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Date published: November 30, 2018
Status: Completed

Black Warrior Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Black Warrior Basin Province 5065.

Date published: November 30, 2018
Status: Active

Illinois Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered continuous oil and gas resources of the  Illinois Basin Province 5064.

    Date published: November 29, 2018
    Status: Active

    Gulf Coast Petroleum Systems Project - Research

    This site highlights the research on the processes that impact the formation, accumulation, occurrence and alteration of hydrocarbon energy resources of the Gulf Coast of Mexico.  This portion of the project also conducts assessments of undiscovered, technically recoverable hydrocarbon resources.  The Gulf Coast Petroleum Systems Project focuses on the onshore and State waters portion of the...

    Date published: November 28, 2018
    Status: Active

    Natural Drought and Flood Histories from Lacustrine Archives

    Previous work performed as part of the USGS Holocene Synthesis project illuminated complex centennial-scale patterns of drought and wetter-than-average conditions across the North American continent interior during the past two millennia, where paleorecord data coverage is sparse.  In order to explain the patterns of naturally-occurring drought, floods, and storms for the past, identified by...

    Date published: November 27, 2018
    Status: Completed

    Understanding Drivers of Cyanotoxin Production in the Lake Okeechobee Waterway

    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and other researchers combined field and laboratory approaches in two studies to understand the factors that drive cyanobacterial bloom development and associated cyanotoxin production in Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie River and Estuary, and the Indian River Lagoon in response to the large-scale Lake Okeechobee cyanobacteria bloom in 2016.

    Date published: November 12, 2018
    Status: Active

    Geological Investigations of the Neogene

    More than a third of the United States population lives in counties directly on the shoreline, making them vulnerable to hazards associated with changing sea level and storm surges associated with hurricanes and severe storms. The geologic record contains many examples of past intervals of warm climate and high sea level. "Geological Investigation of the Neogene" is examining proxy records of...

    Date published: November 1, 2018
    Status: Active

    Using Molecular Tools to Recalibrate Freshwater Mussel Taxonomy with a Focus on Imperiled Species

    Freshwater mussels of the family Unionidae, also known as naiads, pearly mussels, freshwater clams, or unionids, are a diverse group of bivalve mollusks that are distributed on every continent except Antarctica. Approximately 300 species are known from the United States, with most of this diversity residing in rivers of the Southeast where many endemic taxa have evolved.

    Date published: October 26, 2018
    Status: Active

    Blue Ridge and Inner Piedmont Geologic Mapping

    The Blue Ridge and Inner Piedmont Geologic Mapping Task (BRIP) is the western focus of geologic mapping and framework studies of the Piedmont and Blue Ridge Project. BRIP will conduct modern geologic mapping and geologic framework studies in the Wytheville, Hickory and Boone 30x60-min. sheets. Collectively, the objectives of BRIP are to (1) characterize the geologic framework of the Blue Ridge...

    Contacts: Arthur Merschat
    Date published: October 23, 2018
    Status: Completed

    Fine-scale Benthic Habitat Mapping

    Both ATRIS configurations was deployed in Dry Tortugas National Park (DRTO) to fill information gaps in the spatial coverage of existing habitat maps.

    Date published: October 11, 2018
    Status: Active

    Sea Level Rise and Climate: Impacts on the Greater Everglades Ecosystem and Restoration

    The Greater Everglades Ecosystem covers much of south Florida, and the highest areas are only a few meters above sea level.  Predictions of sea level rise and changes in storm intensity for the 21st century are particularly concerning to the urban population of Miami and the east coast, but also represent a challenge to Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park resource...

    Date published: October 5, 2018
    Status: Active

    Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies (CREST)

    The specific objectives of this project are to identify and describe the processes that are important in determining rates of coral-reef construction. How quickly the skeletons of calcifying organisms accumulate to form massive barrier-reef structure is determined by processes of both construction (how fast organisms grow and reproduce) and destruction (how fast reefs break down by mechanical...

    Date published: September 27, 2018
    Status: Active

    Piedmont and Blue Ridge Project

    The Piedmont and Blue Ridge Project is a geologic mapping project supported by the USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program. The Piedmont Blue Ridge Project aims to understand the geologic framework and tectonic evolution of terranes and basins in the Appalachian Piedmont and Blue Ridge, and their significance for water, mineral and energy resources, natural hazards, and engineering/...

