Current and past members of the Epps research group are bolded.


Gille, D.A., M.R. Buchalski, D. Conrad, E.S. Rubin, A. Munig, B.F. Wakeling, C.W. Epps, T.G. Creech, R. Crowhurst, B. Holton, R. Monello, W.M. Boyce, M.C.T. Penedo, and H.B. Ernest.  2019. Genetic outcomes of translocation of bighorn sheep in Arizona.  The Journal of Wildlife Management, doi:

Weldy, M.J., C.W. Epps, D.B. Lesmeister, T. Manning, M.A. Linnell, and E.D. Forsman. 2019. Abundance and ecological associations of small mammals.  The Journal of Wildlife Management, doi:


Castillo Vardaro, J.A., C.W. Epps, B.W. Frable, and C. Ray. 2018.  Identification of a contact zone and hybridization for two subspecies of the American pika (Ochotona princeps) within a single protected area.  PLoS ONE, 13:e0199032. doi:

Rodhouse, T.J., M.R. Jeffress, K.R Sherrill, S.R. Mohren, N.J. Nordensten, M.L. Magnuson, D. Schwalm, J.A. Castillo, M. Shinderman, and C.W. Epps. 2018.  Geographical variation in the influence of habitat and climate on site occupancy turnover in American pika (Ochotona princeps).  Biodiversity Research, doi:

Epps, C.W., R.S. Crowhurst, and B.S. Nickerson. 2018.  Assessing changes in functional connectivity in a desert bighorn sheep metapopulation after two generations.  Molecular Ecology, 27: 2334-2346. doi:

Masseloux, J., C.W. Epps, A. Duarte, D. Schwalm, and M. Wykstra. 2018.  Using detection/non-detection surveys and interviews to assess carnivore site use in Kenya.  African Journal of Wildlife Research, 48: 013006. doi:

Davis, C.D., C.W. Epps, R.L. Flitcroft, and M.A. Banks. 2018.  Refining and defining riverscape genetics: how rivers influence population genetic structure. WIREs Water, e1269. doi:


Dugovich, B.S., M.J. Peel, A.L. Palmer, R.A. Zielke, A.E. Sikora, B.R. Beechler, A.E. Jolles, C.W. Epps, and B.P. Dolan. 2017. Detection of bacterial-reactive natural IgM antibodies in desert bighorn sheep populations. PLoS ONE, 12: e0180415. doi:

Moriarty, K.M., M.A. Linnell, B.E. Chasco, C.W. Epps, and W.J. Zielinski. 2017.  Using high-resolution short-term location data to describe territoriality in Pacific martens.  Journal of Mammalogy, 98: 679-689.  doi:

Creech, T.G., C.W. Epps, E.L. Landguth, J.D. Wehausen, R.S. Crowhurst, B. Holton, and R.J. Monello. 2017.  Simulating the spread of selection-driven genotypes using landscape resistance models for desert bighorn sheep.  PLoS ONE, 12: e0176960.  doi:

Linnell, M.A., C.W. Epps , E.D. Forsman, and W.J. Zielinski. 2017. Survival and predation of weasels (Mustela erminea, Mustela frenata) in North America.  Northwest Science, 91: 15-26.

Linnell, M.A., C.W. Epps , E.D. Forsman, and W.J. Zielinski. 2017. Space use, movements, and rest site use by short-tailed weasels, Mustela erminea in managed forests of western Oregon.  Wildlife Biology, doi:


Zeller, K.A., T.G. Creech, K.L. Millette, R.S. Crowhurst, R.A. Long, H.H. Wagner, N. Balkenhol, and E.L. Landguth. 2016.  Using simulations to evaluate Mantel-based methods for assessing landscape resistance to gene flow. Ecology and Evolution, 6: 4115-4128.

Sanchez, D.M., C.W. Epps, and D.S. Taylor.  2016. Estimating lead fragmentation from ammunition for muzzleloading and black powder cartridge rifles. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management, 7: 467-479 doi: 10.3996/092015-JFWM-086

Moriarty, K.M., C.W. Epps, and W.J. Zielinski. 2016.  Forest thinning changes movement patterns and habitat use by Pacific marten.  Journal of Wildlife Management, 80: 621-633.

