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
Phone: (402) 472 - 0985
Email: ssonsthagen@usgs.gov
Faculty Email: ssonsthagen2@unl.edu

Biography

Dr. Sonsthagen joined the Nebraska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit in 2020 from the U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Science Center where she studied the evolutionary relationships among Arctic vertebrate populations. Dr. Sonsthagen was a post-doctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History and National Zoo, awarded her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from University of Alaska Fairbanks, M.S. in Zoology from Brigham Young University, and B.S. in Biology from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Her research focuses on investigating ecological drivers of connectivity and adaptive capacity of species of conservation concern using both field- and laboratory-based methods. Movement underlies many key processes in ecology and evolution and is critical for species response to environmental change, as such, she applies population and community driven approaches to evaluate genomic and demographic connectivity across the landscape, adaptive capacity, and the influence of species biology in shaping spatial and temporal genomic diversity to inform management decisions. Dr. Sonsthagen has taught Population genetics, Application of genomics in conservation, and Ornithology.

Areas of Expertise

Conservation Genetics/Genomics, Evolutionary Ecology, Grassland Ecology, Landscape Ecology, Movement Ecology, Population and Community Ecology, T&E Species Management, Wildlife Management

Taxon Groups Studied

Gamebirds, Marine Mammals, Nongame Fish/Wildlife, Songbirds, Species of Greatest Conservation Need, Waterfowl

