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For information on publications and reports out of the Office of Applied Science, contact:
Scott Hull
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608-224-7138

Office of Applied SciencePublications and reports

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The Office of Applied Science produces a variety of publications and other useful documents through the course of our work. Our findings appear in peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as reports for wildlife and fisheries management, legislative briefings and customer resources.

In the list below, current and former employees of the Office of Applied Science appear in bold. An asterisk denotes graduate and post-doctoral students who were mentees of OAS staff.

Wildlife research


Maximilian L. Allen, Nathan M. Roberts, Morgan J. Farmer and Timothy R. Van Deelan (2019). Decreasing available bobcat tags appears to have increased success, interest, and participation among hunters. Human Dimensions of Wildlife. View abstract [PDF]

Christina M. Locke, Christine M. Anhalt-Depies, Susan Frett, Jennifer L. Stenglein, Sarah Cameron, Vivek Malleshappa, Taylor Peltier, Benjamin Zuckerberg and Phillip A. Townsend (February 2019). Managing a large citizen science project to monitor wildlife. Wildlife Society Bulletin. View abstract [PDF]

J. Meunier, D. Bronson, K. Scanlon and R. Gray (January 2019). Effects of oak wilt (Bretziella fagacearum) on post harvest Quercus regeneration. Forest Ecology and Management. View abstract [PDF]

Casey C. Day, Nicholas P. McCann, Patrick A. Zollner, Jonathan H. Gilbert and David M. MacFarland (April 2019). Temporal plasticity in habitat selection criteria explains patterns of animal dispersal. Behavioral Ecology. View abstract [PDF]

D.P. Walsh, D.J. Storm, T.R. Van Deelen, D.M. Heisey (2018). Using expert knowledge to incorporate uncertainty in cause-of-death assignments for modeling of cause-specific mortality. Ecol Evol.

Maximillian L. Allen*, Andrew S. Norton, Glenn Stauffer, Nathan M. Roberts, Yanshi Luo, Qing Li, David MacFarland and Timothy R. Van Deelen (August 2018). A Bayesian state-space model using age-at-harvest data for estimating the population of black bears (ursus americanus) in Wisconsin. Scientific Reports. View abstract [PDF]

Jennier L. Stenglein, Adrian P. Wydeven and Timothy R. Van Deelen (April 2018). Compensatory mortality in a recovering top carnivore: wolves in Wisconsin, USA (1979-2013). Oecologia. View abstract [PDF]

R.A. Henderson, J. Meunier and N.S. Holoubek (February 2018). Disentangling effects of fire, habitat, and climate on an endangered prairie-specialist butterfly. Biological Conservation. View abstract [PDF]

Maximillian L. Allen*, Nathan M. Roberts and Timothy R. Van Deelen (September 2018). Hunter selection for larger and older male bobcats affects annual harvest demography. Royal Society Open Science. View abstract [PDF]

B.E. Peterson, D.J. Storm, A.S. Norton, T.R. Van Deelen (2017). Influence of landscape on dispersal of yearling male white-tailed deer in Wisconsin. Journal of Wildlife Management.

C.H. Warbington, T.R. Van Deelen, A.S. Norton, J.L. Stenglein, D.J. Storm and K.J Martin (2017). Cause-specific neonatal omrtality of white-tailed deer in Wisconsin, USA. Journal of Wildlife Management.

Maximillian L. Allen*, Bruce Kohn, Nathan M. Roberts, Shawn Crimmins* and Timothy R. Van Deelen (September 2017). Benefits and drawbacks of determining reproductive histories for black bears (ursus americanus) from cementum annuli techniques. Canadian Journal of Zoology. View abstract [PDF]

Rebecca Kirby*, David M. MacFarland and Jonathan N. Pauli (July 2017). Cosumption of intentional food subsidies by a hunted carnivore. Journal of Wildlife Management. View abstract [PDF]

M.D. Samuel and D.J. Storm (2016). Chronic wasting disease in white-tailed deer: infection, mortality, and implications for heterogeneous transmission. Ecology.

A.S. Norton, D.J. Storm, M.A. Watt, C.N. Jacques, K. Martin and T.R. Van Deelen (2016). Left truncation criteria for usrvival analysis of white-tailed deer. Journal of Wildlife Management.

