Sara Oyler-McCance, Ph.D.


Dr. Sara J. Oyler-McCance is a research geneticist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) at the Fort Collins Science Center (FORT). She has worked for USGS since 1999 as a conservation geneticist leading the Molecular Ecology Lab at FORT. She applies genetic and genomic technologies to address a variety of complex questions and conservation issues facing the management of the Nation's fish and wildlife resources. Current and past studies have provided information to assess taxonomic boundaries, inform listing decisions made under the Endangered Species Act, identify unique or genetically depauperate populations, estimate population size or survival rates, develop management or recovery plans, breed wildlife in captivity, relocate wildlife from one location to another, and assess the effects of environmental change.


  • Ph.D. in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University, 1999
  • M.S. in Wildlife Biology, University of Maine, 1993
  • B.S. in Biology, University of Michigan, 1991


  • Affiliate Faculty, Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, Colorado State University
  • Affiliate Faculty, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, Colorado State University