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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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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: March 17, 2020
Status: Active

Avian Influenza Surveillance in Waterfowl in the Atlantic Flyway

This project seeks to quantify the strains and prevalence of avian influenza viruses circulating in wild waterfowl across the Atlantic Flyway, and allow comparison with the nations other flyways.

Date published: March 16, 2020
Status: Active

Pathogens in the Aquatic Environment – Waterfowl, Avian Influenza

This project focuses on understanding the prevalence and strains of avian influenza viruses in the aquatic environment and how this compares to those circulating within wild birds in the same area.

Date published: March 13, 2020
Status: Active

USGS Wild Bird Avian Influenza Program – Studies from Endemic Regions of Eurasia

This project focuses on tracking wild birds throughout Eurasia via satellite telemetry to better understand their spatiotemporal movement patterns, relationship to domestic birds, and potential role in the spread, persistence, and amplification of avian influenza viruses.

Date published: March 12, 2020
Status: Active

Productivity of Species of Concern – Least Tern and Common Tern on Poplar Island Restoration Site

This project aims to understand the factors driving breeding success of multiple waterbird species, with special emphasis on Least and Common Terns (two species of concern) on Poplar Island Environmental Restoration Project.This project aims to understand the factors driving breeding success of multiple waterbird species, with special emphasis on Least and Common Terns (two species of concern...

Date published: March 11, 2020
Status: Active

Using Advanced Technology to Enhance Research at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (PWRC) - a Public-Private Partnership

This project is focused on exploring the use of new technology to collect data on colonially nesting waterbird species in ways that reduce disturbance, improve data accuracy, or allow for the examination of previously unanswerable questions.

Date published: March 9, 2020
Status: Active

Bees of the Northeastern U.S.

Declines of pollinators have engendered worldwide concern, but trends in the faunas of most insect pollinators, including bees, remain uncertain.  We are studying the bee fauna of southern Rhode Island to provide baseline information about the current fauna, and information about bee-flower interactions.

Contacts: Howard Ginsberg, Ph.D., Sam Droege, Steven Alm, Aya Rothwell, Sara Tucker
Date published: March 9, 2020
Status: Active

Assessment of Nitrogen Discharge to Cape Cod Rivers to Identify High-Priority Nitrogen Reduction Areas

     In 2019 USGS and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1 initiated a study to measure spatial and temporal patterns of nitrogen loading in selected rivers on Cape Cod and then determine whether the measured patterns can be related to nitrogen source areas in the surrounding watersheds to prioritize nitrogen reduction efforts. Study results will improve understanding of...

Date published: March 3, 2020
Status: Active

FEMA project – White

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Contacts: Scott A Olson
Date published: March 3, 2020
Status: Active

FEMA project – 01080103

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Contacts: Scott A Olson
Date published: March 2, 2020
Status: Active

FEMA project – 01080104

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Contacts: Scott A Olson
Date published: February 26, 2020
Status: Active

Impacts of coastal and watershed changes on upper estuaries: causes and implications of wetland ecosystem transitions along the US Atlantic and Gulf Coasts

Estuaries and their surrounding wetlands are coastal transition zones where freshwater rivers meet tidal seawater.  As sea levels rise, tidal forces move saltier water farther upstream, extending into freshwater wetland areas. Human changes to the surrounding landscape may amplify the effects of this tidal extension, impacting the resiliency and function of the upper estuarine wetlands. One...

Contacts: Ken Krauss, Ph.D., Gregory Noe, Camille LaFosse Stagg, Ph.D., Hongqing Wang, Ph.D., Eric J Ward, Ph.D., Jamie A. Duberstein, William H. Conner, Zhaohua Dai, Thomas L. O'Halloran
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Date published: May 11, 2020

Geospatial Datasets for the Geohydrology and Water Quality of the Unconsolidated Aquifers in the Enfield Creek Valley, Town of Enfield, Tompkins County, New York

From 2013 to 2018, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Town of Enfield and the Tompkins County Planning Department, studied the unconsolidated aquifers in the Enfield Creek Valley in the town of Enfield, Tompkins County, New York. The objective of this study was to characterize the hydrogeology and water quality of the unconsolidated aquifers in the Enfield Creek valley

Date published: May 11, 2020

Geologic Cross Section Lines in the Enfield Creek Valley

This dataset contains locations geologic cross sections used in the study.

