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Recent Staff Publications

In Press or Accepted

Crooks, K.R., C.L. Burdett, D.M. Theobald, S.R.B. King, M. Di Marco, C. Rondini, and L. Boitani. Accepted. Quantification of habitat fragmentation reveals extinction risk in terrestrial mammals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Fleishman, E., J.J. Anderson, B.G. Dickson. In press. Single-species and multiple-species connectivity models for large mammals on the Navajo Nation. Western North American Naturalist.

Sadoti, G., M.E. Gray, M.L. Farnsworth, and B.G. Dickson. Accepted. Discriminating patterns and drivers of multi-scale movement in herpetofauna: the dynamic and changing environment of the Mojave desert tortoise. Ecology and Evolution.


Albano, C.M., M.D. Dettinger, and C.E. Soulard. 2017. Influence of atmospheric rivers on vegetation productivity and fire patterns in the southwestern US. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 122: 308-323.

Crausbay, S.D., P.E. Higuera, D.G. Sprugel, and L.B. Brubaker. 2017. Fire catalyzed rapid ecological change in lowland coniferous forests of the Pacific Northwest over the past 14,000 years. Ecology. DOI:10.1002/ecy.1897

Hansen, E., R.D. Scherer, E. Fleishman, B.G. Dickson, and D. Krolick. 2017. Relations among environmental attributes and contemporary occupancy of the threatened giant gartersnake (Thamnophis gigas). Journal of Herpetology 51:274-283.

Leu, M., M.L. Farnsworth, E. Fleishman, D. Dobkin, R.D. Scherer, B.R. Noon, and B.G. Dickson. 2017. Effects of point-count duration on estimated detection probabilities and occupancy of breeding birds. Journal of Field Ornithology 88:80-93.

Lewis, J.S., M.L. Farnsworth, C.L. Burdett, D.M. Theobald, M.E. Gray, R.S. Miller. 2017. Biotic and abiotic factors predicting the global distribution and population density of an invasive large mammal. Nature Scientific Reports 7:44152.

Lewis, J.S., K.A. Logan, M.W. Alldredge, D.M. Theobald, S.VandeWoude, K.R. Crooks. 2017. Contact networks reveal potential for interspecific interactions of sympatric wild felids driven by space use. Ecosphere 8 (3).

McClure, M.L., B.G. Dickson, and K. Nicholson. 2017. Modeling connectivity to identify current and future anthropogenic barriers to movement of large carnivores: a case study in the American Southwest. Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2939


Aslan, C.E., C.T. Liang, B. Galindo, K. Hill, and W. Topete. 2016. The role of honeybees as pollinators in natural areas. Natural Areas Journal. 36:478-488.

Brand, L.A., Farnsworth, M.L., Meyers, J., Dickson, B.G.,Grouios, C.,Scheib, A.F., and Scherer, R.D. 2016. Mitigation-driven translocation effects on temperature, condition, growth, and mortality of Mojave desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) in the face of solar energy development. Biological Conservation. DOI:10.1016/j.biocon.2016.05.032

Dickson, B.G., C.M Albano, B.H. McRae, J.J. Anderson, D.M. Theobald, L.J. Zachmann, T.D. Sisk, & M.P. Dombeck. 2016. Informing strategic efforts to expand and connect protected areas using a model of ecological flow, with application to the western US. Conservation Letters. DOI:10.1111/conl.12322

Fleishman, E., J. Anderson, B.G. Dickson, D. Krolick, J.A. Estep, R.L. Anderson, C.S. Elphick, D.S. Dobkin, and D.A. Bell. 2016. Space use by Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) in the Natomas Basin, California. Collabra 2(1):1–12.

Gray, M.E. and B.G. Dickson. 2016. Applying fire connectivity and centrality measures to mitigate the cheatgrass-fire cycle in the arid West, USA. Landscape Ecology. DOI: 10.1007/s10980-016-0353-2

Hansen, A. J., W. Monahan, D.M. Theobald, S. T. Olliff (eds.). 2016. Climate Change in Wildlands: Pioneering Approaches to Science and Management. Island Press.

