Sara Oyler-McCance - USGS (FORT)

Title: Research Geneticist

FORT Affiliation: Trust Species & Habitats

Duty Station:
Fort Collins Science Center
2150 Centre Ave
Bldg C
Fort Collins, CO 80526

Phone: 970-226-9197



Current Research

Title Investigator Completion Yearsort ascending
Incorporating Genetic Data into Spatially-explicit Population Viability Models for Gunnison Sage-grouse Julie Heinrichs 2020
Whole Genome Resequencing and Population Genomics of Sage-grouse Kevin Oh 2019
Estimating Mountain Lion Population Sizes and Demographic Rates in Colorado Sara Oyler-McCance 2019
Rangewide Connectivity and Landscape Genetic Assessment for Greater Sage-grouse Sara Oyler-McCance 2019
Examining Range-wide Connectivity in White-tailed Ptarmigan Katie Langin 2018
Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse Genetic Diversity and Population Connectivity Sara Oyler-McCance 2018
Landscape Genomics and Ecological Adaptation in Wyoming Greater Sage-grouse Kevin Oh 2018
Population Genetic Analysis of Black Swift Sara Oyler-McCance 2018
Genetic Adaptations to Local Sagebrush Diets in Sage-grouse Kevin Oh 2018
Examining adaptation in Gunnison Sage-grouse Sara Oyler-McCance 2018
Examining Current Subspecies Delineations in White-tailed Ptarmigan Using Genomic Data Sara Oyler-McCance 2018
Investigating How Landscape and Climate Variables Influence Patterns of Adaptive Genetic Variation in White-tailed Ptarmigan Katie Langin 2018
Monitoring the Distribution of Introduced Lynx in Colorado Sara Oyler-McCance 2018
Assembling a High Quality Reference Genome for Sage-grouse to Serve as a Resource for Future Studies Kevin Oh 2018
Use of Molecular Tagging to Estimate Demographic Parameters in Gunnison Sage-grouse Sara Oyler-McCance 2018
Developing and Testing Methods for Extracting Environmental DNA from Soil Samples, with Applications to Detection of Brown Treesnakes Sara Oyler-McCance 2018
Landscape Genetic Assessment of Gunnison Sage-grouse Sara Oyler-McCance 2018
Identifying Patterns of Genetic Divergence and Units for Conservation in the Boreal Toad Species Group (Anaxyrus boreas) Sara Oyler-McCance 2018
Analysis of the Mountain Plover Mating System Using Microsatellite Analysis Sara Oyler-McCance 2018
Investigation into Family Relationships Among Broad-tailed Hummingbirds Using Molecular Genetic Techniques Sara Oyler-McCance 2017
Range-wide Connectivity of Greater Sage-Grouse Populations Sara Oyler-McCance 2017
Using Genetic Information to Assess Implications of Gunnison Sage-grouse Translocations Sara Oyler-McCance 2017
Investigating Current and Historic White-tailed Kite Population Trends Using Genetic Techniques Sara Oyler-McCance 2017
Non-invasive Genetic Sampling of Free-roaming Horses to Estimate Population Size, Genetic Diversity, and Consumption of Invasive Species Kate Schoenecker 2017
Using Molecular Genetic Techniques to Investigate Colony Dynamics of the Endangered Indiana Bat (Myotis sodalis) Sara Oyler-McCance 2017
Evaluating the Gut and Cloacal Bacterial Community of Cowbirds: A Potential Mechanism for Enhanced Immunity Sara Oyler-McCance 2017
Developing Best Practices for Linear Mixed Modelling in Landscape Genetics Through Landscape-directed Dispersal Simulations Sara Oyler-McCance 2017
Latent Spatial Models and Sampling Design for Landscape Genetics Sara Oyler-McCance 2017
Investigating Prey of Burmese Pythons using eDNA Methods Sara Oyler-McCance 2017
Sandhill Cranes in Colorado’s San Luis Valley: Exploring Field and Laboratory Technology for Improved Population Assessments Sara Oyler-McCance 2017
Population Genetic Analysis of Clark’s Nutcracker Sara Oyler-McCance 2017
Investigating a Zone of Hybridization Between Greater and Lesser Prairie-chickens in Northern Kansas Sara Oyler-McCance 2017
Population Genetic Structuring of the Lesser Prairie-chicken Sara Oyler-McCance 2017


