Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK)

Publications

Below is a list of available NOROCK peer reviewed and published science. If you are in search of a specific publication and cannot find it below or through a search, please contact ssoileau@usgs.gov.

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Year Published: 2018

Vegetation responses to sagebrush-reduction treatments measured by satellites

Time series of vegetative indices derived from satellite imagery constitute tools to measure ecological effects of natural and management-induced disturbances to ecosystems. Over the past century, sagebrush-reduction treatments have been applied widely throughout western North America to increase herbaceous vegetation for livestock and wildlife....

Johnston, Aaron N.; Beever, Erik; Merkle, Jerod A.; Chong, Geneva W.
Johnston, A. N., Beever, E. A., Merkle, J. A., Chong, G. 2018. Vegetation responses to sagebrush-reduction treatments measured by satellites. Ecological Indicators 87:66–76.

Year Published: 2018

Demographic modelling reveals a history of divergence with gene flow for a glacially tied stonefly in a changing post-Pleistocene landscape

AimClimate warming is causing extensive loss of glaciers in mountainous regions, yet our understanding of how glacial recession influences evolutionary processes and genetic diversity is limited. Linking genetic structure with the influences shaping it can improve understanding of how species respond to environmental change. Here, we used genome-...

Hotaling, Scott; Muhlfeld, Clint C.; Giersch, J. Joseph; Ali, Omar; Jordan, Steve; Miller, Michael R.; Luikart, Gordon; Weisrock, David W.

Year Published: 2018

Hydroclimatology of the Missouri River basin

Despite the importance of the Missouri River for navigation, recreation, habitat, hydroelectric power, and agriculture, relatively little is known about the basic hydroclimatology of the Missouri River basin (MRB). This is of particular concern given the droughts and floods that have occurred over the past several decades and the potential future...

Wise, Erika K.; Woodhouse, Connie A.; McCabe, Gregory; Pederson, Gregory T.; St. Jacques, Jeannine-Marie
Wise, E.K., Woodhouse, C.A., McCabe, G.J, Pederson, G.T., St. and Jacques, J., 2018, Hydroclimatology of the Missouri River Basin, Journal of Hydrometeorology, v. 19, p. 161–182, https://doi.org/10.1175/JHM-D-17-0155.1

Year Published: 2018

Investigating runoff efficiency in upper Colorado River streamflow over past centuries

With increasing concerns about the impact of warming temperatures on water resources, more attention is being paid to the relationship between runoff and precipitation, or runoff efficiency. Temperature is a key influence on Colorado River runoff efficiency, and warming temperatures are projected to reduce runoff efficiency. Here, we investigate...

Woodhouse, Connie A.; Pederson, Gregory T.

Year Published: 2018

The northern pike, a prized native but disastrous invasive: Chapter 14

As the chapters in this book describe, the northern pike Esox lucius Linneaus, 1758 is a fascinating fish that plays an important ecological role in structuring aquatic communities (chapter 8), has the capacity to aid lake restoration efforts (chapter 11), and contributes substantially to local economies, both as a highlysought after sport fish (...

Rutz, David; Massengill, Robert L.; Sepulveda, Adam; Dunker, Kristine J.
Skov C., and P. A. Nilsson. 2018. Biology and Ecology of Pike. CRC Press

Year Published: 2018

Linking spring phenology with mechanistic models of host movement to predict disease transmission risk

Disease models typically focus on temporal dynamics of infection, while often neglecting environmental processes that determine host movement. In many systems, however, temporal disease dynamics may be slow compared to the scale at which environmental conditions alter host space-use and accelerate disease transmission.Using a mechanistic movement...

Merkle, Jerod A.; Cross, Paul C.; Scurlock, Brandon M.; Cole, Eric K.; Courtemanch, Alyson B.; Dewey, Sarah R.; Kauffman, Matthew J.
Merkle, J. A., P. C. Cross, B. M. Scurlock, E. K. Cole, A. B. Courtemanch, S. R. Dewey, and M. J. Kauffman. 2017. Linking spring phenology with mechanistic models of host movement to predict disease transmission risk. Journal of Applied Ecology.

Year Published: 2018

Novel application of explicit dynamics occupancy models to ongoing aquatic invasions

Identification of suitable habitats, where invasive species can establish, is an important step towards controlling their spread. Accurate identification is difficult for new or slow invaders because unoccupied habitats may be suitable, given enough time for dispersal, while occupied habitats may prove to be unsuitable for establishment.To...

