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Independent Research Products

Mojave National Preserve is internationally known as a place to conduct research in relatively undisturbed ecosystems. The following is a partial bibliography of research products related to Mojave National Preserve. Some material on this page may be protected by copyright. Please contact the author and publisher for permission to use this material.


Bardsley, A. C., 2009. Luminescence dating of ceramics from archaeological sites in the Soda Lake region of the Mojave Desert, Master's Thesis, Department of Anthropology, California State University, Long Beach, 175 p.

Skinner, C. E. and J. J. Thatcher, 2006. X-Ray fluorescence analysis and obsidian hydration measurement of artifact obsidian from several sites in the Mojave National Preserve, San Bernardino County, California, Northwest Research Obsidian Studies Laboratory Report 2006-116, 15 p.

Thomas, T.A., 2011. A landscape approach to late prehistoric settlement and subsistence patterns in the Mojave Sink, Master's Thesis, Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 120 p.


Andre, J. M. 2006. Inventory of vascular plants at Mojave National Preserve and Manzanar Historic Site, U.S. National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program, 64 p.

Archdeacon, T. P., 2007. Effects of Asian Tapeworm, Mosquitofish, and Food Ration on Mohave Tui Chub Growth and Survival, Master's Thesis, School of Natural Resources, The University of Arizona, 77 p.

Archdeacon, T. P., S. A. Bonar, S. J. Kline, A. Iles, and D. Hughson, 2008. Effects of the Asian Tapeworm on the Endangered Mohave Tui Chub, Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Fisheries Research Report 02-08, 51 p.

Beever, E. A. and D. A. Pyke. 2005. Short-term responses of desert soil and vegetation to removal of feral burros and domestic cattle, Ecological Restoration 23(4):279-280.

Beever, E. A., M. Huso, and D. A. Pyke. 2006. Multiscale responses of soil stability and invasive plants to removal of non-native grazers from an arid conservation reserve, Diversity and Distributions 12:258-268.

Berry, K. H. 2000. Preliminary report on the spring survey of desert tortoise at the Goffs permanent study plot and special project on effects of roads, U.S. Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Center, Riverside, California, 12 p.

Brooks, M. L. and J. V. Draper. 2006. Fire effects on seed banks and vegetation in the Eastern Mojave Desert: implications for post-fire management, extended abstract, U.S. Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Center, Henderson, Nevada, 3 p.

Brooks, M. L. and R. A. Minnich. 2007. Fire in the Southeastern Deserts bioregion. Chapter 16 in: Sugihara, N. G., J. W. van Wagtendonk, J. Fites-Kaufman, K. E. Shaffer, and A. E. Thode (eds.). Fire in California Ecosystems. University of California Press, Berkeley, 40 p.

Coupe, B. H. 2005. Mate-location behavior of timber (Crotalus horridus) and sidewinder (Crotalus cerastes) rattlesnakes, Ph.D. Dissertation, Ohio State University, 165 p.

Crews, S. C. and M. Hedin. 2006. Studies of morphological and molecular phylogenetic divergence in spiders (Araneae: Homalonychus) from the American southwest including divergence along the Baja California Peninsula, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 38:470-487.

des Lauriers, 2011. Key to the Desert Ants of California, Department of Biology, Chaffey College, Alta Loma, CA, 32 p.

Dutcher, K. E. 2009. The effects of wildfire on reptile populations in the Mojave National Preserve, California. Final Report to the National Park Service, California State University, Long Beach, 28 p.

Epps, C. W., V. C. Bleich, J. D. Wehausen, and S. G. Torres. 2003. Status of bighorn sheep in California, Desert Bighorn Council Transactions 47:20-35.

Epps, C. W., D. R. McCullough, J. D. Wehausen, V. C. Bleich, and J. L. Rechel. 2004. Effects of climate change on population persistence of desert-dwelling mountain sheep in California, Conservation Biology 18(1):102-113.

Epps, C. W., P. J. Palsboll, J. D. Wehausen, G. K. Roderick, R. R. Ramey II, and D. R. McCullough. 2005. Highways block gene flow and cause a rapid decline in genetic diversity of desert bighorn sheep, Ecology Letters 8:1029-1038.

