Published Research Projects

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Anderson, W. M., Boughton, R. K., Wisely, S. W., Merrill, M. M., Boughton, E. H., Robeson, M. S., & Piaggio, A. (2018). Using DNA Metabarcoding to Examine Wild Pig (Sus scrofa) Diets in a Subtropical Agro-Ecosystem. In Proceedings of the Vertebrate Pest Conference (Vol. 28, No. 28).

Bledsoe, E. K. (2020). The Role of Patch-and Landscape-Level Processes in Shaping Desert Rodent Communities (Doctoral dissertation, University of Florida).

Baltensperger AP, Hagelin JC, Schuette PA, Droghini A, Ott K (2022) High dietary and habitat diversity indicate generalist behaviors of northern bog lemmings Synaptomys borealis in Alaska, USA. Endang Species Res 49:145-158.

Craine, J. M., Angerer, J. P., Elmore, A., & Fierer, N. (2016). Continental-scale patterns reveal potential for warming-induced shifts in cattle diet. PloS one11(8), e0161511.

Craine, J. M. (2021). Seasonal patterns of bison diet across climate gradients in North America. Scientific reports11(1), 1-11.

Craine, J. M., Elmore, A., & Angerer, J. P. (2017). Long-term declines in dietary nutritional quality for North American cattle. Environmental research letters12(4), 044019.

Craine, J. M., Cannon, M. V., Elmore, A. J., Guinn, S. M., & Fierer, N. (2017). DNA metabarcoding potentially reveals multi-assemblage eutrophication responses in an eastern North American river. bioRxiv, 186452.

Craun, J. N. (2018). Effect of Residual Feed Intake on Angus Heifer Grazing Distribution, Diet Selection, and Behavior (Doctoral dissertation).

Drakeley, M. M., & Reuter, R. (2018). Efficacy of a Fecal DNA-Based Method to Measure Diet Components in Cattle. Journal of Animal Science96, 81-82.

Fieseler, A. C. (2021). The Effects of Urbanization on the Diets of Colony Cats: A Tail of Six Colonies (Doctoral dissertation, Hofstra University).

FRASER, J. D. (2020). RED KNOT (CALIDRIS CANUTUS RUFA) DIET RECONSTRUCTION USING DNA METABARCODING ANALYES OF FECES COLLECTED IN VIRGINIA. Factors affecting Western Atlantic red knots (Calidris canutus rufa) and their prey during spring migration on Virginia’s barrier islands, 1.

Hayes, T. A. (2020). Managing Forest Disturbances: Effects on Mule Deer and Plant Communities in Montana’s Northern Forests.

Hecker, L. J., Dewart, L. T., Epperson, D. M., Rawleigh, G., Sheppard, A. C., Nielsen, S. E., & Edwards, M. A. (2020). Ronald Lake wood bison research program: 2020 semi-annual report. University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 2H1.

Hopkins, D. J. (2019). Nest-Site Selection of Golden Eagles and Ferruginous Hawks and Diet Composition of Sensitive Raptor Species Using Metabarcoding Analysis in the Uinta Basin and Ashley National Forest, UT, USA.

Hundertmark, K. (2017). ARTHROPOD COMMUNITIES AND PASSERINE DIET (Doctoral dissertation, Department of Biology and Wildlife Paul Layer, Dean College).

Jesmer, B. R., Kauffman, M. J., Murphy, M. A., & Goheen, J. R. (2020). A test of the Niche Variation Hypothesis in a ruminant herbivore. Journal of Animal Ecology89(12), 2825-2839.

Jorns, T., Craine, J., Towne, E. G., & Knox, M. (2020). Climate structures bison dietary quality and composition at the continental scale. Environmental DNA2(1), 77-90.

King, S. R., & Schoenecker, K. A. (2019). Comparison of methods to examine diet of feral horses from noninvasively collected fecal samples. Rangeland ecology & management72(4), 661-666.

King, S. R., Schoenecker, K. A., & Manier, D. J. (2019). Potential spread of cheatgrass and other invasive species by feral horses in western colorado. Rangeland ecology & management72(4), 706-710.

