Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Nebraska
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Nebraska Staff Member


Sarah A. Sonsthagen

Sarah Sonsthagen, Assistant Unit Leader, studying wintering ecology of bristle-thighed curlews.

Assistant Unit Leader
Email: ssonsthagen@usgs.gov
Alt. Email: ssonsthagen2@unl.edu

Research Publications Publication Date
Wilson, R. E., S. M. Matsuoka, L. L. Powell, J. A. Johnson, D. Demarest, D. Stralberg, and S. A. Sonsthagen. 2021. Implications of historical and contemporary processes on genetic differentiation of a declining boreal songbird: the rusty blackbird. Diversity. 13:103. February 2021
Wilson, R. E., S. A. Sonsthagen, N. Sme, A. J. Gharett, A. Majewski, K. Wedemeyer, R. J. Nelson, and S. L. Talbot. 2020. Mitochondrial genome diversity and population mitogenomics of Polar cod (Boreogadus saida) and Arctic dwelling gadoids. Polar Biology. 43:979–994. June 2020
Wilson, R. E., S. A. Sonsthagen, J. M. DaCosta, C. R. Ely, M. D. Sorenson, and S. L. Talbot. 2019. Identification of single nucleotide polymorphisms for use in a genetic stock identification system for greater white-fronted goose (Anser albifrons) subspecies wintering in California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019-1040, 18 p. April 2019
Wilson, R. E., G. K. Sage, K. Wedemeyer, S. A. Sonsthagen, D. M. Menning, M. C. Gravley, M. G. Sexson, R. J. Nelson, and S. L. Talbot. 2019. Micro-geographic population genetic structure within Arctic cod (Boreogadus saida) in Beaufort Sea of Alaska. ICES Journal of Marine Science. 76:1713–1721. April 2019
Talbot, S. L., B. J. Pierson, S. A. Sonsthagen, and C. L. Haughey. 2020. Genetic data from three accipiter species, North America, 1996-2014: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9U28F8X September 2020
Sweet, A. D., R. E. Wilson, S. A. Sonsthagen, and K. P. Johnson. 2020. Lousy grouse: Comparing evolutionary patterns in Alaska galliform lice to understand host evolution and host-parasite interactions. Ecology and Evolution. 10:8379–8393. July 2020
Sonsthagen, S. A., and S. L. Talbot. 2020. Genetic data from Cooper's Hawks, North America, 2009-2019: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P914SGB1 December 2020
Sonsthagen, S. A., and R. E. Wilson. 2020. Genomic data from ptarmigan and grouse, Alaska, 2015-2019: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9DDB01R July 2020
Sonsthagen, S. A., R. E. Wilson, S. M. Matsuoka, J. A. Johnson, D. W. Demarest, D. Stralberg, and L. L. Powell. 2021. Rusty blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) genetic data, North America: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F7T43R9Q February 2021
Sonsthagen, S. A., R. E. Wilson, P. Lavretsky, and S. L. Talbot. 2021. Genomic data of North American Sea Ducks: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F7T43RK9 April 2021
Sonsthagen, S. A., R. E. Wilson, P. Lavretsky, and S. L. Talbot. 2019. Coast to coast: High genomic connectivity in North American scoters. Ecology and Evolution. 9:7246–7261. June 2019
Sonsthagen, S. A., R. Cornman, A. Fischbach, C. Jay, J. M. Grebmeier, and S. L. Talbot. 2020. Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) prey identified by DNA metabarcoding, Alaska, 2012–2015. U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9WWMPLT June 2020
Sonsthagen, S. A., P. Lavretsky, C. L. Haughey, R. E. Wilson, W. S. Boyd, D. N. Esler, J. I. Brown, and S. L. Talbot. 2020. Genetic data from Barrow's Goldeneye and Common Goldeneye: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9D8CN8M January 2021
Sonsthagen, S. A., C. L. Haughey, M. G. Sexson, D. Solovyeva, M. R. Petersen, and A. N. Powell. 2019. Spectacled eider (Somateria fischeri) microsatellite and mitochondrial DNA data, Alaska and Russia: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9F8DV8O November 2019
Sonsthagen, S. A., C. Jay, R. S. Cornman, A. Fischbach, J. Grebmeier, and S. L. Talbot. 2020. DNA metabarcoding to infer summer diet of Pacific walrus. Marine Mammal Science. 36:1196-1211. July 2020
Sonsthagen, S. A., C. Haughey, M. G. Sexson, D. V. Solovyeva, M. R. Petersen, and A. Powell. 2020. Temporal variation in genetic structure within the threatened spectacled eider. Conservation Genetics. 21:175–179. November 2019
Sonsthagen, S. A., B. J. Pierson, R. E. Wilson, and S. L. Talbot. 2020. Scoter (Melanitta sp.) ddRAD SNP and microsatellite genetic data, North America and Europe, 1977-2012: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9W7H2JK July 2020