Date published: May 11, 2020

Fish mercury concentration data and ancillary data for streams and rivers across New York State (United States), 1969-2016, including environmental characteristics of selected locations sampled during 2007-16

Fish mercury (Hg) data were compiled for 392 unique locations on freshwater streams and rivers in New York State for the period 1969-2016. A total of 7620 records were compiled from state, federal, and non-governmental organization databases. The compiled data were for samples of 65 non-anadromous species or species groups in which Hg was analyzed in whole fish or edible flesh, and for

Date published: May 11, 2020

Surficial Geology in the Enfield Creek Valley

This dataset contains locations and unit labels of the surficial geologic units.

Date published: May 11, 2020

Discharge and Surface Water Quality Sites in the Enfield Creek Valley

This dataset contains locations of surface water discharge and water quality sites.

Date published: May 4, 2020

Sea-Floor Sediment Samples, Seabed Imagery, and CTD Instrument Data Collected on Stellwagen Bank in November, 2014, U.S. Geological Survey Field Activity 2014-066-FA

 This field activity is part of the effort to map geologic substrates of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary region off Boston, Massachusetts. The overall goal is to develop high-resolution (1:25,000) interpretive maps, based on multibeam sonar data and seabed sampling, showing surficial geology and seabed sediment dynamics. 

Date published: May 4, 2020

Chemistry Data from Southern Florida Canals Collected in Support of the Aquatic Cycling of Mercury in the Everglades Project

Several canals in southern Florida run from Lake Okeechobee through the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) and feed water to the northern Everglades. Agricultural and water-management practices affect the water quality of these canals. Fertilizers added in the EAA flow into the canals and are transported to treatment areas which remove much of the phosphorous in the water, but are not as

Date published: May 1, 2020

Data release for structure-from-motion DEMs derived from historical aerial photographs and their use in geomorphological mapping

This data release publishes datasets within and surrounding the Piney Branch watershed located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan suburb of Vienna, Virginia. This dataset was utilized in studies that investigated the accuracy and application of geospatial modeling techniques, structure-from-motion (SfM) photogrammetric methods, and digital elevation model (DEM) differencing to a

Date published: May 1, 2020

Physico-chemical characteristics and sediment and nutrient fluxes of floodplains, streambanks, and streambeds in the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware River watersheds

Dataset includes site averages of measurements of floodplain and streambank sediment physico-chemistry and long-term (dendrogeomorphic) vertical and lateral geomorphic change, and reach scale floodplain width, streambank height, channel width, and streambed particle size. This information was used to calculate fluxes of sediment, fine sediment, sediment-C, sediment-N, and sed

Date published: May 1, 2020

U-Pb ages of detrital zircons in Paleogene strata of the Gulf Coast

This data release contains 60 detrital zircon age spectra, based on U and Pb isotope ratio measurements for 9399 single grains. The samples are from Paleogene strata of the U.S. Gulf Coast. Of the 9399 single grain measurements, we recommend that 8640 yield ages that are suitable for construction of detrital zircon age spectra. Comments tagged to individual grains explain the reasoning for ex...

Date published: April 23, 2020

Domestic Wells in the United States

Domestic wells provide drinking water supply for approximately 40 million people in the United States. Knowing the location of these wells, and the populations they serve, is important for identifying heavily used aquifers, locations susceptible to contamination, and populations potentially impacted by poor-quality groundwater. 