Leonard, J. L. (2016). Evaluation of Bison (Bison Bison) Ecology at the Olson’s Bison Conservation Ranches, Pine River Ranch, Manitoba, Canada.

Leonard, J. L., Perkins, L. B., Lammers, D. J., & Jenks, J. A. (2017). Are bison intermediate feeders? Unveiling summer diet selection at the northern fringe of historical distribution. Rangeland ecology & management70(4), 405-410.

McDermott, M. T. (2017). Arthropod communities and passerine diet: Effects of shrub expansion in Western Alaska. University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Nielsen, D. P., & Matocq, M. D. (2021). Differences in dietary composition and preference maintained despite gene flow across a woodrat hybrid zone. Ecology and evolution11(9), 4909-4919.

Peterson, C. J. (2020). Selection of Forage and Avoidance of Predation Risk by Partially Migratory Mule Deer.

Powers, D., Timlin, C. L., Dias, N. W., Santili, F. V., & Mercadante, V. R. G. (2018). 153 Progesterone Concentration, Follicle Diameter and Corpus Luteum Volume in Beef Cows Supplemented with Ca Salts of Soybean Oil. Journal of Animal Science96(suppl_1), 81-81.

Sanders, L. E., & Chalfoun, A. D. (2018). Novel landscape elements within natural gas fields increase densities but not fitness of an important songbird nest predator. Biological Conservation228, 132-141.

Scasta, J. D., Jorns, T., Derner, J. D., Lake, S., Augustine, D. J., Windh, J. L., & Smith, T. L. (2019). Validation of DNA metabarcoding of fecal samples using cattle fed known rations. Animal Feed Science and Technology255, 114219.

Schuette, P., S. Ebbert, A. Droghini, and T. Nawrocki. 2022. Small mammal diet indicates plant diversity, vegetation structure, and ecological integrity in a remote ecosystem. Biodiversity and Conservation.

Sherrill, C. W. (2019). Analyzing Sericea Lespedeza (Lespedeza cuneata) Management Practices and the Importance of Forbs in the Diet of Cattle and Bison on Tallgrass Prairie (Doctoral dissertation).

Shiels, A. B., Bukoski, W. P., & Siers, S. R. (2018). Diets of Kauai’s invasive rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri): evidence of seed predation and dispersal in a human-altered landscape. Biological Invasions20(6), 1449-1457.

Shively, R., Barboza, P., Doak, P., & Jung, T. S. (2018). Increased diet breadth of little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus) at their northern range limit: a multimethod approach. Canadian Journal of Zoology96(1), 31-38.

Sullins, D. S., Haukos, D. A., Craine, J. M., Lautenbach, J. M., Robinson, S. G., Lautenbach, J. D., … & Fierer, N. (2018). Identifying the diet of a declining prairie grouse using DNA metabarcoding. The Auk: Ornithological Advances135(3), 583-608.

Venter, Z. S., Hawkins, H. J., & Cramer, M. D. (2019). Cattle don’t care: Animal behaviour is similar regardless of grazing management in grasslands. Agriculture, ecosystems & environment272, 175-187.

Venter, A. S. (2019). Managing herbivory over space and time: consequences for vegetation and cattle responses in African rangelands.

Wright, K. W. (2018). The evolution of diet breadth in Melissodes bees (Apidae: Eucerini).


Brandl, S. J., Johansen, J. L., Casey, J. M., Tornabene, L., Morais, R. A., & Burt, J. A. (2020). Extreme environmental conditions reduce coral reef fish biodiversity and productivity. Nature communications11(1), 1-14.

Cannon, M. V., Craine, J., Hester, J., Shalkhauser, A., Chan, E. R., Logue, K., … & Serre, D. (2017). Dynamic microbial populations along the Cuyahoga River. Plos one12(10), e0186290.

