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Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian

Our Science Centers

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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August and September Photo Contests

August and September Photo Contests

Check out the winning photographs in the August and September 2021 Photo Contests! Categories include People, USGS at Work, Where We Work, and Honorable Mention.

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Date published: August 24, 2017
Status: Active

Southeastern New York Coastal Monitoring

USGS monitoring data for estuary and coastal-ocean sites in the southeastern New York region and links to related projects with more information about coastal flood hazards, water quality, and other topics.

The USGS operates the most extensive satellite network of tide-gaging stations in the region, many of which form the backbone of flood-warning systems. The USGS provides current ("...

Date published: August 16, 2017
Status: Active

Low-Flow Characteristics

Streamflow data collection and analysis are a necessary component of effective water resource management and planning.  Low-flow statistics are needed to safely allow withdraws from and discharges to surface waters in the State of New Jersey.  Operating streamflow gaging stations at every water use location would be ideal but is cost prohibitive. Statistics help extend the utility of available...

Contacts: Amy McHugh
Date published: August 16, 2017
Status: Active

Pinelands Research

The New Jersey Pine Barrens, or Pinelands National Reserve (PNR), is a vast and unique ecosystem comprising approximately a 938,000-acre area of southern New Jersey. It spans portions of seven counties (Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Ocean), and  all or part of 56 municipalities. It is home to dozens of rare plant and animal species, and the Kirkwood-...

Date published: August 14, 2017
Status: Active

Barnegat Bay Restoration Science

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and other partners, is conducting an extensive, coordinated study of physical, chemical, and biological processes in the Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor estuary.  The study integrates findings of teams from the USGS New Jersey Water Science Center and USGS Coastal and Marine...

Contacts: Jon Janowicz, New Jersey Water Science Center
Date published: August 14, 2017
Status: Active

Landslide Resources

The New Jersey Geological and Water Survey maintains a database of Landslides in the state and updates the database as new landslides occur. This information is used by The NJ State Police, Office of Emergency Management as well as federal, state, county, and...

Date published: August 11, 2017
Status: Active

New York State Flood Investigations

Flooding can be a serious problem in many parts of New York State. Information on floods and analyses of flood data are needed to aid in the design of bridges, culverts, dams, highways, and buildings, and for the prudent management of flood-prone areas. Documentation of floods and a more thorough understanding of flood hydrology and hydraulics will result in more effective management of flood...

Contacts: Gary Wall
Date published: July 28, 2017

Etching a worn band or an unreadable band

Most bands are made of an aluminum alloy and have unique numbers engraved. These numbers can wear off with time to the point that one number, few numbers, or the whole band becomes illegible. The time for a bird band to wear off greatly depends on the amount of time that bird species spends in the water. For instance, a band on a Mallard wears off one number in 8-10 years, while a band on a...

Date published: July 28, 2017
Status: Active

About Federal Bird Bands

There are three common types of bands used on wild birds in North America: (1) standard butt-end bands, (2) lock-on bands used on hawks and owls, (3) rivet bands used on eagles.

Date published: July 27, 2017
Status: Active

New York Drought Information

New York Drought Information: definitions, information resources, maps, and tools

Date published: July 18, 2017
Status: Archived

Mammal Collections

The North American mammal collection contains roughly 300,000 specimens and has grown little over the past 15 years. Geographic representation is excellent for most areas of North and Central America; the arid regions of the southwestern United States are particularly well represented. The standard preparation is the skin and skull of which there are about 190,000 specimens. Other major...

Date published: July 18, 2017
Status: Archived

Amphibian & Reptile Collections

The Herpetology Project, the most recent addition to the Unit, originated in 1972. Roy W. McDiarmid is the Project Leader. The North American collection of reptiles and amphibians contains about 390,900 specimens. This portion of the National Collection is completely computerized; electronic copies on diskette or compact disks, or hard copy reports can be produced in response to requests for...

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Year Published: 2019

Spatially explicit network analysis reveals multi-species annual cycle movement patterns of sea ducks

Conservation of long-distance migratory species poses unique challenges. Migratory connectivity—that is, the extent to which groupings of individuals at breeding sites are maintained in wintering areas—is frequently used to evaluate population structure and assess use of key habitat areas. However, for species with complex or variable annual-cycle...

