2009 Projects - NPS

Results of RM-CESU (NPS) Small Grants Program


Berger, Joel, Climate Change and the Persistence of Mountain Goats

Berger, Joel, National Park Service Migratory Species Workshop and Program Design (Report #1; Report #2)

Brown, Perry, Jerry O’Neal National Park Service Student Fellowship Program (2009 Fellowship Awardees; 2010 Fellowship Awardees; 2010 Report)

Reports from 2009 Fellowship Awardees:
Allison Dimond, University of Montana, Social Research in Support of Impact Mitigation on Restoration of the Going to the Sun Road (Brief, Report)

Blake Hossack, University of Montana, Linking Disease, Wildfire and Gene Flow: Spatial Epidemiology of Chystridiomycosis in Glacier National Park (Brief, Report)

Reports from 2010 Fellowship Awardees:
Alexandra Urza, Colorado State University, Direct and Indirect Influences of Climate Change on Post-Fire Forest Establishment in Glacier National Park (Brief, Thesis)

Helen Keremedjiev, University of Montana, Ethnography of Cultural Heritage:  Interpretation and Commemoration Practices at Big Hole, Little Bighorn, and Rosebud Battlefields (Brief, 2011 Report, Thesis)

Matthew Larson, University of Montana, Avian Surveys to Inform Assessment of Hayfield Management: Stuart Field Site, Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, Montana (Brief, Thesis)

Burchfield, Jim, Workshops and Program Support for National Park Service, Rocky Mountains CESU (Report)

Burchfield, Jim, Missoula Children and Nature Summit and Mobilize GenWise Think Tank Kick-off Event (Report)

Campbell, Greg, Ethnographic Overview and Assessment: Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site and Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site 

Campbell, Greg, Research on Indian Trails in Yellowstone

Campbell, Greg, Research with Tribes on Wickiups (Report)

Duffield, John, Economic Values of National Park System Resources Along the Colorado River,
Phases 1-3
(White Paper and Report)

Duffield, John, Economic Values of National Park System Visitation (Report)

Eby, Lisa, Fisheries assessment of the Gros Ventre River, Grand Teton National Park (Report)

Eby, Lisa, Train Little Bighorn Battlefield NM Staff to Perform Herpetology Inventory Surveys (Report)

Freimund, Wayne, Chaco Culture National Historical Park:  Assessing the Visitor Experience and Value Based Management (Report)

Freimund, Wayne, Native American Student Employment Pilot Project (Report; Yellowstone Science Interview with 2010 Intern Monica Lomahuklah)

Freimund, Wayne, Social Research in Support of Impact Mitigation on Restoration of the Going to the Sun Road, phases 1-5 (2005 Report; 2006 Report; 2007 Report; 2009 Report; Synthesis Report)

Goodburn, John, Whitebark Pine recruitment within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (Report)

Hauer, Richard, Chemical and biological analysis of comparative streams in the Elk and Flathead River drainage to demonstrate mine effects (Report)

Keys, Christopher, Develop a Vegetation Management Plan Environmental Assessment, Palo Alto Battlefield NHP, Texas (Report)

Keys, Christopher, Inventory of Forest Structure and Composition and the Development Site-Specific Prescriptions for Two Mechanical Treatment Units in Whiskeytown NRA (Report)

Krausman, Paul, Citizen Science in Glacier’s High Country: monitoring mountain goats, pikas, and Clark’s Nutcrackers (Report; Park Science; ; CCRLC News Article; The Journal of Wildlife Management Article; Wildlife Society Bulletin)

Langner, Heiko, Contaminants testing in fish from Glacier National Park (Report)

Luikart, Gordon, Evaluating the Genetic Structure of Dall’s Sheep in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve

MacDonald, Doug, Phase 2: Mission 66 Historic Context for Yellowstone National Park, Canyon Cabins Area and Parkwide Bridges

MacDonald, Doug, Research Assistance in Preparation for a Historic Structures Strategy for Yellowstone National Park

MacDonald, Doug, University of Montana Archeological Field School Inventory and NR Testing on the North Shore of Yellowstone Lake

