Recent Publications

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In Review

Atuo*, F. A., G. M. Jones*, D. J. Tempel*, S. Whitmore*, W. Berigan*, R. J. Gutierrez, and M. Z. PeeryIn Review. Non-ideal colonization decouples measures of territory quality.

Byer*, N. W., B. N. Reid*, and M. Z. Peery. In Review. Integrating landscape genetics into spatial population models suggests climate change will supersede land use change effects on turtle viability.

Hobart*, B. K., H. A. Kramer*, G. M. Jones*, M. Z. PeeryIn Review. Stable isotopes suggest unexpected relationships between fire history and California spotted owl diet.

Hucker*, E. M., N. W. Byer*, B. N. Reid*, and M. Z. Peery. The effect of nesting stage on seasonal and daily thermal selection patterns in the Blanding’s turtle, Emydoidea blandingii.

Jones*, G. M., H. A. Kramer*, S. A. Whitmore*, W. J. Berigan*, D. J. Tempel* C. M. Wood*, B. K. Hobart*, F. A. Atuo*, N. K. Pietrunti*, R. Kelsey, R.J. Gutiérrez, M. Z. PeeryIn Review. Functional response explains resource selection in a patchy post-fire landscape.

Jones, G. M., and 25 authors. (M. Z. Peery as senior author). In Review. Spotted owls and forest fire: a systematic review and meta-analysis of the evidence: Comment.

Jones*, G. M., A. L. Westerling, W. J. Baldwin, A. R. Keyser, J. J. Keane, S. C. Sawyer, J. D Clare, R. J. Gutiérrez, M. Z. PeeryIn Review. Bioregional-scale forest fuels reduction limits megafires and supports rare species conservation in a changing climate.

Stephens, S. L., A. R. Westerling, M. D. Hurteau, M. Z. Peery, S. Thompson. In Review. Fire and climate change: Conserving seasonally dry forests is still possible.

Wood*, C., R.J. GutiérrezJ. J. Keane, and M. Z. PeeryIn Review. Rapid population growth of barred owls in the range of California precipitates elicits the Precautionary Principle.

Wood, C. M., H. Klinck, M. Gustafson, J. J. Keane, R. J. Gutiérrez, S. C. Sawyer, M. Z. Peery. In Review. Integrating the ecological significance of raptor vocalizations into occupancy-based acoustic monitoring programs.

Published or In Press


Atuo*, F. A., K. Roberts, S. Whitmore, B. P. Dotters, M. G. Raphael, S. C. Sawyer, J. J. Keane, R. J. Gutierrez, M. Z. Peery (2019) Resource selection by GPS-tagged California spotted owls in mixed-ownership forestsForest Ecology and Management 433: 295-304.

Berigan, W. J., G. M. Jones*, S. A. Whitmore, R. J. Gutiérrez, M. Z. Peery (2019) Wide-ranging individuals lead to false positive detections and upwardly-biased occupancy estimates. Journal of Applied Ecology 56: 470-480.

Byer­*, N. W., B. N. Reid*, M. Z. Peery (2019) Implications of slow pace-of-life for nesting behavior in an armored ectothermBehavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 73: 47.

Garcés-Restrepo*, M. F., M. Z. Peery, J. N. Pauli (2019) The demography of a resource specialist in the tropics: Cecropia trees and the fitness of three-toed sloths Proceedings of the Royal Society B 286: 2018-2206.

Hobart*, B. K., Gavin M. Jones*, K. N. Roberts, B. P. Dotters, S. A. Whitmore*, W. J. Berigan*, M. G. Raphael, J. J. Keane, R.J. Gutiérrez, M. Z. Peery (2019) Trophic interactions mediate the response of predator populations to habitat changeBiological Conservation 238: 108217.

Hobart*, B. K., K. N. Roberts, B. P. Dotters, W. J. Berigan, S. A. Whitmore, M. G. Raphael, J. J. Keane, R. J. Gutiérrez, M. Z. Peery (2019) Site occupancy and reproductive dynamics of California spotted owls in a mixed-ownership landscapeForest Ecology and Management 437: 188-200.

