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Fact Sheet 2012–3002

Supporting Sound Management of Our Coasts and Seas

The Palmyra Atoll Research Consortium

By Tom Suchanek

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Palmyra Atoll in the tropical Pacific is the site of some exciting work by scientists from a diverse collection of research institutions. The Palmyra Atoll Research Consortium (PARC) fosters collaborative multi- and inter-disciplinary research by U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) agencies (USGS and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service–USFWS), academic institutions (for example, Stanford University, University of California, University of Hawaii, and Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand) and non-governmental organizations (for example, American Museum of Natural History and The Nature Conservancy) on the terrestrial and marine ecosystems at Palmyra Atoll. USGS has been a member of PARC since its inception in 2004.

Palmyra functions as a living laboratory. It is a low-lying coral atoll located about 1,800 kilometers south/southwest of Hawaii near the equator in the central Pacific Ocean (latitude 5˚53΄N, longitude 162˚05΄W). Palmyra Atoll and nearby Kingman Reef are U.S. territories and represent the northern atolls/reefs of the U.S. Line Islands. Palmyra also is one of the nine sovereign territories of the United States recognized as U.S. Minor Outlying Areas (fig. 1). Palmyra Atoll and nearby Kingman Reef are National Wildlife Refuges and were included as part of the seven units that comprise the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument set aside by President Bush in 2009 (Proclamation 8336).

Revised August 8, 2012

First posted January 6, 2012

For additional information contact:
Director USGS Western Ecological Research Center
Modoc Hall, Room 3006,
3020 State Univ. Drive, East
Sacramento, CA 95819

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Suggested citation:

Suchanek, Tom, 2012, The Palmyra Atoll Research Consortium: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012-3002, 4 p.

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