MacDonald, Doug, University of Montana Archeological Field School Inventory and NR Testing at Bridge Bay-Lake-Fishing Bridge Developed Areas and along the Shore of Yellowstone Lake (NPS Report; UM Report)

MacDonald, Doug, Yellowstone Archeological Technical Assistance (Report)

Mitchell, Mike, Analysis of wildlife movements in relation to Denali Park Road traffic (Park Science; Completion Report; Report)

Moisey, Neil, CESU Network 10-year Program Inventory and Evaluation, Phase II

Rice, Peter, Evaluate the effectiveness of noxious weed management through inventory and establishment of long-term monitoring plots at Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS, Phase 1& 2 (Report)

Rice, Peter, Grant-Kohrs Ranch and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monuments Vegetation Map Report Data Analyses and Writing (Report-Grant Kohrs; Report-Little Bighorn)

Servheen, Christopher, Projecting the impacts to mid-size carnivores of the proposed Lodgepole coal mine and coal bed methane development in the upper Flathead River drainage in British Columbia, phase 2

Thompson, Sally, Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Tribal Legacy, Curriculum Development-Phase 3 & 4  (Report)

Venn, Tyron, Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) – Compiling landscape-scale geospatial data for five wildland fire agencies (Report)

Wilcox, Andrew, Coal mine and coalbed methane development in British Columbia, Canada threatens aquatic biota of Glacier National Park and Federal Wild and Scenic North Fork of the Flathead River, Montana; Environmental Assessment Data Collection (Reports: D'Angelo Thesis; Bean Thesis)

Wilcox, Andrew, Glacial Outburst Analysis and Report Study, Bear Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska (Report)


Creel, Scott, Develop Techniques to Evaluate Effectiveness of Grizzly Bear Management Areas in Yellowstone National Park (Report)

Cripps, Cathy, Summary of what is known about Fungi in Yellowstone National Park and recommendations for further Inventory (Report)

Garrott, Robert, Comparative Studies of Sympatric Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goats in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Higgs, Megan, Analysis of bison disease, demographic, habitat use, and migration data from Grand Teton National Park (Report)

Kerans, Billie, Whirling Disease Infection Risk of Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout (Report)

Kipfer, Todd, Develop and implement a regional GYA science agenda for climate change; including climate change adaptation strategies (Fact Sheet)

Kipfer, Todd, Natural Resource Inventory and Monitoring: technical and operational support to the Greater Yellowstone Network parks (Report)

Kipfer, Todd, Operational and technical support for Vital Signs Monitoring in the Greater Yellowstone Network Inventory and Monitoring Program, Climate Workshop (Report; Fact Sheet)

Lehnhoff, Erik, Intern Contributes to Invasive Plant Management and Biocontrol at Little Bighorn National Monument (Report; Intern Report)

Lehnhoff, Erik, 2010 Non-Native Plant Inventory at Little Bighorn National Monument (Report)

McGowen, Pat, Evaluating 2009 Non-Motorized Pathway Use in Grand Teton National Park (Report)

Olson, Bret, Expansion of Behave Research and Program (Cows Eating Weeds) (Report)

Roberts, David, Evaluating aspen responses to changes in elk abundance, distribution, and behavior following wolf recolonization in west-central Yellowstone National Park (Report)

Sigler, Adam, Monitoring water quality and quantity at Bighorn Canyon NRA:  Seeps, springs and river and stream locations (Report)

Tobias, Ronald, Completing Coast Climate Change Video (Report)

Tobias, Ronald, Glacier Bay National Park Boater Orientation Film (Report)

Varley, John, Cutthroat Trout Restoration in Specimen Creek, Yellowstone National Park

Varley, John, Environmental Stewardship through Discovery: A Molecular ATBI for Yellowstone Lake

Varley, John, Rehabilitation of Clear Creek Fish Trap, Weir, and Spawning Habitat for Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout

Varley, John, Yellowstone Wildlife Health Program – Brucellosis Adaptive Management

Varley, John, Yellowstone Wildlife Health Program – Brucellosis Meetings 2009 (Report)

