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Monitoring

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. (available at Schweizerbart Science Publishers)
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. (available at Wiley Online Library; see also overview brief of article)
Climate
  • 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. (available at ESA Online Journals)
  • 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. (available at Park Science)
  • 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. (available at Wiley Online Library)
  • 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. 10.1002/ecs2.1491 (see also overview brief of article)
  • 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. 10.1002/ecs2.1577
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. (available at Wiley Online Library; see also overview brief of article)
Springs & Seeps
  • 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. 10.1002/ecs2.1491 (see also overview brief of article)
  • Weissinger, R. H., D. W. Perkins, and E. C. Dinger. 2012. Anthropogenic disturbance, biological, and hydrological characteristics of springs on the Colorado Plateau. Western North American Naturalist 72(3):393-406. (available at Western North American Naturalist)
Uplands
  • 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. (7 MB PDF)
  • 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. (more information)
  • 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. (16 MB PDF)
  • 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. (available at ESA Online Journals)
  • 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. (6 MB PDF)
  • 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. 10.1002/ecs2.1577
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. (3 MB PDF)
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. (23 MB PDF)
  • 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. (available at Springer Link)

Inventory

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. (234 KB PDF)
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. (available at ScienceDirect)
  • Topp, S. 2007. Veg mappers find "new" plants for Utah National Parks. Sego Lily 30(2):8-9. (74 KB PDF)

Other Projects

  • 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. In press. Losses of pikas (Ochotona princeps) from three regions are linked to temperature and water balance. Journal of Mammology, accepted for publication.
  • 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. (available at International Journal of Wildland Fire)
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