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Federal Interagency Microbiome Strategic Plan Released

As part of the White House's National Microbiome Initiative, a Microbiome Interagency Working Group (MIWG) was formed in late 2016 with the charge of producing a Federal Strategic Plan for microbiome research. DOI representatives in this group were Camille Hopkins (Ecosystems) and Christina Kellogg (Research Microbiologist, SPCMSC). This plan was just publicly released on April 20, 2018. The American Society For Microbiology (ASM) believes microbiome research should be a priority and supports the Interagency Strategic Plan for Microbiome Research. This important initiative to promote cross-disciplinary research to answer the complex questions about microbiome science is imperative for human and environmental health.

posted: 2018-04-25

USGS Researchers attend 11th Biennial Science Workshop at Fire Island National Seashore

SPCMSC Research Geologist Jennifer Miselis and WHCMSC Research Geologist Erika Lentz will present USGS research at the 11th Biennial Science Workshop organized by the National Park Service (NPS) Fire Island National Seashore (FIIS). The workshop showcases ongoing research in the park and the afternoon session will highlight research that has been undertaken since the landfall of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The workshop is well-attended by the local public and will present an opportunity to engage directly with a variety of stakeholders. The title of the talk is "Understanding Resilience: Measuring, Monitoring, and Modeling Hurricane Sandy Impacts and Recovery from the Nearshore to the Breach to the Beach" and will be presented at the FIIS office in Patchogue, NY.

posted: 2018-04-25

USGS Scientist participates in research cruise to Andros Island, Bahamas, to study historic coral-reef die-offs

Dr. Lauren Toth (Research Oceanographer, SPMSC) will join researchers from Florida Atlantic University on a cruise on Florida Institute of Oceanography's new research vessel the R/V Hogarth to study the reefs of Andros Island, Bahamas, from May 9th–16th, 2018. Like many coral reefs in the western Atlantic, the offshore reefs of the Andros Barrier Reef system, located in the northeastern Bahamas, have experienced a multiple of mass mortality events in recent decades as a result of high-temperature stress (see Coral Bleaching). These mortality events have had particularly severe impacts on the populations of the two most common reef-building species, the boulder star coral (Orbicella species) and the elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata). As both species are now listed under the U.S. Endangered Species act, it is critical that scientists better understand the drivers of their population declines. By quantifying the timing and extent of past coral mortality on the Andros Barrier Reef system, researchers will gain insights into the drivers of coral mortality and determine whether recent declines have a historic precedent.

posted: 2018-04-19

Documentary about sea-level rise threatening the Republic of the Marshall Islands features USGS findings

USGS research in the Republic of the Marshall Islands forms part of the scientific foundation of an interactive documentary released April 6 by PBS Frontline. “The Last Generation” profiles three children whose homeland in the Marshall Islands could become uninhabitable during their lifetimes. The producers incorporated information from interviews with research geologist Curt Storlazzi, who leads the USGS project “The Impact of Sea-Level Rise and Climate Change on Pacific Ocean Atolls that House Department of Defense Installations.” Studies by Storlazzi and his colleagues show that the combined effects of climate change—particularly sea-level rise, storm-wave overwash, and reduced rainfall—could make living and working on atoll islands in the Republic of the Marshall Islands and elsewhere nearly impossible as early as 2035. Contact: Curt Storlazzi,, 831-460-7521

posted: 2018-04-13

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