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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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February Photo Contest

February Photo Contest

Check out the winning photographs in the February 2020 Photo Contest! Categories include People, USGS at Work, Where We Work, and Honorable Mention

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Date published: April 3, 2020
Status: Active

Terrestrial wildlife and legacy oil mining on National Wildlife Refuges

Amphibian surveys are being conducted on select National Wildlife Refuges with active and/or legacy oil mining to determine species relative distribution and their risk to short- and long-term effects from exposure to crude oil and its byproducts.

Date published: April 3, 2020
Status: Active

Produced water from Marcellus Shale and amphibians

Research biologists at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (PWRC) are conducting a series of scientific studies on the potential effects of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing activities on terrestrial wildlife. Findings will help in assessing proposals for managing recycling and distribution of large volumes of flowback and produced waters generated by methods of oil and gas...

Date published: April 3, 2020
Status: Active

Grand River near Painesville, OH

Water-quality “super” gages (also known as “sentry” gages) provide real-time, continuous measurements of the physical and chemical characteristics of stream water at or near selected U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamgages in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. A super gage includes streamflow and water-quality instrumentation and representative stream sample collection for laboratory analysis....

Date published: April 2, 2020
Status: Active

Virginia Coast Reserve Long Term Ecological Research VII

The highly protected Virginia Coast Reserve (VCR) is the largest undeveloped region along the Atlantic seaboard.The VCR is managed by the Nature Conservancy, and was designated a Man and the Biosphere Reserve in 1979, providing a unique environment for which to study coastal impacts of climate change on a variety of coastal ecosystems from barrier islands across back barrier lagoons, mudflats...

Date published: April 2, 2020
Status: Active

Assessing Faunal Recovery in a Headwater Stream

A catastrophic fish-kill in a small tributary stream of the Etowah River system (Dawson County, Georgia) has created the opportunity to assess faunal recovery, including recolonization by a federally-listed fish species (the Cherokee darter Etheostoma scotti).  Fishes are expected to recolonize Flat Creek by moving upstream from downstream sources.  In particular, Flat Creek flows...

Date published: April 2, 2020
Status: Active

Evaluating the Design of the Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey

The Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey (WBPHS) is a primary source of waterfowl population status and trend information for management of ducks in North America.  The survey has not been reviewed in several decades, and since the last review new analysis approaches and information needs have created a need to reassess the design, scope of inference, and analysis of the survey to...

Contacts: John Sauer, Ph.D., William Link, Ph.D., Emily Silverman, Kathy Fleming
Date published: March 31, 2020
Status: Active

Blue-winged Teal and Cross Continental Avian Influenza Transmission

This project aims to improve our understanding of the migratory ecology of Blue-winged Teal and how this may impact the ability of this species to transmit avian influenza or other pathogens across the wild bird – domestic poultry interface.This project aims to improve our understanding of the migratory ecology of Blue-winged Teal and how this may impact the ability of this species to transmit...

Date published: March 30, 2020
Status: Active

Seagrass Vulnerability to Environmental Conditions Under Changing Temperature Regimes

Seagrasses are among the most productive ecosystems on the planet. Water quality degradation and direct human disturbance have caused loss of nearly a third of the seagrass habitat worldwide. These threats are exacerbated by stresses associated with a changing global climate. Predicting how seagrass distribution, abundance, and species composition will change in response to increased...

Date published: March 27, 2020
Status: Active

Kankakee River at Dunns Bridge, IN

Water-quality “super” gages (also known as “sentry” gages) provide real-time, continuous measurements of the physical and chemical characteristics of stream water at or near selected U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamgages in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. A super gage includes streamflow and water-quality instrumentation and representative stream sample collection for laboratory analysis....

Contacts: Jeffrey Woods
Date published: March 26, 2020
Status: Active

Huron River near Milan, OH

Water-quality “super” gages (also known as “sentry” gages) provide real-time, continuous measurements of the physical and chemical characteristics of stream water at or near selected U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamgages in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. A super gage includes streamflow and water-quality instrumentation and representative stream sample collection for laboratory analysis....

Date published: March 18, 2020
Status: Active

Response of fish assemblages and habitat to stream restoration in the Ashokan Watershed

Background: Streams are ecologically, culturally, and economically important systems that are subject to impacts from a large array of human activities. There has been a relatively recent increase in efforts to manage, protect, and restore streams that have experienced physical, chemical, and biological degradation. Unfortunately, interest in any single restoration effort tends to be...