Willey, David, Determine Recreational Impacts on Threatened Mexican Spotted Owls on the Northern Colorado Plateau (Report)

Willey, David, Surveys for Threatened and Special Status Raptor Species for Grand Canyon National Park Fire and Aviation Program (Report)

Zabinski, Cathy, Assessment of Integrated Pest Management Tools and Techniques for Managing Invasive Plants in Ten Small Parks served by the Northern Rocky Mountains Exotic Plant Management Team (EPMT) (Report; Management Plan)

Zabinski, Cathy, Summarize light requirements for germination and establishment of subalpine species used in restoration efforts in GLAC and determine efficacy of established restoration protocols used in this environment (Report)


Le, Lena, National Park Service, Visitor Services Project (Reports: Fort Larned NHS; Homestead National Monument of America; Minuteman Missile NHS; Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial; Women's Rights National Historical Park; Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park--Seattle; Yosemite NP; Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore; James A. Garfield NHS; Boston National Historical Park; Bryce Canyon NP; Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore; Acadia NP; Grand Teton NP-LSR Preserve; Martin Van Buren NHS; Nez Perce National Historical Park Focus Group Study; Petrified Forest National Park Focus Group Study; VSP Online Database)

Scott, J. Michael, Evaluating and reporting landscape context and condition of parks (Report; NPS Report)

Smith, Alistair, Assessment of NWCG Courses and Positions for Smoke and Air Quality Content

Warner, Mark, Examination and Analysis of Key White Bird Battlefield Sites (Report)

Wright, Gerald, Support for Sierra Nevada I&M Network Monitoring Program


Anderson, Robert, Yosemite’s Melting Glaciers (Interim Report; Report)

Bowman, William, Critical Loads for Nitrogen Deposition in Rocky Mountain National Park: Temporal Changes in Vegetation and Soil Chemistry (Abstract; Poster; Article)

Lee, Craig, Ice on the Edge: Global Warming and a New Archeological-Paleontological Research Frontier in the Rocky Mountain Region (Report)

Lekson, Steve, NAGPRA: Work in partnership with the University of Colorado, Boulder Museum to facilitate on-going NAGPRA consultation meetings at Dinosaur National Monument

Martin, Andrew, Using DNA from museum specimens to explore the heritage and native range of Colorado’s state fish (Report)

Montgomery, Bruce, Archive, Accession, and Catalog Materials in the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument’s General Files to Prevent Loss of Significant Historical Data (Report and Student Report)

Montgomery, Bruce, Glacier Archives Project

Montgomery, Bruce, USS Arizona Memorial Archives Project

Nydick, Koren, Sources of Mercury Deposition to Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado (Report)

White, James, Inventory and Analysis of Sierra Nevada Network Regional Stream Flow and Snow Water Equivalent Data (Report)

Williams, Mark, Rocky Mountain Inventory and Monitoring Network Stream Ecological Integrity Monitoring, Water Chemistry Project


Allen, Casey, The Rock Art Research Program: continuing RASI at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona (Report; Article)

Marlow, Michael, Views of the National Parks FY09 Enhancements (Report)

Tessmer, Martin, College Paleontology Curriculum for Florissant Fossil Beds NM (Report)

Thomas, Deb, Developing GIS Tools and Applications for Site Restoration in the National Parks (Report; Brief)

Thomas, Deb, NPS Air Resources Information and Outreach Assistance

Tomback, Diana, Clark’s Nutcracker Summer Use of Whitebark Pine Communities (Report)


Brunswig, Robert, Developing strategies for managing cultural resources at risk from fire and climate change in Rocky Mountain National Park (Report)

Brunswig, Robert, Professional Development for Resource Stewardship Seasonals (Report)

Brunswig, Robert, Sacred Landscapes of Rocky Mountain National Park: Model Validation Surveys (Report)

Evanoff, Emmett, Mineralogical and Geochemical Evidence for Volcanic Sources of the Florissant Formation

McBeth, Sally, Ethnographic Overview of Colorado National Monument, Phase III (Report)