John D.J. Clare*, Daniel W. Linden, Eric M. Anderson and David M. MacFarland (May 2016). Do the antipredator strategies of shared prey mediate intraguild predatoin and mesopredator suppression? Ecology and Evolution. View abstract [PDF]

Liza R. Walleser, Shawn M. Crimmins* and Nathan M. Roberts (2016). Estimating the age of male gray wolves (Canis lupus) using baculum measurements. Canadian Field Naturalist. View abstract [PDF]

Erik R. Olson, Timothy R. Van Deelen, Adrian P. Wydeven, Stephen J. Ventura and David M. MacFarland (November 2015). Characterizing wolf-human conflicts in Wisconsin, USA. Wildlife Society Bulletin. View abstract [PDF]

H. Bryant White, Thomas Decker, Michale J. O'Brien, John F. Organ and Nathan M. Roberts (March 2015). Trapping and furbearer management in North American wildlife conservation. International Journal of Environmental Studies. View abstract [PDF]

John D.J. Clare*, Eric M. Anderson and David M. MacFarland (February 2015). Predicting bobcat abundance at a landscape scale and evaluating occupancy as a density index in central Wisconsin. The Journal of Wildlife Management. View abstract [PDF]

D.J. Storm, M.D. Samuel, R.E. Rolley, T. Beisel, B.J. Richards and T.R. Van Deelen (2014). Estimating ages of white-tailed deer: age and sex patterns of error using tooth wear-and-replacement and consistency of cementum annuli. Wildlife Society Bulletin.

John D.J. Clare*, Eric M. Anderson, David M. MacFarland and Brian L. Sloss (November 2014). Comparing the costs and detectability of bobcat using scat-detecting dog and remote camera surveys in central Wisconsin. Wildlife Society Bulletin. View abstract [PDF]

D.J. Storm, M.D. Samuel, R.E. Rolley, P. Shelton, N. Keuler, B.J. Richards and T.R. Van Deelen (2013). Deer density and disease prevalence influence transmission of chronic wasting disease in white-tailed deer. Ecosphere.

James E. Woodford, David M. MacFarland and Mike Worland (May 2013). Movement, survival, and home range size of translocated american martens (martes americana) in Wisconsin. Wildlife Society Bulletin. View abstract [PDF]

David M. MacFarland and Timothy R. Van Deelan (August 2011). Using simulation to explore the functional relationships of terrestrial carnivore population indices. Ecological Modeling. View abstract [PDF]

D.J. Storm, T.R. Van Deelen, K.D. Malcolm, R.E. Rolley, N.A. Frost, D.P. Bates and B.J. Richards (2011). Comparison of helicopter and forward-looking infrared surveys for counting white-tailed deer. Wildlife Biology.

Fisheries research


Lamer, J.T., B.C. Ruebush, M.A. McClelland, J.M. Epifanio and G.G. Sass. Body condition (Wr) and reproductive potential of bighead and silver carp hybrids: post-zygotic selection in the Mississippi River basin. Ecology and Evolution. View abstract [PDF]

Sass, G.G., S.L. Shaw, T.P. Rooney, A.L. Rypel, J.K. Raabe, Q.C. Smith, T.R. Hrabik and S.T. Toshner (2019). Coarse woody habitat and glacial lake fisheries in the Midwestern USA: knowns, unknowns, and an experiment to advance our knowledge. Lake and Reservoir Management. View abstract [PDF]

Magee, M.R., C.L. Hein, J.R. Walsh, P.D. Shannon, M.J. Vander Zanden, T.B. Campbell, G.J.A. Hnasen, J. Hauxwell, G.D. LaLiberte,, T.P. Parks, G.G. Sass, C.W. Swanston and M.K.Janowiak (2019). Scientific advances and adaptation stategies for Wisconsin lakes facing climate change.Lake and Reservoir Management. View abstract [PDF]

Zachary S. Feiner, Stephanie L. Shaw and Greg G. Sass (March 2019). Influences of female body condition on recruitment success of walleye (Sander vitreus) in Wisconsin lakes. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. View abstract [PDF]

Stephanie L. Shaw, Greg G. Sass and Lawrence D. Eslinger (February 2019). Effects of angler harvest on adult muskellunge growth and survival in Escanaba Lake, Wisconsin, 1956-2016. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. View abstract [PDF]

Dan C. Dauwalter and Matthew G. Mitro (February 2019). Climate change, recent floods, and an uncertain future. Special Publication of the 11th Annual Driftless Area Symposium. View abstract [PDF]

Douglas J. Dieterman and Matthew G. Mitro (February 2019). Stream habitat needs for brown trout and brook trout in the Driftless area. Special Publication of the 11th Annual Driftless Area Symposium. View abstract [PDF]

Austin M. Noring, Greg G. Sass, Stephen R. Midway, Justin A. VanDeHey, Joshua K. Raebe, Daniel A. Isermann, Jeffery M. Kampa, Timothy P. Parks, John Lyons and Martin J. Hennings (2019). Pelagic forage versus abiotic factors as drivers of walleye growth in northern Wisconsin lakes. Advances in Limnology View abstract [PDF]