Harrison-Atlas, D., D.M. Theobald, and J. H. Goldstein. 2016. A systematic review of approaches to quantify hydrologic ecosystem services to inform decision-making. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management. DOI: 10.1080/21513732.2016.1181105

Horncastle, V.J., B.G. Dickson, and T.A. Chaudhry. 2016. Visitor use impacts and habitat associations of the avifauna occupying the Colorado River corridor in Grand Canyon National Park. Pp. 107-119 in Ralston, B.E., ed. Proceedings of the 12th Biennial Conference of Research on the Colorado River Plateau: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5180, 128 p.

Jones, A.S., J.J. Anderson, B.G. Dickson, S. Boe, and E.S. Rubin. 2016. Off-highway vehicle road networks and kit fox space use. Journal of Wildlife Management. DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21204

McClure, M.L., A.J. Hansen, and R.M. Inman. 2016. Connecting models to movements: testing connectivity model predictions against empirical migration and dispersal. Landscape Ecology DOI: 10.1007/s10980-016-0347-0

McGuire, J.L., J.J. Lawler, B.H. McRae, T.A. Nunez, and D.M. Theobald. 2016. Achieving climate connectivity in a fragmented landscape. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113(26): 7195-7200.

Muths, E., R.D. Scherer, S.M. Amburgey, T. Matthews, A.W. Spencer, and P.S. Corn. 2016. First estimates of the probability of survival in a small-bodied, high-elevation frog (Boreal Chorus Frog, Pseudacris maculata), or how historical data can be useful. Canadian Journal of Zoology 94:599-606.

Salo, J.A., D.M. Theobald, and T.C. Brown. 2016. Evaluation of methods for delineating riparian zones in a semi-arid montane watershed. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 1-16. DOI: 10.1111/1752-1688.12414.

Salo, J.A., and D.M. Theobald. 2016. A multi-scale, hierarchical model to map riparian zones. River Research and Applications. DOI: 10.1002/rra.3019

Theobald, D.M. 2016. A General-Purpose Spatial Survey Design for Collaborative Science and Monitoring of Global Environmental Change: The Global Grid. Remote Sensing. 8(10):813. DOI: 10.3390/rs8100813


Albano, C.M. 2015. Identification of geophysically diverse locations that may facilitate species’ persistence and adaptation to climate change. Landscape Ecology. DOI: 10.1007/s10980-015-0167-7.

Anderson, M.G., Comer, P.J., Beier, P., Lawler, J.J., Schloss, C.A., Buttrick, S., Albano, C.M. and Faith, D.P. 2015. Case studies of conservation plans that incorporate geodiversity. Conservation Biology 29: 680–691.

Albano, C.M., Dettinger, M.D., McCarthy, M.I., Schaller, K.D., Welborn, T.L., and Cox, D.A. 2015. Application of an extreme winter storm scenario to identify vulnerabilities, mitigation options, and science needs in the Sierra Nevada mountains, USA. Natural Hazards. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-015-2003-4.

Bosch, J., S. Fernandez-Beaskoetxea, R.D. Scherer, S.M. Amburgey, and E. Muths. 2015. Demography of common toads after local extirpation of co-occurring Midwife Toads. Amphibia-Reptilia 3:293-303.

Brodie, J., A. Giordano, B.G. Dickson, M. Hebblewhite, H. Bernard, J. Mohd-Azlan, J. Anderson, and L. Ambu. 2015. Evaluating multispecies landscape connectivity in a threatened tropical mammal community. Conservation Biology 29:122-132.

Dickson, B.G., V. Frary, S.E. Sesnie, and J.M. Rundall. 2015 New methods and hierarchical models for estimating intensity of habitat use by Merriam’s Turkey in managed forests of northern Arizona. Pages 41-59 in L.F. Huenneke, C. van Riper and K. Hays-Gilpin, eds., Science and Management at the Landscape Scale. University of Arizona Press, Tucson, AZ, USA.

Farnsworth M.L., B.G. Dickson, L.J. Zachmann, E.E. Hegeman, A.R. Cangelosi, T.G. Jackson, Jr., and A.F. Scheib. 2015. Short-term space-use patterns of translocated Mojave desert tortoise in southern California. PLoS ONE 10(9): e0134250. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0134250

Gray, M.E. and B.G. Dickson. 2015. A new model of landscape-scale fire connectivity applied to resource and fire management in the Sonoran Desert, USA. Ecological Applications. DOI: 10.1890/14-0367.1.

