Michael K Schwartz
Affiliation: USDA Forest Service
- Genetic monitoring as a promising tool for conservation and managementMichael K Schwartz
USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, 800 E Beckwith Avenue, Missoula, MT 59801, USA
Trends Ecol Evol 22:25-33. 2007..Here, we illustrate how DNA and population genetic data can provide valuable information, often unattainable via other approaches, for monitoring species of management, conservation and ecological interest...
- Wolverine gene flow across a narrow climatic nicheMichael K Schwartz
USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, 800 East Beckwith, Missoula, Montana 59801, USA
Ecology 90:3222-32. 2009....
- Molecules and beyond: assessing the distinctness of the Great Lakes wolfMichael K Schwartz
USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, 800 E Beckwith Ave, Missoula, MT 59801, USA
Mol Ecol 18:2307-9. 2009..tackle the difficult topic of Great Lakes wolf taxonomy and present data that suggest this taxon is currently genetically distinct despite a long history of human persecution and hybridization with related taxa...
- Gene flow in complex landscapes: testing multiple hypotheses with causal modelingSamuel A Cushman
U S Department of Agriculture U S Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, Missoula, Montana 59807, USA
Am Nat 168:486-99. 2006..The alternative landscape models, isolation by barriers and isolation by distance, are not supported. In this black bear population, gene flow is facilitated by contiguous forest cover at middle elevations...
- Robust detection of rare species using environmental DNA: the importance of primer specificityTaylor M Wilcox
United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Missoula, Montana, United States of America
PLoS ONE 8:e59520. 2013..Our results highlight the utility of qPCR as a highly sensitive eDNA tool, and underscore the importance of careful assay design...
- Use of empirically derived source-destination models to map regional conservation corridorsSamuel A Cushman
U S D A Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, 800 East Beckwith, Missoula, MT 59801, USA
Conserv Biol 23:368-76. 2009..Our methods are generic and can be applied to virtually any species for which reliable maps of landscape resistance can be developed...
- The Dual Challenges of Generality and Specificity When Developing Environmental DNA Markers for Species and Subspecies of OncorhynchusTaylor M Wilcox
United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, National Genomics Center for Wildlife and Fish Conservation, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Missoula, Montana, United States of America
PLoS ONE 10:e0142008. 2015..Prior to field application, we recommend that future studies sample populations and test assays more broadly than has been typical of published eDNA assays to date. ..
- DNA barcoding at riverscape scales: assessing biodiversity among fishes of the genus Cottus (Teleostei) in northern Rocky Mountain streamsMichael K Young
US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Missoula, MT 59801, USA
Mol Ecol Resour 13:583-95. 2013..We suspect that genetic assessments based on spatially robust sampling designs will reveal previously unrecognized biodiversity in many other taxa...
- Effects of weighting schemes on the identification of wildlife corridors generated with least-cost methodsSean A Parks
USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Aldo Leopold Wilderness, Research Institute, 790 East Beckwith, Missoula, MT 59801, USA
Conserv Biol 27:145-54. 2013....
- Mitochondrial genome sequences illuminate maternal lineages of conservation concern in a rare carnivoreBrian J Knaus
USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA
BMC Ecol 11:10. 2011..This allowed us to test a key assumption of conservation genetics, specifically, that the D-loop accurately reflects genealogical relationships and variation of the larger mitochondrial genome...
- Scale-dependent genetic structure of the Idaho giant salamander (Dicamptodon aterrimus) in stream networksLindy B Mullen
Division of Biological Sciences, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812, USA
Mol Ecol 19:898-909. 2010..These results show the strong influence of stream networks on population structure and genetic divergence of a salamander, with contrasting effects at different hierarchical scales...
- Historical and contemporary DNA indicate fisher decline and isolation occurred prior to the European settlement of CaliforniaJody M Tucker
Sequoia National Forest, United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Porterville, California, United States of America
PLoS ONE 7:e52803. 2012....
- Advancing ecological understandings through technological transformations in noninvasive geneticsAlbano Beja-Pereira
CIBIO, Centro de Investigacao em Biodiversidade e Recursos Geneticos, Universidade do Porto, Campus Agrário de Vairão, 4485 661 Vairão, Portugal Departamento de Zoologia e Antropologia, Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade do Porto, Rua Campo Alegre s n, 4169 007 Porto, Portugal USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Missoula, MT 59801, USA Division of Biological Sciences, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812, USA
Mol Ecol Resour 9:1279-301. 2009....
- Genetic consequences of sex-biased dispersal in a solitary carnivore: Yellowstone cougarsRoman Biek
University of Montana, Wildlife Biology Program, Missoula, MT 59812, USA
Biol Lett 2:312-5. 2006..These results highlight the importance of male dispersal for inbreeding avoidance, but do not indicate that short-distance dispersal or philopatry in female cougars results in spatial clustering of related individuals...
- DNA reveals high dispersal synchronizing the population dynamics of Canada lynxMichael K Schwartz
Wildlife Biology Program, School of Forestry, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana 59812, USA
Nature 415:520-2. 2002..We therefore suggest that management actions in the contiguous United States should focus on maintaining connectivity with the core of the lynx's geographic range...
- Candidate gene microsatellite variation is associated with parasitism in wild bighorn sheepGordon Luikart
Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos CIBIO UP, and Universidade do Porto, 4485 661 Vairão, Portugal
Biol Lett 4:228-31. 2008..The results illustrate the usefulness of using genomic information, strong candidate genes and non-invasive sampling for monitoring both genetic variation and fitness-related traits, such as parasite resistance, in natural populations...