Research Publications Publication Date
van Rees, C.B., Reed, M.J., Wilson, R.E., Underwood, J.G., and Sonsthagen, S.A., 2018. Landscape genetics identifies streams and drainage infrastructure as dispersal corridors for an endangered wetland bird. Ecology and Evolution 8:8328–8343. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.4296 July 2018
van Rees, C.B., Reed, J.M., Wilson, R.E., Underwood, J.G., and Sonsthagen, S.A., 2018. Small-scale genetic structure in an endangered wetland specialist: possible effects of landscape change and population recovery. Conservation Genetics, 19, 129–142. doi: 10.1007/s10592-017-1020-0 January 2018
Wilson, R.E., S.A. Sonsthagen, and J.C. Franson. 2013. Sex determination of duck embryos: observations on syrinx development. Avian Biology Research. 6:243–246. January 2013
Wilson, R.E., S.A. Sonsthagen, C.P. Barger, and K.G. McCracken. 2007. Asymmetric molt or feather wear in Flying Steamer Ducks (Tachyeres patachonicus) from coastal habitats in Argentina. Ornitologia Neotropical. 18:293–300. January 2007
Wilson, R.E., M.D. Eaton, S.A. Sonsthagen, J.L. Peters, K.P. Johnson, B. Simarra, and K.G. McCracken. 2011. Speciation and subspecies divergence in Cinnamon Teal and Blue-winged Teal. Condor. 13:747–761 July 2011
Wilson, R. E., and S. A. Sonsthagen. Species-specific responses to landscape features shaped genomic structure within Alaska galliformes. IUCN Galliformes Specialists Group Newsletter July 2022
Wilson, R. E., S. W. Boyd, S. A. Sonsthagen, D. H. Ward, P. Clausen, K. M. Dickson, B. S. Ebbinge, G. A. Gudmundsson, G. K. Sage, J. R. Rearick, D. V. Derksen, and S. L. Talbot. 2024. Where east meets west: phylogeography of the high Arctic North American brant goose. Ecology and Evolution.14: e11245. doi.org/10.1002/ece3.11245 April 2024
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, P. Lavretsky, A. Majewski, E. Arnason, K. Halldórsdóttir, A. W. Einarsson, K. Wedemeyer, and S. L. Talbot. 2022. Low levels of hybridization between sympatric cold-water adapted Arctic cod and Polar cod in Beaufort Sea confirms genetic distinctiveness. Arctic Science. doi.org/10.1139/AS-2021-0030 February 2022
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, M. D. Sorenson, A. D. Fox, M. Weaver, D. Skalos, A. Kondratyev, K. T. Scribner, A. Walsh, C. R. Ely, and S. L. Talbot. 2022. As the goose flies: Migration routes and timing of strategies influence genetic diversity patterns of a circumpolar goose. Diversity. 14:1067. doi.org/10.3390/d14121067 December 2022
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
Williams, I., B.M. Guzzetti, J.R. Gust, G.K. Sage, R.E. Gill Jr., T.L. Tibbitts, S.A. Sonsthagen, and S.L. Talbot. 2012. Polymorphic microsatellite loci identified through development and cross-species amplification within shorebirds. Journal of Ornithology. 153:593–601. July 2012
White, C.M., S.A. Sonsthagen, G.K. Sage, C.M. Anderson, and S.L. Talbot. 2013. Genetic relationships among some subspecies of Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus L.), inferred from mitochondrial DNA control region sequences. Auk. 130:1–10. October 2013
Talbot, S.L., S.A. Sonsthagen, J.M. Pearce, and K.T. Scribner. 2015. Chapter 2: Phylogenetics, Phylogeography and Population Genetics of North American Sea Ducks (Tribe: Mergini). Ecology and Conservation of North American Sea Ducks. Studies in Avian Biology 46, 610 p. January 2015
Talbot, S.L., A.G. Palmer, G.K. Sage, S.A. Sonsthagen, T. Swem, D.J. Brimm, and C.M. White. 2011. Lack of genetic polymorphism within Peregrine Falcons of Fiji. Journal of Avian Biology. 42:415–428. January 2011
Talbot, S.L, Sage, G.K., Sonsthagen, S.A., Gravley, M.C., Swem, T., Williams, J.C., Longmire, J.L., Ambrose, S., Flamme, M.J., Lewis, S.B., Phillips, L., Anderson, C., and White, C.M. 2017. Intraspecific evolutionary relationships among peregrine falcons in western North American high latitudes. PLoS One, 12, e0188185. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0188185 July 2017
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., Wilson, R.E., and Underwood, J.G., 2018, Interisland genetic structure of two endangered Hawaiian waterbirds: The Hawaiian Coot and Hawaiian Gallinule, The Condor, 120:863-873, https://doi.org/10.1650/CONDOR-18-98 October 2018
Sonsthagen, S.A., Wilson, R.E., and Underwood, J.G. 2017. Genetic implications of bottleneck effects of differing severities on genetic diversity in naturally recovering populations: An example from Hawaiian coot and Hawaiian gallinule. Ecology and Evolution, 7, 9925-9934. doi: 10.1002/ece3.3530 October 2017
