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USGS Scientist Hosting DOI on the Landscape Project Workshop
The Nearshore Project Team headed by USGS Alaska Science Center research wildlife biologist James Bodkin will hold a project workshop "Coastal ecosystem responses to influences from the land and sea" in Monterey, CA on February 23 at the Monterey Bay Aquarium to discuss preliminary findings and plans for upcoming research. Project scientists will provide presentations on their respective components and contributions to meeting the overall project goals. Sea otters and the nearshore ecosystems they inhabit—from highly urbanized California to relatively pristine Alaska—are the focus of this new multidisciplinary study by scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey and a suite of international, academic and government collaborators. This project will investigate the many interacting variables that influence the health of coastal ecosystems along the Northeast Pacific shore. For more project information please see USGS fact sheet ( and USGS SoundWaves article (
Contact: James Bodkin Anchorage, AK, (907) 786-7164

USGS Scientist Provides Expertise to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Jill Schneider, a geologist with the USGS Alaska Science Center, is working with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (ADNR) to evaluate two sets of USGS topographic maps that are scheduled to be discarded. The sets are scaled at 1:63,360 (inch-to-the-mile) and 1:250,000 (defined quadrangles), range in age from the 1950s to the 1990s, and contain over 3,500 maps. Preliminary work suggests that up to 20 percent of the maps are unique to the ADNR collections. Those maps having either historical significance or archival value will be transferred to the permanent map collections housed in the USGS Alaska Technical Data Unit.
Contact: Jill Schneider, (907) 786-7000

Press Inquiries/Media

During the week of February 7, USGS scientist George Durner was contacted by news media including KCBS-AM Radio (San Francisco), Lone Wolf Documentary Group (Maine), CNN/KSRO (California), and The Associated Press about his recent paper in Polar Biology documenting a continuous nine day swim by a polar bear. Article:;
Contact: George Durner Anchorage, AK, (907) 786-7082

On February 17, USGS scientist George Durner will be interviewed for a live radio broadcast with Happenings Q & A (WLIP, Wisconsin) about his recent paper in Polar Biology documenting a continuous nine day swim by a polar bear. To listen live log onto and clicking on "Listen Live".
Contact: George Durner Anchorage, AK, (907) 786-7082


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