Fort Collins Science Center

Publications

FORT scientists have produced almost 1,000 peer reviewed publications that are registered in the USGS Publications Warehouse, along with many others prior to their work at the USGS or in conjunction with other government agencies. 

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Economic impacts of Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative Conservation projects in Wyoming

Executive SummaryThis report estimates the economic impacts on the Wyoming economy from investments made by the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative (WLCI) on conservation and restoration projects. The WLCI has been working in southwestern Wyoming since 2007 to coordinate science and management decisions among government and private entities...

Huber, Christopher; Flyr, Matthew; Cullinane Thomas, Catherine
Huber, C., Flyr, M., and Cullinane Thomas, C., 2020, Economic impacts of Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative conservation projects in Wyoming: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1135, 11 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191135

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Sustaining Environmental Capital Initiative summary report

Federal agencies need credible scientific information to determine the production and value of ecosystem services in an efficient and timely manner. The U.S. Geological Survey addresses this scientific information need through the Sustaining Environmental Capital Initiative project. The project has relied on U.S. Geological Survey expertise...

Huber, Christopher; Meldrum, James R.; Schuster, Rudy M.; Ancona, Zachary H.; Bagstad, Kenneth J.; Beck, Scott M.; Carlisle, Daren M.; Claggett, Peter R.; Franco, Fabiano; Galbraith, Heather S.; Haefele, Michelle; Hoelting, Kristin R; Hogan, Dianna M.; Hopkins, Kristina G.; Kern, Tim; Lawrence, Collin B.; Lischka, Stacy; Loomis, John B.; Mueller, Julie M.; Noe, Gregory B.; Pindilli, Emily J.; Quay, Brian; Semmens, Darius J.; Sinclair, Wilson; Spooner, Daniel E.; Voigt, Brian; St. John White, Barabara
Huber, C., Meldrum, J.R., Schuster, R.M., Ancona, Z.H., Bagstad, K.J., Beck, S.M., Carlisle, D.M., Claggett, P.R., Franco, F., Galbraith, H.S., Haefele, M., Hoelting, K.R., Hogan, D.M., Hopkins, K.G., Kern, T., Lawrence, C.B., Lischka, S., Loomis, J.B., Mueller, J.M., Noe, G.B., Pindilli, E.J., Quay, B., Semmens, D.J., Sinclair, W., Spooner, D.E., Voigt, B., and St. John White, B., 2020, Sustaining Environmental Capital Initiative summary report: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1117, 23 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191117.

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From theory to experiments for testing the proximate mechanisms of mast seeding: An agenda for an experimental ecology

Highly variable and synchronised production of seeds by plant populations is called masting and is implicated in many important ecological processes, but how it arises remains poorly understood. The lack of experimental studies prevents underlying mechanisms from being explicitly tested, and thereby precludes meaningful predictions on the...

Bogdziewicz, M; Ascoli, Davide; Hacket-Pain, Andrew; Koenig, W. D.; Pearse, Ian; Pesendorfer, Mario B.; Satake, A.; Thomas, P.; Vacchiano, Giorgio; Wohlgemuth, T.; Tanentzap, A.

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Conservation decisions under pressure: Lessons from an exercise in rapid response to wildlife disease

Novel outbreaks of emerging pathogens require rapid responses to enable successful mitigation. We simulated a 1‐day emergency meeting where experts were engaged to recommend mitigation strategies for a new outbreak of the amphibian fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans . Despite the inevitable uncertainty, experts suggested...

Canessa, Stefano; Spitzen-van der Sluijs, Annemarieke; Stark, Tariq; Allen, Bryony E.; Bishop, Phillip J.; Bletz, Molly; Briggs, Cheryl J.; Daversa, Dave; Gray, Matthew J.; Griffiths, Richard; Harris, Reid N.; Harrison, Xavier; Hoverman, Jason T.; Jervis, Phillip; Muths, Erin L.; Olson, Deanna H.; Price, Stephen J,; Richards-Zawacki, Corinne L.; Robert, Jacques; Rosa, Goncalo M.; Scheele, Ben C.; Schmidt, B.; Garner, Trenton W. J.

