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

Oklahoma Staff Member


Dr. Robert Lonsinger

Rob Lonsinger

Assistant Unit Leader
Phone: (405) 744 - 9841
Email: rlonsinger@usgs.gov
Alt. Email: robert.lonsinger@okstate.edu
Personal website

Education

  • Ph D University of Idaho 2015
  • MS New Mexico State University 2010
  • BS Gannon University 2002

Biography

Originally from Pennsylvania, Rob earned a B.S. in Biology from Gannon University, a M.S. in Wildlife Science from New Mexico State University, and a PhD in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho. Rob is a mammalian ecologist and has focused primarily on the management and research of carnivores. Rob is also a National Geographic Explorer. Visit Rob’s website at www.roblonsinger.com.

Research Interest

Research in the Lonsinger Lab uses a combination of intensive field-based research, laboratory-based methods and ecological modeling. Research in the Lonsinger Lab is broadly interested in conservation genetics, landscape ecology, community ecology, and predator-prey dynamics. We aim to confront applied problems with ecological hypotheses and to elucidate processes driving complex population dynamics. We have found that working closely with management agencies and private landowners has allowed our research to guide management and make lasting contributions to the conservation of species and the habitats on which they depend. Although our research tends to utilize carnivore species as model organisms, the approaches we employ (e.g., conservation genetic analyses, capture-recapture modeling, and occupancy modeling) are amendable to many taxa and systems. Finally, we strive to be collaborative within our own research group, with outside researchers and managers, and with private landowners and citizens; only though diversity in collaborators and stakeholders can we expect to tackle some of the most pressing and emerging management needs.

