Sage-grouse & Sagebrush Ecosystem

Publications

Publications related to USGS sage-grouse and sagebrush steppe science are listed below.

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Fungal and bacterial contributions to nitrogen cycling in cheatgrass-invaded and uninvaded native sagebrush soils of the western USA

AimThere is interest in determining how cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum L.) modifies N cycling in sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata Nutt.) soils of the western USA.MethodsTo gain insight into the roles of fungi and bacteria in N cycling of cheatgrass-invaded and uninvaded sagebrush soils, the fungal protein synthesis inhibitor, cycloheximide (CHX), and...

DeCrappeo, Nicole; DeLorenze, Elizabeth J.; Giguere, Andrew T; Pyke, David A.; Bottomley, Peter J.
DeCrappeo, N.M., DeLorenze, E.J., Giguere, A.T., Pyke, D.A., Bottomley, P.J., 2017, Fungal and bacterial contributions to nitrogen cycling in cheatgrass-invaded and uninvaded native sagebrush soils of the western USA: Plant and Soil, p. online, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11104-017-3209-x.

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Climate drives adaptive genetic responses associated with survival in big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata)

A genecological approach was used to explore genetic variation for survival in Artemisia tridentata(big sagebrush). Artemisia tridentata is a widespread and foundational shrub species in western North America. This species has become extremely fragmented, to the detriment of dependent wildlife, and efforts to restore it are now a...

Chaney, Lindsay; Richardson, Bryce A.; Germino, Matthew J.

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Using resilience and resistance concepts to manage persistent threats to sagebrush ecosystems and greater sage-grouse

Conservation of imperiled species often demands addressing a complex suite of threats that undermine species viability. Regulatory approaches, such as the US Endangered Species Act (1973), tend to focus on anthropogenic threats through adoption of policies and regulatory mechanisms. However, persistent ecosystem-based threats, such as invasive...

Chambers, Jeanne C.; Maestas, Jeremy D.; Pyke, David A.; Boyd, Chad S.; Pellant, Mike; Wuenschel, Amarina

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Ecology and space: A case study in mapping harmful invasive species

The establishment and invasion of non-native plant species have the ability to alter the composition of native species and functioning of ecological systems with financial costs resulting from mitigation and loss of ecological services. Spatially documenting invasions has applications for management and theory, but the utility of maps is...

Brunn, Stanley D.; Dodge, Martin; David T. Barnett; Jarnevich, Catherine S.; Chong, Geneva W.; Stohlgren, Thomas J.; Sunil Kumar; Holcombe, Tracy R.
Barnett DT, C Jarnevich, GW Chong, TJ Stohlgren, S Kumar, and T Holcombe (2017). Ecology and space: A case study in mapping harmful invasive species. Pages 63-81 in Brunn, S.D. and Dodge, M. (Eds.), Mapping Across Academia. Springer Netherlands. ISBN 978-94-024-1009-9; eBook ISBN 978-024-1011-2.

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Restoration handbook for sagebrush steppe ecosystems with emphasis on greater sage-grouse habitat—Part 3. Site level restoration decisions

Sagebrush steppe ecosystems in the United States currently (2016) occur on only about one-half of their historical land area because of changes in land use, urban growth, and degradation of land, including invasions of non-native plants. The existence of many animal species depends on the existence of sagebrush steppe habitat. The greater sage-...

Pyke, David A.; Chambers, Jeanne C.; Pellant, Mike; Miller, Richard F.; Beck, Jeffrey L.; Doescher, Paul S.; Roundy, Bruce A.; Schupp, Eugene W.; Knick, Steven T.; Brunson, Mark; McIver, James D.
Pyke, D.A., Chambers, J.C., Pellant, M., Miller, R.F., Beck, J.L., Doescher, P.S., Roundy, B.A., Schupp, E.W., Knick, S.T., Brunson, M., and McIver, J.D., 2018, Restoration handbook for sagebrush steppe ecosystems with emphasis on greater sage-grouse habitat—Part 3. Site level restoration decisions (ver. 1.1, March 2018): U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1426, 62 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/cir1426.

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Integration of genetic and demographic data to assess population risk in a continuously distributed species

The identification and demographic assessment of biologically meaningful populations is fundamental to species’ ecology and management. Although genetic tools are used frequently to identify populations, studies often do not incorporate demographic data to understand their respective population trends. We used genetic data to define subpopulations...

Fedy, Bradley C.; Row, Jeffery R.; Oyler-McCance, Sara J.

