Sarah Fritts, Ph.D.
Natural History of Vertebrates (BIO 4420)
My research focus is in using modern statistical methods to monitor spatial and temporal alterations in wildlife population demographics and habitat use in regards to changes in land use and climate. I’m particularly interested in applied and relevant wildlife research that can be used to guide sustainable land management practices. I have recently conducted research on lesser prairie-chicken demographics and nest site selection in response to cattle grazing, herbicide application, and drought. However, my research is not taxon specific and I currently have projects on fish, bats, herpetofauna, and small mammals. I am a Certified Wildlife Biologist and a fellow of the Wildlife Society Leadership Institute.
Fritts, S., S. Grodsky, Hernandez, R. 2019. Future directions of renewable energy and wildlife conservation. Renewable Energy and Wildlife Conservation (book; S. Grodsky and C. Moorman, editors). Johns Hopkins University Press.
Fritts, S.R., B.A. Grisham, R.D. Cox, C.W. Boal, D.A. Haukos, P. McDaniel, C.A. Hagen, D.U. Greene. 2018. Interactive effects of severe drought and grazing on the life history cycle of a bioindicator species. Ecology and Evolution 8: 9550-9562.
Fritts, S.R., C.E. Moorman, S.M. Grodsky, D.W. Hazel, J.A. Homyack, C.B. Farrell, S.B. Castleberry, E.H. Evans, D.U. Greene. 2017. Rodent response to harvesting woody biomass for bioenergy production. Journal of Wildlife Management 81: 1170-1178.
Fritts, S., C. Moorman, D. Hazel, J. Homyack, S. Castleberry, K. Pollock, C. Farrell, S. Grodsky, E. Evans. 2017. Small mammal abundance not affected by woody biomass harvests in southeastern U.S. pine plantation forests. Journal of Wildlife Management. DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21301.
Jo, Y., C. Won, S. Fritts, M. Wallace, J. Baccus. 2017. Modeling distribution and habitat features of the Eurasian otter, Lutra lutra, in Korea. Journal of Mammalogy. gyx037.
Grodsky, S., C. Moorman, S. Fritts, S. Castleberry, T. Wigley. 2016. Winter bird use of downed wood and implications of forest bioenergy harvest. Forest Ecology and Management 2016: 91-101.
Grodsky, S., C. Moorman, S. Fritts, S. Castleberry, T. Wigley. 2016. Breeding, early-successional bird response to forest harvests for renewable energy. PLOS ONE 11: e0165070.
Schlichting, P., S. Fritts, J. Mayer, P. Gipson, C. Dabbert. 2016. Determinants of variation in wild pig (Sus scrofa) home range and its management implications. Wildlife Society Bulletin. DOI:10.1002/wsb.662.
Fritts, S., B. Grisham, D. Haukos, C. Boal, M. Patten, D. Wolfe, C. Dixon, R. Cox, W. Heck. 2016. Long-term evaluation of lesser prairie-chicken nest ecology in response to grassland restoration at two spatial scales. Journal of Wildlife Management 80: 527-539.
Fritts, S, C. Moorman, D. Hazel, J. Homyack, S. Castleberry, K. Pollock, C. Farrell, S. Grodsky. 2016. Do biomass harvesting guidelines sustain herpetofauna following harvests of logging residues for renewable energy? Ecological Applications 24: 926-939.
Fritts, S., S. Grodsky, C. Moorman, D. Hazel, J. Homyack, S. Castleberry. 2015. Shrew response to varying woody debris retention: Implications for sustainable forest bioenergy. Forest Ecology and Management 336: 35-43.
Fritts, S., S. Grodsky, C. Moorman, D. Hazel, J. Homyack, S. Castleberry. 2015. Quantifying multi-scale habitat use of woody biomass by southern toads using two approaches. Forest Ecology and Management 346: 81-88.
Raybuck, A, C. Moorman, S. Fritts, C. Greenberg, C. DePerno, D. Simon, G. Warburton. 2015. Response of Plethodon salamanders to oak regeneration treatments in the southern Appalachians. Wildlife Biology 20: 186-194.
Fritts, S., C. Moorman, D. Hazel, B. Jackson. 2014. Biomass harvesting guidelines affect downed woody debris retention. Biomass and Bioenergy 70: 382-391.
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