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Sepulveda, Adam J., Megan Layhee, Zachary A. Sutphin, and Juddson D. Sechrist. 2015. Evaluation of a Fine Sediment Removal Tool in Spring-fed and Snowmelt Driven Streams. Ecological Rest. 33:303-315

Marienthal, A. Hendrikx, J., Birkeland, K., Irvine, KM. 2015. Meteorological variables to aid forecasting deep slap avalanches on persistent weak layers. Cold Regions Science and Technology. doi:10.1016/j.coldregions.2015.08.007

Peitzsch, Erich H., Jordy Hendrikx, and Daniel B. Fagre. 2015. Terrain parameters of glide snow avalanches and a simple spatial glide snow avalanche model. Cold Regions Science and Technology. doi:10.1016/j.coldregions.2015.08.002.

Beever, E. A., O'Leary, J., Mengelt, C., West, J. M., Julius, S., Green, N., Magness, D., Petes, L., Stein, B., Nicotra, A. B., Hellmann, J. J., Robertson, A. L., Staudinger, M. D., Rosenberg, A. A., Babij, E., Brennan, J., Schuurman, G. W. and Hofmann, G. E. (2015), Improving Conservation Outcomes with a New Paradigm for Understanding Species’ Fundamental and Realized Adaptive Capacity. Conservation Letters. doi: 10.1111/conl.12190

Bowen, Z.H., Aldridge, C.L., Anderson, P.J., Assal, T.J., Bartos, T.T., Biewick, L.R.H., Boughton, G.K., Chalfoun, A.D., Chong, G.W., Dematatis, M.K., Eddy-Miller, C.A., Garman, S.L., Germaine, S.S., Homer, C.G., Huber, Christopher, Kauffman, M.J., Latysh, Natalie, Manier, D.J., Melcher, C.P., Miller, A.R., Miller, K.A., Olexa, E.M., Schell, S.L., Walters, A.W., Wilson, A.B., and Wyckoff, T.B., 2015, U.S. Geological Survey science for the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative—2014 annual report: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015–1091, 61 p.

Layhee, Megan, Adam Sepulveda, Andrew Ray, Greg Mladenka, Lynn Van Every. 2015. Ecological relevance of current water quality assessment unit designations in impaired rivers. Science of The Total Environment. 536(1): 198–205.

Homel, K.M., R.E. Gresswell, J.L. Kershner. 2015. Life History Diversity of Snake River finespotted cutthroat trout: managing for persistence in a rapidly changing environment. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 35(4): 789-801.

Lowe, Winsor H., Clint C. Muhlfeld , and Fred W. Allendorf, 2015, Spatial sorting promotes the spread of maladaptive hybridization, Trends in Ecology & Evolution 30(8):456–462.

Foley, A. M., Cross, P. C., Christianson, D. A., Scurlock, B. M. and Creel, S. (2015), Influences of supplemental feeding on winter elk calf:cow ratios in the southern Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The Journal of Wildlife Management. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.908

Cole, E. K., Foley, A. M., Warren, J. M., Smith, B. L., Dewey, S. R., Brimeyer, D. G., Fairbanks, W. S., Sawyer, H. and Cross, P. C. (2015), Changing migratory patterns in the Jackson elk herd. The Journal of Wildlife Management. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.917

Sepúlveda, Maximiliano, Katherine Pelican, Paul Cross, Antonieta Eguren, and Randall Singer. 2015. Fine-scale movements of rural free-ranging dogs in conservation areas in the temperate rainforest of the coastal range of southern Chile. Mammalian Biology - Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde. 80(4): 290–297 doi:10.1016/j.mambio.2015.03.001

Varner, J., M.S. Lambert, J.J. Horns, S. Laverty, L. Dizney, E.A. Beever, and M.D. Dearing. 2015. Too hot to trot? Evaluating the effects of wildfire on patterns of occupancy and abundance for a climate-sensitive habitat specialist. International Journal of Wildland Fire. doi:10.1071/WF15038

van Manen F. T., Haroldson M. A., Soileau S. C., editors. 2014. Yellowstone grizzly bear investigations: annual report of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, 2014. Bozeman (MT): U.S. Geological Survey.

