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WERC has a strong and productive history of collaborating with USFWS, providing research and monitoring on endangered species, National Wildlife Refuge lands and other USFWS priorities. We match the expertise of WERC researchers with management questions of USFWS projects throughout California and Nevada, producing independent scientific data and analysis that help inform USFWS policy decisions.

These efforts are part of the USGS mission to provide sound science to federal, state and local agencies, on topics from climate change to land use impacts, from contaminants to invasives. We invite partnerships with refuge managers and regional offices to deliver science-based solutions for our changing world.

WERC Research Highlights

  • Long-term monitoring to inform USFWS listing decisions and recovery plans for endangered/threatened species.
  • Research and logistical support for the USFWS/DOI Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.
  • Providing research administration, toxicity monitoring, benthos analysis and sea level rise forecasts informing adaptive management plans to restore over 10,000 acres of industrial wetlands managed by USFWS as part of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project.
  • DNA microsatellite analysis, telemetry surveys and GIS modeling to assess/forecast wildlife population connectivity and habitat fragmentation in California and Nevada.
  • Pre- and post-wildfire studies to track habitat type conversions and biodiversity changes.
  • Development of a centralized, GIS-tagged “multi-taxa database” to standardize cross-agency ecological data.

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