Ecosystems science: Genes to landscapes

Fact Sheet 2018-3030



Bountiful fisheries, healthy and resilient wildlife, flourishing forests and vibrant grasslands are coveted resources that benefit all Americans. U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) science supports the conservation and management of the Nation’s fish and wildlife, and the landscapes they inhabit. Our biological resources—ecosystems and the wild things that live in them—are the foundation of our conservation heritage and an economic asset to current and future generations of Americans.

The USGS Ecosystems Mission Area, the biological research arm of the Department of the Interior (DOI), provides science to help America achieve sustainable management and conservation of its biological resources. This work is done within the broader mission of the USGS—to serve the Nation with science that advances understanding of our natural resources, informs land and water stewardship, and helps safeguard communities from natural and environmental hazards. The Ecosystems Mission Area provides research, technical assistance, and education conducted by Cooperative Research Units and Science Centers located in nearly every State.

The quality of life and economic strength in America hinges on healthy ecosystems that support living things and natural processes. Ecosystem science better enables society to understand how and why ecosystems change and to guide actions that can prevent damage to, and restore and sustain ecosystems. It is through this knowledge that informed decisions are made about natural resources that can enhance our Nation’s economic and environmental well-being.

Suggested Citation

U.S. Geological Survey, 2018, Ecosystems science--Genes to landscapes: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018-3030, 4 p.,

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

Study Area

Table of Contents

  • Ecosystems Core Priorities and Examples of USGS Science
  • Natural Resource Stewardship
  • Advances in National Energy and Security
  • Invasive Species and Wildlife Disease
  • Emerging and Existing Threats
  • USGS Science at Work
  • Infrastructure Development
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Ecosystems science: Genes to landscapes
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2018-3030
DOI 10.3133/fs20183030
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Office of the AD Ecosystems
Description 4 p.
Country United States
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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