Sonsthagen, S.A., Wilson, R.E., Chesser, R.T., Pons, J.M., Crochet, P.A., Driskell, A.C., and Dove, C.J. 2016. Recurrent hybridization and recent origin obscure phylogenetic relationships within the 'white-headed' gull (Larus sp.) complex. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 103:41-54. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2016.06.008 July 2016
Sonsthagen, S.A., T.L. Tibbitts, R.E. Gill Jr., I. Williams, and S.L. Talbot. 2014. Spatial genetic structure of Bristle-thighed Curlews (Numenius tahitiensis): breeding area differentiation not reflected on the non-breeding grounds. Conservation Genetics. 16:226–233. October 2014
Sonsthagen, S.A., T.J. Coonan, B.C. Latta, G.K. Sage, and S.L. Talbot. 2012. Effect of a recent colonization on genetic diversity of a territorial raptor the Golden Eagle. Biological Conservation. 146:116–122. January 2012
Sonsthagen, S.A., T. Chesser, D.A. Bell, and C. Dove. 2012. Hybridization among Arctic white-headed gulls (Larus spp.) obscures the genetic legacy of the Pleistocene. Ecology and Evolution. 2:1278–1295. January 2012
Sonsthagen, S.A., S.L. Talbot, and K.G. McCracken. 2007. Genetic characterization of Common Eiders (Somateria mollissima) breeding in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska. Condor. 109:879–894. April 2007
Sonsthagen, S.A., S.L. Talbot, and C.M. White. 2004. Gene flow and genetic characterization of Northern Goshawks breeding in Utah. Condor. 106:826–836. January 2004
Sonsthagen, S.A., S.L. Talbot, R.E. Wilson, M. Petersen, and K.G. McCracken. 2013. Genetic structure and asymmetrical gene flow in Common Eiders breeding on the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, prior to fox eradication. Condor. 115:28–39. July 2013
Sonsthagen, S.A., S.L. Talbot, R.B. Lanctot, and K.G. McCracken. 2010. Do waterfowl nest in kin groups? Microgeographic structure in a philopatric seaduck. Molecular Ecology. 19:647–657. January 2010
Sonsthagen, S.A., S.L. Talbot, R.B. Lanctot, K. Scribner, and K.G. McCracken. 2009. Hierarchical spatial genetic structure of Common Eiders (Somateria mollissima) along a migratory corridor. Auk. 126:744–754. July 2009
Sonsthagen, S.A., S.L. Talbot, K.T. Scribner, and K.G. McCracken. 2011. Multilocus phylogeography of Common Eiders (Somateria mollissima) breeding in North America and Scandinavia. Journal of Biogeography. 38:1368–1380. January 2011
Sonsthagen, S.A., R.N. Rosenfield, J. Bielefeldt, R.K. Murphy, A.C. Stewart, W.E. Stout, T.G. Driscoll, M.A. Bozek, B.L. Sloss, and S.L. Talbot. 2012. Genetic and morphological divergence among Cooper’s Hawk populations breeding in north-central and western North America. Auk. 129:427–437. January 2012
Sonsthagen, S.A., R.E. Wilson, and J.G. Underwood. 2014. Development and characterization of microsatellite markers for the Hawaiian Coot, Fulica alai, and Hawaiian Gallinule, Gallinula galeata sandvicensis, through next-generation sequencing. Conservation Genetics Resources. 6:765–767. doi: 10.1007/s12686-014-0210-z April 2014
Sonsthagen, S.A., R. Rodriguez, and C.M. White. 2006. Satellite telemetry of Northern Goshawks breeding in Utah–II. Annual habitats. Studies in Avian Biology. 31:252–259. January 2006
Sonsthagen, S.A., R. Rodriguez, and C.M. White. 2006. Satellite telemetry of Northern Goshawks breeding in Utah–I. Annual movements. Studies in Avian Biology. 31:239–251. January 2006
Sonsthagen, S.A., K. Fales, C. Jay, and S.L. Talbot. 2014. Spatial variation and low diversity in the Major Histocompatibility Complex in walrus. Polar Biology. 37:497–506. doi: 10.1007/s00300-014-1450-9 January 2014
Sonsthagen, S.A., J. Williams, G.S. Drew, C.M. White, G.K. Sage, and S.L. Talbot. 2017. Legacy or colonization? Post-eruption establishment of peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus) on a volcanically active sub-arctic island. Ecology and Evolution. 7:107–114. doi: 10.1002/ece3.2631 January 2017
Sonsthagen, S.A., G.K. Sage, M. Fowler, A. Hope, J. Cook, and S.L. Talbot. 2013. Development and characterization of 21 polymorphic microsatellite markers for the barren-ground shrew, Sorex ugyunak (Mammalia: Sorcidae), through next-generation sequencing, and cross-species amplification in the masked shrew, S. cinereus. Conservation Genetics Resources. 5:315–318. January 2013
Sonsthagen, S.A., E. McClaren, F. Doyle, R.E. Wilson, K. Titus, J.R. Gust, and G.K. Sage, S.L. Talbot. 2012. Identification of metapopulation dynamics in Northern Goshawk of the Alexander Archipelago and coastal British Columbia. Conservation Genetics. 13:1045–1057. October 2012
