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Dr. Dan Thornton's Mammal Spatial Ecology and Conservation Lab


PUBLICATIONS (PEER-REVIEWED) **=senior authorship on publication, 1=supervised graduate student, 2= supervised undergraduate student


Thornton, D.H., Reyna, R., Perera-Romero1, L., Radachowsky, J., Hidalgo-Mihart, M.G., Garcia, R., McNab, R., Mcloughlin, L., Foster, R., Harmsen, B., Moreira-Ramírez, J.F., Diaz-Santos, F., Jordan, C., Salom- Pérez, R., Meyer, N., Castañeda, Valle, F.A.E., Santizo, G.P., Amit, R., Arroyo-Arce, S., Thomson, I., Moreno, R., Schank, C., Arroyo-Gerala, P., Bárcenas, H.V., Brenes-Mora, E., Calderón, A.P., Cove, M.V., Gomez-Hoyos, D., González-Maya, J., Guy, D, Jiménez, G.H., Hofman, M., Kays, R., King1, T., Menjivar, M.A.M., de la Maza, J., León-Pérez, R., Ramos, V.H., Rivero, M., Romo-Asunción, S., Juárez-López, R., Cruz, A-J., de la Torre, J.A., Towns, V., Schipper, J., Reyes, H.O.P., Artavia, A., Hernández-Perez, E., Martínez, W.,Urquhart, G.R., Quigley, H., Pardo, L.E., Sáenz, J.C., Sanchez, K., and J. Polisar. (accepted). Precipitous decline of white-lipped peccary populations in Mesoamerica. Biological Conservation. [IF=5.0/NA/NA]

Thornton, D.H., Branch, L.C., and D.L. Murray. (accepted) Distribution and connectivity of protected areas in the Americas facilitates transboundary conservation. Ecological Applications. [IF=5.0/NA/NA]

King1, T., Vynne, C., Miller, D., Fisher, S., Fitkin, S., Rohrer, J., Ransom, J., and D.H. Thornton**. (accepted). Will Lynx Lose Their Edge? Canada Lynx Occupancy in Washington. Journal of Wildlife Management. [IF=2.1/0/0]


Thornton, D.H. and M.J.L. Peers. 2020. Chapter 8. Species Distribution Modeling. Population Ecology in Practice (Murray, D.L. & Chapron, G., eds). Wiley-Blackwell, London. Contribution: Idea, Design, Implementation, Analysis and Writing

Murray, D.L., Bastille-Rousseau, G., Hornseth, M., Row, J. F , and D.H. Thornton. 2020. Chapter 3. From research hypothesis to model selection: A strategy toward robust inference in population ecology. Population Ecology in Practice (Murray, D.L. & Chapron, G., eds). Wiley-Blackwell, London.

Contribution: Analysis and Writing


Thornton, D.H., and L.C. Branch. 2019. Transboundary mammals in the Americas: asymmetries in protection challenge climate change resilience. Diversity and Distributions 25:674-683. [IF=4.7/2/2]

Thornton, D.H., King1, T., Scully2, A., and D.L. Murray. 2019. Reassessing the success of experts and non-experts in correctly differentiating between closely related species from camera trap images: A reply to Gooliaff and Hodges. Ecology and Evolution 9:6172-6175. [IF=2.7/1/1]

Ebenhoch1, K., D.H. Thornton**, Shipley, L., Manning, J., White, K. 2019. Effects of post-release movements on survival of translocated sage-grouse. Journal of Wildlife Management 83: 1314-1325. [IF=2.1/0/0]

Santos, P. M., A. Bocchiglieri, A. G. Chiarello, A. P. Paglia, A. Moreira, A. C. de Souza, A. M. Abba, A. Paviolo, A. Gatica, A. Z. Medeiro,….D.H. Thornton…et al. 2019. NEOTROPICAL XENARTHRANS: a data set of occurrence of xenarthran species in the Neotropics. Ecology 100:e02663. [IF=5.4/2/2]


Thornton, D.H., Wirsing, A.W., Lopez-Gonzalez, C.L., Squires, J.R., Fisher, S., Larsen, K.W., Peatt, A., Scrafford, M.A., Moen, R.A., Scully, A.E., King, T.W., and D.L. Murray. 2018. Asymmetric cross-border protection of peripheral transboundary species. Conservation Letters 11:e12430.

