Fort Collins Science Center

Publications

FORT scientists have produced more than 1,500 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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Year Published: 2021

Would you like to know more? The effect of personalized wildfire risk information and social comparisons on information-seeking behavior in the wildland–urban interface

Private landowners are important actors in landscape-level wildfire risk management. Accordingly, wildfire programs and policy encourage wildland–urban interface homeowners to engage with local organizations to properly mitigate wildfire risk on their parcels. We investigate whether parcel-level wildfire risk assessment data, commonly used to...

Meldrum, James R.; Brenkert-Smith, Hannah; Champ, Patricia A.; Gomez, Jamie; Byerly, Hilary; Falk, Lilia C.; Barth, Christopher M.

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Understanding metrics of stress in the context of invasion history: The case of the brown treesnake (Boiga irregularis)

Invasive species can exert rapid depletion of resources after introduction and, in turn, affect their own population density. Additionally, management actions can have direct and indirect effects on demography. Physiological variables can predict demographic change but are often restricted to snapshots-in-time and delayed confirmation of changes...

Claunch, N; Moore, I.; Waye, H; Schoenle, L; Oakey, S; Reed, Robert; Romagosa, Christina

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Enzootic plague reduces survival of Mexican woodrats (Neotoma mexicana) in Colorado

Plague is a flea-vectored disease introduced to North America c. 1900. It is lethal to many American mammal species, causes major die-offs (epizootics) in some populations, and may be ecologically disruptive even at lower interepizootic (enzootic) levels of transmission. We sought to determine the effects of enzootic plague on survival of Mexican...

Biggins, Dean E.; Ramakrishnan, Shantini; Rocke, Tonie E.; Williamson, Judy L.; Wimsatt, Jeffrey

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Why disease ecology needs life-history theory: A host perspective

When facing an emerging infectious disease of conservation concern, we often have little information on the nature of the host‐parasite interaction to inform management decisions. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that the life‐history strategies of host species can be predictive of individual‐ and population‐level responses to infectious...

Valenzuela-Sanchez, Andres; Wilber, Mark Q.; Canessa, Stefano; Bacigalupe, Leonardo; Muths, Erin L.; Schmidt, Benedikt R.; Cunningham, Andrew A; Ozgul, Arpat; Johnson, Pieter; Cayuela, Hugo

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Valleys of fire: Historical fire regimes of forest-grassland ecotones across the montane landscape of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, New Mexico, USA

ContextMontane grasslands and forest-grassland ecotones are unique and dynamic components of many landscapes, but the processes that regulate their dynamics are difficult to observe over ecologically relevant time spans.ObjectivesWe aimed to demonstrate the efficacy of using grassland-forest ecotone trees to reconstruct spatial and temporal...

Dewar, J. J.; Falk, Donald A.; Swetnam, T. W.; Baisan, C. H.; Allen, Craig D.; Parmenter, R. R.; Margolis, Ellis

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NABat: A top-down, bottom-up solution to collaborative continental-scale monitoring

Collaborative monitoring over broad scales and levels of ecological organization can inform conservation efforts necessary to address the contemporary biodiversity crisis. An important challenge to collaborative monitoring is motivating local engagement with enough buy-in from stakeholders while providing adequate top-down direction for scientific...

Reichert, Brian E.; Bayless, Mylea L.; Cheng, Tina L.; Coleman, Jeremy T.H.; Francis, Charles M.; Frick, Winifred F.; Gotthold, Benjamin; Irvine, Kathryn; Lausen, Cori; Li, Han; Loeb, Susan C.; Reichard, Jonathan D.; Rodhouse, Thomas J.; Segers, Jordi L.; Siemers, Jeremy; Thogmartin, Wayne E.; Weller, Theodore

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Quantifying and securing environmental flow

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McCoy, Amy; Shafroth, Patrick B.; Briggs, Mark; Schlatter, Karen; White, Lindsay; Zamora, Francisco; de la Maza Benignos, Mauricio; Pitt, Jennifer; Tashjian, Paul; Carrillo, Yamilette

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Stream-corridor restoration: Some assembly required

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Briggs, Mark K.; Gonzalez, Eduardo; Osterkamp, Waite R.; Shafroth, Patrick B.; Zamora, Francisco

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A case for stream corridor restoration

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Briggs, Mark K.; Hinojosa-Huerta, Osvel; Osterkamp, Waite R.; Shafroth, Patrick B.; Sifuentes Lugo, Carlos A.; White, Lindsay; Zamora, Francisco

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Forest restoration and fuels reduction: Convergent or divergent?

For over 20 years, forest fuel reduction has been the dominant management action in western US forests. These same actions have also been associated with the restoration of highly altered frequent-fire forests. Perhaps the vital element in the compatibility of these treatments is that both need to incorporate the salient characteristics that...

Stephens, Scott L.; Battaglia, Mike A.; Churchill, Derek J.; Collins, Brandon M.; Coppoletta, Michelle; Hoffman, Chad M.; Lydersen, Jamie M.; North, Malcolm P.; Parsons, Russell A.; Ritter, Scott M.; Stevens, Jens

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The demographic contributions of connectivity versus local dynamics to population growth of an endangered bird

Conservation and management increasingly focus on connectivity, because connectivity driven by variation in immigration rates across landscapes is thought to be crucial for maintaining local population and metapopulation persistence. Yet, efforts to quantify the relative role of immigration on population growth across the entire range of species...

Reichert, Brian E.; Fletcher, Jr.; Kitchens, Wiley M

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Direct and indirect effects of a keystone engineer on a shrubland-prairie food web

Keystone engineers are critical drivers of biodiversity throughout ecosystems worldwide. Within the North American Great Plains, the black‐tailed prairie dog is an imperiled ecosystem engineer and keystone species with well‐documented impacts on the flora and fauna of rangeland systems. However, because this species affects ecosystem structure and...

Duchardt, Courtney; Porensky, Lauren M.; Pearse, Ian