Papers & Journal Articles

In addition to regular vital-signs analysis and reporting, network ecologists frequently publish articles with broader implications in peer-reviewed academic journals. A list of those articles is provided below.

Aquatic Macroinvertebrates

Miller, M. P., and A. M. D. Brasher. 2011. Differences in macroinvertebrate community structure in streams and rivers with different hydrologic regimes in the semi-arid Colorado Plateau. River Systems 19(3):225–238.

Big Rivers

Perkins, D. W., M. L. Scott, and T. Naumann. 2015. Abundance of invasive, non-native riparian herbs in relation to river regulation. River Research and Applications.

Climate

Beever, E. A., J. D. Perrine, T. Rickman, M. Flores, J. P. Clark, C. Waters, S. S. Weber, B. Yardley, D. Thoma, T. Chesley-Preston, M. Magnuson, N. Nordensten, M. Nelson, and G. Collins. 2016. Losses of pikas (Ochotona princeps) from three regions are linked to temperature and water balance. Journal of Mammalogy 97(6):1495–1511.

Munson, S. J., J. Belnap, C. D. Schelz, M. Moran, and T. W. Carolin. 2011. On the brink of change: plant responses to climate on the Colorado Plateau. Ecosphere 2(6):1:15.

Thoma, D., and H. Shovic. 2013. Using landscape patterns, climate projections, and species distribution models to map future potential habitats for desert tortoise, Shivwits milk-vetch, and American pika in Zion National Park, Utah. Park Science 29(2):14–22.

Thoma, D. P., S. M. Munson, K. M. Irvine, D. L. Witwicki, and E. L. Bunting. 2016. Semi-arid vegetation response to antecedent climate and water balance windows. Applied Vegetation Science 19(2016):413–429.

Weissinger, R., T. E. Philippi, and D. Thoma. 2016. Linking climate to changing discharge at springs in Arches National Park, Utah, USA. Ecosphere 7(10):e01491.

Witwicki, D. L., S. M. Munson, and D. P. Thoma. 2016. Effects of climate and water balance across grasslands of varying C3 and C4 grass cover. Ecosphere 7(11):e01577.

Invasive Exotic Plants

Perkins, D. W., M. L. Scott, and T. Naumann. 2015. Abundance of invasive, non-native riparian herbs in relation to river regulation. River Research and Applications.

Springs, Seeps, and Hanging Gardens

Weissinger, R., T. E. Philippi, and D. Thoma. 2016. Linking climate to changing discharge at springs in Arches National Park, Utah, USA. Ecosphere 7(10):e01491.

Weissinger, R. H., D. W. Perkins, and E. C. Dinger. 2012. Biodiversity, water chemistry, physical characteristics, and anthropogenic disturbance gradients of sandstone springs on the Colorado Plateau. Western North American Naturalist Vol. 72: No. 3, Article 13.

Upland Vegetation and Soils

Bowker, M. A., M. E. Miller, R. T. Belote, and S. L. Garman. 2013. Ecological thresholds as a basis for defining management triggers for National Park Service vital signs - case studies for dryland ecosystems. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013-1244, 94 p.

Garman, S. L., D. Witwicki, and A. Wight. 2010. Mapping ecological sites for long-term monitoring in national parks. In van Riper III, C., B.F. Wakeling, and T.D. Sisk, editors. The Colorado Plateau IV, Shaping Conservation through Science and Management. The University of Arizona Press. Tucson, AZ, USA.

Miller, M. E. 2005. The structure and functioning of dryland ecosystems - conceptual models to inform long-term ecological monitoring. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2005-5197, 73 p.

Miller, M. E., R. T. Belote, M. A. Bowker, and S. L. Garman. 2011. Alternative states of a semiarid grassland ecosystem: implications for ecosystem services. Ecosphere 2(5):1–18.

Miller, M. E., D. L. Witwicki, R. K. Mann, and N. J. Tancreto. 2007. Field evaluations of sampling methods for long-term monitoring of upland ecosystems on the Colorado Plateau. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2007-1243, 188 p.

Witwicki, D. L., S. M. Munson, and D. P. Thoma. 2016. Effects of climate and water balance across grasslands of varying C3 and C4 grass cover. Ecosphere 7(11):e01577.

Vascular Plants

Fertig, W. 2009. Species richness and complementarity: sizing up Utah's national parks, monuments, recreation areas, and historic sites. Sego Lily 32(5):6–7.

Vegetation Mapping

Abella, S. R., and A. Tendick. 2013. Distribution of exotic plant species and relationship to vegetation type at Bryce Canyon National Park, USA. Landscape and Urban Planning 120:48–58.

Topp, S. 2007. Veg mappers find "new" plants for Utah National Parks. Sego Lily 30(2):8–9.

Wadeable Streams

Scott, M. L., and E. W. Reynolds. 2007. Field-based evaluation of sampling techniques to support long-term monitoring of riparian ecosystems along wadeable streams on the Colorado Plateau. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2007-1266. 57 p.

Water Quality

Brown, J. B., and D. P. Thoma. 2012. Assessment of total nitrogen and total phosphorus in selected surface water of the National Park Service Northern Colorado Plateau Network, Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, from 1972 through 2007. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2012-5043. 112 p.

Thoma, D. P., R. J. Irwin, and P. E. Penoyer. 2012. Documenting measurement sensitivity and bias of field-measured parameters in water quality monitoring programs. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 184(9):5387–5398.

Wildland Fire

Sidman, G., D. P. Guertin, D. C. Goodrich, D. Thoma, D. Falk, and I. S. Burns. 2015. A coupled modelling approach to assess the effect of fuel treatments on post-wildfire runoff and erosion. International Journal of Wildland Fire 25(3):351–362.

Last updated: June 8, 2018