Epps, C. W., J. D. Wehausen, P. J. Palsboll, and D. R. McCullough. 2005. Using genetic analyses to describe and infer recent colonizations by desert bighorn sheep, pp 51-62 in J. Goerrissen and J. M. Andre, eds. Sweeny Granite Mountain Desert Research Center 1978-2003: A Quarter Century of Research and Teaching. University of California Natural Reserve Program, Riverside, CA 2005.

Epps, C. W., P. J. Palsboll, J. D. Wehausen, G. K Roderick, and D. R. McCullough. 2006. Elevation and connectivity define genetic refugia for mountain sheep as climate warms, Molecular Ecology 10:2741-2752.

Epps, C. W., J. D. Wehausen, V. C. Bleich, S. G. Torres, and J. S. Brashares. 2007. Optimizing dispersal and corridor models using landscape genetics, Journal of Applied Ecology 44:714-724.

Garron, K. A. 2006. Population status of the endangered Mohave tui chub (Siphateles bicolor mohavensis) at Lake Tuendae, Zzyzx, California. Master's Thesis, California State University, Fullerton, 114 p.

Hafernik, J. and L. S. Saul-Gershenz. 2000. Beetle larvae cooperate to mimic bees, Nature 405:35-36.

Hagerty, B.E. 2008. Ecological genetics of the Mojave Desert tortoise, Dissertation, University of Nevada, Reno, 244 p.

Henkanaththegedara, S. M. 2012. Ecological complexity of non-native species impacts in desert aquatic systems, Dissertation, North Dakota State University, Fargo, 174 p.

Ikeda, M., 2011. The ant fauna of the Mojave National Preserve, 25th Annual Desert Symposium, Zzyzx, California, 22p.

Jarvis, J. M. 2009. The natural history of the Mojave fringed-toed lizard, Uma scoparia: the northern lineage, Amargosa River, CA. Master's Thesis, California State University, Fullerton, 53 p.

Jaeger, J. R. 1994. Demography and movements of mountain sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni) in the Kingston and Clark Mountain ranges, California. Master's Thesis, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 73 p.

Lambert, S. E. 2007. A lesser-known desert adaptation: A fine-scale study of axis-splitting shrubs in the Mojave Desert, Master's Thesis, University of Connecticut, 78 p.

McCreedy, C. 2005. Mojave Desert spring bird surveys at Indian Joe Spring and Piute Spring, Report to the California Department of Fish and Game, Point Reyes Bird Observatory, Conservation Science, Stinson Beach, California, 22 p.

McKee, C. J., 2012. Spatial Patterns and Population Performance of Mule Deer: Responses to Water Provisioning in Mojave National Preserve, California, Master's Thesis, University of Nevada, Reno, 131 p.

Micheletti, S.J., 2011. Population structure of side blotched lizards (Uta stansburiana) displaying adaptive dorsal coloration. Master's Thesis, San Francisco State University, 56 p.

Micheletti, S.J., E. Parra, and E.J. Routman, 2012. Adaptive color polymorphism and unusually high local genetic diversity in the side-blotched lizard, Uta stansburiana, PLOS One 7(10):1-11.

Nafus, M.G., T.D. Tuberville, K.A. Buhlmann, and B.D. Todd, 2013. Relative abundance and demographic structure of Agassiz's desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizi) along roads of varying size and traffic volume, Journal of Arid Environments 162:100-106.

Newlander, A., 2013. Wash flow disturbance and summer wash flow in the Mojave Desert: influence on dispersion, production, and physiological functioning of dominant shrubs, Master's Thesis, California State University, Fullerton, 127 p.

Sandmeier, F.C. 2009. Immunology and disease in the Mojave Desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii), Dissertation, University of Nevada, Reno, 154 p.

Sandmeier, F.C., C.R. Tracy, S. DuPré, and K. Hunter. 2012. A trade-off between natural and acquired antibody production in a reptile: implications for long-term resistance to disease, Biology Open 0:1-5.