Contacts: Scott George
Date published: March 18, 2020
Status: Active

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Seaduck Challenge Study

This project seeks to improve our understanding of the susceptibility and pathogenesis of pertinent strains of avian influenza viruses in diving duck species.

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Date published: May 28, 2020

GIS for focus areas of potential domestic resources of 11 critical minerals—aluminum, cobalt, graphite, lithium, niobium, platinum group elements, rare earth elements, tantalum, tin, titanium, and tungsten: U.S. Geological Survey data release

Phase 2 focuses on the following minerals: aluminum, cobalt, graphite, lithium, niobium, platinum group elements (PGE), rare earth elements, tantalum, tin, titanium, and tungsten. The focus areas are provided as geospatial data supported by tables that summarize what is known about the mineral potential and brief descriptions of data gaps that could be addressed by the Earth MRI program.

Date published: May 28, 2020

GIS for focus areas of potential domestic resources of 11 critical minerals—aluminum, cobalt, graphite, lithium, niobium, platinum group elements, rare earth elements, tantalum, tin, titanium, and tungsten

In response to Executive Order 13817 of December 20, 2017, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) coordinated with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to identify 35 nonfuel minerals or mineral materials considered critical to the economic and national security of the United States (U.S.) (https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2018/1021/ofr20181021....

Date published: May 27, 2020

Estimated low-flow statistics at ungaged stream locations in New Jersey, water year 2019

Estimates of various low-flow statistics were computed at 53 ungaged stream locations throughout New Jersey during the 2019 water year using methods in the published reports, 1) Streamflow characteristics and trends in New Jersey, water years 1897-2003 (Watson and others, 2005) and 2) Implementation of MOVE.1, censored MOVE.1, and piecewise MOVE.1 low-flow regressions with appli

Date published: May 26, 2020

Inputs and Selected Outputs Used to Assess Spatial and Temporal Patterns in Streamflow, Water-Chemistry, and Aquatic Macroinvertebrates of Selected Streams in Fairfax County, Virginia, 2007-2018

Nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and suspended-sediment (SS) loads, in Fairfax County, Virginia streams have been calculated using monitoring data from five intensively monitored watersheds for the period from water year (October - September) 2008-2017. Nutrient and suspended-sediment loads were computed using a surrogate (multiple-linear regression) approach with lab ana

Date published: May 22, 2020

Electron microprobe analyses of feldspars from the Hawkeye and Lyon Mountain Granite Gneisses in the Adirondacks of New York.

Iron oxide-apatite (IOA) deposits of the Adirondack Mountains of New York locally contain elevated REE concentrations (e.g. Taylor and others, 2019). Critical to evaluating resource potential is understanding the genesis of the IOA deposits that host the REE-rich minerals. As part of this effort, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is conducting bedrock geologic mapping, geochro

Date published: May 21, 2020

Fort Belvoir, Virginia, stream-water, streambed-sediment, and soil data collected in 2019

Field parameters and chemical-analysis results of stream water, streambed sediment, and soil data collected during 2019 at Fort Belvoir, Virginia are presented.

Date published: May 20, 2020

Investigating the effects of broad ion beam milling to sedimentary organic matter

To test if reflectance increases to sedimentary organic matter (vitrinite) caused by broad ion beam (BIB) milling were related to molecular aromatization and condensation, we used Raman and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopies to evaluate potential compositional changes in the same vitrinite locations pre- and post-BIB milling. The same locations also were examined by at

Date published: May 12, 2020

Low-altitude aerial imagery and related field observations associated with unmanned aerial systems (UAS) flights over Coast Guard Beach, Nauset Spit, Nauset Inlet, and Nauset Marsh, Cape Cod National Seashore, Eastham, Massachusetts on 1 March 2016

Low-altitude (approximately 120 meters above ground level) digital images were obtained from cameras mounted in a fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flown from the lawn adjacent to the Coast Guard Beach parking lot on 1 March, 2016.   Two consecutive unmanned aerial systems (UAS) missions were flown, each with two cameras, autopilot computer, radios, and a global satellite navigation...

Date published: May 11, 2020

Overburden Thickness in the Enfield Creek Valley

This dataset contains locations of overburden thickness and information regarding their relative thickness.

