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6/14/2019 - Jim Lutz and Sara Germain were featured in a BBC News video on Trees in Yosemite. Here is the link:

01/10/2019 -
UPR quoted Dr. Clark Rushing during a radio story. Here is the link:

07/13- USU swept the recent Utah TWS awards for best presentations.  The awardees:

1st Michel Kohl – A statewide tool for assisting management actions in sage-grouse country
2nd David Dahlgren- Utah Specific Sage-grouse Habitat Guidelines
3rd Patricia Cramer- Updates on the science of wildlife and roads in Utah

1st Sam Robertson- The impacts of winter ticks on Utah Moose
2nd Skyler Farnsworth- Forest grouse ecology and management in the Bear River Range, Utah
3rd Margaret A. Hallerud- Three years of cougar monitoring using non-invasive methods in the Bear River Mountains

07/13- Michel Kohl recently received the Murray F. Buell awarded by ESA.  Michel recently defended his dissertation.  He is a PhD student, working with Dan MacNulty.

05/22 -
 FS team shares Wings Across the Americas award 

05/03 - 
Megan Dettenmaeier, Darren McAvoy and Mike Kuhns recently won the Gold Award, in the Outstanding Educational Materials Award category for their Learn at Lunch Webinar Series titled: Utah State University Forestry Extension: Producing Purposeful and Impactful Webinars. This is an ongoing webinar that takes place each month. The award was presented at the Association of Natural Resourc Extension Professionals Conference held in Biloxi, Mississippi. 

02/07 - 
Maggie Hallerud selected as 2018 WILD Outstanding Senior

01/26 - 
PBS Premiere "Arctic Wolf Pack," featuring Dan MacNulty

Nicki Frey talks about South Canyon Sage-Grouse on Wild About Utah - UPR

11/17 -
Peter Adler named a 2017 Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate

11/09 - 
The Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands presented Mike Kuhns with the 2017 Forest Stewardship Achievement Award on November 1st, in St. George, Utah

11/09 -
Dillon Maggard, a Natural Resources senior at Utah State, will be competing in the NCAA Mountain Regionals for cross country, held Nov. 10th in Logan, UT. The native of Kirkland, Wash., was last years top male finisher from the Mountain West, crossing the line eighth in the 10-kilometer race with a time of 31:02.20

10/23 - 
David Stoner was recently interviewed by Utah Public Radio’s Access Utah. Title: Where the Animals Go. You can listen to the show here


08/13- Adler, P.B., D. Smull, K.H. Beard, R.T. Choi, T. Furniss, A. Kulmatiski, J.M. Meiners, A.T. Tredennick, and K.E. Veblen. 2018. Competition and coexistence in plant communities: intraspecific competition is stronger than interspecific competition. Ecology Letters 21:1319–1329.

Kleinhesselink, A.R., and P. B. Adler. 2018. The response of big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) to interannual climate variation changes across its range. Ecology 99:1139–1149.

Kohl, M.T., D.R. Stahler, M.C. Metz, J.D. Forester, M.J. Kauffman, N. Varley, P.J. White, D.W. Smith, and D.R. MacNulty. 2018. Diel predator activity drives a dynamic landscape of fear. Ecological Monographs 0(0):1-15.

Renwick, K.M., C. Curtis, A.R. Kleinhesselink, D. Schlaepfer, B.A. Bradley, C.L. Aldridge, B. Poulter, and P. B. Adler. 2018. Multi-model comparison highlights consistency in predicted effect of warming on a semi-arid shrub. Global Change Biology 24:424–438.

Smith J.T., J.D. Tack, K.E. Doherty, et al. 2017. Phenology largely explains taller grass at successful nests in greater sage-grouse. Ecol Evol. 00:1–9.

Kulmatiski, A., K.H. Beard, J.M. Norton, J.E. Heavilin, L.E. Forero, and J. Grenzer. 2017. Live long and prosper: plant–soil feedback, lifespan, and landscape abundance covary. Ecology 98: 3063–3073. doi:10.1002/ecy.2011

12/22- Kulmatiski, A., S.R.C. Sprouse, and K.H. Beard. 2017.  Soil type more than precipitation determines fine-root abundance in savannas of Kruger National Park, South Africa.  Plant and Soil 417: 523-533.

12/22- Berry, R.S., and A. Kulmatiski. 2017. A savanna response to precipitation intensity. PLOS ONE. 12. e0175402.

11/08- Dowle, E.J., Bracewell, R.R., Pfrender, M.E., Mock. K.E., Bentz, B.J., and G.J. Ragland. 2017. Reproductive isolation and environmental adaptation shape the phylogeography of Mountain Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae). Molecular Ecology 00:1-14.

 Kohl, M.T., S.J. Hoagland, A.R. Gramza, and J.A. Homyack. Professional diversity: the key to conserving wildlife diversity. In On becoming a wildlife professional. Eds. S.E. Henke and P.R. Krausman. John Hopkins University Press. 