Hansen, E., R.D. Scherer, G.C. White, B.G. Dickson, and E. Fleishman. 2015. Estimates of survival probability from two populations of giant gartersnakes in California’s Great Central Valley. Copeia 103:1026-1036.

Hoglander, C.H., B.G. Dickson, S.S. Rosenstock, and J. Anderson. 2015. Landscape models of space use by desert bighorn sheep in the Sonoran Desert of southwestern Arizona. Journal of Wildlife Management 79:77-91.

Hudson, H., S.E. Sesnie, B.G. Dickson, and L. Thomas. 2015. Cross-jurisdictional monitoring for non-native plant invasions using an NDVI change detection index in Walnut Canyon National Monument. Pages 23-40 in L.F. Huenneke, C. van Riper and K. Hays-Gilpin, eds., Science and Management at the Landscape Scale. University of Arizona Press, Tucson, AZ, USA.

Lawler, J.J., Ackerly, D.D., Albano, C.M., Anderson, M.G., Dobrowski, S.Z., Gill, J.L., Heller, N.E., Pressey, R.L., Sanderson, E.W. and Weiss, S.B. 2015. The theory behind, and the challenges of, conserving nature’s stage in a time of rapid change. Conservation Biology 29: 618–629.

McClure, M.L., C.L. Burdett, M.L. Farnsworth, M.W. Lutman, D.M. Theobald, P.D. Riggs, D.A. Grear, and R.S. Miller. 2015. Modeling and mapping the probability of occurrence of invasive wild pigs across the contiguous United States. PLoS ONE, e0133771. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0133771

Pilliod, D.S., and R.D. Scherer. 2015. Managing habitat to slow or reverse population declines of the Columbia spotted frog in the northern Great Basin. Journal of Wildlife Management 79:579-590.

Schmitz, O.J., J.J. Lawler, P. Beier, C. Groves, G. Knight, D.A. Boyce, Jr., J. Bulluck, K.M .Johnston, M.L. Klein, K. Muller, D.J. Pierce, W.R. Singleton, J.R. Stritthold, D.M. Theobald, S.C. Trombulak, and A. Trainor. 2015. Conserving biodiversity: Practical guidance about climate change adaptation approaches in support of land-use planning. Natural Areas Journal 35:190-203.

Theobald D.M., D. Harrison-Atlas, W.B. Monahan, and C.M. Albano. 2015. Ecologically relevant maps of landforms and physiographic diversity for climate adaptation planning. PLoS ONE 10(12): e0143619


Bernstein, E.J., C.M. Albano, T.D. Sisk, T.M. Crews, and S.S. Rosenstock. 2014. Seeding cool-season grasses on a degraded rangeland on the Colorado Plateau. Restoration Ecology. 22:57-64.

Dickson, B.G., L.J. Zachmann, and C.M. Albano. 2014. Systematic identification of potential conservation priority areas on roadless Bureau of Land Management lands in the western United States. Biological Conservation. DOI:10.1016/j.biocon.2014.08.001

Dickson, B.G., T.D. Sisk, S.E. Sesnie, J.M. Rundall, R.T. Reynolds, S.S. Rosenstock, C. Vojta, and M.F. Ingraldi. 2014. Integrating single-species management and landscape conservation using regional habitat occurrence models. Landscape Ecology 29:803-815.

Fleishman, E., J.R. Thomson, E.L. Kalies,  B.G. Dickson, D. Dobkin, and M. Leu. 2014. Projecting current and future location of habitat for breeding birds in the Great Basin. Ecosphere 5(7):82.

Gray, M., B.G. Dickson, and L.J. Zachmann. 2014. Modeling and mapping dynamic variability in large fire risk in the lower Sonoran Desert of southwestern Arizona. Intl. Journal of Wildland Fire. DOI:10.1071/WF13115.

Hansen, A.J., N.B. Piekielek, C. Davis, J.R. Haas, D.M. Theobald, J.E. Gross, W.B. Monahan, T. Olliff, and S.W. Running. 2014. Exposure of U.S. national parks to land use and climate change 1900-2100. Ecological Applications 24(3): 484-502.

