Ecosystem Management and Restoration Research

USGS scientists assist partners who manage ecosystems by conducting research which leads to innovative management options, a better understanding of how the system responds to management, and the design of robust monitoring frameworks.

USGS scientists also work with decision makers and stakeholders to develop decision analytic frameworks to deliberately reduce the uncertainty that negatively affects the quality of decisions whether made once (i.e., Structured Decision Making) or repeatedly (i.e., Adaptive Management).

Mangrove Science Network

The Mangrove Science Network is a collaboration of USGS scientists focused on working with natural resource managers to develop and conduct research whose findings will support and evaluate decisions made in mangrove management and restoration.

USGS Mangrove Restoration Information and Scientists

Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration

South Florida Information Access (SOFIA)

South Florida Information Access (SOFIA) was established to provide coherent information access in support of research, decision-making, and resource management for the South Florida ecosystem restoration effort.

Lead Scientist

Nick Aumen
Regional Science Advisor
Southeast Region
p: (954) 377-5917

Chesapeake Bay Restoration Program

The Chesapeake Bay is our Nation’s largest estuary, and the continued restoration and protection of this national resource is a priority for Federal and State agencies, and nongovernmental stakeholders through the Chesapeake Bay Program. President Obama issued an Executive Order for increased Federal leadership to restore and protect the Bay and its watershed. The USGS has the critical role to provide scientific information for the improved understanding and management of the Bay ecosystem and USGS scientists work with Federal, State, and academic science partners to conduct research, monitoring, and develop models.

Lead Scientist

Scott Phillips
USGS Chesapeake Bay Coordinator p: (443) 498-5552

South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project

The South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project is the largest tidal wetland restoration project on the west coast. It is a multi-party collaborative effort envisioned to eventually encompass 15,100 acres of restored commercial salt evaporation ponds in San Francisco Bay. USGS is engaged in crucial scientific research that supports the ongoing restoration actions, monitoring and performance evaluation at completed sites. Our research ranges from the ecology of resident and migratory bird assemblages that use the San Francisco Bay tidal wetlands, to studies about sediment dynamics, geomorphology, nutrients, and contaminants in the South Bay.

Related Products: Technical Documents

Lead Scientist

Mike Chotkowski
Delta Science Coordinator p: (916) 278-9565

Puget Sound Landscape Science Program and Coastal Habitats in Puget Sound

Through the Coastal Habitats in Puget Sound (CHIPS) project and other interdisciplinary science efforts, USGS provides critical science to support ecosystem restoration and recovery in Puget Sound. USGS scientists are examining hydrodynamics, sediment transport, physical and biological responses to restoration, urbanization impacts on the nearshore environments including water quality, and ecosystem change in large coastal river deltas. Recently initiated studies will clarify how the combination of projected sea level rise, storm surge, and changing river flooding trends will influence restoration objectives and coastal community resilience. For example, the USGS is providing tools that will help managers prioritize alternatives for converting farmland back to historic wetlands. Through these coordinated efforts, USGS science fulfills critical natural resource and ecosystem restoration information needs identified by Puget Sound restoration partners.

Related Products: Elwha River Restoration Documents

Lead Scientist

Bill Labiosa
Regional Science Coordinator p: (206) 220-4563

Useful Resources

A matter of tradeoffs: reintroduction as a multiple objective decision
by Converse, Sarah, J., Clinton T. Moore, Martin J. Folk, Michael C. Runge, 2013, Journal of Wildlife Management, v. 77, p. 1145-1156.

A decision-analytic approach to the optimal allocation of resources for endangered species consultation
by Converse, S.J., K.J. Shelley, S. Morey, J. Chan, A. LaTier, C. Scafidi, D.T. Crouse, M.C. Runge, 2011, Biological Conservation, v. 144, p. 319-329

When do we need more data? A primer on calculating the value of information for applied ecologists
by Canessa, Stefano, Gurutzeta Guillera-Arroita, José J. Lahoz-Monfort, Darren M Southwell, Doug P. Armstrong, Iadine Chadès, Robert C Lacy, Sarah Converse, 2015, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, v. 6, p. 1219-1228.

Training Conservation Practitioners to be Better Decision Makers
by Johnson FA, Eaton MJ, Williams JH, Jensen GH, Madsen J., 2015, Sustainability, v. 7, p. 8354-8373.

Optimal control of native predators
by Martin, Julien, Allan F. O'Connell, William L. Kendall, Michael C. Runge, Theodore R. Simons, Arielle H. Waldstein, Shiloh A. Schulte, Sarah J. Converse, Graham W. Smith, Timothy Pinion, Michael Rikard, Elise F. Zipkin, 2010, Biological Conservation, v. 143, p. 1751-1758.

Structured decision making as a proactive approach to dealing with sea level rise in Florida
by Martin, Julien, Paul L. Fackler, James D. Nichols, Bruce C. Lubow, Mitchell J. Eaton, Michael C. Runge, Bradley M. Stith, Catherine A. Langtimm, 2011, Climatic Change, v. 107, p. 185-202.

Developing objectives with multiple stakeholders: adaptive management of horseshoe crabs and Red Knots in the Delaware Bay
by McGowan, Conor, P., James E. Lyons, David Smith, 2015, Environmental Management, v. 55, p. 972-982.

Value of information in natural resource management: technical developments and application to pink-footed geese
by Williams, B.K., and Johnson, F.A., 2015, Ecology and Evolution, v. 5, p. 466-474.



Top Photo: King Range Wilderness, California. Photo courtesy of Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management.