Research Publications Publication Date
Morin, D. J., S. D. Higdon, R. C. Lonsinger, E. N. Gosselin, M. J. Kelly, and L. P. Waits. 2019. Comparing methods of estimating carnivore diets with uncertainty and imperfect detection. Wildlife Society Bulletin 43:651–660. doi: 10.1002/wsb.1021 | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website November 2019
Lonsinger, R., B. M. Kluever, L. K. Hall, R. T. Larsen, E. M. Gese, L. P. Waits, and R. N. Knight. 2020. Conservation of kit foxes in the Great Basin Desert: A review and recommendations. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 11:679–698. doi:10.1111/JFWM-20-025. | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website December 2020
Lonsinger, R. C., and L. P. Waits. 2015. ConGenR: rapid determination of consensus genotypes and estimates of genotyping errors from replicated genetic samples. Conservation Genetics Resources 7:841–843. doi: 10.1007/s12686-015-0506-7. | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website November 2015
Lonsinger, R. C., R. N. Knight, and L. P. Waits. 2021. Detection criteria and post-field sample processing influence results and cost efficiency of occupancy-based monitoring. Ecological Application 31(7): e02404. doi: 10.1002/eap.2404 | Abstract | Publisher Website July 2021
Lonsinger, R. C., R. M. Schweizer, J. P. Pollinger, R. K. Wayne, and G. W. Roemer. 2015. Fine-scale genetic structure of the ringtail (Bassariscus astutus) in a sky island mountain range. Journal of Mammalogy 96:257–268. DOI:10.1093/jmammal/gyv050 | Abstract | Download April 2015
Lonsinger, R. C., P. M. Lukacs, E. M. Gese, and L. P. Waits. 2019. Empirical comparisons of abundance estimators for two sympatric carnivores using noninvasive genetic sampling. Wildlife Biology 2019:1–9. doi: 10.2981/wlb.00534.full. | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website July 2019
Lonsinger, R. C., P. M. Lukacs, E. M. Gese, R. N. Knight, and L. P. Waits. 2018. Estimating densities for sympatric kit foxes (Vulpes macrotis) and coyotes (Canis latrans) using noninvasive genetic sampling. Canadian Journal of Zoology 96:1080–1089. doi: 10.1139/cjz-2017-0332. | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website May 2018
Lonsinger, R. C., J. R. Adams, and L. P. Waits. 2018. Evaluating effective population size and genetic diversity of a declining kit fox population using contemporary and historical specimens. Ecology and Evolution 8:12011–12021. doi: 10.1002/ece3.4660. | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website November 2018
Lonsinger, R. C., E. M. Gese, and L. P. Waits. 2015. Evaluating the reliability of field identification and morphometric classifications for carnivore scats confirmed with genetic analysis. Wildlife Society Bulletin 39:593–602. doi.org/10.1002/wsb.549 | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website September 2015
Lonsinger, R. C., E. M. Gese, S. J. Dempsey, B. M. Kluever, T. R. Johnson, and L. P. Waits. 2015. Balancing sample accumulation and DNA degradation rates to optimize noninvasive genetic sampling of sympatric carnivores. Molecular Ecology Resources 15:831–842. doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.12356 | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website June 2015
Lonsinger, R. C., E. M. Gese, R. N. Knight, T. R. Johnson, and L. P. Waits. 2016. Quantifying and correcting for scat removal in noninvasive carnivore scat surveys. Wildlife Biology 22:45–54. doi: 10.2981/wlb.00179. | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website March 2016
Lonsinger, R. C., E. M. Gese, L. L. Bailey, and L. P. Waits. 2017. The roles of habitat and intraguild predation by coyotes on the spatial dynamics of kit foxes. Ecosphere 8:e01749. doi: 10.1002/ecs2.1749 | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website March 2017
Lonsinger, R. C., D. Daniel, J. R. Adams, and L. P. Waits. 2019. Consideration of sample source for establishing reliable genetic microsatellite data from mammalian carnivore specimens held in natural history collections. Journal of Mammalogy 100(5): 1678-1689. doi.org/10.1093/jmammal/gyz112 | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website July 2019
Kauth, H. R., R. C. Lonsinger, A. J. Kauth, and A. J. Gregory. 2020. Low-cost DIY GPS trackers improve upland game bird monitoring. Wildlife Biology 2020:1–7. doi: 10.2981/wlb.00653. | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website April 2020
Gosselin, E. N., R. C. Lonsinger, and L. P. Waits. 2017. Comparing morphological and molecular diet analyses and fecal DNA sampling protocols for a terrestrial carnivore. Wildlife Society Bulletin 41:362–369. doi: 10.1002/wsb.749>. | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website April 2017
Dempsey, S. J., E. M. Gese, B. M. Kluever, R. C. Lonsinger, and L. P. Waits. 2015. Evaluation of scat deposition transects versus radio telemetry for developing a species distribution model for a rare desert carnivore, the kit fox. PloS ONE 10:e0138995. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0138995. | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website October 2015
Cove, M. V., R. Kays, H. Bontrager, C. Bresnan, M. Lasky, T. Frerichs, R. Klann, T. E. Lee Jr., S. C. Crockett, A. P. Crupi, K. C. B. Weiss, H. Rowe, T. Sprague, J. Schipper, C. Tellez, C. A. Lepczyk, J. E. Fantle‐Lepczyk, S. LaPoint, J. Williamson, M. C. Fisher‐Reid, S. M. King, A. J. Bebko, P. Chrysafis, A. J. Jensen, D. S. Jachowski, J. Sands, K. A. MacCombie, D. J. Herrera, M. van der Merwe, T. W. Knowles, R. V. Horan III, M. S. Rentz, L. S. E. Brandt, C. Nagy, B. T. Barton, W. C. Thompson, S. P. Maher, A. K. Darracq, G. Hess, A. W. Parsons, B. Wells, G. W. Roemer, C. J. Hernandez, M. E. Gompper, S. L. Webb, J. P. Vanek, D. J. R. Lafferty, A. M. Bergquist, T. Hubbard, T. Forrester, D. Clark, C. Cincotta, J. Favreau, A. N. Facka, M. Halbur, S. Hammerich, M. Gray, C. C. Rega‐Brodsky, C. Durbin, E. A. Flaherty, J. M. Brooke, S. S. Coster, R. G. Lathrop, K. Russell, D. A. Bogan, R. Cliché, H. Shamon, M. T. R. Hawkins, S. B. Marks, R. C. Lonsinger, M. T. O'Mara, J. A. Compton, M. Fowler, E. L., K. E. Andy, J. L. Belant, D. E. Byer Jr., T. M. Kautz, D. G. Scognamillo, C. M. Schalk, M. S. Leslie, S. L. Nasrallah, C. N. Ellison, C. Ruthven, S. Fritts, J. Tleimat, M. Gay, C. A. Whittier, S. A. Neiswenter, R. Pelletier, B. A. DeGregorio, E. K. Kuprewicz, M. L. Davis, A. Dykstra, D. S. Mason, C. Baruzzi, M. A. Lashley, D. R. Risch, M. R. Price, M. L. Allen, L. S. Whipple, J. H. Sperry, R. H. Hagen, A. Mortelliti, B. E. Evans, C. E. Studds, A. P. K. Sirén, J. Kilborn, C. Sutherland, P. Warren, T. Fuller, N. C. Harris, N. H. Carter, E. Trout, M. Zimova, S. T. Giery, F. Iannarilli, S. D. Higdon, R. S. Revord, C. P. Hansen, J. J. Millspaugh, A. Zorn, J. F. Benson, N. H. Wehr, J. N. Solberg, B. D. Gerber, J. C. Burr, J. Sevin, A. M. Green, Ç. H. Şekercioğlu, M. Pendergast, K. A. Barnick, A. J. Edelman, J. R. Wasdin, A. Romero, B. J. O'Neill, N. Schmitz, J. M. Alston, K. M. Kuhn, D. B. Lesmeister, M. A. Linnell, C. L. Appel, C. Rota, J. L. Stenglein, C. Anhalt‐Depies, C. Nelson, R. A. Long, K. J. Jaspers, K. R. Remine, M. J. Jordan, D. Davis, H. Hernández‐Yáñez, J. Y. Zhao, and W. J. McShea. 2021. Snapshot USA: the first coordinated national camera trap survey of the United States – data from 2019. Ecology. Online early. doi.org/10.1002/ecy.3353. | Abstract | Publisher Website April 2021
Byerly, P. A., R. C. Lonsinger, E. M. Gese, A. J. Kozlowski, and L. P. Waits. 2018. Resource partitioning between kit foxes (Vulpes macrotis) and coyotes (Canis latrans): a comparison of historical and contemporary dietary overlap. Canadian Journal of Zoology 96:497–504. doi: 10.1139/cjz-2017-0246. | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website December 2017
Snavely, Brandon
Master's
brandon.snavely@okstate.edu