Lamb, Juliet S.; Paton, Peter WC; Osenkowski, Jason E; Badzinski, Shannon S.; Berlin, Alicia; Bowman, Timothy D.; Dwyer, Chris; Fara, Luke; Gilliland, Scott G; Kenow, Kevin P.; Lepage, Christine; Mallory, Mark L.; Olsen, Glenn; Perry, Matthew; Petrie, Scott A.; Savard, Jean-Pierre L.; Savoy, Lucas; Schummer, Michael L.; Spiegel, Caleb S; McWilliams, Scott R.

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Evidence for a role of arginine vasotocin (AVT) receptors in the gill during salinity acclimation by a euryhaline teleost fish

The neurohypophysial nonapeptide arginine vasotocin (AVT) plays a role in regulation of osmotic balance in teleost fishes, but its mechanisms of action are not fully understood. Recently, is was discovered that nonapeptide receptors differentiated into V1a-type, several V2-type, and two isotocin (IT) receptor paralogs in teleost fishes, and it...

Lema, Sean C; Washburn, Elise H; Crowley, Mary E; Carvalho, Paul G; Egelston, Jennifer N; McCormick, Stephen D.

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A three-pipe problem: Dealing with complexity to halt amphibian declines

Natural resource managers are increasingly faced with threats to managed ecosystems that are largely outside of their control. Examples include land development, climate change, invasive species, and emerging infectious diseases. All of these are characterized by large uncertainties in timing, magnitude, and effects on species. In many cases, the...

Converse, Sarah J.; Campbell Grant, Evan H.

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Characterizing groundwater/surface-water interaction using hydrograph-separation techniques and groundwater-level data throughout the Mississippi Delta, USA

The Mississippi Delta, located in northwest Mississippi, is an area dense with industrial-level agriculture sustained by groundwater-dependent irrigation supplied by the Mississippi River Valley Alluvial aquifer (alluvial aquifer). The Delta provides agricultural commodities across the United States and around the world. Observed declines in...

Killian, Courtney D.; Asquith, William H.; Barlow, Jeannie R. B.; Bent, Gardner C.; Kress, Wade; Barlow, Paul M.; Schmitz, Darrel W.

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Seasonal development of the coccidian parasite Goussia bayae and hepatobiliary histopathology in white perch Morone americana from Chesapeake Bay

The coccidium Goussia bayae infects the gallbladder and bile ducts of white perch Morone americana from Chesapeake Bay, USA. Seasonal changes in coccidian infections were analyzed from bile specimens of 1588 fish from the Choptank River during 2016-2018 using wet mount preparations with a Sedgwick-Rafter counting chamber....

Matsche, Mark A; Blazer, Vicki S.; Mazik, Patricia M.

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From the oceans to the cloud: Opportunities and challenges for data, models, computation and workflows

Advances in ocean observations and models mean increasing flows of data. Integrating observations between disciplines over spatial scales from regional to global presents challenges. Running ocean models and managing the results is computationally demanding. The rise of cloud computing presents an opportunity to rethink traditional approaches....

Vance, Tiffany; Wengren, Micah; Burger, Eugene F.; Hernandez, Debra; Kearns, Timothy; Medina-Lopez, Encarni; Merati, Nazila; O’Brien, Kevin; O’Neil, Jonathan; Potemra, J.; Signell, Richard P.; Wilcox, Kyle

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Optimizing an inner-continental shelf geologic framework investigation through data repurposing and machine learning

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have collected approximately 5,400 km2 of geophysical and hydrographic data on the Atlantic continental shelf between Delaware and Virginia over the past decade and a half. Although originally acquired for different objectives, the comprehensive coverage...

Pendleton, Elizabeth A.; Brothers, Laura L.; Sweeney, Ed

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The pathogenesis of H7 highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses in Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)

Waterfowl are the natural hosts of avian influenza virus (AIV), and through migration spread the virus worldwide. Most AIVs carried by wild waterfowl are low pathogenic strains; however, Goose/Guangdong/1996 lineage clade 2.3.4.4 H5 highly pathogenic (HP) AIV now appears to be endemic in wild birds in much of the Eastern Hemisphere. Most research...

Stephens, Christopher B.; Prosser, Diann; Pantin-Jackwood, Mary J.; Berlin, Alicia; Spackman, Erica

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Knowing your limits: Estimating range boundaries and co-occurrence zones for two competing plethodontid salamanders

Understanding threats to species persistence requires knowledge of where species currently occur. We explore methods for estimating two important facets of species distributions, namely where the range limit occurs and how species interactions structure distributions. Accurate understanding of range limits is crucial for predicting range dynamics...

