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The scientists from the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center capitalize on their diverse expertise to answer critically important scientific questions shaped by the equally diverse environments of the western United States. FRESC scientists collaborate with each other and with partners to provide rigorous, objective, and timely information and guidance for the management and conservation of biological systems in the West and worldwide.

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Assessing Mercury in Fish from National Parks in the Eastern United States
A 2014 report by USGS and National Park Service scientists documented widespread and variable mercury contamination in fishes from 21 western U.S. national parks. In a... [Read more]
Atmosphere and Organic Matter Interactions Control Molybdenum in Forest Soils
The micronutrient molybdenum is required by all living organisms and is especially important for enzymes that facilitate nitrogen cycling through plants and soils... [Read more]
Using Statistical Techniques to Detect Change in Stream Macroinvertebrates
The National Park Service is directed to annually report trends on the condition of park resources to Congress, requiring managers to determine whether observed changes... [Read more]
Understanding Species Persistence at Distributional Edges
Species living in marginal habitats at the edges of larger populations can be genetically different and are often more vulnerable to climate changes, habitat... [Read more]
Temperature-related Effects of Dam Operations on Western Pond Turtles
Western pond turtles are ectotherms – their body temperature is controlled by their environment. To study how altered stream temperatures resulting from dams influence... [Read more]
Using Ultrasonic Acoustic Deterrents to Reduce Bat Fatalities
Changing wind turbine operations during periods of high risk of bat collisions has been shown to reduce bat fatalities, yet operational minimization may be... [Read more]
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