Greg G. Sass, Jereme W. Gaeta, Michael S. Allen, Cory D. Suski and Stephanie L. Shaw (2018). Effects of catch and release angling on a largemouth bass (Micropterus salmonides) population in a north temperate lake, 2001-2005. Fisheries Research. View abstract [PDF]

Sean M. Johnson-Bice, Kathryn M. Renik, Steve K. Windels and Andrew W. Hafs (2018). A Review of Beaver-Salmonid Relationships and History of Management Actions in the Western Great Lakes (USA) Region. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. View abstract [PDF]

Daniel J. Dembkowski, Daniel A. Isermann and Greg G. Sass (2018). Short-term mortality and retention associated with tagging age-0 walleye using passive integrated transponders (PITs) in the absence of anesthesia. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management. View abstract [PDF]

Matthew G. Mitro and Joanna Griffin (December 2018). Distribution, prevalence, and maximum intensity of the ectoparasitic copepod Salmincola cf. edwardsii in brook trout in Wisconsin streams. Journal of Parasitology. View abstract [PDF]

Bailey, Christopher T., Noring, Austin M., Shaw, Stephanie L. and Sass, Greg G. (December 2018). Live versus artificial bait influences on walleye (Sander vitreus) angler effort and catch rates on Escanaba Lake, Wisconsin, 1993-2015. Fisheries Research. View abstract [PDF]

Travis O. Brenden, Iyob Tsehaye, James R. Bence, Jeanette Kanefsky and Kim T. Scribner (June 2018). Indexing recruitment for source populations contributing to mixed fisheries by incorporating age in genetic stock identification models. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. View abstract [PDF]

Michael C. Donofrio, Kim T. Scribner, Ed A. Baker, Jeanette Kanefsky, Iyob Tsehaye and Rob F. Elliot (March 2018). Telemetry and genetic data characterize lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens Rafinesque, 1817) breeding ecology and spawning site fidelity in Green Bay Rivers of Lake Michigan. Journal of Applied Ichthyology. View abstract [PDF]

Andrew L. Rypel, Daisuke Goto*, Greg G. Sass and M. Jake Vander Zanden (2018). Eroding productivity of walleye populations in northern Wisconsin lakes. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. View abstract [PDF]

Stephanie L. Shaw, Greg G. Sass and Justin A. VanDeHay (December 2018). Maternal effects better predict walleye recruitment in Escanaba Lake, Wisconsin 1957-2015: implications for regulations. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. View abstract [PDF]

Greg G. Sass and Stephanie L. Shaw (2018). Walleye population responses to experimental exploitation in a northern Wisconsin lake. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. View abstract [PDF]

Joseph T. Mrnak, Stephanie L. Shaw, Lawrence D. Eslinger, Thomas A. Cichosz and Greg G. Sass (2018). Characterizing the angling and tribal spearing walleye fisheries in the Ceded Territory of Wisconsin, 1990-2015. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. View abstract [PDF]

Lawrence D. Eslinger, Greg G. Sass, Stephanie L. Shaw and Steven P. Newman (2017). Muskellunge population responses to angler catch-and-release practices in Escanaba Lake, Wisconsin, 1987-2014. Muskellunge management: fifty years of cooperation among anglers, scientists, and fisheries biologists (American Fisheries Society Symposium 85). View abstract [PDF]

Greg G. Sass, Andrew L. Rypel and Joshua D. Stafford (2017). Fisheries habitat management: Lessons learned from wildlife ecology and a proposal for change. Fisheries. View abstract [PDF]

Eric J. Pedersen*, Daisuke Goto*, Jereme W. Gaeta, Gretchen J.A. Hansen, Greg G. Sass, M. Jake Vander Zanden, Thomas A. Cichosz and Andrew L. Rypel (2017). Long-term growth trends in northern Wisconsin walleye populations under changing biotic and abiotic conditions. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. View abstract [PDF]

Justin Haglund and Matthew G. Mitro (August 2017). Age validation of brown trout in Driftless area streams in Wisconsin using otoliths. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. View abstract [PDF]

Stephen R. Carpenter, William A. Brock, Gretchen J.A. Hansen, Jonathan F. Hansen, Joseph M. Hennessy, Daniel A. Isermann, Eric J. Pederson, K. Martin Perales, Andrew Rypel, Greg G. Sass, Tyler D. Tunney and M. Jake Vander Zanden (2017). Defining a safe operating space for recreational fisheries. Fish and Fisheries. View abstract [PDF]

Matthew G. Mitro (November 2016). Brook trout, brown trout and ectoparasitic copepods Salmnicola edwardsii species interactions as a proximate cause of brook trout loss under changing environmental conditions. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. View abstract [PDF]

Last revised: Monday July 29 2019