Sonsthagen, S.A., C.V. Jay, A.S. Fischbach, G.K. Sage, and S.L. Talbot. 2012. Spatial genetic structure and asymmetrical gene flow within the Pacific walrus. Journal of Mammalogy. 93:1512–1524. July 2012
Sonsthagen, S. A., T. Swem, S. Ambrose, M. Flamme, C. M. White, G. K. Sage, and S. L. Talbot. 2022. The DDT-induced decline influenced genetic diversity in two naturally recovered populations of peregrine falcons nesting within the Alaska Arctic and eastern Interior. The Ibis. 164:1265-1272. doi.org/10.1111/ibi.13095 July 2022
Sonsthagen, S. A., R. E. Wilson, and S. L. Talbot. 2022. Species-specific responses to landscape features shaped genomic structure within Alaska galliformes. Journal of Biogeography, 49:261-273. doi.org/10.1111/jbi.14294 January 2022
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., 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. January 2020
Rosenfield, R.N., S.A. Sonsthagen, W. Stout, and S.L. Talbot. 2015. High frequency of extra-pair paternity in an urban population of Cooper's Hawks. Journal of Field Ornithology. 86:144–152. doi.org/10.1111/jofo.12097 April 2015
Rosenfield, R.N., J. Bielefeldt, S. Sonsthagen, and T. Booms. 2000. Comparable reproductive success at conifer plantation and non-plantation nest sites for Cooper’s Hawks in Wisconsin. Wilson Bulletin. 112:417–421. April 2000
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
Ramey, A.M., A. Reeves, S.A. Sonsthagen, J. TeSlaa, S. Nashold, T. Donnelly, B. Casler, and J. Hall. 2015. Dispersal of H9N2 influenza A viruses between East Asia and North America by wild birds. Virology. 482:79–83. doi.org/10.1016/j.virol.2015.03.028 July 2015
Pons, J.-M., S.A. Sonsthagen, C. Dove, P.A. Crochet. 2014. Extensive mitochondrial introgression in North American Great Black-backed Gulls (Larus marinus) from the American Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus) with little nuclear DNA impact. Heredity. 112:226–239. doi:10.1038/hdy.2013.98 January 2014
Petersen, M.R., G.V. Byrd, S.A. Sonsthagen, and M.G. Sexson. 2015. Recolonization of the Aleutian Archipelago by Pacific common eiders following fox removal. Journal of Avian Biology. 37:58–68. doi.org/10.1111/jav.00626 April 2015
Peters, J.L., S.A. Sonsthagen, P. Lavretsky, M. Rezsutek, W.P. Johnson, and K.G. McCracken. 2014. Interspecific hybridization contributes to high genetic diversity and apparent effective population size in an endemic population of Mottled Ducks (Anas fulvigula maculosa). Conservation Genetics. 15:509–520. doi: 10.1007/s10592-013-0557-9 January 2014
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
Peacock, E., S.A. Sonsthagen, M.E. Obbard, A. Boltunov, E.V. Regehr, N. Ovsyanikov, J. Aars, S.N. Atkinson, G.K. Sage, A.G. Hope, E. Zeyl, L. Bachmann, D. Ehrich, K.T. Scribner, S.C. Amstrup, S. Belikov, E. Born, A.E. Derocher, I. Stirling, M.K. Taylor, Ø. Wiig, D. Paetkau, and S.L. Talbot. 2014. Implications of the circumpolar genetic structure of polar bears for their ecology, evolution and conservation in a rapidly warming Arctic. PLoSOne. 10(1): e112021. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0112021 November 2014
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
McCracken, K.G., C.P. Barger, M. Bulgarella, K.P. Johnson, S.A. Sonsthagen, T.H. Valqui, R.E. Wilson, K. Winker, and M.D. Sorenson. 2009. Parallel adaptation to high-altitude hypoxia in the major hemoglobin of eight Andean duck species. Molecular Ecology. 18:3992–4005. January 2009
Lillie, K., Gese, E., Atwood, T.C., and Sonsthagen, S.A. 2018. Development of on-shore behavior among polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea: inherited or learned? Ecology and Evolution, 8, 7790-7799. doi:0.1002/ece3.4233. April 2018
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
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., G.K. Sage, G.R. DeGange, S.A. Sonsthagen, and S.L. Talbot. 2016. Development of novel microsatellite markers for the Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) and their utility in cross-species amplification. Avian Biology Research. 9:195–199. doi.org/10.3184/175815516X14667737479433 January 2016
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
Gustavson, K.E., S.A. Sonsthagen, R. Crunkilton, and J.M. Harkin. 2000. Groundwater toxicity assessment using bioassay, chemical, and TIE analyses. Environmental Toxicology. 15:421–430. January 2000