Hossack, Blake R., William R. Gould, Debra A. Patla, Erin Muths, Rob Daley, Kristin Legg, Paul Stephen Corn. 2015. Trends in Rocky Mountain amphibians and the role of beaver as a keystone species. Biological Conservation. 187:260–269. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2015.05.005

Whitman, E., Batllori, E., Parisien, M.A., Miller, C., Coop, J. D., Krawchuk, M. A., Chong, G. W., Haire, S. L. (2015), The climate space of fire regimes in north-western North America. Journal of Biogeography. doi: 10.1111/jbi.12533

Almberg, E. S., P. C. Cross, A. P. Dobson, D. W. Smith, M. C. Metz, D. R. Stahler and P. J. Hudson. (2015), Social living mitigates the costs of a chronic illness in a cooperative carnivore. Ecology Letters. doi: 10.1111/ele.12444

Nicotra, A. B., Beever, E. A., Robertson, A. L., Hofmann, G. E. and O'Leary, J. (2015), Assessing the components of adaptive capacity to improve conservation and management efforts under global change. Conservation Biology. doi: 10.1111/cobi.12522

Al-Chokhachy, Robert, Sean Moran, Peter A. McHugh, Shana Bernall, Wade Fredenberg & Joseph M. DosSantos. 2015. Consequences of Actively Managing a Small Bull Trout Population in a Fragmented Landscape. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 144(3) 515-531. DOI: 10.1080/00028487.2015.1007162.

Cross, P. C., Maichak, E. J., Rogerson, J. D., Irvine, K. M., Jones, J. D., Heisey, D. M., Edwards, W. H. and Scurlock, B. M. (2015), Estimating the phenology of elk brucellosis transmission with hierarchical models of cause-specific and baseline hazards. The Journal of Wildlife Management. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.883

Kinzel, Paul, Mark Bauer, Mark Feller, Christopher Holmquist-Johnson, Todd Preston. 2015. Experimental Flights Using a Small Unmanned Aircraft System for Mapping Emergent Sandbars. Great Plains Research. 25(1): 39-52. doi:10.1353/gpr.2015.0018

Gorsich, E, PC Cross, R Bengis, VO Ezenwa, A Jolles. Online. Context-dependent survival, fecundity, and predicted population-level consequences of brucellosis in African buffalo. Journal of Animal Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12356

Preston, Todd M. 2015. Presence and abundance of non-native plant species associated with recent energy development in the Williston Basin. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. doi:10.1007/s10661-015-4408-7

Camp, V.E., Pierce, K.L., and Morgan, L..A., 2015, Yellowstone plume trigger for Basin and Range extension, and coeval emplacement of the Nevada-Columbia Basin magmatic belt: Geosphere, v.11, no. 2. doi:10.1130/GES01051.1

Munson , Seth M., Robert H. Webb, David C. Housman, Kari E. Veblen, Kenneth E. Nussear, Erik A. Beever, Kristine B. Hartney, Maria N. Miriti, Susan L. Phillips, Robert E. Fulton and Nita G. Tallent. 2015. Long-term plant responses to climate are moderated by biophysical attributes in a North American desert. Journal of Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12381

Clark, Adam M., Joel T. Harper, and Daniel B. Fagre. 2015. Glacier-Derived August Runoff in Northwest Montana. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 47(1):1-16.

K. M. Irvine, 2015, Review of the Book Handbook of Spatial Point-Pattern Analysis in Ecology, by Thorsten, Wiegand, and Kirk A. Moloney, Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Science.

Addis, Brett R., Winsor H. Lowe, Blake R. Hossack, and Fred W. Allendorf. 2015. Population genetic structure and disease in montane boreal toads: more heterozygous individuals are more likely to be infected with amphibian chytrid. Conservation Genetics. DOI 10.1007/s10592-015-0704-6

Corn, Paul Stephen and Suzanna C. Soileau. 2014. Perspectives from the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute: The USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center. International Journal of Wilderness. 20(3): 33-34.

Kovach, R. P., Muhlfeld, C. C., Wade, A. A., Hand, B. K., Whited, D. C., DeHaan, P. W., Al-Chokhachy, R. and Luikart, G. (2015), Genetic diversity is related to climatic variation and vulnerability in threatened bull trout. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12850

Hand, Brian K., Winsor H. Lowe, Ryan P. Kovach, Clint C. Muhlfeld, and Gordon Luikart. 2015. Landscape community genomics: understanding eco-evolutionary processes in complex environments. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2015.01.005

Irvine, K.M., Miller, S.W., Al-Chokhachy, R.K., Archer, E.K., Roper, B.B., Kershner, J.L., 2014, Empirical evaluation of the conceptual model underpinning a regional aquatic long-term monitoring program using causal modeling, Ecological Indicators, v. 50, p8-23,doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2014.10.011