09/15- Puritty, C., Strickland, L.R., Alia E., Blonder. B., Klein, E., Kohl, M.T., McGee, E., Quintana, M., Ridley, R.E., Tellman, B. and L.R. Gerber. 2017. Without inclusion, diversity initiatives may not be enough Science. 6356 (357):1101-1102

09/15- Rodgers, T.W., Xu, C.C.Y., Giacalone, J., et al. 2017. Carrion fly-derived DNA metabarcoding is an effective tool for mammal surveys: Evidence from a known tropical mammal community. Mol Ecol Resour. 2017;00:1–13.

Kulmatiski, A., Beard, K.H., Norton, J., Heavilin, J., Forero, L. and Grenzer, J. 2017. Live long and prosper: plant-soil feedback, lifespan and landscape abundance covary. Ecology. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1002/ecy.2011

07/27- Eidson, E.L., Mock, K.E. and B.J. Bentz.  2017. Mountain pine beetle host selection behavior confirms high resistance in Great Basin bristlecone pine.  Forest Ecology and Management 402: 12-20.

07/27- Gompert, Z. and K.E. Mock. 2017. Detection of individual ploidy levels with genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) analysis. Molecular Ecology Resources. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.12657

07/27- Tredennick, A.T., Adler, P.B., and F.R. Adler. 2017. The relationship between species richness and ecosystem variability is shaped by the mechanism of coexistence. Ecology Letters 20:958–968.

Levine, J.M., J. Bascompte, P.B. Adler, and S. Allesina. 2017. Beyond pairwise mechanisms of species coexistence in complex communities. Nature 546: 56–64.

05/16 - 
Tredennick, A.T., M.B. Hooten, and P.B. Adler. 2017. Do we need demographic data to forecast plant population dynamics? Methods in Ecology and Evolution 8:541–551.

Yenni, G., P.B. Adler, and S.K.M. Ernest. 2017. Do persistent rare species experience stronger negative frequency dependence than common species? Global Ecology and Biogeography 26:513–523.

Ironside, K.E., D.J. Mattson, D.M. Choate, D.C. Stoner, T.C. Edwards, et al. 2017. Variable terrestrial GPS telemetry detection rates: addressing the probability of successful acquisitions. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 13 pp. DOI: 10.1002/wsb.758

04/28- Tredennick, A.T., C. de Mazancourt, M. Loreau and P.B. Adler. 2017. Environmental responses, not species interactions, determine Synchrony of dominant species in semiarid grasslands. Ecology 98(4):971–981.

04/28- Byrne, K.M., W.K. Lauenroth, and P.B. Adler. 2017. Contrasting effects of precipitation manipulations on plant community responses at two sites within the Great Plains, USA. Journal of Vegetation Science 28: 238-249.

04/28- Kulmatiski, A., P.B. Adler, J.M. Stark, and A.T. Tredennick. 2017. Water and nitrogen uptake are better associated with resource availability than root biomass. Ecosphere 8(3):e01738. 10.1002/ecs2.1738

04/28- Berry R.S. and A. Kulmatiski. 2017. A savanna response to precipitation intensity. PLoS ONE 12(4): e0175402.

04/28- Authier, M., L.M. Aubry, and E. Cam. 2017. Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: Model Misspecification Undermines Tests of The Neutral Theory for Life Histories. Ecology and Evolution 00:1-14. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2874

04/28- Raithel J.D., M. Reynolds-Hogland, P. Carr, and L.M. Aubry. 2017.  Why Does the Regulated Harvest of Black Bears Affect the Rate of Human-Bear Conflicts in New Jersey? Case Studies in the Environment DOI:

04/28- Marsh, D.M., B.J. Cosentino, K.S. Jones, J.J. Apodaca, K.H. Beard, et al. 2017. Effects of road and land use on frog distributions across spatial scales and regions in the Eastern and Central United States. Diversity and Distribution 23(2):158-170. DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12516

04/28- Smith, R.L., K.H. Beard, and A.B. Shiels. 2017. Different prey resources suggest little competition between non-native frogs and insectivorous birds despite isotopic niche overlap. Biological Invasions 19(3):1001-1013. DOI: 10.1007/s10530-016-1333-9

04/28- Kelsey, K.C., J.A. Leffler, K.H. Beard, R.T. Choi, J.A. Schmutz, and J. M. Welker. 2016. Interactions among climate, topography and herbivory control greenhouse gas (CO2, CH4 and N2O) fluxes in a subarctic coastal wetland. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences 121(12): 2960–2975. DOI: 10.1002/2016JG003546.