Amburgey, S. M.; Miller, D. A. W. ; Brand, Adrianne B.; Dietrich, Andrea M.; Campbell Grant, Evan H.

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Assessing water quality from highway runoff at selected sites in North Carolina with the Stochastic Empirical Loading and Dilution Model (SELDM)

In 2015, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) entered into a cooperative agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to develop a North Carolina-enhanced variation of the national Stochastic Empirical Loading and Dilution Model (SELDM) with available North Carolina-specific streamflow and water-quality data and to...

Weaver, J. Curtis; Granato, Gregory E.; Fitzgerald, Sharon A.
Weaver, J.C., Granato, G.E., and Fitzgerald, S.A., 2019, Assessing water quality from highway runoff at selected sites in North Carolina with the Stochastic Empirical Loading and Dilution Model (SELDM) (ver 1.1, July 2, 2019): U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5031, 99 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195031.

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Context matters: Using reinforcement learning to develop human-readable, state-dependent outbreak response policies

The number of all possible epidemics of a given infectious disease that could occur on a given landscape is large for systems of real-world complexity. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that the control actions that are optimal, on average, over all possible epidemics are also best for each possible epidemic. Reinforcement learning (RL) has been...

Probert, William J. M.; Lakkur, Sandya; Fonnesbeck, Christopher J; Shea, Katriona; Runge, Michael C.; Tildesley, Michael J.; Ferrari, Matthew J.

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Effect of corolla slitting and nectar robbery by the Eastern Carpenter Bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) on fruit quality of Vaccinium corymbosum, L.; (Ericales: Ericaceae).

Eastern carpenter bees, Xylocopa virginica (L.) (Hymenoptera: Apidae), are among the most abundant native bee visitors to highbush blueberry, Vaccinium corymbosum L., flowers in the northeastern United States, and they sometimes display corolla-slitting behavior to rob nectar. We studied foraging behavior of X. virginica...

Tucker, Sara K; Ginsberg, Howard S.; Alm, Steven R.

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Drone operations conducted at Sandy Neck Beach, Barnstable, MA
April 24, 2018

Drone Ops, Sandy Neck Beach, Barnstable, MA

Drone operations conducted at Sandy Neck Barnstable, MA.  Pilots Elizabeth Pendleton and Seth Ackerman are flying a 3DR Solo quadcopter collecting images to be used in the photogrammetry software package, photoscan, to ultimately create 3d surface models.

Drone Pilot Training
April 24, 2018

Drone Pilot Training!

Elizabeth Pendleton and Seth Ackerman of the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center at A-450 drone pilot training in Gainesville, Florida in January 2018. Drone pilot training was provided by the DOI Office of Aviation Services (OAS), and was also attended by employees from USGS water and volcano centers, other DOI agencies, and the US Forest Service.

Drone Pilot Training
April 24, 2018

Drone Pilot Training!

Elizabeth Pendleton and Seth Ackerman of the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center at A-450 drone pilot training in Gainesville, Florida in January 2018. Drone pilot training was provided by the DOI Office of Aviation Services (OAS), and was also attended by employees from USGS water and volcano centers, other DOI agencies, and the US Forest Service.

Drone Pilot Training
April 24, 2018

Drone Pilot Training!

Elizabeth Pendleton and Seth Ackerman of the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center at A-450 drone pilot training in Gainesville, Florida in January 2018. Drone pilot training was provided by the DOI Office of Aviation Services (OAS), and was also attended by employees from USGS water and volcano centers, other DOI agencies, and the US Forest Service.

Deploying ground control targets
April 24, 2018

Ground control targets

Rob Thieler, Sandy Brosnahan and Alex Nichols deploying ground control targets for a UAS study on Coast Guard National Seashore in Eastham, MA.  

 

USGS team on the fantail of the R/V Savannah
April 20, 2018

Woods Hole oceanographic equipment recovery team

The USGS team (Eric Marsjanik, Steve Suttles, Dann Blackwood, Marinna Martini, and Ellyn Montgomery (l-r) on the fantail of the R/V Savannah as they steamed back to port after a successful recovery.

orange acoustic doppler current profiler floating in river surrounded by snow-covered trees
April 17, 2018

Cattaraugus Creek near Springville, NY

ADCP measurement on a snowy day at the Cattaraugus Creek near Springville, NY