Byrne, James M., Daniel Fagre, Ryan MacDonald, and Clint C. Muhlfeld. 2015. Climate Change and the Rocky Mountains. pp. 432-463 in V.I.Grover, A. Borsdorf, J.H. Breuste, P.C. Tiwari, and F.W. Frangetto, eds. Impact of Global Changes on Mountains: Responses and Adaptation (1st ed), CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL

Clint C. Muhlfeld, Shannon E. Albeke, Stephanie L. Gunckel, Benjamin J. Writer, Bradley B. Shepard & Bruce E. May (2015) Status and Conservation of Interior Redband Trout in the Western United States, North American Journal of Fisheries Management, 35:1, 31-53, DOI: 10.1080/02755947.2014.951807

Vatland, S. J., R. E. Gresswell, and G. C. Poole (2015), Quantifying stream thermal regimes at multiple scales: Combining thermal infrared imagery and stationary stream temperature data in a novel modeling framework, Water Resour. Res., 51, doi:10.1002/2014WR015588.

Cohen, E. B., Z. Németh, T. J. Zenzal, Jr., K. L. Paxton, R. Diehl, E. H. Paxton, and F. R. Moore. 2015. Phenology and timing of songbird migration across the Gulf of Mexico. Pp. 63–82 in E. M. Wood and J. L. Kellermann, eds. Phenological synchrony and bird migration: changing climate and seasonal resources in North America. Studies in Avian Biology (no. 47), RC Press, Boca Raton, FL

Zenzal, T. J., Jr., R. H. Diehl, and F. R. Moore. 2014. The impact of radio telemetry devices on Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris). Condor 116:518-526.

Ray, A., A. Sepulveda, B. Hossack, D. Patla, and K. Legg. 2014. Using monitoring data to map amphibian breeding hotspots and describe wetland vulnerability in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Park Science 31(1):112–117, 119.

Ray, A., A. Sepulveda, B. Hossack, D. Patla, and K. Legg. 2014. Environmental DNA: Can it improve our understanding of biodiversity on NPS lands? Park Science 31(1):118

McCaffery, Rebecca M., Rita Reisor, Kathryn Irvine, Jessi Brunson. 2014. Demographic monitoring and population viability analysis of two rare beardtongues from the Uinta Basin. Western North American Naturalist 74(3), pp. 257–274.

Jones, Jennifer D., Matthew J. Kauffman, Kevin L. Monteith, Brandon M. Scurlock, Shannon E. Albeke, and Paul C. Cross 2014. Supplemental feeding alters migration of a temperate ungulate. Ecological Applications 24:1769–1779.

Bean, Jared R., Andrew C. Wilcox, William W. Woessner, Clint C. Muhlfeld. Multi-scale hydrogeomorphic influences on bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus) spawning habitat. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, DOI: 10.1139/cjfas-2013-0534

Kovach, Ryan P., Stephen C. Ellison, Sanjay Pyare, and David A. Tallmon. Temporal patterns in adult salmon migration timing across southeast Alaska. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12829

J. Joseph Giersch, Steve Jordan, Gordon Luikart, Leslie A. Jones, F. Richard Hauer and Clint C. Muhlfeld. 2014. Climate-induced range contraction of a rare alpine aquatic invertebrate. Freshwater Science.

Preston TM, Chesley-Preston TL, Risk assessment of brine contamination to aquatic resources from energy development in glacial drift deposits: Williston Basin, USA, Sci Total Environ (2014)

Kovach RP, Muhlfeld CC, Boyer MC, Lowe WH, Allendorf FW, Luikart G. 2015. Dispersal and selection mediate hybridization between a native and invasive species. Proc. R. Soc. B 20142454.

Olexa, E.M., Soileau, S.C., and Allen, L.A., 2014, Observations of elk movement patterns on Fossil Butte National Monument: WLCI Fact Sheet 6, 2 p.

McCaffery, Rebecca M. , Rita Reisor, Kathryn Irvine, Jessi Brunson. 2014. Demographic monitoring and population viability analysis of two rare beardtongues from the Uinta Basin. Western North American Naturalist 74(3) 257–274

Angela Brennan, Paul C. Cross, Megan D. Higgs, W. Henry Edwards, Brandon M. Scurlock, and Scott Creel 2014. A multi-scale assessment of animal aggregation patterns to understand increasing pathogen seroprevalence. Ecosphere 5:art138.

