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: 2020

Synthesis: A framework for predicting the dark side of ecological subsidies

In this chapter, we synthesize the state of the science regarding ecological subsidies and contaminants at the land-water interface and suggest research and management approaches for linked freshwater-terrestrial ecosystems. Specifically, we focus on movements of animals with complex life histories and the detrital inputs associated with animal...

Kraus, Johanna M.; Wessner, Jeff; Walters, David
Kraus, J.M., Wesner, J., and Walters, D.M., 2020, Synthesis: A framework for predicting the dark side of ecological subsidies, in Kraus, J.M., Walters, D.M., and Mills, M.A., eds., Contaminants and Ecological Subsidies: The Land-Water Interface: Cham, Springer International Publishing, p. 343-372. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-49480-3_14

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Phylogenetic escape from pests reduces pesticides on some crop plants

Pesticides are a ubiquitous component of conventional crop production but come with considerable economic and ecological costs. We tested the hypothesis that variation in pesticide use among crop species is a function of crop economics and the phylogenetic relationship of a crop to native plants because unrelated crops accrue fewer herbivores and...

Pearse, Ian; Rosenheim, Jay

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Comment on “Female toads engaging in adaptive hybridization prefer high-quality heterospecifics as mates”

Chen and Pfennig (Reports, 20 March 2020, p. 1377) analyze the fitness consequences of hybridization in toads but do not account for differences in survival among progeny. Apparent fitness effects depend on families with anomalously low survival, yet survival is crucial to evolutionary fitness. This and other analytical shortcomings demonstrate...

Braun, Michael J.; Wilkinson, Gerald S.; Cade, Brian S.

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Annotated bibliography of scientific research on greater sage-grouse published from 2015 to 2019

The greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus; hereafter GRSG) has been a focus of scientific investigation and management action for the past two decades. The 2015 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listing determination of “not warranted” was in part due to a large-scale collaborative effort to develop strategies to conserve GRSG populations...

Carter, Sarah K.; Arkle, Robert S.; Bencin, Heidi L.; Harms, Benjamin R.; Manier, Daniel J.; Johnston, Aaron N.; Phillips, Susan L.; Hanser, Steven E.; Bowen, Zachary H.
Carter, S.K., Arkle, R.S., Bencin, H.L., Harms, B.R., Manier, D.J., Johnston, A.N., Phillips, S.L., Hanser, S.E., and Bowen, Z.H., 2020, Annotated bibliography of scientific research on greater sage-grouse published from 2015 to 2019: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1103, 264 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201103.

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Case Study 4: NABat acoustic monitoring allows inferences about bat populations at multiple scales

North American bats face unprecedented risks from continuing and emerging threats including white-nose syndrome, wind energy development, and habitat loss. Many species of bats are thought to be recently experiencing unparalleled population declines unlike any previously observed (O’Shea et al. 2016). The North American Bat Monitoring Program (...

Reichert, Brian E.; Rodhouse, Thomas J.; Loeb, Susan; Rae, Jason

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Predicting bird guilds using vegetation composition and structure on a wild and scenic river in Arizona

Riparian areas are among the most ecologically diverse terrestrial ecosystems but make up <2% of landscape area in southwestern USA. Many species of resident and neotropical migratory birds utilize riparian habitats for breeding, foraging, and nesting. We quantified vegetation composition and structure to predict bird guilds on Wild and Scenic...

Cubley, Erin S.; Bateman, Heather L.; Riddle, Sidney B.; Holmquist-Johnson, Christopher; Merritt, David M.

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USGS enterprise tools for efficient and effective management of science data

The Science Data Management Branch (SDM) of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) provides data management expertise and leadership and develops guidance and tools to support the USGS in providing the nation with reliable scientific information on the basis of which to describe the Earth. The SDM suite of tools supports the USGS Data Management...

Hutchison, Vivian B.; Liford, Amanda; McClees-Funinan, Ricardo; Zolly, Lisa; Ignizio, Drew; Langseth, Madison; Serna, Brandon; Sellers, Elizabeth; Hsu, Leslie; Norkin, Tamar; McNiff, Marcia; Donovan, Grace
Hutchison, V.B., Liford, A.N., McClees-Funinan, Ricardo, Zolly, Lisa, Ignizio, D.A., Langseth, M.L., Serna, B.S., Sellers, E.A., Hsu, Leslie, Norkin, Tamar, McNiff, Marcia, Donovan, G.C., 2020, USGS enterprise tools for efficient and effective management of science data: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3041, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203041.

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U.S. Geological Survey sagebrush ecosystem research annual report for 2020

The sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) ecosystem extends across 251,473 square miles over portions of 13 western States. Affected by multiple stressors, including interactions among fire, invasive plants, and human land uses, this ecosystem has experienced significant loss, fragmentation, and degradation of landscapes once dominated by sagebrush. In turn...

Hanser, Steve E.; Wiechman, Lief A.
Hanser, S.E., and Wiechman, L.A., eds., 2020, U.S. Geological Survey sagebrush ecosystem research annual report for 2020: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1470, 94 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/cir1470.

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Possibility for reverse zoonotic transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to free-ranging wildlife: A case study of bats

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the substantial public health, economic, and societal consequences of virus spillover from a wildlife reservoir. Widespread human transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) also presents a new set of challenges when considering viral spillover from people to naïve wildlife and...

Olival, Kevin J.; Cryan, Paul M.; Amman, Brian R.; Baric, Ralph S.; Blehert, David S.; Brook, Cara E.; Calisher, Charles H.; Castle, Kevin T.; Coleman, Jeremy TH; Daszak, Peter; Epstein, Jonathan H.; Field, Hume; Frick, Winifred F.; Gilbert, Amy T.; Hayman, David T.S.; Ip, Hon S.; Karesh, William B; Johnson, Christine K.; Kading, Rebekah C; Kingston, Tigga; Lorch, Jeffrey M.; Mendenhall, Ian H; Peel, Alison J.; Phelps, Kendra L; Plowright, Raina K.; Reeder, DeeAnn M; Reichard, Jonathan D.; Sleeman, Jonathan M.; Streicker, Daniel G.; Towner, Jonathan S.; Wang, Lin-Fa

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Hemidactylus cf. platyurus (Asian flat-tailed house gecko)

No abstract available.

Kabat, K. L.; Young, D. V.; Van Ee, N. B.; Xiong, P. X.; Bradke, D. R.; Nafus, Melia G.; Hileman, Eric Thomas

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Hemidactylus tenkatei (Spotted house gecko)

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Van Ee, N. B.; Xiong, P. X.; Young, D. V.; Kabat, K. L.; Bradke, D. R.; Hileman, Eric Thomas; Nafus, Melia G.

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Living with wildfire in the Squilchuck Drainage - Chelan County, Washington: 2020 data report

Research on the social dimensions of wildfire provides opportunities to understand how communities and the people who reside in those communities interact with the threat of wildfire. Overall, three findings from this project were particularly noteworthy. First, household survey results indicate that residents in the Squilchuck Drainage, Chelan...

Brenkert-Smith, Hannah; Champ, Patricia A.; Riley, Jon; Barth, Christopher M.; Donovan, Colleen; Meldrum, James R.; Wagner, Carolyn