04/28- Ferreira, R.B., R. Lourenço-de-Moraes, R. L. Teixeira, and K.H. Beard. 2016. Frogs associations with bromeliads in an abandoned cacao plantation in northeastern Brazil. Northwestern Journal of Zoology 12(2): 392+ e162501.

04/28- Tonini, J.F.R., K.H. Beard, R.B. Ferreira, and R.A. Pyron. 2016. Fully-sampled phylogenies for squamates reveal evolutionary patterns in extinction risk. Biological Conservation.204:23-31. Invited Special Issue on Reptile Conservation. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2016.03.039

04/28- Wallis, A.C., R. L. Smith, and K.H. Beard. 2016. Temporal foraging patterns of non-native Coqui frogs (Eleutherodactylus coqui) in Hawaii. Journal of Herpetology 50(4):582-588.

04/28- Tingley, R., P.J. Mahoney, A.M. Durso, A.G. Taillan, A. Morán-Ordóñez, and K.H. Beard. 2016. Threatened and invasive reptiles are not two sides of the same coin. Global Ecology and Biogeography.25(9):1050-1060. DOI: 10.1111/geb.12462

04/28- Costello, M.J., K.H. Beard, R.T. Corlett, G. Cumming, R. Loyola, B. Mea, A.J. Miller-Rushing, R. Pakeman, R.B. Primack. 2016. Field work ethics in biological research: Viewpoint of Biological Conservation editors. Biological Conservation 203:268-271.

03/14- O’Donnell, R.P., C.A. Drost, and K.E. Mock. 2017. Cryptic invasion of northern leopard frogs (Rana pipiens) across phylogeographic boundaries and a dilemma for conservation of a declining amphibian. Biological Invasions 19:1039-1052. doi 10.1007/s10530-016-1320-1

03/14- Lopes-Lima, M., E. Froufe, V.T. Do, M. Ghamizi, K.E. Mock, U. Kebapçi, O. Klishko, S. Kovitvadhi, U. Kovitvadhi, O.S. Paulo, J.M. Pfeiffer, M. Raley, N. Riccardi, H. Şereflişan, R. Sousa, A. Teixeira, S. Varandas, X. Wu, D. Zanatta, A. Zieritz, and A.E. Bogan. 2017. Phylogeny of the most species-rich freshwater bivalve family (Bivalvia: Unionida: Unionidae): Defining modern subfamilies and tribes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 106: 174-191. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2016.08.021

03/14- Bentz, B.J., S. A. Hood, M. Hansen, J.C. Vandygriff, and K.E. Mock. 2016. Defense traits in the long-lived Great Basin bristlecone pine and resistance to the native herbivore mountain pine beetle. New Phytologist 213:611-624. doi:10.1111/nph.14191 Issue cover photo.

03/14- Kettenring, K.M., K.E. Mock, B. Zaman, and M. McKee. 2016. Life on the edge: reproductive mode and rate of invasive Phragmites australis patch expansion. Biological Invasions 18: 2475-2495. doi 10.1007/s10530-016-1125-2.

03/14- Britton, J., J. DeRose, K.E. Mock, and J.N. Long. 2016. Herbivory and advance reproduction influence quaking aspen regeneration response to management in southern Utah, USA. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 46: 674-682.

02/24- Cassidy, K.A., L.D. Mech, D.R. MacNulty, D.R. Stahler, and D.W. Smith. 2017.  Sexually dimorphic aggression indicates male gray wolves specialize in pack defense against conspecific groups. Behavioural Processes 136: 64-72

02/24- Rogers, P.C., and J.A. Gale. 2016. Restoration of the iconic Pando aspen clone: emerging evidence of recovery. Ecosphere 8(1): e01661.

02/24- Smith, A.M.S., A.F. Talhelm, D.M. Johnson, A.M. Sparks, C.A. Kolden, K.M. Yedinak, K.G. Apostol, W.T. Tinkham, J.T. Abatzoglou, J.A. Lutz, K.S. Pregitzer, H.D. Adams, and R.L. Kremens. 2017. Impacts of fire radiative energy density doses on Pinus contorta and Larix occidentalis seedling physiology and mortality. International Journal of Wildland Fire 26(1): 82-94.

02/24- Tallian A. et al. 2017 Competition between apex predators? Brown bears decrease wolf kill rate on two continents. Proc. R. Soc. B 284: 20162368.

Raithel J.D., M. Reynolds-Hogland, D.N. Koons, P. Carr, and L.M. Aubry. 2016. Recreational harvest and incident-response protocols reduce human-carnivore conflicts in an anthropogenic landscape. Journal of Applied Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12830.

12/15- Cam E., L.M. Aubry, and M. Authier (equal contributors). 2016. The conundrum of heterogeneity in life histories. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 31(11): 872–886.

Blackwell, B. F., T. L. DeVault, E. Fernández-Juricic, E. M. Gese, L. Gilbert-Norton, and S. W. Breck. 2016. No single solution: application of behavioural principles in mitigating human–wildlife conflict. Animal Behaviour 120: 245-254.