Manlove, Kezia R., E. Frances Cassirer, Paul C. Cross, Raina K. Plowright, and Peter J. Hudson. 2014. Costs and benefits of group living with disease: a case study of pneumonia in bighorn lambs (Ovis canadensis). Proc. R. Soc. B. 2014 281 1797 20142331; doi:10.1098/rspb.2014.2331 (published 5 November 2014) 1471-2954

Sepulveda, A.J., M. Layhee, D. Stagliano, J. Chaffin, A. Begley, and B. Maxell. 2014. Invasion of American bullfrogs along the Yellowstone River. Aquatic Invasions.

Paul. M. Cryan et al. 2014. Behavior of bats at wind turbines. PNAS. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1406672111

Rodhouse, Thomas J., Kathryn M. Irvine, Roger L. Sheley, Brenda S. Smith, Shirley Hoh, Daniel M. Esposito, and Ricardo Mata-Gonzalez 2014. Predicting foundation bunchgrass species abundances: model-assisted decision-making in protected-area sagebrush steppe. Ecosphere 5:art108

Pierce, K.L., Chesley-Preston, T.L., and Sojda, R.L., 2014, Surficial geologic map of the Red Rock Lakes area, southwest Montana: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014–1157, 22 p., scale 1:24,000.

Bennett, Stephen, Robert Al-Chokhachy, Brett B. Roper & Phaedra Budy (2014) Annual Variation of Spawning Cutthroat Trout in a Small Western USA Stream: A Case Study with Implications for the Conservation of Potamodromous Trout Life History Diversity, North American Journal of Fisheries Management, 34:5, 1033-1046

Allen, Leslie, Montag, Jessica, Lyon, Katie, Soileau, Suzanna, and Schuster, Rudy, 2014, Rancher and farmer quality of life in the midst of energy development in southwest Wyoming: WLCI Fact Sheet 5, 4 p.

Ault, Toby R., Julia E. Cole, Jonathan T. Overpeck, Gregory T. Pederson, and David M. Meko. 2014. Assessing the risk of persistent drought using climate model simulations and paleoclimate data. Journal of Climate. doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00282.1

Davenport, Jon M., Blake R. Hossack, Winsor H. Lowe. 2014. Partitioning the non-consumptive effects of predators on prey with complex life histories. Oecologia. 176:149–155. DOI 10.1007/s00442-014-2996-5

Ron Pierce, Craig Podner, Laurie Marczak & Leslie Jones (2014) Instream Habitat Restoration and Stream Temperature Reduction in a Whirling Disease-Positive Spring Creek in the Blackfoot River Basin, Montana, Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 143:5, 1188-1198

van Manen FT, Haroldson MA, West K, Soileau SC, editors. 2014. Yellowstone grizzly bear investigations: annual report of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, 2013. Bozeman (MT): U.S. Geological Survey.

Benavides, J. A., Cross, P. C., Luikart, G. and Creel, S. (2014), Limitations to estimating bacterial cross-species transmission using genetic and genomic markers: inferences from simulation modeling. Evolutionary Applications. doi: 10.1111/eva.12173

Graves, Tabitha , Richard B. Chandler, J. Andrew Royle, Paul Beier, Katherine C. Kendall. Estimating landscape resistance to dispersal. Landscape ecology. 2014. (DOI) 10.1007/s10980-014-0056-5.

Sepulveda, A. J., Rutz, D. S., Dupuis, A. W., Shields, P. A. and Dunker, K. J. (2014), Introduced northern pike consumption of salmonids in Southcentral Alaska. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. doi: 10.1111/eff.12164

Gunther, K., R. Shoemaker, K. Frey, M. A. Haroldson, S. L. Cain, F. T. van Manen, and J. K. Fortin. 2014. Dietary breadth of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Ursus. 25(1):60–72.

Prato et al. 2014. “Simulating Future Residential Property Losses from Wildfire in Flathead County, Montana.” In: Justin A. Daniels, editor. Advances in Environmental Research. New York (NY): Nova Science Publishers. Vol 33, p 1-40.

Olexa, Edward M. and Richard L. Lawrence. 2014. Performance and effects of land cover type on synthetic surface reflectance data and NDVI estimates for assessment and monitoring of semi-arid rangeland. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation. 30: 30-41.

Rachel T. Bolus (2014) Geographic variation in songs of the Common Yellowthroat. The Auk: April 2014, Vol. 131, No. 2, pp. 175-185.

Gleason, R.A., and Tangen, B.A., eds., 2014, Brine contamination to aquatic resources from oil and gas development in the Williston Basin, United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5017, 127 p.