Research Publications

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Year Title Type
2016 A field ornithologist’s guide to genomics: Practical considerations for ecology and conservation Journal Article
2016 Contrasting evolutionary histories of MHC class I and class II loci in grouse—Effects of selection and gene conversion Journal Article
2016 Critical considerations for the application of environmental DNA methods to detect aquatic species Journal Article
2016 Rangewide genetic analysis of Lesser Prairie-Chicken reveals population structure, range expansion, and possible introgression Journal Article
2015 Development of 13 microsatellites for Gunnison Sage-grouse (Centrocercus minimus) using next-generation shotgun sequencing and their utility in Greater Sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) Journal Article
2015 Environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling improves occurrence and detection estimates of invasive Burmese Pythons Journal Article
2015 Genomic single-nucleotide polymorphisms confirm that Gunnison and Greater sage-grouse are genetically well differentiated and that the Bi-State population is distinct Journal Article
2015 Landscape characteristics influencing the genetic structure of greater sage-grouse within the stronghold of their range: a holistic modeling approach Journal Article
2015 Z chromosome divergence, polymorphism and relative effective population size in a genus of lekking birds Journal Article
2014 Genetic tools for wildlife management Journal Article
2014 Hierarchical spatial genetic structure in a distinct population segment of Greater sage-grouse Journal Article
2014 The historical distribution of Gunnison Sage-Grouse in Colorado Journal Article
2014 Two Low Coverage Bird Genomes and a Comparison of Reference-Guided versus De Novo Genome Assemblies Journal Article
2013 Blood from a turnip: Tissue origin of low-coverage shotgun sequencing libraries affects recovery of mitogenome sequences Journal Article
2013 Development and characterization of thirteen microsatellite loci in Clark's nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana) Journal Article
2013 Genetic characterization of the Pacific sheath-tailed bat (Emballonura semicaudata rotensis) using mitochondrial DNA sequence data Journal Article
2013 Sample design effects in landscape genetics Journal Article
2012 Effects of sample size, number of markers, and allelic richness on landscape genetic inference Journal Article
2012 Rapid microsatellite identification from Illumina paired-end genomic sequencing in two birds and a snake Journal Article
2012 The genetic structure of a relict population of Wood Frogs Journal Article
2011 Characterization of small microsatellite loci isolated in endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) for use in non-invasive sampling Journal Article
2011 Characterization of ten microsatellite loci in the Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus) Journal Article
2011 Conservation of Greater Sage-Grouse: A synthesis of current trends and future management Book, Pages in
2011 Effects of climate change on nutrition and genetics of White-tailed Ptarmigan [chapter 21] Book, Pages in
2011 Effects of climate change on nutrition and genetics of White-tailed Ptarmigan [chapter 21] Book, Pages in
2011 Genetic applications in avian conservation Journal Article
2011 Genetic consequences of trumpeter swan (Cygnus buccinator) reintroductions Journal Article
2011 Molecular insights into the biology of Greater Sage-Grouse Book, Pages in
2010 A population genetic analysis of the midget faded rattlesnake in Wyoming Journal Article
2010 Characterization of small microsatellite loci for use in non invasive sampling studies of Gunnison Sage-grouse (Centrocercus minimus) Journal Article
2010 Characterization of ten microsatellite loci in midget faded rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus concolor) Journal Article
2010 Rapid evolution in lekking grouse: Implications for taxonomic definitions Journal Article
2010 Regional Variation in mtDNA of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Journal Article
2008 Population structure of Mountain Plover as determined using nuclear microsatellites Journal Article
2007 A rangewide population genetic study of trumpeter swans Journal Article
2007 Characterization of microsatellite loci isolated in Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus) Journal Article
2007 Gender identification of white-winged doves Report, Pages In
2006 Characterization of microsatellite loci isolated in trumpeter swan (Cygnus buccinator) Journal Article
2005 A multilocus population genetic survey of greater sage-grouse across their range Journal Article
2005 Characterization of microsatellite loci isolated in midget-faded rattlesnakes (Crotalus viridis concolor) Journal Article
2005 Conservation genetics in wildlife biology Book, Pages in
2005 Population genetic analysis of Mountain Plover using mitochondrial DNA sequence data Journal Article
2005 Population genetics of Gunnison sage-grouse: implications for management Journal Article
2003 Evaluation of the eastern (Centrocercus urophasianus urophasianus) and western (Centrocercus urophasianus phaios) subspecies of Sage-grouse using mitochondrial control-region sequence data Journal Article
2003 Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in Greater Sage-Grouse (Centlocerus urophasianus) Journal Article
2001 Influence of changes in sagebrush on Gunnison sage grouse in Southwestern Colorado Journal Article
2001 Modeling management and conservation strategies for Gunnison sage grouse in Colorado Proceedings, Pages in
2001 Occurrence of Greater Sage-Grouse X Sharp-tailed Grouse hybrids in Alberta Journal Article
2000 A new species of sage-grouse (Phasianidae: Centrocercus) from southwestern Colorado Journal Article
1999 A population genetic comparison of large and small-bodied sage grouse in Colorado using microsatellite and mitochondrial DNA markers Journal Article
1999 Genetic and habitat factors underlying conservation strategies for Gunnison sage grouse Thesis & Dissertation

Software and Web Applications

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Year Title Type
2012 Feathers [Website] Web Application
2011 FORT Molecular Ecology Laboratory [website] Web Site/Page

Pre-USGS Products

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