|William H. Gingerich Recognized by the Food and Drug Administration
Researchers Recognized for Contributions to Approval of 35% PEROX-AID®
During a recent awards ceremony, Dave Lovetro, Eka Chemicals representative, recognized the aquaculture drug team for their dedication and efforts towards the approval of 35% PEROX-AID®, the first “broad-use”, waterborne, aquaculture drug approved in more than 20 years. USGS representatives, Dr. Bob Szaro, Chief Scientist for Biology, and Doug Beard, Fisheries, Aquatic and Endangered Resources Program Coordinator, were present to congratulate the researchers. The photo shows the researchers who generated critical data to satisfy the drug approval along with the USGS representatives.
Scientists Recognized in La Crosse, Wis.; First New Waterborne Aquaculture Drug in 20 Years Approved
|Earth Science Week: Off the Couch and Out-of-Doors
Earth Science Week (ESW) is an annual international event to help people better understand and appreciate the Earth sciences and to encourage responsible stewardship of the planet. ESW will be celebrated October 12-18, 2008, under the theme "No Child Left Inside." This event provides a great opportunity to engage children's natural interest in the out-of-doors and learn more about USGS science. USGS is proud to be a sponsor of ESW along with the American Geological Institute and other partners.
Visit the Earth Science Week website http://www.earthsciweek.org/, to learn more about how you can become involved, events, and opportunities in your community.
Visit the USGS Earth Science website, http://usgs.gov/esw, to learn more about USGS earth science research, events, and careers.
USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin is celebrating Earth Science Week and the month of October in the following ways:
- Hosting science center tours and special outdoor activities upon request.
- Making classroom presentations upon request.
- Providing public, private and home-school teachers with Earth Science Packages for student exploration.
For more information please contact Randy Hines, Partnership Coordinator at 608-783-6451 x398 or firstname.lastname@example.org
| Geospatial and Decision Support Projects
A Decision Support System (DSS) can be defined as, "A spatially based computer application or data that assists a researcher or manager in making decisions."
LINK is the latest product from a series of DSS that uses species habitat matrices to model potential species habitat and habitat diversity.
|Climate Change: Ecosystem Impacts and Management Strategies for the Midwest U.S.
A symposium titled ‘Climate Change: Ecosystem Impacts and Management Strategies For the Midwest U.S’ was held at the 68th Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, 10-11 December 2007.
Web Site: The Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative at UMESC
Populations of amphibians have been declining around the world. The U.S. Geological Survey is working to understand the extent and causes of such declines through the Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative.
USGS Open File Report: Application of Wind Fetch and Wave Models for Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Projects
Models based upon coastal engineering equations have been developed to quantify wind fetch length and several physical wave characteristics. These models, developed using Environmental System's Research Institutes ArcGIS 9.2 Geographic Information System platform, were used to quantify differences in proposed island construction designs for three Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Projects (HREPs) in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District (Capoli Slough and Harpers Slough) and St. Louis District (Swan Lake).
|Web Site: Tracking Common Loon Migrations on the Web
By implanting radio transmitters in adult loons, scientists are able to gain important information about migration routes, staging areas, and locations of wintering grounds.
The Geospatial Sciences Team has published 3 new GIS tools for ArcMap 9.2: Percent Edge Tool, Adjacency For WinBUGS Tool, and Split By Attribute Tool. Installation files and instructions are located on each tool’s information page.
The Percent Edge Tool creates an edge file containing area, compactness, perimeter, shared edge lengths with adjacent polygons, and percentage of shared edge with adjacent polygons.This information can then be summarized into a pivot table and queried. Example: where are all of the large, compact, woody wetland polygons that share > 30% of their edge with emergent herbaceous wetlands?
The Adjacency For WinBUGS Tool iteratively processes polygons within a selected layer and creates a text file of polygonal adjacency where each polygon is identified by a unique Adj_ID value. The output of this tool is used in WinBUGS (MRC Biostatistics Unit Cambridge) by the car.normal, car.l1, and mv.car conditional autoregressive distributions.
The Split By Attribute Tool takes a single spatial dataset and splits it into many component spatial datasets based on the unique values of a chosen attribute field.
Web Site: Freshwater Mussels of the Upper Mississippi River System
Nearly 300 species of mussels inhabit freshwater rivers, streams, and lakes in North America. Unfortunately, freshwater mussels are now one of the most imperiled groups of animals. In North America, it is estimated that 43% of the 300 species of freshwater mussels are in danger of extinction.
USGS Fact Sheet: Taking the Pulse of a River System: First 20 Years Long Term Resource Monitoring on the Upper Mississippi River System
The Long Term Resource Monitoring Program (LTRMP) for the Upper Mississippi River System is the Nation’s first large-scale effort to determine the status and trends of these natural components of a large river. The mission of the LTRMP is to provide decision-makers with information to help them balance the multiple uses of the Mississippi River.