Greiman, S.E., Cook, J.A., Tkachc, V.V., Hobergb, E.P, Menning, D.M., Hope A.G., Sonsthagen, S.A., Talbot, S.L., 2018. Museum metabarcoding: a novel method revealing gut helminth communities of small mammals across space and time. International Journal for Parasitology 48:1061-1070. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpara.2018.08.001 October 2018
Greiman, S. E., R. E. Wilson, B. Sesmundo, J. Reakoff, and S. A. Sonsthagen. 2022. Detection of Splendidofilaria sp. (Onchocercidae: Splendidofilariinae) microfilaria within Alaskan ground dwelling birds in the grouse subfamily Tetraoninae using TaqMan probe based real-time PCR. Journal of Parasitology. 108:192-198. April 2022
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
Gorman, K., Talbot, S., Sonsthagen, S., Sage, G., Gravely, M., Fraser, W., Williams, T. 2017. Population genetic structure and gene flow of Adélie penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) breeding throughout the western Antarctic Peninsula. Antarctic Science, 29, 499-510. doi:10.1017/S0954102017000293 October 2017
Gangoso, L., M. Alcaide, J.M. Grande, J. Muñoz, S.L. Talbot, S.A. Sonsthagen, G.K. Sage, and J. Figuerola. 2012. Colonizing the world in spite of reduced MHC variation. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 25:1438–1447. January 2012
Franz, M., L. Whyte, T. Atwood, D. Menning, S. Sonsthagen, S. Talbot, K. Laidre, E. Gonzalez, and M. McKinney. 2023. Fecal DNA metabarcoding shows credible short-term prey detections and explains variation in the gut microbiome of two polar bear subpopulations. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 704:131–147. doi.org/10.3354/meps14228 January 2023
Eaton, M. D., P. Benites, L. Campillo, R. E. Wilson, and S. A. Sonsthagen. 2022. Gull plumages are, and are not, what they appear to human vision. Annales Zoologici Fennici 59:187-203. June 2022
Dwyer, C., S. Gilliland, and S. A. Sonsthagen. 2021. SDJV Annual Report #150: Improving our understanding of the population structure and harvest composition of American common eiders in the US and Canada. https://seaduckjv.org/ October 2021
Driskell, A.C., J.A. Norman, S. Pruett-Jones, E. Mangall, S.A. Sonsthagen, L. Christidis. 2011. A multigene phylogeny examining evolutionary and ecological relationships in the Australo-Papuan wrens of the subfamily Malurinae (Aves). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 60:480–485. January 2011
Doyle, J.M., T.E. Katzner, G.W. Roemer, J.W. Cain III, B. Millsap, C. McIntyre, S.A. Sonsthagen, N. Fernandez, M. Wheeler, Z. Bulut, P.H. Bloom, and J.A. DeWoody. 2016. Genetic structure and viability selection in the Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), a vagile raptor with a Holarctic distribution. Conservation Genetics. 17:1307–1322. doi.org/10.1007/s10592-016-0863-0 April 2016
De Amaral, F., R. E. Wilson, S. A. Sonsthagen, R. Sehgal. 2023. Diversity, distribution, and methodological considerations of Haemosporidian infections among Galliformes in Alaska. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife 20:122-132. doi.org/10.1016/j.ijppaw.2023.01.008 January 2023
Cooper, S.J., and S. Sonsthagen. 2007. Heat production from foraging activity contributes to thermoregulation in Black-capped Chickadees. Condor. 109:446–451. January 2007
Cibois, A., J.S. Beadell, G.R. Graves, E. Pasquet, B. Slika, S.A. Sonsthagen, J.-C. Thibault, and R.C. Fleischer. 2011. Charting the course of reed-warblers across the Pacific islands. Journal of Biogeography. 38:1963–1975. January 2011
Christie, K., R. E. Wilson, J. A. Johnson, C. Friis, C. Harwood, L. McDuffie, E. Nol, and S. A. Sonsthagen. 2023. Movement and genomic methods reveal mechanisms promoting connectivity in a declining shorebird: the lesser yellowlegs. Diversity. 15:595. doi.org/10.3390/d15050595 April 2023
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
Bayard de Volo, S., R.T. Reynolds, S.A. Sonsthagen, S.L. Talbot, and M.F. Antolin. 2013. Phylogeography, gene flow, and population history of Northern Goshawks in North America. Auk. 130:342–354. January 2013
Augusto da Silva Coelho, F., S. Gill, C. M. Tomlin, M. Papavassiliou, S. D. Farley, J. A. Cook, S. A. Sonsthagen, G. K. Sage, T. H. Heaton, S. L. Talbot, and C. Lindqvist. 2023. Ancient bears provide insights into Pleistocene ice age refugia in Southeast Alaska. Molecular Ecology. 32:3641-3656. doi.org/10.1111/mec.16960 April 2023
Atwood, T.C., C. Duncan, K.A. Patyk, and S.A. Sonsthagen. 2016. Chapter 6.7 Holistic Monitoring of Polar Bear Populations in a Rapidly Changing Climate. doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-46994-2 April 2016
Armstrong, Matthew
Master's
marmstrong5@huskers.unl.edu