Date published: April 13, 2020

Concentrations of metals and other water-quality data for the Assabet and Concord Rivers, Massachusetts, 2008

This dataset contains water-quality data for stream samples collected by the U.S. Geological Survey at 12 sites on the Assabet and Concord Rivers in eastern Massachusetts in 2008. The samples were collected monthly from June to October, 2008. The water-quality parameters and constituents include field parameters (water temperature, specific conductance, pH, and dissolved oxygen), co

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Using value of information to prioritize research needs for migratory bird management under climate change: A case study using federal land acquisition in the United States

In response to global habitat loss, many governmental and non‐governmental organizations have implemented land acquisition programs to protect critical habitats permanently for priority species. The ability of these protected areas to meet future management objectives may be compromised if the effects of climate change are not considered in...

Rushing, Clark S; Rubenstein, Madeleine A.; Lyons, James E.; Runge, Michael C.

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Passive sampling of groundwater wells for determination of water chemistry

IntroductionPassive groundwater sampling is defined as the collection of a water sample from a well without the use of purging by a pump or retrieval by a bailer (Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council [ITRC], 2006; American Society for Testing and Materials [ASTM], 2014). No purging means that advection of water is not involved in...

Imbrigiotta, Thomas E.; Harte, Philip T.
Imbrigiotta, T.E., and Harte, P.T., 2020, Passive sampling of groundwater wells for determination of water chemistry: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, chap. 8, section D, book 1, 80 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/tm1d8.

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Evaluating indicators of marsh vulnerability to sea level rise along a historical marsh loss gradient

Sea level rise (SLR) is threatening coastal marshes, leading to large‐scale marsh loss in several micro‐tidal systems. Early recognition of marsh vulnerability to SLR is critical in these systems to aid managers to take appropriate restoration or mitigation measures. However, it is not clear if current marsh vulnerability indicators correctly...

Schepers, Lennert; Kirwan, Matthew; Guntenspergen, Glenn R.; Temmerman, Stijn

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Effects of legacy sediment removal and effects on nutrients and sediment in Big Spring Run, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 2009–15

Big Spring Run is a 1.68-square mile watershed underlain by mostly carbonate rock in a mixed land-use setting (part agricultural and part developed) in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Big Spring Run is a subwatershed of Mill Creek, a tributary to the Conestoga River. These watersheds are known contributors of nutrient and sediment loads to the...

Langland, Michael J.; Duris, Joseph W.; Zimmerman, Tammy M.; Chaplin, Jeffrey J.
Langland, M.J., Duris, J.W., Zimmerman, T.M., and Chaplin, J.J., 2020, Effects of legacy sediment removal and effects on nutrients and sediment in Big Spring Run, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 2009–15: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020-5031, 28 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205031.

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A decision framework to analyze tide-gate options for restoration of the Herring River Estuary, Massachusetts

The collective set of decisions involved with the restoration of degraded wetlands is often more complex than considering only ecological responses and outcomes. Restoration is commonly driven by a complex interaction of social, economic, and ecological factors representing the mandate of resource stewards and the values of stakeholders. The...

Smith, David R.; Eaton, Mitchell J.; Gannon, Jill J.; Smith, Timothy P.; Derleth, Eric L.; Katz, Jonathan; Bosma, Kirk F.; Leduc, Elise
Smith, D.R., Eaton, M.J., Gannon, J.J., Smith, T.P., Derleth, E.L., Katz, J., Bosma, K.F., and Leduc, E., 2020, A decision framework to analyze tide-gate options for restoration of the Herring River Estuary, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1115, 42 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191115.

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Groundwater chloride concentrations in domestic wells and proximity to roadways in Vermont, 2011–2018

The Vermont Department of Health and the U.S. Geological Survey analyzed the concentrations of chloride in groundwater samples collected from 4,319 domestic wells across Vermont between 2011 and 2018. Ninety of these wells were sampled twice and the remaining 4,229 were sampled once. This sample size represents approximately 4 percent of all wells...