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    Investigating the gene expression profiles of rehabilitated Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris) following red tide exposure

    To investigate a Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) mortality event following a red tide bloom in Southwest Florida, an RNA sequencing experiment was conducted. Gene expression changes in white blood cells were assessed in manatees rescued from a red tide affected area (n = 4) and a control group (n = 7) using RNA sequencing. The...

    Lazensky, Rebecca; Hunter, Margaret; Amador, David M.; Al-Khedery, Basima; Yu, Fahong; Walsh, Cathy; Gitzendanner, Matthew A.; Tripp, Katie; Walsh, Mike; Denslow, Nancy D.

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    Mortality and cholinesterase inhibition in butterflies following aerial naled applications for mosquito control on the National Key Deer Refuge

    Natural resource managers are concerned about the impacts of aerial ultra-low volume spray (ULV) of insecticides for mosquito control (i.e., mosquito adulticides) and seek science-driven management recommendations that reduce risk but allow vector control for nearby human populations. Managers at the National Key Deer Refuge (Florida Keys, FL) are...

    Bargar, Timothy; Anderson, Chad; Sowers, Anthony

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    Frequency of extreme freeze events controls the distribution and structure of black mangroves (Avicennia germinans) near their northern range limit in coastal Louisiana

    AimClimate change is expected to result in the tropicalization of coastal wetlands in the northern Gulf of Mexico, as warming winters allow tropical mangrove forests to expand their distribution poleward at the expense of temperate salt marshes. Data limitations near mangrove range limits have hindered understanding of the effects of winter...

    Osland, Michael; Day, Richard; Michot, Thomas C.

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    Near-term spatial hydrologic forecasting in Everglades, USA for landscape planning and ecological forecasting

    Operational ecological forecasting is an emerging field that leverages ecological models in a new, cross-disciplinary way – using a real-time or nearly real-time climate forecast to project near-term ecosystem states. These applications give decision-makers lead time to anticipate and manage state changes that degrade ecosystem functions or...

    Pearlstine, Leonard G.; Beerens, James M.; Reynolds, Gregg; Haider, Saira; McKelvy, James M.; Suir, Kevin; Romanach, Stephanie; Nestler, Jennifer H.

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    Accurate bathymetric maps from underwater digital imagery without ground control

    Structure-from-Motion (SfM) photogrammetry can be used with digital underwater photographs to generate high-resolution bathymetry and orthomosaics with millimeter-to-centimeter scale resolution at relatively low cost. Although these products are useful for assessing species diversity and health, they have additional utility for quantifying benthic...

    Hatcher, Gerry; Warrick, Jonathan; Ritchie, Andrew C.; Dailey, Evan; Zawada, David G.; Kranenburg, Christine; Yates, Kimberly K.

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    Small gradients in salinity have large effects on stand water use in freshwater wetland forests

    Salinity intrusion is responsible for changes to freshwater wetland watersheds globally, but little is known about how wetland water budgets might be influenced by small increments in salinity. We studied a forested wetland in South Carolina, USA, and installed sap flow probes on 72 trees/shrubs along a salinity gradient. Species investigated...

    Duberstein, Jamie A.; Krauss, Ken; Baldwin, M.J.; Allen, Scott T.; Conner, William H.; Salter, John S.; Miloshis, Michael

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    Divergent biotic and abiotic filtering of root endosphere and rhizosphere soil fungal communities along ecological gradients

    Plant roots assemble two distinct microbial compartments: the rhizosphere (microbes in soil surrounding roots) and the endosphere (microbes within roots). Our knowledge of fungal community assembly in these compartments is limited, especially in wetlands. We tested the hypothesis that biotic factors would have direct effects on rhizosphere and...

    Lumibao, Candice Y; Kimbrough, Elizabeth; Day, Richard; Conner, William H.; Krauss, Ken; Van Bael, Sunshine A

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    Hurricane Sandy effects on coastal marsh elevation change

    High-magnitude storm events such as Hurricane Sandy are powerful agents of geomorphic change in coastal marshes, potentially altering their surface elevation trajectories. But how do a storm’s impacts vary across a large region spanning a variety of wetland settings and storm exposures and intensities. We determined the short-term impacts of...