11/08- Conner, M. M., J. J. Keane, C. V. Gallager, T. E. Munton, P. A. Shaklee, and L Bailey. 2016.  Comparing estimates of population change from Pradel and occupancy models for a territorial species.  Ecosphere 7(10): e01538.10.1002/ecs2.1538.

11/08- Stavros, N.E., Z. Tane, V. R. Kane, S. Veraverbeke, R. J. McGaughey, J. A. Lutz, C. Ramirez, and D. Schimel. 2016. Unprecedented remote sensing data over King and Rim Megafires in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. Ecology 97(11): 3244

10/26- Rogers, P.C. and S.B. St. Clair. 2016. Quaking aspen in Utah: integrating recent science with management. Rangelands 38(5):266-272. doi: 10.1016/j.rala.2016.08.009

Tredennick, A.T., M.B. Hooten, C.L. Aldridge, C.G. Homer, A.R. Kleinhesselink, and P.B. Adler. 2016. Forecasting climate change impacts on plant populations over large spatial extents. Ecosphere 7:e01525.

10/25- DeRose, R.J., J.D. Shaw, and J.N. Long. 2016. Building the forest inventory and analysis tree-ring data set. Journal of Forestry 114:000-000.

10/25- Britton, J.M., R.J. DeRose, K.E. Mock, and J.N. Long. 2016. Herbivory and advance reproduction influence quaking aspen regeneration response to management in southern Utah, USA. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 46:674-682.

10/25- Windmuller-Campoione, M.A. and J.N, Long. 2016. Limber pine (Pinus flexilis James), a flexible generalist of forest communities in the Intermountain West. PLoS ONE 11(8): e0160324.

Ellner, S.P., R.E. Snyder, and P.B. Adler. 2016. How to quantify the temporal storage effect using simulations instead of math. Ecology Letters 19:1333–1342.  Link:

10/13- Cam E., L.M. Aubry, and M. Authier. (accepted, online early).  The conundrum of heterogeneity in life history studies.  Trends in Ecology and Evolution. DOI: Link:

Lopes-Lima, M., E. Froufe, V.T. Do, M. Ghamizi, K.E. Mock, Ü. Kebapçı, O. Klishko, S. Kovitvadhi, U. Kovitvadhi, O.S. Paulo, J.M. Pfeiffer III, M. Raley, N. Riccardi, H. Sereflisan, R. Sousa, A. Teixeira, S. Varandas, X. Wu, D.T. Zanatta, A. Zieritz, and A.E. Bogan. 2017. Phylogeny of the most species-rich freshwater bivalve family (Bivalvia: Unionida: Unionidae): Defining modern subfamilies and tribes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 106:174-191.

Meddens, A. J. H., C. A. Kolden, and J. A. Lutz. 2016. Detecting unburned islands within fire perimeters using Landsat and ancillary data across the northwestern United States. Remote Sensing of Environment 186: 275-285. doi:

A book authored by Juan Villalba has just been released.  Title: Animal Welfare in Extensive Production Systems.  Find a description of the book here:

Ferreira, R.B., K.H. Beard, and M. Crump. 2016. Breeding guilds determine frog response to edge effects in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. PLOS ONE. 10(12): e0142893.

08/03- Kulmatiski, A., K.H. Beard, J. Grezer, L. Forero, and J. Heavilin. 2016. Using plant-soil feedbacks to predict plant biomass in diverse communities. Ecology.  97(8):2064-2073.10.1890/15-2037.1

08/03- Mageski, M.M., R.B. Ferreira, K.H. Beard, L.C. Costa, P.R. Jesus, C.C. Medeiros, and P.D. Ferreira. 2016. Bromeliad selection of Phyllodytes luteolus (Anura, Hylidae): the influence of plant structure and water quality factors. Journal of Herpetology. 50(1): 108-112. DOI: 10.1670/14-166.


WILD News Archives

January 2017

01/26- Dr. Kuhns Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Orphaned Cub Rehabilitation on Wild About Utah - UPR

01/21- Concerned Loganites distribute idling brochures

QCNR Undergrad Researchers among Aggies Headed to Utah's Capitol Hill

Governor's Medals for Science and Technology Honor Three at USU

Pando: The World’s Largest Discovered Organism on Wild About Utah - UPR

USU Extension's Terry Messmer Honored with Governor's Medal

February 2017

02/17- Wolfing it down: Brown bears reduce wolf kill rates says USU ecologist

Carcass-stealing by grizzlies doesn't mean wolves kill more

Efforts to Restore Imperiled Pando Show Promise Says USU Ecologist

March 2017

03/31- Lacy Smith (PhD-Ecology; working with Dan MacNulty) Awarded Prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Maggie Hallerud will present "Lessons in Field Research" as part of USU's Ignite speaking event