Aldridge, Cameron, Develop Landscape-scale Gunnison Sage-grouse Habitat Map Predicting Sagebrush, Herbaceous, & Bare Ground Cover (Progress Report; Article; Report)

Azimi-Sadjadi, Mahmood, Acoustic Data Analysis and Park Planning Support, Grand Canyon National Park (Report)

Azimi-Sadjadi, Mahmood, Engineering research, development, and testing to advance acoustical monitoring of protected natural areas

Azimi-Sadjadi, Mahmood, Natural ambient monitoring and noise source characterization for Glacier National Park (Report)

Bell, Paul, Advanced analysis toward metrics of human responses to natural sound environments (Report)

Bowser, Gillian, Integrating Natural Resource and Cultural Sensitivity with Energy Conservation Recommendations for Historic Structures in Rocky Mountain National Park through Student Design Teams, phases 1 and 2 (Report)

Bright, Alan, Lewis and Clark National Historical Trail Auto Tour Route Wayshowing Assessment and Plan (Report)

Child, Dennis, Biological Resource Management in National Parks – Invasive Species Management 

Collett, Jr, Jeffrey, Characterizing Reactive Nitrogen in Rocky Mountain National Park and the Rocky Mountain Region (Report; Article #1; Article # 2)

Collett, Jr, Jeffrey, Experimental Determination of Secondary Organic Aerosol Production from Biomass Combustion

Cooper, David, Comparative ecology and environmental history (with an emphasis on climate change) of natural and anthropogenic meadows in the Tatra Mountains (Poland and Slovakia) and Rocky Mountains (USA) (Report)

Cooper, David, Data Collection and Modeling to Support Restoration Design In the Lulu City Wetland, Colorado River and Lulu Creek Corridors, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (Report; Appendix 1; Appendix 2)

Cooper, David, Develop final restoration design and contract specifications for the Palo Alto Resaca, Palo Alto Battlefield NHS, Texas (Report)

Cooper, David, Developing a Wetland Delineation and Restoration Plan for Sand Creek, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado (Reports: Wetland Delineation and Restoration Plan)

Cooper, David, Evaluate Reference Meadows and Develop Restoration Concepts for Halstead Meadow, Sequoia National Park, California: Evaluate Restoration Results and Test Methods (Report #1; Report #2Report)

Crooks, Kevin, Effects of pathway activities on behavior and distribution of Rocky Mountain elk and pronghorn antelope in Grand Teton National Park (Report; Article)

Crooks, Kevin, Field studies of the masking effects of anthropogenic noise on interactions between predators and prey (2013 Article; 2011 Article; 2009 Article)

Decker, Karen, Great Sand Dunes Natural Resource Condition Assessment Report Writing/Editing and Layout

Decker, Karen, Vegetation Map Report Writing, Editing and Layout

Fiege, Mark, Administrative History of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Fiege, Mark, Environmental History of the Kawuneeche Valley and the Headwaters of the Colorado River, Rocky Mountain National Park (Report)

Hand, Jenny, Assistance for Visability Data Analysis and Image Display Techniques (Completion Report; Report; Article)

Hobbs, N. Thompson, Forecasting in Support of Adaptive Management of the Rocky Mountain National Park Elk Herd (2010 Annual Report; 2011 Annual Report; Report)

Hobbs, N. Thompson, Yellowstone Bison – Movement Ecology and Population Management Scenarios

Johnson, Brett, Evaluate Lake Trout Suppression Strategies for Blue Mesa Reservoir (2010 Progress Report; 2011 Progress Report)

Kelly, Eugene, Soil Resources Inventory Project

Kondratieff, Boris, Integrated Pest Management Plan and Educational Powerpoint for Bent’s Old Fort: Focus on Invertebrate Pests

Loftis, Jim, Create and Package Natural Resource Education and Public Outreach Programs and Techniques (Report)

Loftis, Jim, Enterprise Digital Information Management Research for the NPS

Loftis, Jim, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Global Positioning Systems, and Mobile Mapping Research and Development for the NPS GIS Program (2009 Progress Report; Report)

Loftis, Jim, GIS technical support for NPS Intermountain Region Geographic Resources Program (Report)