    Yeates, Alice G.; Grace, James; Olker, Jennifer H.; Guntenspergen, Glenn R.; Cahoon, Donald; Adamowicz, Susan C.; Anisfeld, Shimon C.; Barrett, Nels; Benzecry, Alice; Blum, Linda K.; Christian, Rober T; Grzyb, Joseph; Kracauer Hartig, Ellen; Hines Leo, Kelly; Lerberg, Scott; Lynch, James C.; Maher, Nicole; Megonigal, J Patrick; Reay, William G.; Siok, Drexel; Starke, Adam; Turner, Vincent; Warren, Scott

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    Structural impacts, carbon losses, and regeneration in mangrove wetlands after two hurricanes on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

    Hurricanes Irma and Maria ravaged the mangroves of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, in 2017. Basal area losses were large (63–100%) and storm losses of carbon associated with aboveground biomass amounted to 11.9–43.5 Mg C/ha. Carbon biomass of dead standing trees increased 8.1–18.3 Mg C/ha among sites, and carbon in coarse woody debris on the forest...

    Krauss, Ken; From, Andrew; Rogers, Caroline; Whelan, Kevin R.T.; Grimes, Kristen W.; Dobbs, Robert C.; Kelley, Thomas

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    Effects of barrier island salt marsh restoration on marsh bird occurrence in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

    In the Northern Gulf of Mexico, salt marshes are threatened by sea level rise, erosion, and loss of protective barrier islands. These barrier islands provide critical habitat for wildlife, including globally significant populations of marsh and shorebirds. We investigated salt marsh restoration on two Louisiana barrier islands using presence of 8...

    Byerly, Paige A.; Waddle, Hardin; Premeaux, Alexis R.; Leberg, Paul L.

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    Proposed species extinction target fails to capture the diversity in biodiversity

    We believe the 20 species extinction metric is a retrograde proposal, which does not adequately consider the lessons learnt from the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Whilst having a single simple overarching target is appealing, we believe a positively-framed target will garner support, rather than one that aims to, at best, limit negative impacts...

    O'Brien, David; Hunter, Margaret; Breed, Martin; Bertola, Laura; Ogden, Rob; Palma da Silva, Clarisse; Paz-Vinas, Ivan; Segelbacher, Gernot; Hoban, Sean M.; Jaffe, Rodolfo

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    Acris blanchardi (Blanchard's Cricket Frog), Predation

    Invertebrates are well-known predators of amphibians with many documented cases of spiders preying upon anurans (reviewed in Toledo 2005. Herpetol. Rev. 36:395–400). Wolf spiders are known to feed on a variety of frogs, including those in the genus Acris (Blackburn et al. 2002. Herpetol. Rev. 33:299). Although typically terrestrial, wolf spiders...

    Maldonado, Brittany R.; Glorioso, Brad; Kidder, Raymond P.

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    Image from a video camera shooting for 10 minutes tracks the darkest pixels through that time.
    November 8, 2018

    Isla Verde Video Camera 4 Dark Image

    Dark image of Isla Verde in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from a coastal video monitoring station. Image is compiled from 10 minutes of video and tracks the darkest pixels through 10 minutes of motion.

    A man stands near cameras mounted on a pole, on top of a building, with a beach in the background.
    November 6, 2018

    Video camera setup at Isla Verde

    Shawn Harrison stands near video cameras on top of a building overlooking Isla Verde in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The cameras measure wave run-up and flooding as part of a study in response to Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.

    View from atop a building looks down on a sandy beach with a rainbow, palm tree just below view, and buildings in distance.
    November 5, 2018

    Isla Verde, San Juan, Puerto Rico

    The urban reef at Isla Verde supports various species of protected corals, sea turtles, and crustaceans, as well as many Caribbean fish. It also protects the International Airport and numerous homes and resorts on the coast.

    A broken foundation where the Cape San Blas house stood
    November 4, 2018

    A broken slab is all that's left of Fish Inn after Hurricane Michael

    A broken concrete foundation and some shattered floor tiles were all that remained of the sea turtle researchers' field station and home base after Category Four Hurricane Michael struck Cape San Blas on Oct. 10, 2018.

    Shallow, underwater photo of a reef with various species of corals growing on the rocky substrate.
    November 1, 2018

    Wave-tide gauge off San Juan

    A wave-tide gauge, pictured here on a coral reef amongst among sea rods, brain corals, and sea fans, is installed off Isla Verde in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    October 24, 2018

    Image of the Week - Hurricane Michael

    Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle on October 10, 2018.

    Landsat 7 images captured before and after highlight the destructive path of the Category 4 storm.

    Mexico Beach was all but demolished, with homes left in heaps by wind and storm surge. The green leaves that pop in the September image are stripped from trees by October, and the dull

    Photo of a scientist explaining how bathymetric data is collected using PWCs to a group of children
    October 19, 2018

    Children watch a scientist explain data collection at the Science Fest

    Children at the Science Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida, watch as a scientist explains how personal watercraft are used to collect bathymetric data.