Levitt, Joseph P.; Larsen, Sille L.
Levitt, J.P., and Larsen, S.L., 2020, Groundwater chloride concentrations in domestic wells and proximity to roadways in Vermont, 2011–2018: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1148, 12 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191148.

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Comparison of fecal glucocorticoid metabolite concentrations in hand‐ versus parent‐reared whooping cranes (Grus americana)

Endangered whooping cranes (Grus americana ) have been produced in captivity for reintroduction programs since the 1980s, using techniques such as artificial insemination, multiple clutching, and captive‐rearing to speed recovery efforts. Chicks are often hand‐reared (HR) by caretakers in crane costumes, socialized into groups and released...

Brown, Megan E.; Torkelson, Miranda R.; Olsen, Glenn H.; Krisp, Ashley; Hartup, Barry K.

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Hydrogeologic framework and simulation of predevelopment groundwater flow, eastern Abu Dhabi Emirate, United Arab Emirates

Groundwater in eastern Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates is an important resource that is widely used for irrigation and domestic supplies in rural areas. The U.S. Geological Survey and the Environment Agency—Abu Dhabi cooperated on an investigation to integrate existing hydrogeologic information and to answer questions about regional...

Eggleston, Jack R.; Mack, Thomas J.; Imes, Jeffrey L.; Kress, Wade; Woodward, Dennis W.; Bright, Daniel J.
Eggleston, J.R., Mack, T.J., Imes, J.L., Kress, W., Woodward, D.W., and Bright, D.J., 2020, Hydrogeologic framework and simulation of predevelopment groundwater flow, eastern Abu Dhabi Emirate, United Arab Emirates: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5158, 48 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185158.

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Surface methane concentrations along the mid-Atlantic bight driven by aerobic subsurface production rather than seafloor gas seeps

Relatively minor amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, are currently emitted from the oceans to the atmosphere, but such methane emissions have been hypothesized to increase as oceans warm. Here, we investigate the source, distribution, and fate of methane released from the upper continental slope of the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Bight, where...

Leonte, Mihai; Ruppel, Carolyn D.; Ruiz-Angelo, Angel; Kessler, John D.

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Draft genome of an adomavirus associated with raised mucoid skin lesions on smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu)

Raised mucoid skin lesions have been observed on smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) for years. Here we report a draft genome of a novel adomavirus (Micropterus dolomieu adomavirus 2) associated with this disease. The circular genome is 17,561 bp and most similar to that of alpha-Adomaviruses.

Iwanowicz, Luke; Young, Kelsey T.; Adams, Cynthia R.; Blazer, Vicki S.; Smith, Geoffrey; Cornman, Robert S.

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Potential freshening impacts on fines migration and pore-throat clogging during gas hydrate production: 2-D micromodel study with Diatomaceous UBGH2 sediments

The methane gas hydrate stored in natural sediments is considered a potential gas resource. Countries such as China, India, Japan, and Korea are interested in commercializing this resource, and offshore field pilot tests for gas production have been conducted using depressurization methods to destabilize gas hydrate and facilitate the migration...

Jang, Junbong; Cao, Shaung; Stern, Laura A.; Waite, William F.; Jung, Jongwon; Lee, Joo Yong

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Gardening with climate-smart native plants in the Northeast

Bradley, Bethany A.; Bayer, A.; Griffin, Bridget; Joubran, Sydni; Laginhas, Brittany B.; Munro, Lara; Talbot, Sam; Allen, Jenica M.; Barker-Plotkin, Audrey; Beaury, Evelyn M.; Brown-Lima, Carrie; Fusco, Emily J.; Mount, Hailey; Servais, Bailey; Morelli, Toni Lyn

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October 28, 1987

Computes estimates of survival and capture probability for capture-recapture experiments on open animal populations.

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April 5, 1987

Computes estimates of capture probability and population size for "closed" population capture-recapture data.

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March 26, 1986

Computes estimates of survival (or any model parameter) with multinomially distributed data.