Saul-Gershenz, L. S. and J. G. Millar. 2006. Phoretic nest parasites use sexual deception to obtain transport to their host's nest, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 103(38):14039-14044.

Schwinning, S., D.R. Sandquist, D.M. Miller, D.R. Bedford, S.L. Phillips, and J. Belnap, 2010. The influence of stream channels on distributions of Larrea tridentata and Ambrosia dumosa in the Mojave Desert, CA, USA: patterns, mechanisms, and effects of stream redistribution, Ecohydrology (2010).

Smith, C.I., W.K.W Godsoe, S. Tank, J.B. Yoder, and O. Pellmyr, 2008. Distinguishing coevolution from covicariance in an obligate pollination mutualism: asynchronous divergence in Joshua tree and its pollinators, Evolution 62-10:2676-2687.

Stapp, P., 2008. Effects of small mammals on post-fire vegetation recovery in the Mojave Desert, Final Report to Western National Parks Association, 10p.

Vann, L.E. 2009. DNA sequence polymorphism at the PgiC locus of Yucca brevifolia (Joshua tree), Master's Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA, 21 p.

Waitman, B. A., 2009. Rodent mediated seed dispersal of Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia), Master's Thesis, University of Nevada, Reno, 43p.

Wallace, J. K. 2003. Population abundance and diversity of reptiles in the east Mojave, Soda Springs area, Master's Thesis, California State University, Fullerton, 160p.


Geology and Hydrology

Barthel, P. S. 2008. Water budget and hydrogeologic model of spring flow at Limeston Hill, Zzyzx Desert Studies Center, Master's Thesis, California State University Fullerton, 113 p.

Giffin, J. M. 2006. Sediment production, storage, and transport processes studied in two semi-arid basins and in a recently burned region of the Mojave National Preserve, Master's Thesis, University of Nevada Reno, 163 p.

Langenheim, V. E., S. Biehler, R. Negrini, K. Mickus, D. M. Miller, and R. J. Miller, 2009. Gravity and magnetic investigations of the Mojave National Preserve and adjacent areas, California and Nevada, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009-1117, 25 p.

Liu, T. 2003. Blind testing of rock varnish microstratigraphy as a chronometric indicator: results on late Quaternary lava flows in the Mojave Desert, California, Geomorphology 53:209-234.

Miller, D. M., R. J. Miller, J. E. Nielsen, H. G. Wilshire, K. A. Howard, and P. Stone, 2003. Geologic map of the East Mojave National Scenic Area, California, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California, map.

Mirus, B. B., K. S. Perkins, J. R. Nimmo, and K. Singha. 2009. Hydrologic Characterization of Desert Soils with Varying Degrees of Pedogenesis: 2. Inverse Modeling for Effective Properties, Vadose Zone Journal 8:496-509.

Muhs, D. R., R. L. Reynolds, J. Been, and G. Skipp. 2003. Eolian sand transport pathways in the southwestern United States: importance of the Colorado River and local sources, Quaternary International 104:3-18.

Nimmo, J. R. 2006. Soil-water experiments on the Globe piedmont of the Providence Mountains, Mojave National Preserve, California, U.S. Geological Survey, Public Lecture, Menlo Park, California, 40 slides.

Nimmo, J. R., K. S. Perkins, K. M. Schmidt, D. M. Miller, J. D. Stock, and K. Singha. 2009. Hydrologic Characterization of Desert Soils with Varying Degrees of Pedogenesis: 1. Field Experiments Evaluating Plant-Relevant Soil Water Behavior, Vadose Zone Journal 8:480-495.

Phillips, F. M. 2003. Cosmogenic 36Cl ages of Quaternary basalt flows in the Mojave Desert, California, USA, Geomorphology 53:199-208.

Theodore, Ted G., Geology and Mineral Resources of the East Mojave National Scenic Area, San Bernardino County, California: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 2160.

Winfield, K. A., J. R. Nimmo, J. A. Izbicki, and P. M. Martin. 2006. Resolving structural influences on water-retention properties of alluvial deposits, Vadose Zone Journal 5:706-719.


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