Hegeman, E E., B.G. Dickson, and L.J. Zachmann. 2014. Probabilistic models of fire occurrence across federal management units in the Mojave Desert Network, U.S.A. Landscape Ecology. DOI 10.1007/s10980-014-0078-z

Litschert, S.E., D.M. Theobald, and T.C. Brown. 2014. Effects of climate change and wildfire on soil loss in the Southern Rockies Ecoregion. Catena 118:206-219.

Mac Nally, R., C.M. Albano, E. Fleishman. 2014. A scrutiny of evidence for pressure-induced shifts in estuarine and nearshore ecosystems. Austral Ecology. 39:898-906.

Ray, C.M., B.G. Dickson, and T.D. Sisk. 2014. Spatial application of a predictive northern goshawk occupancy model to alternative forest treatment models. Forest Ecology and Management 322:117-126.

Reed, S.E., J.A. Hilty, and D.M. Theobald. 2014. Guidelines and incentives for conservation development in local land-use regulations. Conservation Biology 28(1): 258-268.

Sankey, T., B.G. Dickson, S.E. Sesnie, O. Wang, A.D. Olsson, and L.J. Zachmann. 2014. High spatial resolution models of Sahara mustard occurrence and cover in the Sonoran Desert of southwestern Arizona. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 80:885-893.

Smith, M.R., D.A. Moon, and R.D. Scherer. 2014. Seasonal survival and treatment use of Northern Bobwhites in Kansas. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 117:1-14.

Theobald, D.M. 2014. Development and applications of a comprehensive land use classification and map for the U.S. PLOS ONE. DOI: 10.1371 / journal.pone.0094628

Wang, O., L. Zachmann, S.E. Sesnie, A.D. Olsson, and B.G. Dickson. 2014. A targeted sampling design informed by habitat suitability models for detecting focal plant species over extensive areas. PLoS ONE 9(7): e0101196.


Albano, C.M., C. Angelo, R. Strauch, and L. Thurman. 2013. Potential Effects of Climate Warming on Visitor Use in Three Alaskan National Parks. Park Science. 30:36-43.

Brown, M.L., T.M. Donovan, W.S. Schwenk, and D.M. Theobald. 2013. Predicting impacts of future human population growth and development on occupancy rates of forest-dependent birds. Biological Conservation 170: 311-320.

Cova, T.J., D.M. Theobald, J.B. Norman, III, and L.K. Siebeneck. 2013. Mapping wildfire evacuation vulnerability in the western US: the limits of infrastructure. GeoJournal 78(2): 273-285.

Dickson, B.G., G. Roemer, B.H. McRae, and J.M. Rundall. 2013. Models of regional habitat quality and connectivity for pumas (Puma concolor) in the southwestern Unites States. PLoS ONE 8(12): e81898.

Dickson, B.G., S.E. Sesnie, E. Fleishman, and D.S. Dobkin. 2013. Identification of habitat and assessment of habitat quality for conservation of terrestrial animals. Pages 149-173 in L. Craighead and C. Convis, eds., Conservation planning: shaping the future. Esri Press, Redlands, CA, USA.

Horncastle, V.J., R.F. Yarborough, B.G. Dickson, and S.R. Rosenstock. 2013. Summer habitat use by adult female mule deer in a restoration-treated ponderosa pine forest. Wildlife Society Bulletin. DOI: 10.1002/wsb.301.

Muths, E., R.D. Scherer, and J. Bosch. 2013. Evidence for plasticity in the frequency of skipped breeding opportunities in common toads. Population Ecology 55:535-544.

Peterson, E.E., J.M. ver Hoef, D.J. Isaak, J.A. Falke, M.J. Fortin, C.E. Jordan, K. McNyset, P. Monestiez, A.S. Ruesch, A. Sengupta, N. Som, E.A. Steel, D.M. Theobald, C.E. Torgersen, and S.J. Wenger. 2013. Modeling dendritic ecological networks in space: an integrated network perspective. Ecology Letters 16: 707-719.

Theobald, D.M. 2013. A general model to quantify ecological integrity for landscape assessments and U.S. application. Landscape Ecology DOI 10.1007/s10980-013-9941-6.