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April 26, 1982

Computes estimates of daily survival rate for nest visitation data.

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April 26, 1981

Computes expected coefficients of variation of survival and capture probability for use in the design of capture-recapture-resighting experiments.

USGS
April 26, 1979

Computes "species richness" or total number of species from emperical species abundance distribution data.

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Woods Hole Diversity Workshop panelists and participants
December 31, 2019

Woods Hole Diversity Workshop Panelists and Moderator

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center geologist, Ben Gutierrez, moderates a panel with PEP coordinators, Jonique Howard, Onjale Scott Price, and Adrienne George,  at the 2019 Partnership Eucation Program (PEP) 10th Anniversity Conference and Celebration, Woods Hole, MA June 28-30, 2019. 

Photograph of Red plumes burst out from the tops of these chemosynthetic tubeworms
December 31, 2019

Red plumes burst out from the tops of these chemosynthetic tubeworms

Red plumes burst out from the tops of these chemosynthetic tubeworms, capturing hydrogen sulfide and oxygen from the surrounding water to feed their bacterial endosymbionts. The tubeworm tubes provide a habitat for several benthic animals, including the pale pink branching octocorals seen here

Patapsco above Elkridge, MD, August 2019 NER photo winner
December 31, 2019

Patapsco above Elkridge, MD, August 2019 NER photo winner

Photo of Patapsco above Elkridge, MD, by John Hammond. August 2019 Where We Work NER photo winner.

coastal camera installed on beach
December 13, 2019

CoastCam

A new CoastCam station was established at Head of the Meadow Beach, North Truro, MA in the Cape Cod National Seashore in 2019. The camera overlooks the beach from atop a remote sandy bluff about a quarter of a mile from the parking lot, so the installation of the cameras, batteries, and solar panels was challenging. Sleds were used to transport gear across the beach, and

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snapshot of beach from CoastCam
December 13, 2019

CoastCam Snapshot

A new CoastCam station was established at Head of the Meadow Beach, North Truro, MA in the Cape Cod National Seashore in 2019. The camera overlooks the beach from atop a remote sandy bluff about a quarter of a mile from the parking lot, so the installation of the cameras, batteries, and solar panels was challenging. Sleds were used to transport gear across the beach, and

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White River in Downtown Indianapolis, IN
December 11, 2019

White River in Downtown Indianapolis, IN

Photograph showing the White River downstream from the White River Trail bridge, looking east toward White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Photograph by Matt Williams, The Nature Conservancy.

2 people working with equipment next to snow covered area at the side of a bridge over a river
December 11, 2019

USGS gage 01354230 MOHAWK RIVER AT LOCK 9 AT ROTTERDAM JUNCTION NY

Installing USGS gage 01354230 MOHAWK RIVER AT LOCK 9 AT ROTTERDAM JUNCTION NY Photo by Kevin Reisig (Public Domain)

Oil, gas, and water separation vessels at a carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery operation
December 10, 2019

Oil, gas, and water separation vessels

Oil, gas, and water separation vessels at a carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery operation, Horseshoe Atoll, Upper Pennsylvanian Wolfcampian play in the Permian Basin Province in Texas.

Satellite imagery of eastern berm of Jim Foot Key in Florida Bay before Hurricane Irma and after
November 30, 2019

Impacts to island in Florida Bay following Hurricane Irma

Scientists from the Florence Bascom Geoscience Center first sampled four islands in Florida Bay, Everglades National Park, in April 2014 to collect cores to study sea level rise and storm history in the region.  In September 2017, Hurricane Irma (a category 4 storm at landfall in the Florida Keys) passed just to the west of our field sites.  The western-most of the four

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Image shows two women in a laboratory handling a rock sample
June 19, 2019

BGS Scientist Diana Sahy and USGS Scientist Nancy Prouty give us the low-down on where these rocks we've been seeing are coming from and, in the process, reveal where the seeps themselves originate.

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