Loftis, JimGuidance and technical support to the Natural Resource Program Center (NRPC) of the National Park Service, making the latest Design technology available to the NRPC (Report)

Loftis, Jim, Watershed Attributes and their Influences on Impaired Waters in the National Park System

Loftis, Jim, Southeast Coast Network Database Program (Report)

Loftis, Jim, Status and Trends of Impaired, Threatened, and Outstanding National/State Resource Waters (Report)

Loftis, Jim, Technical support for Natural Resource Condition Assessments, NPS Intermountain Region Geographic Resources Program (Report)

Nett, Terry, Evaluation of the Effects of Fertility Control on the Reproductive Behaviors and Activity Budgets of Feral Horses at Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Noon, Barry, Occupancy survey and habitat model for beaver in Rocky Mountain National Park (Executive Summary; Report)

Ore, Janet, Electronic, Updatable, and Accessible Historic Resources Treatment Plan, Rocky Mountain National Park

Ore, Janet, Historic American Building Survey (HABS) Documentation: Perry Cabin, Rocky Mountain National Park (Completion Report; Photo, Report)

Rathburn, Sara, Establishing a Context for River Restoration along the Upper Colorado River in Rocky Mountain National Park (Report)

Rocca, Monique, Imagining landscapes of the future: predicting the impacts of climate change, insect outbreaks, and fire on Colorado lodgepole pine forests (Report; Article 1; Article 2; Article 3)

Romme, William, Bark beetles, fuels and future fire hazard in contrasting conifer forests of Greater Yellowstone (2013 Journal Article; Journal Article; UW-NPS 2011 Annual Report; Report)

Sanders, Thomas, Integration of NPS/USGS Water Resources Science Applicable to Management of Protected Areas (Report)

Self, James, Rocky Mountain Inventory and Monitoring Network Soils Monitoring Project (Soils Analysis; Methods)

Sibold, Jason, Investigation into relationships between disturbance history and mountain pine beetle outbreak severity and consequences in the lodgepole pine forest type of Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (Report)

Spraker, Terry, Technical Assistance to the National Park Service Wildlife Health Team
(Progress Report; Journal of Wildlife Diseases)

Sprouse, William, Develop, verify, process, maintain, and document information in support of the National Park Service’s natural resource and cultrual resouce-related data and information systems (2009 Report; 2010 Report)

Stevens, Joe, Biological Resource Management in National Parks- Vegetation Mapping Information Management and Delivery in support of the NPS Vegetation Mapping Inventory, the National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program

Swift, David, Investigation of Nitrogen Deposition into Loch Vale, Rocky Mountain National Park (Report; Phase 2 Report)

Teel, Tara, Understanding audiences to Get the Lead Out of NPS environments (Report)

Theobald, Dave, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Natural Resources Condition Assessment

Wilson, Kenneth, Monitoring wildlife responses to noise at the Maxwell Ranch Wind Farm

Zabel, Mark, Evaluation of Water and Soil Samples from Rocky Mountain National Park for Chronic Wasting Disease Prions


Hurley, Patricia, Summer 2010 Restoration Intern at Glacier National Park, with supplemental funding for summer 2009 intern (Report)


Bell, David, Utah Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program – Technical Assistance (Report; Products: Brian Head Trail Master Plan; Brian HeadInterpretive Master Plan; Sevier County Trailhead Plan; Moab, UT – Lions Park)

Bell, David, Utah Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program – Communication Plan (Report; Bear Lake Legacy Pathway - Concept Plan; Tremonton City Trails, Parks & Open Spaces Master Plan; West Jordan City Action Plan)

Brunson, Mark, Science Communication Assistance (Report)

Brunson, Mark, Natural Resource Assessment Workshop: A Pilot Demonstration Project at Rocky Mountain National Park (Executive Summary; Report)

Brunson, Mark, Vital Signs Communication (Report)

Gese, Eric, Mountain Lion Predation Ecology at Bighorn Canyon NRA

Monz, Christopher, Campsite Monitoring at Kenai Fjords: Protocol Development and Analysis (AK Park Science Article; Report)