Date published: May 11, 2020

Aquifer Boundaries in the Enfield Creek Valley

This dataset contains locations of aquifer boundaries and types of aquifer confinement.

Date published: May 11, 2020

Moraines and Ice Margins in the Enfield Creek Valley

This dataset contains locations of moraines and ice margins.

Date published: May 11, 2020

Records of Selected Wells in the Enfield Creek Valley

This dataset contains the well records compiled for this study.

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Allocating funds under the National Fish Habitat Action Plan

Each year, the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), with advice from a Fisheries Management Team, allocates funding to support the National Fish Habitat Action Plan. The Service distributes the funds to Fish Habitat Partnerships (FHPs), who, in turn, undertake projects that “protect, restore, or enhance fish and aquatic...

Runge, Michael C.

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Introduction to linked and dynamic decisions

Often, a decision maker is faced with a series of linked decisions, rather than an isolated one-off decision. In natural resource management, it is common to make a similar type of decision on a regular basis (e.g., annually). Such linked decisions have two important properties: they are dynamic, that is, the actions taken early on affect...

Runge, Michael C.

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Introduction to resource allocation

With ongoing habitat loss and degradation, ever-increasing threats to biodiversity, and limited funding for conservation and management, nearly every natural resource manager routinely faces difficult resource allocation problems. Funding and capacity for natural resource management rarely meet the need, and informed resource allocations are...

Lyons, James E.
Lyons, J.E., 2020, Introduction to Resource Allocation, in Runge, M.C., Converse, S.J., Lyons, J.E., and Smith, D.R., editors, Structured Decision Making: Case Studies in Natural Resource Management: Baltimore, MD, Johns Hopkins University Press, p. 99-107.

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Strategic conservation of an imperiled freshwater mussel, the Dwarf Wedgemussel, in North Carolina

To be effective, managers of imperiled species must face the unavoidable tradeoff between conservation benefits and constrained budgets and must not be paralyzed by scientific uncertainty. Decision analysis can help meet these challenges when used to develop cost-effective strategies to recover or improve the status of species. The U.S. Fish and...

Smith, David R.; McCrae, Sarah E
Smith, D.R. and McRae, S.E., 2020, Strategic Conservation of an Imperiled Freshwater Mussel, the Dwarf Wedgemussel, in North Carolina , in Runge, M.C., Converse, S.J., Lyons, J.E., and Smith, D.R., editors, Structured Decision Making: Case Studies in Natural Resource Management: Baltimore, MD, Johns Hopkins University Press, p. 62-71.

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Resource allocation for coastal wetland management: Confronting uncertainty about sea level rise

Coastal wetlands are rich and diverse ecosystems with a wide variety of birdlife and other natural resources. Decision making for coastal wetland management is difficult given the complex nature of these ecological systems and the frequent need to meet multiple objectives for varied resources. Management challenges in the coastal zone are...

Lyons, James E.; Kalasz, Kevin S.; Breese, Gregory; Boal, Clint W.
Lyons, J.E., Kalasz, K.S., Breese, G., and Boal, C.W., 2020, Resource Allocation for Coastal Wetland Management: Confronting Uncertainty about Sea-Level Rise, in Runge, M.C., Converse, S.J., Lyons, J.E., and Smith, D.R., editors, Structured Decision Making: Case Studies in Natural Resource Management: Baltimore, MD, Johns Hopkins University Press, p. 108-123.

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Fluoride occurrence in United States groundwater

Data from 38,105 wells were used to characterize fluoride (F) occurrence in untreated United States (U.S.) groundwater. For domestic wells (n = 11,032), water from which is generally not purposely fluoridated or monitored for quality, 10.9% of the samples have F concentrations >0.7 mg/L (U.S. Public Health Service recommended optimal F...

McMahon, Peter B.; Brown, Craig J.; Johnson, Tyler D.; Belitz, Kenneth; Lindsey, Bruce D.

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Harnessing multiple models for outbreak management

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has triggered efforts by multiple modeling groups to forecast disease trajectory, assess interventions, and improve understanding of the pathogen. Such models can often differ substantially in their projections and recommendations, reflecting different policy assumptions and objectives, as well as...