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Response of aboveground carbon balance to long-term, experimental enhancements in precipitation seasonality is contingent on plant community type in cold-desert rangelands

Semi-arid rangelands are important carbon (C) pools at global scales. However, the degree of net C storage or release in water-limited systems is a function of precipitation amount and timing, as well as plant community composition. In northern latitudes of western North America, C storage in cold-desert ecosystems could increase with boosts in...

McAbee, Kathryn; Reinhardt, Keith; Germino, Matthew J.; Bosworth, Andrew
McAbee, K., Reinhardt, K., Germino, M.J., Bosworth, A., 2017, Response of aboveground carbon balance to long-term, experimental enhancements in precipitation seasonality is contingent on plant community type in cold-desert rangelands: Oecologia, p. online, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00442-017-3814-7.

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Seventy-five years of vegetation treatments on public rangelands in the Great Basin of North America

On the Ground Land treatments occurring over millions of hectares of public rangelands in the Great Basin over the last 75 years represent one of the largest vegetation manipulation and restoration efforts in the world.The ability to use legacy data from land treatments in adaptive management and ecological research has improved with the...

Pilliod, David S.; Welty, Justin L.; Toevs, Gordon
Pilliod, D.S., Welty, J.L., Toevs, G., 2017, Seventy-five years of vegetation treatments on public rangelands in the Great Basin of North America: Rangelands, p. online, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rala.2016.12.001.

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Range-wide connectivity of priority areas for Greater Sage-Grouse: Implications for long-term conservation from graph theory

The delineation of priority areas in western North America for managing Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) represents a broad-scale experiment in conservation biology. The strategy of limiting spatial disturbance and focusing conservation actions within delineated areas may benefit the greatest proportion of Greater Sage-Grouse....

Crist, Michele R.; Knick, Steven T.; Hanser, Steven E.
Crist, M.R., Knick, S.T., Hanser, S.E., 2017, Range-wide connectivity of priority areas for Greater Sage-Grouse- Implications for long-term conservation from graph theory: Condor, v. 119, no. 1, p. 44-57, http://dx.doi.org/10.1650/CONDOR-16-60.1.

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Pinyon and juniper encroachment into sagebrush ecosystems impacts distribution and survival of greater sage-grouse

In sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) ecosystems, encroachment of pinyon (Pinus spp.) and juniper (Juniperus spp.; hereafter, “pinyon-juniper”) trees has increased dramatically since European settlement. Understanding the impacts of this encroachment on behavioral decisions, distributions, and population dynamics of greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus...

Coates, Peter S.; Prochazka, Brian G.; Ricca, Mark A.; Gustafson, K. Benjamin; Ziegler, Pilar T.; Casazza, Michael L.
Coates, PS, BG Prochazka, MA Ricca, KB Gustafson, P Ziegler, ML Casazza. 2017. Pinyon and Juniper Encroachment into Sagebrush Ecosystems Impacts Distribution and Survival of Greater Sage-Grouse. Rangeland Ecology & Management 70(1): 25-38. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rama.2016.09.001

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Investigating impacts of oil and gas development on greater sage-grouse

The sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) ecosystem is one of the largest ecosystems in western North America providing habitat for species found nowhere else. Sagebrush habitats have experienced dramatic declines since the 1950s, mostly due to anthropogenic disturbances. The greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) is a sagebrush-obligate...

Green, Adam; Aldridge, Cameron L.; O'Donnell, Michael
Green, A. W., Aldridge, C. L. and O'Donnell, M. S. (2017), Investigating impacts of oil and gas development on greater sage-grouse. Jour. Wild. Mgmt., 81: 46–57. doi:10.1002/jwmg.21179

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Soils mediate the impact of fine woody debris on invasive and native grasses as whole trees are mechanically shredded into firebreaks in piñon-juniper woodlands

To stem wildfires, trees are being mechanically shredded into firebreaks with the resulting fine woody debris (FWD) potentially exerting immense control over soil and plants. We linked FWD-induced changes in microbial activity and nutrient availability to the frequency of Bromus tectorum and three native, perennial grasses across 31 piñon-juniper...

Aanderud, Zachary T.; Schoolmaster, Donald R.; Rigby, Deborah; Bybee, Jordon; Campbell, Tayte; Roundy, Bruce A.
Aanderud, Z.T., Schoolmaster, D.R., Rigby, D., Bybee, J., Campbell, T., and Roundy, B., 2017, Soils mediate the impact of fine woody debris on invasive and native grasses as whole trees are mechanically shredded into firebreaks in piñon-juniper woodlands: Journal of Arid Environments, v. 137, p. 60-68, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaridenv.2016.11.002.