    Two oceanographers look at a coral core stored in a wooden box
    October 18, 2018

    Coral cores like this one reveal geologic history of Keys reefs

    USGS Research Oceanographer Lauren Toth and Oceanographer Anastasios Stathakopoulos study a coral-reef core in the USGS’s Core Archive in St. Petersburg, Florida. Photo: Dominique Gallery, USGS.

    Satellite image showing how Hurricane Michael affected Florida.
    October 16, 2018

    Hurricane Michael Batters Florida Panhandle

    Landsat 7 images captured before and after highlight the destructive path of the Category 4 storm.

    A deeply eroded sand dune at Cape San Blas, Florida
    October 16, 2018

    Hurricane Michael cut deep into Panhandle dunes

    A deeply eroded sand dune on the beach at Cape San Blas shows Hurricane Michael's impact on parts of the Florida Panhandle shoreline.

    A house destroyed by Hurricane Michael on Cape San Blas, Florida
    October 15, 2018

    Hurricane Michael destroyed many houses on Cape San Blas, Florida

    A beach house in Cape San Blas, Florida destroyed by Hurricane Michael, which struck the Florida Panhandle as a Category Four storm Oct. 10, 2018.

    Map showing new Gulf of Mexico storm tide bracket network
    October 10, 2018

    New Gulf of Mexico network speeds USGS hurricane preparations

    Each one these blue dots represents a site where a storm-tide sensor bracket has been installed for the Gulf of Mexico pre-defined network. There are currently 85 brackets in Florida, 6 in Alabama, 3 in Mississippi, 18 in Louisiana and 26 in Texas, for a total of 138 bracketed sites. (Not all brackets will be used in all storms.)


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    Hurricane Matthew satellite image that shows the large storm approaching the coastline of Florida.
    October 6, 2016

    USGS is engaged in research, monitoring, sampling and coastal change forecasting associated with Hurricane Matthew from Florida north up into Virginia.

    To learn about storm sensors and see their location, explore the USGS Coastal Change Hazard Portal, or see satellite imagery before and after the storm, visit the USGS Hurricane Matthew page.

    October 6, 2016

    As the east coast prepares for Hurricane Matthew's arrival, the U.S. Geological Survey uses advanced models to forecast the coastal impacts Matthew could bring. 

    Storm-tide sensor
    October 5, 2016

    Media interested in going out with USGS field crews deploying sensors please contact:

    Florida: Richard Kane, rkane@usgs.gov, 813-918-1275 

    Georgia: Brian McCallum, bemccall@usgs.gov, 678- 924-6672

    South Carolina: John Shelton, jmshelto@usgs.gov, 803-767-5542

    North Carolina: Jeanne Robbins, jrobbins@usgs.gov, 919-571-4017 

    USGS: Science for a changing world
    September 6, 2016

    Threats to groundwater availability and sustainability in the Northern Atlantic Coastal Plain are dependent to a large degree by the type of aquifers used for water supply, according to a new regional assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey.

    two men standing near a well. Truck-mounted rig and well head visible.
    August 29, 2016

    TECHNICAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Monitoring, verification and accounting are key parts to demonstrating the feasibility or success of integrated carbon capture and storage technologies.

    Catawba rhododendron blooming at Round Bald, NC
    August 11, 2016

    “From the mountains to the coast, the southeastern U.S. contains ecosystems that harbor incredible biodiversity. Many of those ecosystems are already highly at risk from urbanization and other human land-use change. Identifying the ecosystems at risk from climate change will help inform conservation and management to ensure we don’t lose that biodiversity.” (Jennifer Constanza, report author)

    Image: Methane Seeps along Offshore Virginia
    June 16, 2016

    Recent scientific work has confirmed the source, composition and origin of methane seeps on the Atlantic Ocean seafloor, discovered in 2012, where scientists never expected them to be.

    As US models predicted Hurricane Joaquin washed out a road at Kitty Hawk, NC in 2015.
    June 1, 2016

    New USGS models help predict storm effects on beaches

    As the 2016 hurricane season opens, weather forecasters, emergency managers and coastal residents have access to tools developed by the U.S. Geological Survey that predict, more precisely than ever, where beach erosion and beachfront flooding will take place during hurricanes and other storms.


    Follow Region 2 activities on social media, get contact information for Region 2 USGS centers, and meet Region 2's staff and center directors. 

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