Al-Chokhachy, Robert, Clint C. Muhlfeld, Matthew C. Boyer, Leslie A. Jones, Amber Steed & Jeffrey L. Kershner. 2014. Quantifying the effectiveness of conservation measures to control the spread of anthropogenic hybridization in stream salmonids: a climate adaptation case study. North American Journal of Fisheries Management DOI: 10.1080/02755947.2014.901259

Muhlfeld, Clint C., Ryan P. Kovach, Leslie A. Jones, Robert Al-Chokhachy, Matthew C. Boyer, Robb F. Leary, Winsor H. Lowe, Gordon Luikart, and Fred W. Allendorf. 2014. Invasive hybridization in a threatened species is accelerated by climate change. Nature Climate Change. doi:10.1038/nclimate2252.

Pierce, K.L., Licciardi, J.M., Krause, T.R., and Whitlock, Cathy, 2014, Glacial and Quaternary geology of the northern Yellowstone area, Montana and Wyoming, in Shaw, C.A., and Tikoff, B., editors, Exploring the Northern Rocky Mountains: Geological Society of America Field Guide 37, p. 189-203, doi:10.1130/2014.0037(09).

Costello, C. M., F. T. van Manen, M. A. Haroldson, M. R. Ebinger, S. Cain, K. Gunther, and D. D. Bjornlie. 2014. Influence of whitebark pine decline on fall habitat use and movements of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Ecology and Evolution. 4(10):2004-2018.

Beever, E.A., B. Mattson, M. Germino, M. Post Van der Burg, J. Bradford, and M. Brunson. 2014. Successes and challenges of 11 broad-extent conservation programs, from formation to implementation. Conservation Biology. 28(2):302-314.

Ray, A. M., C.A. Mebane, F. Raben, K.M. Irvine, and A. M. Marcarelli. 2014. A combined macrophyte-epiphyte bioassay for evaluating nutrient enrichment in an impaired river. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. DOI 10.1007/s10661-014-3682-0

Richardson, Leslie, Tatjana Rosen, Kerry Gunther, and Chuck Schwartz. 2014. The economics of roadside bear viewing. Journal of Environmental Management. 140:102-110.

Mafalda, Viana, Rebecca Mancy, Roman Biek, Sarah Cleaveland, Paul C. Cross, James O. Lloyd-Smith, and Daniel T. Haydon. 2014. Assembling evidence for identifying reservoirs of infection. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 1806. DOI:10.1016/j.tree.2014.03.002

Schwartz, C. C., Teisberg, J. E., Fortin, J. K., Haroldson, M. A., Servheen, C., Robbins, C. T. and van Manen, F. T. (2014), Use of isotopic sulfur to determine whitebark pine consumption by Yellowstone bears: A reassessment. Wildlife Society Bulletin. doi: 10.1002/wsb.426

Kamath, Pauline L., Wendy C. Turner, Martina Küsters, and Wayne M. Getz. 2014. Parasite-mediated selection drives an immunogenetic trade-off in plains zebras (Equus quagga). Proc. R. Soc. B. vol. 281 no. 1783 doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0077

Abbey-Lambertz, M., A. Ray, M. Layhee, C. Densmore, A. Sepulveda, J. Gross and B. Watten. 2014. Suppressing bullfrog larvae with carbon dioxide. Journal of Herpetology 48(1): 59-66.

Diehl, R. H., J. E. Bates, D. E. Willard, and T. P. Gnoske. 2014. The hazards of nocturnal migration over Lake Michigan: a case study. Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 126:19-29.

van Manen, F. T., Ebinger, M. R., Haroldson, M. A., Harris, R. B., Higgs, M. D., Cherry, S., White, G. C. and Schwartz, C. C. (2014), Re-evaluation of Yellowstone grizzly bear population dynamics not supported by empirical data: response to Doak & Cutler. Conservation Letters. doi: 10.1111/conl.12095

Sigafus, B. H., C. R. Schwalbe, B. R. Hossack, E. Muths. 2014. Prevalence of the Amphibian Chytrid Fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) at Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona, USA. Herpetological Review. 45(1), 41–42.

Sepulveda, Adam J., Juddson Sechrist, Laurie B. Marczak. 2014. Testing Ecological Tradeoffs of a New Tool for Removing Fine Sediment in a Spring-fed Stream. Ecological Restoration. 32(1): 68-77. DOI:10.1353/ecr.2014.0002

Erin L. Landguth, Clint C. Muhlfeld, Robin S. Waples, Leslie Jones, Winsor H. Lowe, Diane Whited, John Lucotch, Helen Neville, and Gordon Luikart. 2014. Combining demographic and genetic factors to assess population vulnerability in stream species. Ecological Applications. DOI:10.1890/13-0499.1