Shea, Katriona; Runge, Michael C.; Pannell, David; Probert, William J M; Li, Shou-Li; Tildesley, Michael J.; Ferrari, Matthew J

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Sources of variation in maternal allocation in a long-lived mammal

1.Life history theory predicts allocation of energy to reproduction varies with maternal age, but additional maternal features may be important to the allocation of energy to reproduction.We aimed to characterize age‐specific variation in maternal allocation and assess the relationship between maternal allocation and other static and dynamic...

Macdonald, Kaitlin R.; Rotella, Jay J.; Garrott, Robert A.; Link, William A.

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Adjusting the lens of invasion biology to focus on the impacts of climate-driven range shifts

As Earth’s climate rapidly changes, species range shifts are considered key to species persistence. However, some range-shifting species will alter community structure and ecosystem processes. By adapting existing invasion risk assessment frameworks, we can identify characteristics shared with high-impact introductions and thus predict potential...

Wallingford, Piper D.; Morelli, Toni Lyn; Allen, Jenica M.; Beaury, Evelyn M.; Blumenthal, Dana M.; Bradley, Bethany A.; Dukes, Jeffrey S.; Early, Regan; Fusco, Emily J.; Goldberg, Deborah E.; Ibanez, Ines; Laginhas, Brittany B.; Vila, Montserrat; Sorte, Cascade J. B.

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Model selection for the North American Breeding Bird Survey

The North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) provides data that can be used in complex, multiscale analyses of population change, while controlling for scale‐specific nuisance factors. Many alternative models can be fit to the data, but most model selection procedures are not appropriate for hierarchical models. Leave‐one‐out cross‐validation (...

Link, William A.; Sauer, John R.; Niven, Daniel K

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Biological control of Aedes mosquito larvae with carnivorous aquatic plant, Utricularia macrorhiza

BackgroundBiological controls with predators of larval mosquito vectors have historically focused almost exclusively on insectivorous animals, with few studies examining predatory plants as potential larvacidal agents. In this study, we experimentally evaluate a generalist plant predator of North America, Utricularia macrorhiza, the common...

Couret, Jannelle; Notarangelo, Marco; Veera, Sarashwathi; LeClaire-Conway, Noah; Ginsberg, Howard S.; LeBrun, Roger A.

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Emerging diseases of avian wildlife

Climate change and the interaction with humans and domestic species influences disease in avian wildlife. This article provides updated information on emerging disease conditions such as the spread of an Asian tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis, and its associated diseases among migratory birds in the eastern United States; lymphoproliferative...

Tyson-Pello, Susan J; Olsen, Glenn H.

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May 3, 2000

A Double-observer approach for estimating detection probability and abundance from avian point counts.

USGS
June 18, 1998

Computes survival-movement, capture and recovery probabilities from multi-strata capture-recapture-recovery data.

USGS
October 1, 1997

Computes estimates of survival and capture probability for 2-age class open population capture-recapture models.

USGS
September 2, 1997

Computes estimates of survival and capture probability and the proportion of transients in open population capture-recapture data.

USGS
February 1, 1996

Analyzes dose responses for two populations, using the PROBIT model and the abbreviated protocol as described by Link et al(1996).

USGS
January 26, 1996

Computes estimates of survival-movement and capture probability for open capture-recapture models.

USGS
November 8, 1994

Compares estimates of survival (or any normally distributed parameter estimates).

USGS
April 26, 1994

Tests the hypothesis of prey-selectivity based on random samples of predator scats.

USGS
February 24, 1994

Estimates fatalities using raw counts of wildlife fatalities, trial experiments for carcass detection probability and persistence time.

USGS
June 2, 1989

Computes the number of animals that must be banded in order to achieve a specified level of precision for survival rates estimated using band recovery models.

USGS
April 26, 1988

Computes the power of between-model likelihood ratio tests.

USGS
January 12, 1988

Computes estimates of survival and temporary emigration under the "Open Robust Design".