Sage, G. K., B. J. Pierson, S. A. Sonsthagen, M. C. Gravley, and S. L. Talbot. 2020. Genetic Data for Merlin (Falco columbarius) and Cross-Species Microsatellite Amplification in Select Falco Species, North America, 2020 (ver. 1.0, August 2020): U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9BOU6CP August 2020
Rosenfield, R. N., S. A. Sonsthagen, A. E. Riddle-Berntsen, and E. Kuhel. 2021. Record fledging count from a seven-egg clutch in the Cooper’s hawk (Accipiter cooperii). The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 132:460-463. November 2020
Rosenfield, R. N., A. C. Stewart, W. E. Stout, S. A. Sonsthagen, and P. N. Frater. 2019. Do British Columbia Cooper’s Hawks have big feet? British Columbia Birds. 30:10–14. May 2019
Pearce, J. M., P. L. Flint, M. E. Whalen, S. A. Sonsthagen, J. Stiller, V. P. Patil, T. Bowman, S. Boyd, S. S. Badzinski, H. G. Gilchrist, S. G. Gilliland, C. Lepage, P. Loring, D. McAuley, N. R. McLellan, J. Osenkowski, E. T. Reed, A. J. Roberts, M. O. Robertson, T. Rothe, D. E. Safine, E. D. Silverman, and D. Spragens. 2019. Visualizing populations of North American Sea Ducks—Maps to guide research and management planning: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019-1142, 50 p., plus appendixes. December 2019
Osborne, D. C., R. E. Wilson, L. G. Carlson, S. A. Sonsthagen, and S. L. Talbot. 2019. DNA sequencing confirms Tundra Bean Goose (Anser serrirostris serrirostris) occurrence in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley in Arkansas, USA. Waterbirds. 42:333–342. October 2019
Lavretsky, P., R. E. Wilson, S. L. Talbot, and S. A. Sonsthagen. 2021. Phylogenomics reveals ancient and contemporary gene flow contributing to the evolutionary history of sea ducks (Tribe Mergini). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 161:107164. August 2021
Krejsa, D. M., S. L. Talbot, G. K. Sage, S. A. Sonsthagen, T. S. Jung, A. J. Magoun, and J. A. Cook. 2021. Dynamic landscapes in northwestern North America structured populations of wolverines (Gulo gulo). Journal of Mammalogy. 3:891–908. May 2021
Krejsa, D. M., B. J. Pierson, S. L. Talbot, G. K. Sage, and S. A. Sonsthagen. 2020. Genetic data from wolverine (Gulo gulo luscus) of North America (ver. 1.0, October 2020): U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P908DV91 October 2020
Hull, J. M., G. K. Sage, S. A. Sonsthagen, M. C. Gravley, B. L. Martinico, T. L. Booms, T. Swem, and S. L. Talbot. 2020. Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in merlins (Falco columbarius) and cross-species amplification in gyrfalcons (F. rusticolus) and peregrine falcons (F. peregrinus). Molecular Biology Reports 47:8377–8383. October 2020
Haughey, C. L., A. Nelson, P. Napier, R. N. Rosenfield, S. A. Sonsthagen, and S. L. Talbot. 2020. Genetic confirmation of a natural hybrid between a Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) and a Cooper’s Hawk (A. cooperii). The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 131:838–844. https://doi.org/10.1676/1559-4491-131.4.838 January 2020
Greiman, S. E., J. A. Cook, T. Odom, K. Cranmer, S. W. Liphardt, D. M. Menning, S. A. Sonsthagen, and S. L. Talbot. 2020. Microbiomes From Biorepositories? 16S rRNA Bacterial Amplicon Sequencing of Archived and Contemporary Intestinal Samples of Wild Mammals (Eulipotyphla: Soricidae). Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 8:555386. September 2020
Greiman, S. E., B. J. Pierson, D. M. Menning, S. A. Sonsthagen, and S. L. Talbot. 2020. Shrew (Sorex sp.) gut contents identified by DNA metabarcoding, North America, 1968-2016: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9YH4C20 November 2020
Brown, J. I., P. Lavretsky, R. E. Wilson, C. L. Haughey, W. S. Boyd, D. N. Elser, S. L. Talbot, and S. A. Sonsthagen. 2020. High fidelity does not equate to population structure and low inter-specific gene flow for common goldeneye and barrow’s goldeneye in North America. Journal of Avian Biology 51:e02600. October 2020
Presentations Presentation Date
Wilson, R. E., S. A. Sonsthagen, and S. L. Talbot. Comparative genomic structure within Alaskan Galliforms. The Wildlife Society, Virtual. September 28 - October 2, 2020. October 2020
Sonsthagen, S. A., R. E. Wilson, S. Matsuoka, L. Powell, J. Johnson, and D. Demarest. Genes on the Landscape: Population Genomics of Rusty Blackbirds. Rusty Blackbird – Recent Research to Fuel Conservation Strategies Symposium, The Wildlife Society, Virtual. September 28 - October 2, 2020. October 2020