Monz, Christopher, Visitor Experience and Social Science Indicators of NPS-Alaska coastal resources (Report)

Neale, Christopher, Systematic Monitoring of Thermal Springs and Features in Yellowstone National Park for Estimating Heat Flow and Detecting Change (Report)

Pitblado, Bonnie, Testing Rockshelter at 5GN0001, Gunnison County, Colorado (Report)

Sullivan, Kim, Home Range and Resource Use of Clark’s Nutcrackers (Report)

Whitesides, Ralph, Invasive Plant Inventory at Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP (BLCA) and Curecanti National Recreation Area (CURE) (Report)


Beauvais, Garry, Rare plant surveys (Physaria, Astragalus, and Lepidium) at Fossil Butte NM and Review of NCPN Plant Species List (Reports- ARCH, BLCA, BRCA, CANY, CARE, CEBR, COLM, CURE, DINO, FOBU, GOSP, HOVE, NABR, PISP, TICA, ZION)

Chalfoun, Anna, Effects of pathways within Grand Teton National Park on avian abundance, distribution, diversity, and productivity of focal species (Report)

Cornish, Todd, NPS Manager’s Short Course on Wildlife Diseases (Report)

Gribb, William, Lewis and Clark National Historical Trail Inventory and Assessment Project Phase 1& 2

Harlow, Hank, UW-NPS Grand Teton Research Center, Small Grants 2010 (Report)

Kelly, Robert, Bighorn Canyon NRA Archeology Field School

Kelly, Robert, Bighorn Canyon NRA ASMIS Condition Assessment Assistance (Report)

Kelly, Robert, Establishing a Baseline for Habitat Restoration in Bighorn Canyon NRA: Analysis of the Impacts of Historic Flash Floods on Natural and Cultural Resources (09 Progress Report)

Kelly, Robert, Taming the Herbarium, Bighorn Canyon NRA (Report)

Keinath, Doug, Conduct assessment of status of bat species at Devils Tower National Monument (Report)

McGinty, Tess, Wyoming Conservation Corps assistance on historic structures and cultural landscapes

Sanders, Paul, Along with the Nez Perce: The Summer of 1877 in 2009, Yellowstone National Park (Report)

Sanders, Paul, Archeological Data Recovery Reports For Precontact Archeological Sites 48YE116, 48YE357, and 48YE406, Yellowstone National Park (Report)

Sanders, Paul, Archeological Inventory and Development of Historic Context for Sites, Views, and Trails along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (National Register Form; Report)

Sanders, Paul, Class III Archeological Survey of 390 Acres In The Mammoth – Gardiner Developed Area (Report)

Sanders, Paul, Complete Archeological Survey of 237 Acres in the Old Faithful Developed Area (Report)

Taylor, Patricia, Comprehensive Survey of the American Public: Phase 3 (Reports: 2008-2009 National Technical Report; 2008-2009 Broad Comparisons to the 2000 Survey; 2008-2009 Racial and Ethnic Diversity of National Park System Visitors and Non-Visitors)

Taylor, Patricia, Evaluation and Assessment of ‘”Safety in Bear Country” information (Report; UW-
NPS 2011 Annaul Report

Taylor, Patricia, Exploring Feasibility Study to assess the Impact of a Documentary on Public Interest in Parks (Report)

Tinker, Dan, Prepare materials for an EA for Prairie Dog management at DETO (Report)

Tronstad, Lusha, Assessment of biological and physical relationships of springs and seep ecosystems across a gradient of human impacts (Report)

Tronstad, Lusha, Evaluating Monitoring Protocols for Macroinvertebrates in the River Systems of the Northern Great Plains

Walker, Danny, Evaluative Archeological Testing of the 1866 Infantry Barracks to Develop a Treatment Plan for Foundation Stabilization, phase 2

Walker, Danny, Geophysical Remote Sensing at Fort Laramie: Phase 2


Kooyman, Brian, Yellowstone Archeological Technical Assistance/Practicum (Report)

Quinn, Michael, Integrated Ecosystem Management in the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem (Report)