Charles Drost

Biography

My work focuses on biological inventory studies and on the population status, population dynamics, and population genetics of a wide variety of animal species. Most of this work has been on threatened or rare species on lands managed by Federal agencies in the southwestern United States, including the southern California Channel Islands and on National Park lands in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.

Many of the concerns of conservation and land management are focused on the population status, habitat relationships and, ultimately, long-term protection and restoration of plant and animal species. Charles Drost works on biological inventory studies and on the population status, population dynamics, and population genetics of a wide variety of animal species. Most of these studies are on threatened or rare species on lands managed by Federal agencies. Inventory studies have covered the southern California Channel Islands, National Park lands in the Southwest, and the southwestern states as a whole, as part of the National GAP program. Current studies include:

    Amphibian populations and amphibian declines, particularly the northern leopard frog, in the U.S. Southwest.

    Population ecology and population trends of the island night lizard on the California Channel Islands.

 

    Inventories, population status and distribution, and habitat relationships of rare land snails in the southern California coastal region and offshore islands.

 

 

 

 

Publications

Van Riper, Charles, III; Drost, Charles A.; Selleck, S. Shane, 2015. A quarter century of research on the Colorado Plateau: a compilation of the Colorado Plateau Biennial Conference Proceedings for 1993-2015. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015-1115, vii, 186 p.

Lovich, Jeffrey E.; LaRue, Charles T.; Drost, Charles A.; Arundel, Terence R., 2014. Traditional cultural use as a tool for inferring biogeography and provenance: a case study involving painted turtles (Chrysemys picta) and Hopi Native American culture in Arizona, USA. The American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists , 6 p.

Hinck, Jo E.; Linder, Greg; Darrah, Abigail J.; Drost, Charles A.; Duniway, Michael C.; Johnson, Matthew J.; Méndez-Harclerode, Francisca M.; Nowak, Erika M.; Valdez, Ernest W.; Van Riper, Charles; Wolff, S.W., 2014. Exposure pathways and biological receptors: baseline data for the canyon uranium mine, Coconino County, Arizona. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management , 19 p. [Link]

Lovich, Jeffrey E.; Madrak, Sheila V.; Drost, Charles A.; Monatesti, Anthony J.; Casper, Dennis ; Znari, Mohammed, 2012. Optimal egg size in a suboptimal environment: reproductive ecology of female Sonora mud turtles (Kinosternon sonoriense) in central Arizona, USA. Brill , 10 p.

Drost, Charles A.; Lovich, Jeffrey E.; Madrak, Sheila V.; Monatesti, A.J., 2011. Removal of nonnative slider turtles (Trachemys scripta) and effects on native Sonora mud turtles (Kinosternon sonoriense) at Montezuma Well, Yavapai County, Arizona. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1177, vi, 41 p.; Appendices [Link]

Theimer, Tad C.; Drost, Charles A.; O'Donnell, Ryan P.; Mock, Karen E., 2011. Population status and population genetics of northern leopard frogs in Arizona. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011-1186, vi, 36 p. [Link]

Orrock, John L.; Allan, Brian F.; Drost, Charles A., 2011. Biogeographic and ecological regulation of disease: Prevalence of Sin Nombre virus in island mice is related to island area, precipitation, and predator richness. The University of Chicago Press , 7 p.

Schmidt, Cecilia A.; Drost, Charles A.; Halvorson, William Lee, 2006. Vascular Plant and Vertebrate Inventory of Montezuma Castle National Monument. Geological Survey (U.S.) Open-File Report 2006-1163, x, 56 p. [Link

van Riper, Charles, III, Charles A. Drost, and S. Shane Selleck. 2015. A Quarter-Century of Research on the Colorado Plateau:  A Compilation of the Colorado Plateau Biennial Conference Proceedings: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015‒1115, 186 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20151115.

Hinck, Jo E., G. Linder, A. J. Darrah, Charles A. Drost, M. C. Duniway, M. J. Johnson, F. M. Méndez-Harclerode, E. M. Nowak, E. W. Valdez, S. Wolff, and Charles van Riper III. 2014. Exposure Pathways and Biological Receptors: Baseline Data for the Canyon Uranium Mine, Coconino County, Arizona: Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management, vol. (online), http://fwspubs.org/doi/pdf/10.3996/052014-JFWM-039.

O'Donnell, R. P., C. A. Drost, and K. E. Mock. 2014. Development and characterization of 12 microsatellite markers for the Island Night Lizard (Xantusia riversiana), a threatened species endemic to the Channel Islands, California, USA. Conservation Genetics Resources 6: 699-700.

Lovich, J. E., C. T. LaRue, C. A. Drost, and T. R. Arundel. 2014. Traditional Cultural Use as a Tool for Inferring Biogeography and Provenance: A Case Study Involving Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta) and Hopi Native American Culture in Arizona, USA. Copeia 2014: 215-220.

Lovich, J. E., , S. V. Madrak, C. A. Drost, A. J. Monatesti, D. Casper, and M. Znari. 2012. Optimal egg size in a suboptimal environment: reproductive ecology of female Sonora mud turtles (Kinosternon sonoriense) in central Arizona, USA.  Amphibia-Reptilia 33 (2012): 161-170

Drost, Charles A., O’Donnell, Ryan P., Mock, Karen E., and Theimer, Tad C., 2011, Population status and population genetics of northern leopard frogs in Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1186, 36 p. [http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2011/1186/].