White, Kara
PhD
kara.white@sdstate.edu

Presentations Presentation Date
White, K., R. C. Lonsinger, S. M. Crimmins, E. M. Anderson, and T. M. LIvieri. 2021. Fine-scale space use by swift foxes on a black-footed ferret recovery site. Swift Fox Conservation Team Meeting. May 2021
Murphy, S.M., J.W. Cain III, D. Wilckens, G. Roemer, R. Lonsinger, and M. Peyton. 2017. Developing novel spatial capture-recapture survey designs for estimating management-scale cougar density in New Mexico, USA. 12th Mountain Lion Workshop, Estes Park, Colorado, USA. May 2017
Lonsinger, R. C., R. N. Knight, and L. P. Waits. 2021. Improving Cost Efficiency of Occupancy Monitoring for a Sensitive Carnivore. American Society of Mammalogists Annual Meeting, Virtual. June 2021
Lonsinger, R. C., R. N. Knight, and L. P. Waits. 2021. Consideration of detection criteria and novel post-field sample processing improve cost efficiency of occupancy-based monitoring for a sensitive carnivore. National Military Fish & Wildlife Association Workshop, Virtual. March 2021
Lonsinger, R. C. 2021. Kit fox monitoring in the Great Basin: Considerations and Implications. Swift Fox Conservation Team Meeting. May 2021
Hixson, K. M., S. J. Slater, R. N. Knight, and R. C. Lonsinger. 2021. Seasonal variation in resource selection by subadult golden eagles in a military operational area in the Great Basin Desert. National Military Fish & Wildlife Association Workshop, Virtual. March 2021
Fino, S. R., J. D. Stafford, A. T. Pearse, J. A. Jenks, AND R. C. Lonsinger. 2021. Relating predator community dynamics and duck nest survival in eastern South Dakota. Ducks Unlimited, Canada IWWR Research Roundup Webinar Series. 8 April 2021. April 2021
Fino, S. R., J. D. Stafford, A. T. Pearse, J. A. Jenks, AND R. C. Lonsinger. 2021. Relating predator community dynamics and duck nest survival in eastern South Dakota. Brookings Wildlife Federation. 4 June 2021. June 2021
Fetherston, S. C., L. P. Waits, J. R. Adams, C. Lehman, and R. C. Lonsinger. 2021. Population genetic structure of bobcats in South Dakota: using harvested samples to inform management. South Dakota Chapter of The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting. Virtual. February 2021
Dukes, C. G., M. L. Allen, L. E. Dodd, A. J. Edelman, S. N. Harris, S. H. LaRose, D. S. Jachowski, R. C. Lonsinger, D. B. Sasse. 2021. A review of camera trapping methodology for eastern spotted skunks (<i>Spilogale putorius</i>). Eastern Spotted Skunk Cooperative Study Group Annual Meeting. Virtual. September 2021
Cherry, M. J., M. C. Chitwood, R. W. DeYoung, W. S. Fairbanks, L. J. Heffelfinger, R. C. Lonsinger, E. P. Tanner, and H. G. Wang. 2021. Movement and population demography of pronghorn in Oklahoma. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Mule Deer and Pronghorn Technical Committee Meeting. Lubbock, Texas. August 2021