Dan MacNulty Receives 2017 QCNR Undergraduate Faculty Mentor of the Year Award

Maggie Hallerud Receives 2017 QCNR Undergraduate Researcher of the Year Award

Minorities Underrepresented in Natural Resource Science - UPR

All Aggies Invited to Celebrate 2017 Natural Resources Week at USU

 The Passion Of Penstemaniacs on Wild About Utah - UPR

03/16- USU Extension Protects Sage-Grouse by Clearing Conifers

April 2017

04/28- Winter ticks latch onto Utah's moose

Maggie Hallerud awarded 2017 Robins Award for Best Undergraduate Researcher at USU

Wolves may not risk 'prey switching' ecologists say

04/03- Dan MacNulty is featured speaker for Science Unwrapped, hosted by USU's College of Science

May 2017

05/25- Sage Lessons from Sage-Grouse Conservation

Juan Villalba's Research Highlighted in an Article in The New York Times Magazine

Andrew Kulmatiski Receives 2017 QCNR Teacher of the Year Award

The Beaver: Helping Keep Water On Drying Lands on Wild About Utah

June 2017

06/30- Negative density dependence explains tropical diversity

Sage Lessons from Sage-Grouse Conservation

06/21- WILD student - Gabriela Judd, wins award at Society of Wetland Scientists Conference for poster on undergraduate research

July 2017

07/05- Johan du Toit Receives E.J. Dyksterhuis Lectureship Award for 2017 from the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Texas A&M University

August 2017

08/24-  Experts gather in Salt Lake to tackle wild horse overpopulation problem

September 2017

09/15 - Darren McAvoy has been inducted as a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters. The Fellow Award is a prestigious award that recognizes an SAF member for long standing service to forestry at the local, state, and national level. The SAF Fellow is recognized as an ambassador for the advancement of forestry.

Research from a recent publication, authored by Torrey Rodgers, was featured in Smithsonian Magazine on August 7, 2017. Article: How Fly Guts Are Helping Researchers Catalog the Rainforest.  He was also featured in Sierra Club Magazine on September 5, 2017, for the same research. Article: Carrion Fly Guts Could Hold the Key to Tracking Wildlife. Torrey is a research associate working with Karen Mock.

USU's Science Unwrapped Announces Fall 2017 'Ecology!' Series

October 2017

10/04 - 'Why World Needs Big Trees' Friday, Oct. 6 at USU's Science Unwrapped

10/03 - 
Coyote closeup: Predator research facility hosts annual open house

10/02 - 
Daniel Kinka recently accepted a STEM Media Fellowship with Jackson Hole WILD.  Daniel is a Ph.D. candidate, working with Julie Young

January 2016

01/29- USU forestry camp cabins could be demolisted in March

Finally Over the Hump? USU Researcher says Ecological Riddle Solved

01/22- Preserving undeveloped areas in valley will help deer

01/19- Grazing and Sagebrush Treatments: A 25-year Case Study in Utah

Christmas Bird Count (CBC) and Climate Change

Data Gap On Ecosystem Health Puts Ranchers, Feds At Odds

February 2016

02/26- Interior Official, Gov. Herbert Address USU-led Sagebrush Conference

02/26- USU Ecologist, Utah High Schoolers Star in TV's 'SciTech Now' Feb. 29

NASA Satellites Aid USU Ecologist in Mapping Seasons, Deer Reproduction

March 2016

03/31- Twelve Aggies Recognized in NSF Grad Research Fellow Search

David Stoner and Tom Edwards receive news coverage in NASA's online magazine, Earth Observatory

The Wildland Resources TWS Student Chapter took 1st place in the quiz bowl at the State Chapter Meeting in St. George, UT.  The team consisted of Bret Mossman, Heather Shipp, Dakota Reed, and Maggie Hallerud.  Bret Mossman also was awarded 2nd place in the student poster competition.

Channing Howard
received a 3rd place award at the Utah TWS meeting for her presentation on the efficacy of mule deer translocation.  Channing is an MS Willdife Biology Student, working with Dr. Dave Koons.

A book "Human Diseases from Wildlife" coauthored by Dr. Mike Conover has been nominated for a TWS Publication Award.

Dr. Terry Messmer
was recently notified that The Willdife Society has selected the Utah Comunity-Based Conservation Program as the 2016 recipient of the Group Achievement Award.  The Award will be presented during the Willdife's 23rd Annual Conference.

Michel Kohl
(PhD-Willdife Biology; working with Dr. Dan MacNulty), Robert Lewis (PhD-Wildlife Biology; working with Dr. Mike Conover), and Brett Panting (MS-Wildlife Biology; working with Dr. Eric Gese), have each recently received a scholarship from the African Safari Club of Florida.