Sepulveda, Adam J.
Adam J. Sepulveda. 2017. Novel application of explicit dynamics occupancy models to ongoing aquatic invasions. Journal of Applied Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.13002

Year Published: 2018

Pneumonia in bighorn sheep: Risk and resilience

Infectious disease was an important driver of historic declines and extirpations of bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) in North America and continues to impede population restoration and management. Domestic sheep have long been linked to pneumonia outbreaks in bighorn sheep and this association has now been confirmed in 13 captive commingling...

Cassirer, E. Frances; Manlove, Kezia R.; Almberg, Emily S.; Kamath, Pauline; Cox, Mike; Wolff, Peregrine L.; Roug, Annette; Shannon, Justin M.; Robinson, Rusty; Harris, Richard B.; Gonzales, Ben J.; Plowright, Raina K.; Hudson, Peter J.; Cross, Paul C.; Dobson, Andrew; Besser, Thomas E.
Cassirer, EF, KR Manlove, ES Almberg, PL Kamath, M Cox, P Wolff, A Roug, J Shannon, R Robinson, RB Harris, BJ Gonzales, RK Plowright, PJ Hudson, PC Cross, A Dobson, TE Besser. 2017. Pneumonia in bighorn sheep: Risk and resilience. Journal of Wildlife Management. doi:10.1002/jwmg.21309

Year Published: 2017

Status and conservation of Yellowstone cutthroat trout in the Greater Yellowstone Area

No abstract available.

Al-Chokhachy, Robert K.; Shepard, Bradley; Burckhardt, Jason; Opitz, Scott; Garren, Dan; Koel, Todd M.; Nelson, Lee M.
Al-Chokhachy, R., B.B. Shepard, J.C. Burckhardt, S. Optiz, D. Garren, T.M. Koel and M.L. Nelson. 2017. Status and Conservation of Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout in the Greater Yellowstone Area. Yellowstone Science 25(1). https://www.nps.gov/articles/status-and-conservation-of-yellowstone-cutthroat-trout-in-the-gye.htm

Year Published: 2017

Using carbon dioxide in fisheries and aquatic invasive species management

To restore native fish populations, fisheries programs often depend on active removal of aquatic invasive species. Chemical removal can be an effective method of eliminating aquatic invasive species, but chemicals can induce mortality in nontarget organisms and persist in the environment. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is an emerging alternative to...

Treanor, Hilary B.; Ray, Andrew M.; Layhee, Megan J.; Watten, Barnaby J.; Gross, Jason A.; Gresswell, Robert E.; Webb, Molly A. H.
Treanor, H.B., A.M. Ray, M. Layhee, B.J. Watten, J.A. Gross, R.E. Gresswell, and M.A.H. Webb. 2017. Using carbon dioxide in fisheries and aquatic invasive species management. Fisheries 42 (12):621-628.

Year Published: 2017

Application of synthetic scenarios to address water resource concerns: A management-guided case study from the Upper Colorado River Basin

Water managers are increasingly interested in better understanding and planning for projected resource impacts from climate change. In this management-guided study, we use a very large suite of synthetic climate scenarios in a statistical modeling framework to simultaneously evaluate how (1) average temperature and precipitation changes, (2)...

McAfee, Stephanie A.; Pederson, Gregory T.; Woodhouse, Connie A.; McCabe, Gregory
Stephanie A. McAfee, Gregory T. Pederson, Connie A. Woodhouse, Gregory J. McCabe, Application of synthetic scenarios to address water resource concerns: A management-guided case study from the Upper Colorado River Basin, Climate Services, Volume 8, 2017, Pages 26-35, ISSN 2405-8807, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cliser.2017.10.003.

Year Published: 2017

A probe-based quantitative PCR assay for detecting Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae in fish tissue and environmental DNA water samples

A probe-based quantitative real-time PCR assay was developed to detect Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae, which causes proliferative kidney disease in salmonid fish, in kidney tissue and environmental DNA (eDNA) water samples. The limits of detection and quantification were 7 and 100 DNA copies for calibration standards and T. bryosalmonae...

Hutchins, Patrick; Sepulveda, Adam; Martin, Renee; Hopper, Lacey
Hutchins P. R., A. J. Sepulveda, R. M. Martin, and L. R. Hopper. 2017. A probe-based quantitative PCR assay for detecting Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae in fish tissue and environmental DNA water samples. Conservation Genetics Resources:1-3.