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Seamounts of Anegada Passage 2014

Dr. Amanda Demopoulos (USGS-SESC) and Dr. Jason Chaytor (WHCMSC) are co-chief scientists on a research cruise investigating seamounts and surrounding environments in the Eastern Caribbean near the British Virgin Islands. They will sail aboard the E/V Nautilus from September 3rd through the 14th and will be joined by fellow USGS and academic scientists, Brian Andrews (WHCMSC) and Shannon Hoy (USGS CNTS-WHCMSC), Dr. Jill Bourque (USGS CNTS-SESC) and Jennie McClain-Counts (USGS-SESC), and Dr. Erik Cordes (Temple University). Drs. Uri ten Brink (WHCMSC), Nancy Prouty (PCMSC) and Cheryl Morrison (LSC) will be participating via telepresence from shore. The primary objectives include characterizing the geology, geomorphology, and ecology of the seamounts, including deep-sea coral habitats and associated communities. Follow the expedition in real-time, and interact with scientists and educators on board online at This expedition builds upon the 2013 research cruise, which is featured in Sound Waves ( In 2013, Demopoulos, Chaytor, Andrews, and ten Brink embarked on the E/V Nautilus to explore geological hazards around Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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Bibliography of All Known Publications & Reports on the Gulf Sturgeon

This functional bibliography is meant to be a complete and comprehensive bibliography of all discoverable reports containing information on the Gulf Sturgeon (GS). This bibliography contains all known reports presenting, documenting, summarizing, listing, or interpreting information on the GS through 31 December 2013. arrow iconRead More.

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USGS and American Fisheries Society Set to Continue Imperiled Aquatic Fauna Database

On January 24, the American Fisheries Society and USGS-SESC signed a Memorandum of Understanding that enabled the USGS to continue maintaining a public database of fish, crayfish, and snail species that the AFS Endangered Species Committee has determined are imperiled. Panels of experts on each group of aquatic animals review the latest information on populations, distributions, and threats to assign a conservation status ranging from stable to endangered. Read more at arrow icon or view the database at arrow icon

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Recent Publications

Demopoulos, A.W.J., J.R. Bourque, and J. Frometa. 2014. Biodiversity and community composition of sediment macrofauna associated with deep-sea Lophelia pertusa habitats in the Gulf of Mexico. Deep-Sea Res. I, 93:91-103. [Journal Article]
Fisher, C.R. A.W.J. Demopoulos, E.E. Cordes, I.B. Baums, H.K. White, J.R. Bourque. 2014. Coral communities as indicators of ecosystem-level impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Spill. BioScience 2014 64 (9): 796-807 doi: 10.1093/biosci/biu129
Dorazio, R.M. 2014. Accounting for imperfect detection and survey bias in statistical analysis of presence-only data. Global Ecology and Biogeography (DOI: 10.1111/geb.12216). [Journal Abstract]
Scyphers, S.B., S.P. Powers, J.L. Akins, J.M. Drymon, C.W. Martin, Z.H. Schobernd, P.J. Schofield, R.L. Shipp and T.S. Switzer. 2014. The role of citizens in detecting and responding to a rapid marine invasion. Conservation Letters DOI: 10.1111/conl.12127 [Journal Abstract]
Hart, K. M., Lamont, M. M., Sartain, A. R., & Fujisaki, I. (2014). Migration, Foraging, and Residency Patterns for Northern Gulf Loggerheads: Implications of Local Threats and International Movements. PLOS ONE, 9(7), e103453. [Journal Abstract]
Krebs, Justin M., Bell, Susan S., McIvor, Carole C. 2014. Assessing the link between coastal urbanization and the quality of nekton habitat in mangrove tidal tributaries. Estuaries and Coasts, 37: 832-846. [Journal Abstract]
Krebs, Justin M., McIvor, Carole C., Bell, Susan S. 2014. Nekton community structure varies in response to coastal urbanization near mangrove tidal tributaries. Estuaries and Coasts, 37: 815-831. [Journal Abstract]
Smith-Vaniz, W. F., & Jelks, H. L. (2014). Marine and inland fishes of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands: an annotated checklist. Zootaxa, 3803(1), 1-120. [Journal Abstract]
Sulak, K. J., M. T. Randall, R. E. Edwards, T. M. Summers, K. E. Luke, W. T. Smith, A. D. Norem, W. M. Harden, R. H. Lukens, F. Parauka; S. Bolden, and R. Lehnert. 2009. Defining winter trophic habitat of juvenile Gulf Sturgeon in the Suwannee and Apalachicola rivermouth estuaries, acoustic telemetry investigations. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 15(5):505-515.
Hunter, M. E., & Nico, L. G. (2014). Genetic analysis of invasive Asian Black Carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus) in the Mississippi River Basin: evidence for multiple introductions. Biological Invasions, 1-16. [Journal Abstract]
Pimiento, C., Nifong, J. C., Hunter, M. E., Monaco, E., & Silliman, B. R. (2013). Habitat use patterns of the invasive red lionfish Pterois volitans: a comparison between mangrove and reef systems in San Salvador, Bahamas. Marine Ecology. [Journal Abstract]
Anderson, G.H., Smith, T.J., III, and Balentine, K.M., 2014, Land-margin ecosystem hydrologic data for the coastal Everglades, Florida, water years 19962012: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 853, 38 p. [Abstract]
Muller, E. M., Rogers, C. S., & van Woesik, R. (2014). Early signs of recovery of Acropora palmata in St. John, US Virgin Islands. Marine Biology, 161(2), 359-365. [Journal Abstract]
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