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Research by Conservancy scientists helps inform others working on conservation issues.

Conservancy scientists play a dual-role in advancing conservation science: developing cutting-edge research and tools, and communicating their results to a wider audience. Recent reports written by Conservancy scientists will help others in conservation biology and beyond learn from our hits and misses.

(Reports are listed according to publication year, then alphabetically by lead author. Nature Conservancy authors are in bold.)


Fleming, G.M., J.M. Wunderle, Jr., D.N. Ewert, and J.J. O’Brien. 2015. Functional attributes of two subtropical shrubs and implications for the distribution and management of endangered bird habitat. Journal of Plant Ecology

Sparks, E.L., J. Cebrian, C.R. Tobias, and C.A. May. 2015. Groundwater nitrogen processing in northern Gulf of Mexico restored marshes. Journal of Environmental Management 150:206-215.


Barnes, M.A., C.L. Jerde, M.E. Wittmann, W.L. Chadderton, J. Ding, J. Zhang, M. Purcell, M. Budhathoki, and D.M. Lodge. 2014. Geographic selection bias of occurrence data influences transferability of invasive Hydrilla verticillata distribution models. Ecology and Evolution, 4, 2584–2593.

Barnes, M.A., C.R. Turner, C.L. Jerde, M.A. Renshaw, W.L. Chadderton, and D.M. Lodge. 2014. Environmental conditions influence eDNA persistence in aquatic systems. Environmental Science and Technology, 48(3): 1819-1827.

Chadderton, W.L. 2014. Application of environmental DNA detection methods in management of aquatic invasive species: Lessons learnt from an impending Asian carp invasion of the Laurentian Great Lakes, USA. Eds. W. Fulton and K. Hall. Forum Proceedings: Carp Management in Australia — State of Knowledge. Melbourne, June 19–20, 2012. 42-46.

Davis, M., D. Brown, H. Robertson, and W.L. Chadderton. 2014. How well does LCDB2 map wetlands in the Wellington region? DOC Research and Development Series, 341: 21p.

Ewert, D.N., C.L. Roy, G.J. Soulliere, and R.J. Pierce. 2014. Stakeholder input for revision of the Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region Joint Venture Landbird Habitat Conservation Strategy. Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region Joint Venture Technical Report No. 2014-1.

Ewert, D.N., K.R. Hall, R.J. Smith, and P.G. Rodewald. 2014. Landbird stopover in the Great Lakes region: phenological shifts, climate risks, and conservation implications. Studies in Avian Biology 47:15-41.

Fleming, G.M., J.M. Wunderle, Jr., and D.N. Ewert. Accepted. Diet preferences of goats in subtropical broadleaf scrub and implications for habitat management. Tropical Ecology

Fleming, G.M., J.M. Wunderle, Jr., D.N. Ewert, and J.J. O’Brien. 2014. Estimating plant biomass in early-successional subtropical vegetation using a visual obstruction technique. Applied Vegetation Science 17:356-366.

Fore, J., S.P. Sowa, D. Galat, G. Annis, D. Diamond, and C. Rewa. 2014. Riverine threat indices to assess watershed condition and identify primary management capacity of agriculture natural resource management agencies. Environmental Management 53(3):567-82.

Januchowski-Hartley, S.R., M. Diebel, P.B. McIntyre, and P.J. Doran. 2014. Predicting road culvert passability for migratory fishes. Diversity and Distributions 20: 1414–1424. doi: 10.1111/ddi.12248

Sieracki, J. L., J.M. Bossenbroek, and W.L. Chadderton. 2014. A spatial modeling approach to predicting the secondary spread of invasive species due to ballast water discharge. PLoS ONE, 9(12):e114217. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0114217.

Smith, S.D.P., P.B. McIntyre, B.S. Halpern, R.M. Cooke, A.L. Marino, G.L. Boyer, A. Buchsbaum, G.A. Burton Jr., L.M. Campbell, J.J.H. Ciborowski, P.J. Doran, D.M. Infante, L.B. Johnson, J.G. Read, J.B. Rose, E.S. Rutherford, A.D. Steinman, and J.D. Allan. In press. Rating impacts in a multi-stressor world: A quantitative assessment of 50 stressors affecting the Great Lakes. Ecological Applications.

Sowa, S.P. 2014. IMDS: Informing the logistics of the conservation enterprise. Michigan State of the Great Lakes 2013, Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, 23.

Tucker, A.J. and C.E. Williamson. 2014. The invasion window for warmwater fish in clearwater lakes: the role of ultraviolet radiation and temperature. Diversity and Distributions, 20, 181-192.

Wang, C. M. L.A. Riseng, K.E. Mason, E.S. Wehrly, J.E. Rutherford, C. McKenna, Jr, L.B. Castiglione, D.M. Johnson, D.M. Infante, S.P. Sowa, M. Robertson, J. Schaeffer, M. Khoury, J. Gaiot, T. Hollenhorst, C. Brooks, and M. Coscarelli. In Press. A hierarchical spatial classification and database for management, research, and policy making: the Great Lakes aquatic habitat framework. Journal of Great Lakes Research.

Wittmann, M.E., C. L. Jerde, J.G. Howeth, S.P. Maher, A.M. Deines, J.A. Jenkins, G.W. Whitledge, S.R. Burbank, W.L. Chadderton, A.R. Mahon, J.T. Tyson, C.A. Gantz, R.P. Keller, J.M. Drake, and D.M. Lodge. 2014. Grass carp in the Great Lakes region: establishment potential, expert perceptions, and re-evaluation of experimental evidence of ecological impact. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 71, 992–999.

Wunderle, J.M., Jr., P.K. Lebow, J.D. White, D. Currie, and D.N. Ewert. 2014. Sex and age differences in site fidelity, food resources tracking and body condition of wintering Kirtland’s Warblers (Setophaga kirtlandii) in The Bahamas. Ornithological Monographs 80:1-62.

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