Campbell T, Ngor PB, Chan B, Eschenroeder JC, Everest E, Chandra S, Chea S, Pin K, Chhuoy S, Chhorn S, Soem S, Sup M, Phen C, Sreynov H, Somony T, Chhut C, Hogan ZS. Dispersal and Survival of Captive-Reared Threatened Fishes in a Tonle Sap Lake Reserve. Water. (2022); 14(19):2995.

Craine, J. M., Henson, M. W., Thrash, J. C., Hanssen, J., Spooner, G., Fleming, P., … & Fierer, N. (2018). Environmental DNA reveals the structure of phytoplankton assemblages along a 2900-km transect in the Mississippi River. bioRxiv, 261727.

Clementi, G. M., Bakker, J., Flowers, K. I., Postaire, B. D., Babcock, E. A., Bond, M. E., … & Chapman, D. D. (2021). Moray eels are more common on coral reefs subject to higher human pressure in the greater Caribbean. Iscience24(3), 102097.

Eschenroeder, J., Hogan, Z. (2024). What’s in the Water? Using environmental DNA metabarcoding to detect fish biodiversity in the Cambodian Mekong. Cambodian Journal of Natural History.

King, L. R. (2019). The Response of Utah Lake’s Plant and Algal Community Structure to Cultural Eutrophication.

Marden, B., Brown, P., & Bosteels, T. (2020). Great Salt Lake Artemia: ecosystem functions and services with a global reach. In Great Salt Lake Biology (pp. 175-237). Springer, Cham.

McAlpine-Bellis, E., L. Thayer, M. E. Berberich, M. C. Bouffard & B.R. Hudgens (2022) An assessment of aquatic amphibian biodiversity on the California Lost Coast, Journal of Freshwater Ecology, 37:1, 481-494, DOI: 10.1080/02705060.2022.2118181

Simonin, M., Rocca, J., Gerson, J., Moore, E., Craine, J., Fierer, N., & Bernhardt, E. (2019, January). Large shifts in riverine microbiomes exposed to mountaintop coal mining activities in Central Appalachia: regional and longitudinal assessments. In Geophysical Research Abstracts (Vol. 21).

Stepien, C. A.Theroux, S., & Weisberg, S. B. (2022). The Second National Workshop on Marine eDNA: A workshop to accelerate the incorporation of eDNA science into environmental management applicationsEnvironmental DNA001– 7

van Zinnicq Bergmann, M. P., Postaire, B. D., Gastrich, K., Heithaus, M. R., Hoopes, L. A., Lyons, K., … & Bakker, J. (2021). Elucidating shark diets with DNA metabarcoding from cloacal swabs. Molecular Ecology Resources21(4), 1056-1067.

Wilson, S. B., Steury, T. D., Gitzen, R. A., & Ditchkoff, S. S. (2020). Fall and Winter Diets of Eastern Gray Squirrels in a Seasonally Flooded Ecosystem in Alabama. Southeastern Naturalist19(4), 771-780.


Craine, J. M., Barberán, A., Lynch, R. C., Menninger, H. L., Dunn, R. R., & Fierer, N. (2017). Molecular analysis of environmental plant DNA in house dust across the United States. Aerobiologia33(1), 71-86.=

Suzanne L. Ishaq, Sarah M. Turner, Grace Lee, M.Scarlett Tudor, Jean D. MacRae,Heather Hamlin, Deborah Bouchard. (2023). Water temperature and disease alters bacterial diversity and cultivability from American Lobster (Homarus americanus) shells. iScience. 106606, ISSN 2589-0042

Lennartz, C., Kurucar, J., Coppola, S., Crager, J., Bobrow, J., Bortolin, L., & Comolli, J. (2021). Estimation of Geographic Origin from Dust Using Plant DNA Metabarcoding.

Pasiche-Lisboa, C. J. (2019). Bryophyte and lichen communities in boreal forests are maintained through the dispersal and establishment of asexual propagules.

Zhang, Ge., Miranda Kersten, Amy Owen, Amanda Skidmore,
Honey bee foraging and pesticide exposure in a desert urban agroecosystem, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, Volume 249 (2023) 114472, ISSN 0147-6513,

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