Creech, T.G., C.W. Epps, R.J. Monello, and J.D. Wehausen. 2016.  Predicting diet quality and genetic diversity of a desert-adapted ungulate with NDVI.  Journal of Arid Environments, 127: 160-170.

Schwalm, D., C.W. Epps, T.J. Rodhouse, W.B. Monahan, J.A. Castillo, C. Ray, and M.R. Jeffress. 2016.  Habitat availability and gene flow influence diverging local population trajectories under scenarios of climate change: a place-based approach.  Global Change Biology, 22: 1572-1584.

Epps, C.W., T.G. Creech, R.S. Crowhurst, J.D. Wehausen, W.B. Sloan, S. Holt, J.R. Jaeger, K.M. Longshore, and R.J. Monello.  2016. Fifty years after Welles and Welles: distribution and genetic structure of desert bighorn sheep in Death Valley National Park.  Proceedings:  Natural History Conference.  Death Valley Natural History Association.

Castillo, J.A., C.W. Epps, M.R. Jeffress, C. Ray, T.J. Rodhouse, and D. Schwalm. 2016. Replicated landscape genetic and network analyses reveal wide variation in functional connectivity for American pikas. Ecological Applications, 26: 1660-1676.


Epps, C.W., & N. Keyghobadi. 2015. Landscape genetics in a changing world: disentangling historical and contemporary influences and inferring change. Molecular Ecology, 24: 6021-6040.

Moriarty, K.M., C.W. Epps, M.G. Betts, D.J. Hance, J.D. Bailey, and W.J. Zielinski. 2015.  Experimental evidence that simplified forest structure interacts with snow cover to influence functional connectivity for Pacific martens.  Landscape Ecology, 30: 1865-1877.

Moriarty, K.M., and C.W. Epps. 2015. Retained satellite information influences performance of GPS devices in a forested ecosystem.  Wildlife Society Bulletin, 39: 349-357.

Epps, C.W., K. Nowak, B.M. Mutayoba. 2015. Unfenced reserves, unparalleled biodiversity, and a rapidly-changing landscape: roadways and wildlife in East Africa. Chapter 39e in R. van der Ree, D. Smith, C. Grilo, eds. Road Ecology. Wiley-Blackwell. Hoboken, New Jersey.


Castillo, J.A., C.W. Epps, A.R. Davis, and S. A. Cushman. 2014. Landscape effects on gene flow for a climate-sensitive montane species, the American pika. Molecular Ecology, 23: 843-856.

Creech, T.G., C.W. Epps, R.J. Monello, J.D. Wehausen. 2014. Using network theory to prioritize management in a desert bighorn sheep metapopulation.  Landscape Ecology, 29: 605-619.

Epps, C. W. 2014.  Considering the switch: challenges of transitioning to non-lead hunting ammunition.  The Condor, 116: 429-434.

Wilder, B.T., J.L. Betancourt, C.W. Epps, R.S. Crowhurst, J.I. Mead, and E. Ezcurra. 2014.  Local extinction and unintentional rewilding of bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) on a desert island.  PLOSOne, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0091358


Epps, C.W., S.K. Wasser, J.L. Keim, B.M. Mutayoba, & J.S. Brashares. 2013. Quantifying past and present connectivity illuminates a rapidly changing landscape for the African elephant. Molecular Ecology, 22: 1574-1588.

Epps, C.W., J.A. Castillo, A. Schmidt-Küntzel, P. du Preez, G. Stuart-Hill, M. Jago, & R. Naidoo. 2013. Contrasting historical and recent gene flow among African buffalo herds in the Caprivi Strip of Namibia. Journal of Heredity, 104: 172-181.

Crowhurst, R.S., T.D. Mullins, B.M. Mutayoba, and C.W. Epps. 2013. Characterization of eight polymorphic loci for Maasai giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) using non-invasive genetic samples. Conservation Genetics Resources, 5: 85-87.