Antra Boca
(PhD-Ecology; working with Dr. Helga Van Miegroet), and Michel Kohl (PhD-Willdife Biology; working with Dr. Dan MacNulty) have been awarded the USU Office of Research and Graduate Studies Dissertation Enhancement Grant.  Antra's proposal is titled: "Foliage and root specific biomarker degradation patterns in soil.”  Michel’s proposal is titled: "Population declines and trophic cascades in a wolf-elk system: does calf recruitment explain the controversy?" 

Sara Germain
, a current WILD undergraduate, has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.  In addition to working as a technician for Dr. Jim Lutz, she worked on an independent research project in northern Utah with graduate student Rebecca Mann and Dr. Kari Veblen, and then spent last summer as an NSF-REU student with Dr. Veblen in Kenya.  Sara will be starting as a PhD student with Jim Lutz in the fall.

Justin Small
(MS- Wildlife Biology) and Wayne Smith (MS- Wildlife Biology) each received a student grant from the Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society.  These were presented at the 2016 annual meeting.  Justin and Wayne are working with Dr. Terry Messmer.

03/24- Quinney College of Natural Resources Honors Top Scholars

03/07- How did lands become public? It's worth knowing the history

03/04- New flexible sidewalk could save trees

03/04- Finally Over the Hump? USU Researcher says Ecological Riddle Solved

03/04- Plastic Sidewalks Save Real Trees in Logan

QCNR Newsletter
(Articles on Drs. Rich Etchberger, Fee Busby, Jim Long)

Leslie Forero, Presidential Fellow in the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources, is wild about mushrooms

NASA Satellites Aid USU Ecologist in Mapping Seasons, Deer Reproduction

Living with Wildfire: USU Ecologist says Collaboration is Key

Undergraduate Researchers Share Their Work with Utah Legislators

03/03- Residents invited to plant native trees by Logan River

03/03- USU Ecologist, Utah High Schoolers Star in TV's "SciTech Now" Feb. 29

03/03- Call for help to determine the future of the Logan River

03/03- Using plastic to save trees

April 2016

04/29- Michel Kohl has received a USUSA Graduate Enhancement Award for $4,000.  Michel is a PhD Ecology student, working with Dan MacNulty.

Brandon Flack
has been selected to participate in the Third Biennial Student Congress on Public Lands.  The Student Congress will be held in Las Cruces, NM from September 8-11, 2016.  Brandon is a MS Wildlife Biology student, working with Terry Messmer.

IDEA WILD, a non-profit organization that donates equipment to individuals conducting biodiversity conservation research and education, has recently donated equipment to Jose Camilo Fagua.  Jose is a PhD ecology student working with Doug Ramsey.  

Utah Farm Bureau Magazine Countryside has a new Ag Innovators series that features the work the biomass group has been doing along with Darren McAvoy and other USU Extension personnel. Article: Out of the Ashes: Researchers Looking to Turn ‘Trash’ into ‘Treasure.  You can read it here:

David Iles
received a USUSA Graduate Enhancement Award for $4,000.  David is a PhD Ecology student, working with David Koons.

Antra Boca
received a $5,000 School of Graduate Studies Dissertation Fellowship for the 2016-17 Academic Year.  Antra is a PhD Ecology student, working with Helga van Miegroet.

Aimee Tallian
received a $5,000 School of Graduate Studies Dissertation Fellowship for the 2016-17 Academic Year.  Aimee is a PhD Ecology student, working with Dan MacNulty.

Eric Thacker
has been selected by Vice President Ken White and Dean Luecke as this year’s representative to the RGS Washington DC Fellows program from Extension.

On March 19, Jim Long was named as the first recipient of the Daniel Professorship in Forestry at QCNR’s Annual Awards Banquet. Jim joined the USU faculty in 1980 as an assistant professor in silviculture with a specialty in the production of coniferous forests and quantitative silviculture. He has been major advisor to 10 MS students, 10 PhDs and 4 post-doctoral fellows. Jim was recognized as a SAF Fellow in 1981.  Read more at:

04/19- Jarod Raithel
received the Graduate Student Teacher of the Year at the Robins Awards this year.  “This award goes to the graduate instructor at Utah State University who has demonstrated superior teaching capability and academic excellence.”  Jarod is a PhD Ecology student working with Lise Aubry.

04/19- Effective July 1, 2016 Peter Adler will be promoted to Professor, Julie Young to Associate Professor (FR), and Nicki Frey to Extension Associate Professor with tenure.

04/19- Leandro do Nascimento received an award from Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow to attend a workshop about hunting awareness and conservation.  Leandro is a PhD Ecology student working with Karen Beard.

04/19- Michel Kohl received a 2016 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship administered by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. $25,000.  “The programs seek to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.”  Michel is a PhD Ecology student working with Dan MacNulty.

04/19- Mike King has been asked to serve on the USU Presidential Search Committee to replace Stan Albrecht.