Thornton, D.H., Scully1, A., King1, T., Fisher, S., Fitkin, S., and J. Rohrer. 2018. Hunting associations of badgers and coyotes revealed by camera trapping. Canadian Journal of Zoology 96:769-773.

Olsoy1, P.J., Shipley, L.A., Rachlow, J.L., Forbey, J.S., Glenn, N.F., Burgess, M.A., and D.H. Thornton**. 2018. Unmanned aerial systems measure structural habitat features for wildlife across multiple scales. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 9:594-604.

Scully1, A.E., Fisher, S., Miller, D.A.W., and D.H. Thornton**. (This article was Editor’s Choice for the issue) 2018. Influence of biotic interactions on Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) distribution at their southern range edge. Journal of Mammalogy 99:760-772.

Milling, C.R., J.L. Rachlow, P.J. Olsoy, M.A. Chappell, T.R. Johnson, J.S. Forbey, L.A. Shipley, D.H. Thornton. 2018. Habitat structure modifies microclimate: an approach for mapping fine-scale thermal refugia. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 9:1648-1657.


King1, T.W., Salom-Perez, R., Shipley, L.A., Quigley, H.B., and D.H. Thornton**. 2017. Ocelot latrines: communication centers for Neotropical Mammalia. Journal of Mammalogy. 98: 106-113

Otis, J-A, Thornton, D.H., Rutledge, L, and D.L. Murray. 2017. Ecological niche differentiation across a wolf-coyote hybrid zone in eastern North America. Diversity and Distributions. 23:529-539

Hidalgo-Mihart, M.G., Jesús de la Cruz, A., Juárez-Lopez, R., Contreras-Moreno, F.M., Bravata de la Cruz, C., Hernández-Lara, C., Pérez-Solano, L.A., Kohler González, J.M., Friedeberg, D., and D.H. Thornton. 2017. Medium and large –sized mammal inventory in the wetlands of Laguna de Terminos and Pantanos de Centla, México. Checklist: Journal of Biodiversity Data 13:711-726.

Juárez-López, R., Pérez-López, M., Bravata-de la Cruz, Y., Jesus-de la Cruz, J., Contreras-Moreno, F.M., Thornton, D., Hidalgo-Mihart, M.G. 2017. Range extension of the northern naked-tailed armadillo (Cabassous centralis) in southern Mexico.  Western North American Naturalist 77:398-403.

Feldman, R. Peers, M.J., Pickles, R.S.A., Thornton, D., and D.L. Murray. 2017. Climate driven niche divergence among host species affects range-wide patterns of parasitism. Global Ecology and Conservation 9:1-10.

Murray, D.L., Peers, M.J.L., Majchrzak, Y.N., Wehtje, M., Ferreira, C., Pickles, R.S.A., Row, J.R., and D.H. Thornton.  2017. Continental divide: Predicting climate-mediated fragmentation and biodiversity loss in the boreal forest. PlosOne 12:e0176706.


Thornton, D.H., Zeller, K., Rondinini, C., Boitani, L., Crooks, K., Burdett, C., Rabinowitz, A., and H. Quigley. 2016. Assessing the umbrella value of a range-wide conservation network for jaguars (Panthera onca). Ecological Applications 26:1112-1124.

Olsoy1, P.J., Zeller, K.A., Hicke, J.A., Quigley, H.B., Rabinowitz, A.R., and D.H. Thornton**. 2016. Quantifying the effects of deforestation and fragmentation on a range-wide conservation plan for jaguars. Biological Conservation 203:8-16.

Peers1, M.J., Thornton, D.H., Majchrzak, Y.N., Bastille-Rousseau, G., and Murray, D.L. 2016. De-extinction potential under climate change: extensive mismatch between historic and future habitat suitability for three candidate birds. Biological Conservation 197:164-170.