Theobald, D.M. 2013. Integrating land use and landscape change with conservation planning. Pgs 106-121 in L. Craighead and C. Convis, eds., Conservation planning: shaping the future. ESRI Press, Redlands, CA, USA.

Theobald, D.M., W.R. Travis, M.A. Drummond, E.S. Gordon, and M. Betsill. 2013. The changing Southwest. Pgs. 37-55 in Assessment of climate change in the southwestern United States. Island Press.

Thomas, M.A., G.W. Roemer , C.J. Donlan, B.G. Dickson, M. Matocq, and J. Malaney. 2013. Gene tweaking for conservation. Nature 501:485-486.

Miller, R.S., M.L. Farnsworth, and J.L. Malmberg. 2013. Diseases at the livestock-wildlife interface: Status, challenges, and opportunities in the United States. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 10:119-132.


Baldwin, R.F., S.E. Reed, B.H. McRae, D.M. Theobald, and R.W. Sutherland. 2012. Connectivity restoration in large landscapes: Modeling landscape condition and ecological flows. Ecological Restoration 30(4): 274-279.

Bradley, B.B., A.D. Olsson, B.G. Dickson, S.E. Sesnie, O. Wang, L. Pelech, and L. Zachmann. 2012. Species detection vs. habitat suitability: Are we biasing habitat suitability models with remotely sensed data? Ecological Modelling 244:57-64.

Farnsworth, M.L., R.S. Miller, K. Pederson, M.W. Lutman, S.R. Swafford, P.D. Riggs, and C.T. Webb. 2012. Environmental and demographic determinants of avian influenza viruses in waterfowl across the contiguous United States. PLoS ONE 7(3): e32729.

Holcomb, C.M., T.D. Sisk, B.G. Dickson, S.E. Sesnie, and E.N. Aumack. 2012. Administrative boundaries and ecological divergence: the divided history and coordinated future of land management on the Kaibab Plateau, Arizona, USA. Pages 1-20 in C. Van Riper, III, M. L. Villareal, C. J. van Riper, and M. J. Johnson, eds., The Colorado Plateau V: research, environmental planning, and management for collaborative conservation. University of Arizona Press, Tucson, AZ, USA.

Kalies, E.L., B.G. Dickson, C.L. Chambers, and W.W. Covington. 2012. Restoration treatments increase occupancy of the small mammal community in ponderosa pine forests, northern Arizona, USA. Ecological Applications 22:204-217.

Litschert, S.E., T.C. Brown, and D.M. Theobald. 2012. Historic and future extent of wildfires in the Southern Rockies Ecoregion, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 269: 124-133.

McRae, B.H., S.A. Hall, P. Beier, and D.M. Theobald. 2012. Where to restore ecological connectivity? Detecting barriers and quantifying restoration benefits. PLoS ONE 7(12): e52604.

Scherer, R.D., E. Muths, B.R. Noon, S.J. Oyler-McCance. 2012. The genetic structure of a relict population of wood frogs. Conservation Genetics 13:1521-1530.

Scherer, R.D., E. Muths, and B.R. Noon. 2012. The importance of local and landscape-scale processes to the occupancy of wetlands by pond-breeding amphibians. Population Ecology 54:487-498.

Sesnie, S.E., B.G. Dickson, S. Rosenstock, and J.M. Rundall. 2012. A comparison of Landsat TM and MODIS vegetation indices for estimating forage phenology in desert bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni) habitat in the Sonoran Desert, USA. International Journal of Remote Sensing 33:276-286.

Sesnie, S.E., B.G. Dickson, J.M. Rundall, and T.D. Sisk. 2012. Assessment of mixed conifer forest conditions on the Kaibab National Forest, Arizona, USA. Pages 23-41 in C. van Riper, III, M. L. Villareal, C. J. van Riper, and M. J. Johnson, eds., The Colorado Plateau V: research, environmental planning, and management for collaborative conservation. University of Arizona Press, Tucson, AZ, USA.

Theobald, D.M., S.E. Reed, K. Fields, and M. Soule. 2012. Connecting natural landscapes using a landscape permeability model to prioritize conservation activities in the US. Conservation Letters 5(2): 123-133.

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