Garugu, Surya
PhD
sgarugu2@huskers.unl.edu

Rusten, Rachel
PhD
rrusten2@huskers.unl.edu

Wawers, Jade
Master's
jwawers2@unl.edu

Presentations Presentation Date
​Garugu, S.G., and S.A. Sonsthagen. 2024. Does ​habitat configuration influence patterns of genetic diversity ​in Wild Turkeys? American Genetics Association Presidental Symposium, Tahoe, California, October 6-9. October 2024
Wilson, R. E., S. A. Sonsthagen, and S. L. Talbot. 2020. Comparative genomic structure within Alaskan Galliforms. The Wildlife Society, Virtual. October 2020
Wilson, R. E., S. A. Sonsthagen, C. R. Ely, B. Nolet, D. Heard, M. van der Sluijs, R. J. M. Nuijten, and D. Solovyeva. 2024. Spatial genomic structure in Tundra Swans: a circumpolar perspective for population delineation. 142nd annual meeting of the American Ornithological Society, Fort Collins, CO. October 2024
Wilson, R. E., S. A. Sonsthagen, C. R. Ely, B. Nolet, D. Heard, M. van der Sluijs, R. J. M. Nuijten, and D. Solovyeva. 2022. Spatial genomic structure in Tundra Swans: a circumpolar perspective for population delineation. 7th International Swan Symposium and 26th Swan Conference, Jackson, Wyoming. October 2022
Wawers, J., and S. A. Sonsthagen. 2024. Development of a metagenomics approach to evaluate what is eating ground-nesting bird eggs in western Nebraska. American Genetics Association Presidental Symposium, Tahoe, California, October 6-9. October 2024
Talbot, S. L., Sage, G. K., Farley, S. D., Lindqvist, C., Cook, J. A., Rode, K., and Sonsthagen, S. A. 2023. Diversity at genes associated with immune response in two eastern Beringian ursids. The 102nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, Anchorage, Alaska. July 2023
Talbot, S. L., S. A. Sonsthagen, and R. E. Wilson. 2022. Dark birds stay home in the cold and wet: Variation at genes associated with melanization and migratory propensity in four North Pacific migratory bird species. SEAK2022 Virtual Workshop. May 2022
Spooner, J., J. Spurgeon, S. Sonsthagen, R. Sonsthagen, T. Huenemann. 2024. Population demography and structure of glacial relict stream fish mediated via anthropogenic alteration. World Fisheries Congress. Seattle, WA. March 8, 2024. March 2024
Sonsthagen, S. A., R. E. Wilson, S. Matsuoka, L. Powell, J. Johnson, and D. Demarest. 2020. Genes on the landscape: population genomics of Rusty Blackbirds. Rusty Blackbird – Recent Research to Fuel Conservation Strategies Symposium, The Wildlife Society, Virtual. October 2020
Sonsthagen, S. A., R. E. Wilson, R. J. Harringan, R. S. Cornman, and S. L. Talbot. 2024. Life in the cold: Adaptation to the Arctic of Alaska galliforms. 142nd annual meeting of the American Ornithological Society, Fort Collins, CO. October 2024
Rusten, R. and S.A. Sonsthagen. 2024. Has Eastern Redcedar Removal Improved Grassland Bird Communities in the Sandhills Ecoregion? The Wildlife Society 31st Annual Conference. Baltimore, MD. October 19-23, 2024. October 2024
Hafliger, T. J., R. E. Wilson, A. G. Hope, S. A. Sonsthagen. 2023. Landscape genomics of free-ranging deer (<i>Odocoileus</i>) within Kansas. The 102nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, Anchorage, Alaska. June 2023
Franz, M., L. Whyte, T. C. Atwood, D. Menning, S. A. Sonsthagen, S. L. Talbot, K. L. Laidre, E. Gonzalez, and M. A. McKinney. 2022. Fecal DNA metabarcoding identifies recent prey consumed by polar bears from East Greenland and the Southern Beaufort Sea and explains variation in their gut microbiome. Society for Marine Mammalogy 2021 Biennial Conference, Palm Beach, Florida. August 2022
Type Citation Publication Date
Data Release 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
Data Release Sonsthagen, S.A., Wilson, R.E., 2020, Genomic data from ptarmigan and grouse, Alaska (ver 2.0, December 2021): U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9DDB01R April 2021
Data Release Sonsthagen, S.A., Talbot, S.L., 2020, Genetic data from Cooper's Hawks (Accipiter cooperii), North America (ver 2.0, January 2022): U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P914SGB1 December 2021
Data Release Sonsthagen, S.A., Pierson, B.J. 2017. Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) mtDNA and microsatellite genetic data, Alaska, Canada and Russia, 1880-2012 (ver 2.0, June 2022). U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F7F18WV0 January 2022
Data Release 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 November 2019
Data Release 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 April 2020
Data Release 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 September 2020
Data Release 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 February 2021
Data Release Sonsthagen, S. A., R. E. Wilson, B. J. Pierson, K. G. Sage, S. L. Talbot, D. V. Derksen, and D. H. Ward. 2024. Brant (Branta bernicla) Genetic Data from North America, Europe, and Asia: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P96G9LAJ June 2022
Data Release 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 July 2020
Data Release 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 August 2020
Data Release 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
Data Release 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 July 2020
Data Release 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 September 2020
Data Release 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 September 2020