04/19- A JFSP proposal for which Jim Lutz is the PI was funded.  Title of proposal: "Using multi-scale spatial data to improve predictions of immediate and delayed post-fire mortality."  Jim also had a second JFSP proposal funded for which he is the co-PI.  Title of proposal: "Landscape evaluations and prescriptions for post-fire landscapes"

04/29- Frank, M., J. Marty, C. Rohal, R. Downard, J. Endter-Wada, K. Kettenring, and M. Larese-Casanova. 2016. Water rights for wetlands in the Bear River delta. Utah Master Naturalist, Utah State University Extension.

Thacker, E. T., Hamm, R. L., Hagen, J., Davis, C. A. and Guthery, F. (2016), Evaluation of the Surrogator® system to increase pheasant and quail abundance. Wildl. Soc. Bull.. doi:10.1002/wsb.648

04/19- Giunta, A.D., M.J. Jenkins, E.G. Hebertson, and A.S. Munson. 2016. Disturbance agents and their associated effects on the health of interior Douglas-fir forests in the central Rocky Mountains. Forests 7(4):80. (publication)

04/04- Dr. James N. Long Theodore W. Daniel Professorship

May 2016

05/25- USU ROTC Sends 9 New Air Force 2nd Lieutenant Out to Fly-Fight-Win.

05/23- Edith Bowen students plant aspen on Blacksmith Fork River

Chris Garrard recently completed the writing (and editing) of her book titled "Geoprocessing with Python" published by Manning (ISBN 9781617292149)

05/20- Ben Crabb won first place at the Utah Geographic Information Council 2016 Annual Conference at Bryce Canyon, Utah in the Professional Poster category for his work with Dr. Chris Lant titled "The Effect of Climate Change on Rural Land Cover Patterns in the Central United States". This work is presently submitted and under review to the journal Climate Change.

Tommy Thompson was invited to deliver a short discussion regarding his thesis work monitoring sage grouse using thermal imagery and remotely piloted vehicles at the Utah Geographic Information Council 2016 Annual Conference at Bryce Canyon, Utah.  Tommy is a MS Ecology student working with Doug Ramsey.

Ellie Leydsman McGinty completed a three watershed sub-basin analysis of impervious surface for the EPA. This work represents some of the highest spatial resolution impervious surface modeling completed and will be the cornerstone of her thesis. The work was supported by the Utah Geological Survey and Utah Division of Water Quality. The EPA, UGS, and UDWQ invited her to submit a proposal to complete the Utah and Cache County regions of Utah under the 2016/17 EPA Wetland Program Development Program. A proposal has been submitted.

Friends of the Great Salt Lake presented Maureen Frank and other members of the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Project with their 2016 Friend of the Lake Award.  The announcement was made at their annual conference held on May 11-13, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Great news for USU graduate students -- Maureen Frank accepted an extension faculty positon at Texas A&M, Jon Dinkins accepted a tenure-track position at Oregon State University, and David Dahlgren accepted a tenure-track position at USU.

Former graduate student Molly Parks (MS Wildlife Biology), was recently hired as the new Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Wolf Technician for region 1 in Montana.

Memiaghe, H. M., J. A. Lutz, L. Korte, A. Alonson, and D. Kenfack. 2016. Ecological importance of small-diameter trees to the structure, diversity, and biomass of a tropical evergreen forest at Rabi, Gabon. PLOS ONE 11(5): e0154988. doi:

Mageski, M.M., R.B. Ferreira, K.H. Beard, L.C. Costa, P.R. Jesus, C.C. Medeiros, and P.D. Ferreira. 2016. Bromeliad selection of Phyllodytes luteolus (Anura, Hylidae): the influence of plant structure and water quality factors. Journal of Herpetology. 50(1): 108-112. DOI: 10.1670/14-166

Daniel MacNulty was recently mentioned in a New York Times article on another researcher's study that claims that legal killing of wolves increases the incidence of poaching.  Article: Study Casts Doubt on Theory That Legal Hunting Reduces Poaching. You can read it here:

Juan Villalba: 2016 Researcher of the Year- College of Natural Resource

June 2016

06/29- Is Your Home Fire Wise?  Experts provide tips on how to protect your home from a wild fire

Chu, C., A. R. Kleinhesselink, K. M. Havstad, M. P. McClaran, D. P. Peters, L. T. Vermeire, H. Wei, and P. B. Adler.  2016.  Direct effects dominate responses to climate perturbations in grassland plant communities.  Nature Communications 7:11766. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms11766 (publication)

Chu, C., A. R. Kleinhesselink, K. M. Havstad, M. P. McClaran, D. P. Peters, L. T. Vermeire, H. Wei, and P. B. Adler.  2016.  Direct effects dominate responses to climate perturbations in grassland plant communities.  Nature Communications 7:11766.  DOI: 10.1038/ncomms11766 | (publication)

