More than just Rocks
You could say that the U.S. Geological Survey is about more than just rocks.
When wildlife scientists, managers and students gather in Portland, Oregon, this October for The Wildlife Society’s 2012 Conference, they’ll find a conference program with close to 60 presentations, five symposia and at least 26 posters featuring a USGS contributor or mentor.
Now nested in the Ecosystems mission of the agency, wildlife research programs at USGS match the longevity of The Wildlife Society, which commemorates its 75th anniversary this year. The Cooperative Research Unit program was founded in 1935, and one USGS Ecosystems science center — the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center — came into being in 1936, when President Franklin Roosevelt established the Patuxent Research Refuge.
With over a century of history under various U.S. Department of Interior entities, these wildlife research units now form a crucial and complementary element of USGS.
These days USGS is working on science issues that are more complex, larger in scale, and involve more scientific uncertainty than in the past. The agency’s expertise in mapping and landscape surveys, satellite tools and natural hazards analysis has injected technological innovations into wildlife research. At the same time, the legacy of these wildlife research programs — and the collaborative partnerships they have nurtured — are ever more critical as USGS assists other Interior agencies on addressing complex wildlife resource issues, such as climate change,energy, ecosystem restoration, water availability, and human impacts on the landscape.
USGS at The Wildlife Society’s 2012 Conference
A quick glance through the 2012 conference program and you’ll find USGS scientists alongside academia, agency and institutional partners slated to discuss wildlife topics such as:
- Bat interactions with wind energy installations,
- energy development decision support and greater sage-grouse, songbirds, raptors and other species,
- white-nose syndrome, chronic wasting disease and other wildlife health trends,
- innovations in spatial capture-recapture models and hierarchical models, as well as applications ofpopulation genetics, LiDAR and stable isotope analysis,
- conservation, climate change impacts and habitat modeling of migratory waterfowl and shorebirds, and
- pika, polar bear, clapper rail, spotted owl, salamanders and other species of concern.
Furthermore, USGS is proud to continue its support of the TWS Native Students Professional Development Program, welcoming the next generation of wildlife scientists and enriching the cultural and technical knowledge base of the wildlife research community.
Fans can follow the USGS at TWS 2012 Conference via social media. Follow @USGSlive on Twitter as well as the #TWS2012 conference hashtag, friend us on Facebook at facebook.com/usgeologicalsurvey, browse the schedule of USGS talks on Google Calendar or add the schedule to your smartphone.
More important, say hello to USGS’s many scientists in person and stop by the USGS exhibit booth. It’s said that you learn the most being out in the field, but the same can be said for the great face-to-face exchange of ideas and inspired collaborations that are sparked at TWS conferences.
Happy 75th Birthday, TWS!