Orrock, John L., Brian F. Allan, and Charles A. Drost. 2011. Biogeographic and ecological regulation of disease: Prevalence of Sin Nombre virus in island mice is related to island area, precipitation, and predator richness.  American Naturalist  177:691-697.

Drost, C. A., Lovich, J. E., Madrak, S. V., and Monatesti, A. J., 2011, Removal of nonnative slider turtles (Trachemys scripta) and effects on native Sonora mud turtles (Kinosternon sonoriense) at Montezuma Well, Yavapai County, Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010–1177, 48 p. [http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2010/1177/].

Oláh-Hemmings, V., J. R. Jaeger, M. J. Sredl, M. A. Schlaepfer, R. D. Jennings, C. A. Drost, D. F. Bradford, and B. R. Riddle. 2010. Phylogeography of declining relict and lowland leopard frogs in the desert Southwest of North America.  Journal of Zoology 280:  343-354

Lovich, Jeff, Charles Drost, A.J. Monatesti, Dennis Casper, and Michele Girard. 2010. Reptilian prey of the Sonora mud turtle (Kinosternon sonoriense) with comments on saurophagy and ophiophagy in North American turtles.  Southwestern Naturalist 55:135-138.

Drost, Charles A., and Steven A. Junak. 2009. Colonizers, waifs, and stowaways: arrival of new plant species on Santa Barbara Island over a 30-year period.  pp. 215-228 in: Damiani, C., and D. Garcelon (eds.), Proceedings of the Seventh California Islands Symposium.  Institute for Wildlife Studies, Arcata, California.

Drost, Charles A., Lisa Gelczis, and Paula Power. 2009. Distribution and abundance of harvest mice and deer mice on Santa Cruz Island in relation to feral animal removal.  pp. 349-361 in: Damiani, C., and D. Garcelon (eds.), Proceedings of the Seventh California Islands Symposium.  Institute for Wildlife Studies, Arcata, California.

Fellers, Gary M., and Charles A. Drost. 2009.  Island Night Lizard.  Chapter in: Lizards of the American Southwest (Lawrence Jones and Rob Lovich, eds.)

Drost, Charles A. 2009. Inventory of Mammals at Walnut Canyon, Wupatki, and Sunset Crater National Monuments.  National Park Service Technical Report NPS/SCPN/NRTR-2009/278.

Drost, Charles A. 2008. A study of burrowing animals and their impact on archaeological sites at El Morro National Monument.  USGS Open-File Report 2008–1011

Drost, Charles A., and Jan Hart. 2008. Mammal Inventory of the Mojave Network Parks—Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Manzanar National Historic Site, and Mojave National Preserve.  U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1167

Hart, Jan, and Charles Drost. 2008. Avian Species Inventory at Manzanar National Historic Site, California.  U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1275

Wynne, J.J., C.A. Drost, N.S. Cobb and J.R. Rihs. 2008. Cave-dwelling Invertebrates of Grand Canyon National Park. In Proceedings of the 8th Biennial Conference of Research on the Colorado Plateau (C. van Riper and M. Sogge, Eds). University of Arizona Press, Tucson, pp. 235-246.

Boykin, K., C.A. Drost and J.J. Wynne. 2008. A gap analysis of terrestrial vertebrate species of the Colorado Plateau: assessment from the Southwest Gap Analysis Project. In Proceedings of the 8th Biennial Conference of Research on the Colorado Plateau (C. van Riper and M. Sogge, Eds). University of Arizona Press, Tucson, pp. 77-107.

Boykin, K., B. Thompson, R. Deitner, D. Schrupp, D. Bradford, L. O’Brien, C. Drost, S. Propeck-Gray, et al. 2007. Predicted animal habitat distributions and species richness.  Chapter 3.  In: J. S. Prior-Magee et al., eds. Southwest Regional Gap Analysis Final Report. U.S. Geological Survey, Gap Analysis Program, Moscow, ID.

Cecilia A. Schmidt, Charles A. Drost and William L. Halvorson 2006. Vascular Plant and Vertebrate Inventory of Montezuma Castle National Monument  USGS Open-File Report 2006-1163.  U.S. Geological Survey, Southwest Biological Science Center, Sonoran Desert Research Station, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

Schwemm, C. C. A. Drost, and J. Orrock. 2005. An ecological monitoring parable:  System-level changes following the loss of island foxes at Channel Islands National Park.  Natural Resource Year in Review – 2005.  U.S. National Park Service, Natural Resource Program Center, Office of Education and Outreach.

Drost, C. A. 2005. Declining Riparian Species: Leopard Frogs in Grand Canyon and Glen Canyon. Pp. 116-117 in S. P. Gloss, J. E. Lovich, and T. S. Melis (eds.). The State of the Colorado River Ecosystem in Grand Canyon. U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1282, 220 pp.

Drost, C. A. 2005. Vertebrates of Montezuma Castle National Monument: Present status and historical changes.  In: C. van Riper III and D. J. Mattson (eds.) The Colorado Plateau II: Biophysical, Socioeconomic, and Cultural Research.  University of Arizona Press, Tucson.