Giunta, A.D., J.B. Runyon, M.J. Jenkins, and M. Teich. 2016. Volatile and Within-Needle Terpene Changes to Douglas-fir Trees Associated With Douglas-fir Beetle (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) Attack. Environmental Entomology doi: 10.1093/ee/nvw0. (publication)

Second Graders Learn Outside the Classroom by Planting Aspens

06/03- The Berryman Institute Journal Human-Wildlife Interactions (HWI), edited by Dr. Michael R. Conover, has been assigned an impact factor by SCIMAGO Institutions (SJR). The SJR is a portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus® database (Elsevier B.V.). These indicators can be used to assess and analyze scientific domains. We have a SJR indicator of 0.47 and a citations/papers of 0.56.   Our scores put us in the second-highest quartile for all ecology journals and second-highest quartile for all nature and landscape journals!  They do not have a group for  wildlife journals.  The SJR indicator measures the scientific influence of the average article in a journal, it expresses how central to the global scientific discussion an average article of the journal is. Cites per Doc. (2y) measures the scientific impact of an average article published in the journal, it is computed using the same formula that journal impact factor ™ (Thomson Reuters).  See Congratulations to Dr. Michael R. Conover, HWI Editor-in-Chief.

Aimee Tallian won Best Student Oral Presentation at the 24th International Conference on Bear Research and Management for her talk Competition between apex predators: brown bears decrease wolf kill rate on two continents. The award included a $250 cash prize.  Aimee is a PhD Ecology student working with Dan MacNulty.

06/28Photos: Wildlife experts try to get to know Utah's bats

06/29- Is Your Home Fire Wise?  Experts provide tips on how to protect your home from a wild fire

July 2016

07/22- Ruprecht, J.S., K.R. Hersey, K. Hafen, K.L. Monteith, N.J. DeCesare, M.J. Kauffman, and D.R. MacNulty. 2016. Reproduction in moose at their southern range limit.  Journal of Mammalogy xx(x):1-11 DOI:10.1093/jmammal/gyw099 (publication)

07/22- Stahler, D.R., D.W. Smith, and D.R. MacNulty. 2016. Motherhood of the wolf.  Yellowstone Science 24(1):12-17 (publication)

07/22- MacNulty, D.R., D.R. Stahler, C.T. Wyman, J. Ruprecht, and D.W. Smith. 2016. The challenge of understanding Northern Yellowstone elk dynamics after wolf reintroduction. Yellowstone Science 24(1):25-33 (publication)

07/22- MacNulty, D.R., D.R. Stahler, and D.W. Smith. 2016. Understanding the limits to wolf hunting ability. Yellowstone Science 24(1):34-36 (publication)

07/22- Cassidy, K.A., D.W. Smith, L.D. Mech, D.R.  MacNulty, D.R. Stahler, and M.C. Metz. 2016. Territoriality and inter-pack aggression in gray wolves: Shaping a social carnivore’s life history. Yellowstone Science 24(1):37-42 (publication)

07/22- Smith, D.W., R.O. Peterson, D.R. MacNulty, and M. Kohl. 2016. The big scientific debate: Trophic cascades.  Yellowstone Science 24(1):70-71

07/22- Smith, D.W., T. Wyman, D.R. Stahler, and D.R. MacNulty. 2016. Pelican Valley & Mollie’s pack.  Yellowstone Science 24(1):85-86 (publication)

07/21- USU Ecologists Propose New Method to Probe Population Growth Questions

07/21- USU Ecologist an Author, Editor of "Yellowstone Science" Wolf Issue"

07/07- Utah's Henry Mountains Bison Herd Key to National Mammal's Restoration

Schell, C. J., J. K. Young, E. V. Lonsdorf, J. M. Mateo, and R. M. Santymire.  2016. Olfactory attractants and parity affect prenatal androgens and territoriality of coyote breeding pairs.  Physiology & Behavior 165:43-54 (publication).

Larson, A. J., C. A. Cansler, S. G. Cowdery, S. Hiebert, T. J. Furniss, M. E. Swanson, and J. A. Lutz. 2016. Post-fire morel (Morchella) mushroom abundance, spatial structure, and harvest sustainability. Forest Ecology and Management 377: 16-25. (publication)

07/06- Utah 'pure' bison herd may be key to conserving species

September 2016

 09/26- Registrants, Posters Sought for USU's 2016 Restoring the West Conference

October 2016

10/28- USU Extension Conservation Program Earns Achievement Award

10/07- NSF Award Funds New Graduate Climate Adaptation Science Effort at USU

November 2016

11/17- Bear cubs head back to the wild

USU Extension Wildlife Specialist Recognized Nationally

December 2016

 12/15- USU Scientists say Regulated Hunting key to Black Bear Conservation

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