Guillaumet, A., Bowman, J., Thornton, D.H., and D.L. Murray. 2015. The influence of coyote on Canada lynx populations assessed at two different spatial scales. Community Ecology 16:135-146.

Thornton, D.H., and Pekins, C. 2015. Spatially-explicit capture recapture analysis of bobcat density in central Texas: implications for mesocarnivore monitoring. Wildlife Research 42:394-404.

Murray, D.L., Majchrzak, Y.N., Peers, M.J.L., Wehtje, M., Ferreira, C., Pickles, R.S.A., Row, J.R., and D.H. Thornton. 2015. Potential pitfalls of private initiatives in conservation planning: A case study from Canada’s boreal forest. Biological Conservation 192: 174-180.

Wang, Y., Thornton, D.H., Wang, S., Ding, P. 2015. Ecological correlates of vulnerability to fragmentation in forest birds on inundated subtropical land-bridge islands. Biological Conservation 191:251-257.


Thornton, D.H., and D.L. Murray. 2014. Influence of hybridization on niche shifts in expanding coyote populations. Diversity and Distributions 20: 1355-1364.

Row, J.R., Wilson, P.J., Gomez, C, Koen, E.L., Bowman, J., Thornton, D., and D.L. Murray. 2014. The subtle role of climate change on population genetic structure in Canada lynx. Global Change Biology 20: 2076-2086.

Thornton, D.H., and R. Fletcher. 2014. Body size and spatial scales in avian response to landscape structure: a meta-analysis. Ecography 37:454-463.

Peers2, M.J.L., Wehtje, M., Thornton, D.H. and D.L. Murray. 2014. Prey switching as a means of enhancing persistence in predators at the southern range edge. Global Change Biology 20:1126-1135.


Peers2, M.J.L., Thornton, D.H. and D.L. Murray. 2013. Evidence for large-scale effects of competition: niche displacement in carnivores. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 280: 20132495.

Pickles, R.S.A., Thornton, D.H., Marques1, A., D. L. Murray. 2013. Predicting shifts in parasite distribution with climate change: a multitrophic level approach. Global Change Biology 19: 2645-2654.

Thornton, D.H., A.J. Wirsing, J.D. Roth, and D.L. Murray 2013. Habitat quality and population density drive occupancy dynamics of snowshoe hare in variegated landscapes. Ecography 36: 610-621.


Thornton, D.H. A.J. Wirsing, J.D. Roth, and D.L. Murray. 2012. Complex effects of harvest and site preparation on snowshoe hare abundance on a patchy forest landscape. Forest Ecology and Management 280: 132-139.

Thornton, D.H., L.C. Branch, and M.E. Sunquist. 2012. Response of large galliforms and tinamous (Cracidae, Phasianidae, Tinamidae) to habitat loss and fragmentation in northern Guatemala. Oryx 46: 567-576.

Peers1, M.J.L., Thornton, D.H., and D.L. Murray. 2012. Reconsidering the specialist-generalist paradigm in niche breadth dynamics: Canada lynx and bobcats. PLoSOne. 7(12): e51488. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0051488


Thornton, D.H., L.C. Branch, and M.E. Sunquist. 2011. The relative influence of habitat loss and fragmentation: Do tropical mammals meet the temperate paradigm? Ecological Applications 21(6):2324-2333.

Thornton, D.H., L.C. Branch, and M.E. Sunquist. 2011. Passive sampling effects and landscape location alter associations between species traits and response to fragmentation. Ecological Applications: 21(3):817-829.

Thornton, D.H., L.C. Branch, and M.E. Sunquist. 2011. The influence of landscape, patch, and within-patch factors on species presence and abundance: a review of focal patch studies. Landscape Ecology: 26:7-18.


Thornton, D.H., M.E. Sunquist, and M.B. Main. 2004. Ecological separation within newly sympatric populations of coyotes and bobcats in southern Florida. Journal of Mammalogy 85(5):973-982.