements, which are unevenly distributed on Alpha-Mendeleev Ridge (AMR) and in Canada and Nautilus basins, greatly expand available heat flow data for the Arctic Ocean...

Ruppel, Carolyn D.; Lachenbruch, A.H.; Hutchinson, Deborah; Munroe, Robert; Mosher, David

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A phylogenomic supertree of birds

It has long been appreciated that analyses of genomic data (e.g., whole genome sequencing or sequence capture) have the potential to reveal the tree of life, but it remains challenging to move from sequence data to a clear understanding of evolutionary history, in part due to the computational challenges of phylogenetic estimation using genome-...

Kimball, Rebecca T; Oliveros, Carl H; Wang, Ning; White, Noor D; Barker, F. Keith; Field, Daniel J; Ksepka, Daniel T; Chesser, Terry; Moyle, Robert G; Braun, Michael J; Brumfield, Robb T; Faircloth, Brant C; Tilston-Smith, Brian; Braun, Edward L

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Predictive analysis using chemical-gene interaction networks consistent with observed endocrine activity and mutagenicity of U.S. streams

In a recent U.S. Geological Survey/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study assessing >700 organic compounds in 38 streams, in vitro assays indicated generally low estrogen, androgen, and glucocorticoid receptor activities, but identified 13 surface waters with 17β estradiol equivalent (E2Eq) activities greater than the 1 ng/L level of...

Berninger, Jason P.; DeMarini, David M.; Warren, Sarah H.; Simmons, Jane Ellen; Wilson, Vickie S.; Conley, Justin M.; Armstrong, Mikayla D.; Kolpin, Dana W.; Kuivila, Kathryn; Reilly, Timothy J.; Romanok, Kristin M.; Villeneuve, Daniel L.; Bradley, Paul M.; Iwanowicz, Luke R.

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Harry Dowsett at the Parkers Creek bone bed
September 25, 2018

Harry Dowsett at the Parkers Creek bone bed

Northeast Region Photo Contest Winner | October 2018 | Honorable Mention
Harry Dowsett at the Parkers Creek bone bed

Aerial image of Quissett Campus, Woods Hole, MA
September 24, 2018

Aerial image of Quissett Campus, Woods Hole, MA

Screenshot of a point cloud containing more than 50 million points from a photogrammetry project of the Quissett Campus.  This point cloud was created from 633 photographs taken from a unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in July 2018

3 men in waders in grassy stream with fish nets
September 21, 2018

Biologists from the USGS and Nature Conservancy identify a small fish

Biologists from the USGS and Nature Conservancy identify a small fish captured during a September electrofishing survey on a tributary to Follensby Pond, Adirondack Mountains, New York

Collage of USGS staff in the field
September 20, 2018

Collage of USGS staff in the field

Upper Left:  Dann Blackwood operating the SEABOSS winch during a sampling cruise; Lower left: Bill Schwab, Laura Brothers and Emile Bergeron on the deck of a research vessel; Center Left: Tom O'Brien carrying equipment during a research cruise; Center: USGS staff deploying a seismic system from a research vessel; left: Chuck Worley ready to deploy a multibeam echosounder

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Photograph of Erika Lentz in the field
September 17, 2018

Outstanding in the field

USGS Research Geologist Dr. Erika Lentz is conducting real-time kinematic GPS surveys on barrier island dunes, part of her research looking at how coastal landscapes respond to sea-level rise.

 

Looking down the coast at the Cape Cod National Seashore
September 13, 2018

Cape Cod National Seashore

A look to the north along the bluffs at the Cape Cod National Seashore, from Marconi Station. Over the years, the USGS continues to work with the National Park Service at the Cape Cod National Seashore. Studies have included: coastal geology, vulnerability to sea-level rise, the sustainability of limited groundwater resources of Cape Cod, long-term monitoring of

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Image shows USGS scientists in PFDs collecting a seismic airgun while at sea
September 6, 2018

Retrieving Seismic Airguns

USGS personnel on the deck of the R/V Hugh R. Sharp during retrieval of seismic airguns.  The streamer that receives the seismic signals generated by the airguns is towed behind the ship and is here shown

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woman with USGS clothing in green woodsy area with orange butterfly on arm
September 5, 2018

Field Photo Friday winner for NY September 2018

Karen Murray and a visitor at Canajoharie Creek near Canajoharie, NY during ecological sampling for the National Water Quality Assessment project.

USGS researchers deploying a prototype DTS fiber optic cable
September 5, 2018

USGS researchers deploying a prototype DTS fiber optic cable

Northeast Region Photo Contest Winner | October 2018 | USGS at Work
USGS researchers deploying a prototype DTS fiber optic cable array in the Delaware River

water rapids flowing under a bridge
August 30, 2018

Mohawk River Tributary

A large Mohawk River tributary

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