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Climate teleconnections synchronize Picea glauca masting and fire disturbance: Evidence for a fire‐related form of environmental prediction

Synchronous pulses of seed masting and natural disturbance have positive feedbacks on the reproduction of masting species in disturbance‐prone ecosystems. We test the hypotheses that disturbances and proximate causes of masting are correlated, and that their large‐scale synchrony is driven by similar climate teleconnection patterns at both inter‐...

Ascoli, Davide; Hacket-Pain, Andrew; LaMontagne, Jalene M.; Cardil, Adrian; Conedera, Marco; Maringer, Janet; Motta, Renzo; Pearse, Ian; Vacchiano, Giorgio

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Species-specific responses to wetland mitigation among amphibians in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Habitat loss and degradation are leading causes of biodiversity declines, therefore assessing the capacity of created mitigation wetlands to replace habitat for wildlife has become a management priority. We used single season occupancy models to compare the occurrence of larvae of four species of pond‐breeding amphibians in wetlands created for...

Swartz, LK; Lowe, WH; Muths, Erin L.; Hossack, Blake R.

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Estimating visitor use and economic contributions of National Park visitor spending

This chapter provides an overview of the National Park Service (NPS) methods for estimating visitor spending and calculating economic contributions of visitor spending in terms of jobs supported, wage and labor income, and total economic activity. The Visitor Spending Effects model combines visitor spending patterns and trip characteristic data...

Koontz, Lynne; Cullinane Thomas, Catherine

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Assessing the chemistry and bioavailability of dissolved organic matter from glaciers and rock glaciers

As glaciers thaw in response to warming, they release dissolved organic matter (DOM) to alpine lakes and streams. The United States contains an abundance of both alpine glaciers and rock glaciers. Differences in DOM composition and bioavailability between glacier types, like rock and ice glaciers, remain undefined. To assess differences in glacier...

Fegel, Timothy S.; Boot, Claudia M.; Broeckling, Corey D.; Baron, Jill S.; Hall, Edward K

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Ecosystem processes, landcover, climate, and human settlement shape dynamic distributions for golden eagle across the western US

Species–environment relationships for highly mobile species outside of the breeding season are often highly dynamic in response to the collective effects of ever‐changing climatic conditions, food resources, and anthropogenic disturbance. Capturing dynamic space‐use patterns in a model‐based framework is critical as model inference often drives...

Tack, J. D.; Noon, B.R.; Bowen, Zachary H.; Fedy, B.C.

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Identifying characteristics of actionable science for drought planning and adaptation: Final report to the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center

Changing climate conditions can make water management planning and drought preparedness decisions more complicated than ever before. Resource managers can no longer rely solely on historical data and trends to base their actions, and are in need of science that is relevant to their specific needs and can directly inform important planning...

Wilke, Adam; Cravens, Amanda E.

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Economic effects of wildfire risk reduction and source water protection projects in the Rio Grande River Basin in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado

Investments in landscape-scale restoration and fuels management projects can protect publicly managed trusts, enhance public health and safety, and help to preserve the many environmental goods and services enjoyed by the public. These investments can also support jobs and generate business sales activities within nearby local economies. This...

Huber, Christopher; Cullinane Thomas, Catherine; Meldrum, James R.; Meier, Rachel; Bassett, Steven
Huber, C., Cullinane Thomas, C., Meldrum, J.R., Meier, R., and Bassett, S., 2019, Economic effects of wildfire risk reduction and source water protection projects in the Rio Grande River Basin in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1108, 8 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191108.

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Aridity drives spatiotemporal patterns of masting across the latitudinal range of a dryland conifer

Masting, or the synchronous and irregular production of seed crops, is controlled by environmental conditions and resource budgets. Increasing temperatures and shifting precipitation regimes may alter the frequency and magnitude of masting, especially in species that experience chronic resource stress. Yet the effects of a changing climate on seed...

Wion, Andreas; Weisberg, Peter; Pearse, Ian; Redmond, Miranda