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Drone pilots by creek
January 3, 2020

Drone Pilots on a mission at Nelson Island Creek, Rowley, MA

In collaboration with the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, the AIM group conducted UAS aerial surveys looking at vegetation classification/index surrounding a MBL gas flux tower located in Nelson Island Creek, Rowley, Massachusetts.

mouth of the Merrimack River, Plum Island and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.
January 3, 2020

Merrimack River, Plum Island, and Parker River Wildlife Refuge

This image created using the Continuous Bathymetry and Elevation Models of the Massachusetts Coastal Zone and Continental Shelf, shows the mouth of the Merrimack River, Plum Island and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

Hydro tech Alex Wong collecting stream flow data - August 2019 Honorable Mention NER Photo
December 31, 2019

Hydro tech Alex Wong collecting stream flow data

Photo of hydro tech Alex Wong collecting stream flow data taken by Michael Upton. Honorable Mention for August 2019 NER Photo Contest

Tuckerman Ravine, White Mountains, New Hampshire, in winter
December 31, 2019

Tuckerman Ravine, White Mountains, New Hampshire, in winter

Tuckerman Ravine White Mountains New Hampshire in winter.

Eel climbing substrate
December 31, 2019

Eel climbing substrate

Left: Prototype ABS plastic eel climbing ramp under development and testing at CAFRL. New substrate design allows for passage of a wider size range of eels with less need for precise flow regulation. Right: juvenile eel climbing wetted ABS plastic substrate.

Release of radio-tagged silver phase American Eel
December 31, 2019

Release of radio-tagged silver phase American Eel

Radio-tagged silver phase American Eels being released for a CAFRL telemetry study of downstream passage of eels at hydroelectric dams on the Shetucket River, Connecticut.

Eel airlift bypass prototype
December 31, 2019

Eel airlift bypass prototype

Prototype design of an airlift developed at CAFL to transport downstream migrant eels through a bypass pipe and away from turbine intakes. The airlift design passes eels as well as a conventional siphon or gravity pipe.

Eel electrosensitivity test apparatus
December 31, 2019

Eel electrosensitivity test apparatus

Apparatus used to test the sensitivity of eels to low-voltage pulsed DC electric fields. Knowledge of sensitivity of eels to electric fields enables development of behavioral barriers that use electricity to guide eels away from turbine intakes.

Photograph of 2 UNC mini landers surrounded by Sablefish
December 31, 2019

UNC mini landers surrounded by Sablefish

 Two UNC mini landers, surrounded by Sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria) and pink sea urchins, incubate seawater in situ to enable calculations of methane oxidation rates.

Photograph of Dr. Ben Gutierrez moderating a session at the 2019 diversity workshop
December 31, 2019

Ben Gutierrez moderating Partnership in Education Program (PEP) panel

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center geologist, Ben Gutierrez, moderates a panel at the 2019 Partnership Eucation Program (PEP) 10th Anniversity Conference and Celebration, Woods Hole, MA June 28-30, 2019.

Photograph of SuBastian’s manipulator jaw stabilizes GEOMAR’s glowing bubble box
December 31, 2019

SuBastian’s manipulator jaw stabilizes GEOMAR’s glowing bubble box

ROV SuBastian’s manipulator jaw stabilizes GEOMAR’s glowing bubble box that is capturing high-resolution images of methane bubbles rising from the seafloor.

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New England Newsletter - Spring-Summer 2019 cover
July 26, 2019

This issue of WaterMarks has information on the full spectrum of work we do: from flood monitoring to drought predictions, water-quality sampling in estuaries to the latest technology in rapid arsenic analysis. In addition, we are starting to highlight a few of our staff in each newsletter, so you get to meet and become more familiar with those who do the work and represent the future of our WSC.

Piping plover chicks on a beach
July 25, 2019

Storms and undeveloped coastlines can create and maintain habitat for this species, which is threatened along the Atlantic coast.

Monitor buoy floating on Lake Hopatcong
July 12, 2019

On July 9, USGS scientists deployed an advanced monitoring buoy to study water-quality conditions and a harmful algal bloom-HAB-recently detected in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey. 

Great Lakes Science Center
July 5, 2019

Cooperative Science and Monitoring Initiative Data Integration for the 2018 Season in Lake Ontario

Domestic well in front of house in rural area
July 1, 2019

A new USGS study reports that shale-gas production in northern Pennsylvania has not currently caused widespread hydrocarbon contamination in the upland aquifer zone used for domestic supply.

Image shows a large yellow lander sitting on the seafloor next to several starfish
June 30, 2019

Usually when scientists do research, they go into the field, take samples, then bring them back to the lab. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill research engineer Howard Mendlovitz, working with Professor Chris Martens wants to reverse that.

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