Jeffress, M.R., T.J. Rodhouse, C. Ray, S. Wolff, and C.W. Epps.  2013.  The idiosyncrasies of place: geographic variation in the climate-distribution relationships of the American pika.  Ecological Applications, 23: 864-878.


Cordero, A.G., and C.W. Epps. 2012. From desert to rainforest: morphological variation in the bushy-tailed woodrat (Neotoma cinerea) is associated with a prominent climatic gradient. Journal of Mammalian Evolution, 19: 135-153.


Epps, C.W., B.M. Mutayoba, L.E. Gwin, & J.S. Brashares. 2011. An empirical evaluation of the African elephant as a focal species for connectivity planning in East Africa. Diversity and Distributions, 17: 603-612.

Haig, S.M., W.M. Bronaugh, R.S. Crowhurst, J. D’Elia, C.A. Eagles-Smith, C.W. Epps, B. Knaus, M.P. Miller, M.L. Moses, S. Oyler-McCance, W.D. Robinson, and B. Sidlauskas. 2011. Genetic Applications in Avian Conservation. The Auk, 128: 205-229.

Sawyer, S.C., C.W. Epps, and J.S. Brashares. 2011. Placing linkages among fragmented habitats: Do least-cost path models reflect how animals use landscapes? Journal of Applied Ecology, 48: 668-678.


Epps, C.W., J.D. Wehausen, P.J. Palsboll, and D.R. McCullough. 2010. Using genetic tools to track desert bighorn sheep colonizations. Journal of Wildlife Management, 74: 522-531.

Flesch, A.D., C.W. Epps, J.W. Cain III, M. Clark, P.R. Krausman, and J.R. Morgart. 2010. Potential effects of the United States-Mexico border fence on wildlife. Conservation Biology, 24: 171-181.

Brashares, J.S., L.R. Prugh, C.J. Stoner, and C.W. Epps. 2010. Ecological and conservation implications of mesopredator release. Pages 221-240 in J. Terborgh & M. Soule, eds. Trophic Cascades: predators, prey, and the changing dynamics of nature. Island Press, Washington D.C., USA.


Prugh, L.R., C.J. Stoner, C.W. Epps, W.T. Bean, W.J. Ripple, A.S. Laliberte, and J.S. Brashares. 2009. The rise of the mesopredator. Bioscience, 59: 779-789.


Epps, C.W., J.D. Wehausen, V.C. Bleich, S.G. Torres, & J.S. Brashares. 2007. Optimizing dispersal and corridor models using landscape genetics. Journal of Applied Ecology, 44: 714-724.


Epps, C.W., P.J. Palsbøll, J.D. Wehausen, G.K. Roderick, and D.R. McCullough. 2006.  Elevation and connectivity define genetic refugia for mountain sheep as climate warms.  Molecular Ecology, 15: 4295-4302.

Ramey, R.R. II, J.D. Wehausen, H.-P. Liu, C.W. Epps, L.M. Carpenter. 2006. Should hypothesis testing or selective posthoc interpretation of results guide the allocation of conservation effort? Animal Conservation, 9: 244-247.


Epps, C.W., P.J. Palsbøll, J.D. Wehausen, G.K. Roderick, R.R. Ramey II, and D.R. McCullough. 2005. Highways block gene flow and cause a rapid decline in genetic diversity of desert bighorn sheep. Ecology Letters, 8:1029-1038.

Ramey, R.R. II, H.-P. Liu, C.W. Epps, J.D. Wehausen, and L.M. Carpenter. 2005. Genetic relatedness of the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei) to nearby subspecies of Z. hudsonius as inferred from variation in cranial morphology, mitochondrial DNA, and microsatellite data: implications for taxonomy and conservation. Animal Conservation, 8: 329-346.


Wehausen, J.D., R.R. Ramey II, and C. W. Epps. 2004. Experiments in DNA extraction and PCR amplification from bighorn sheep feces: the importance of DNA extraction method. Journal of Heredity, 95: 503-509.

Epps, C.W., D.R. McCullough, J.D. Wehausen, V.C. Bleich, and J.R. Rechel. 2004. Effects of climate change on population persistence of desert-dwelling mountain sheep in California. Conservation Biology, 18: 102-113.

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