Jones, G*. M., R. J. Gutiérrez, H. A. Kramer*, D. J. Tempel, W. J. Berigan, S. A. Whitmore, M. Z. Peery (2019) Megafire effects on spotted owls: elucidation of a growing threat and a response to Hanson et al. (2018). Nature Conservation 37: 31-51.

Jones*, G. M. and M. Z. Peery (2019) Phantom interactions: use odds ratios or risk misinterpreting logistic regressionThe Condor: Ornithological Applications 121: duy007.

Jusino, M. A., M. T. Banik, J. M. Palmer, A. K. Wray*, L. Xiao, E. Pelton, J. R. Barber, A. Y. Kawahara, C. Gratton, M. Z. Peery, D. L. Lindner (2019) An improved method for utilizing high‐throughput amplicon sequencing to determine the diets of insectivorous animals. Molecular Ecology Resources 19(1): 176-190. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.12951

Peery, M. Z, G. M. Jones*, R. J. Gutiérrez, S. M. Redpath, A. B. Franklin, D. Simberloff, M. G. Turner, V. C. Radeloff, Gary C. White (2019) The conundrum of agenda-driven science in conservation. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 17: 80-82.

Reid*, B. N., J. M. Kass, S Wollney, E. L. Jensen, M. A. Russello, E. Viola, J. Pantophlet, J. B. Iverson, M. Z. Peery, C. J. Raxworthy, E. Naro-Maciel (2019) Disentangling the genetic effects of refugial isolation and range expansion in a trans-continentally distributed speciesJournal of Heredity 122: 441–457.

West*, E. H., K. Brunk*, and M. Z. Peery (2019) When protected areas promote source populations of overabundant speciesBiological Conservation 238: 9pp. doi:108220.

Wilson, E., A. Shipley, B. Zuckerberg, M. Z. Peery, J. N. Pauli (2019) An experimental translocation identifies habitat features that buffer camouflage mismatch in snowshoe hares: conservation in the face of climate changeConservation Letters 12(2): e12614.

Wood*, C.; R. J. Gutiérrez, M. Z. Peery (2019) Acoustic monitoring reveals a diverse forest owl community, illustrating its potential for basic and applied ecology. Ecology e02764.

Wood*, C. M. and G. Jones* (2019) Framing management of social-ecological systems in terms of the cost of failure: the Sierra Nevada, USA as a case study. Environmental Research Letters. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/ab4033.

Wood*, C., V. Popescu, J. J. Keane, H. Klinck, R. J. Gutiérrez, S. C. Sawyer, M. Z. Peery (2019) Detecting small changes in populations at landscape scales: A bioacoustic site-occupancy framework. Ecological Indicators 98: 492-507.


Byer­*, N. W., B. N. Reid*, R. A. Seigel, M. Z. Peery (2018) Applying lessons from the avian ecology to herpetological research: Techniques for analyzing nest survival. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 13: 517-532.

Garcés-Restrepo, M. F.*, J. N. Pauli, M. Z. Peery (2018) Natal dispersal of tree sloths in a human-dominated landscape: Implications for tropical biodiversity conservationJournal of Applied Ecology 55: 2253-2262.

Fountain, E. D., J. Kang, D. J. Tempel, P. J. Palsboll, J. N Pauli, and M. Z. Peery (2018) Genomics meets applied ecology: Characterizing habitat quality for sloths in a tropical agro-ecosystemMolecular Ecology 27: 41-53.

Hamilton, C, M., B. L Bateman, J. M. Gorzo, B. N. Reid*, W. E. Thogmartin, M. Z. Peery, P. J. Heglund, V. C Radeloff, and A. M. Pidgeon (2018) Slow and steady wins the race? Future climate and land use change leaves the imperiled Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) behindBiological Conservation 222: 75-85.

Jones, G. M.*, J. J. Keane, R. J. Gutiérrez, M. Z. Peery (2018) Declining old-forest species as a legacy of large trees lostDiversity and Distributions 24: 341-351.

Wood, C. M.*, S. A. Whitmore, R. J. Gutiérrez, S. C. Sawyer, M. Z. Peery (2018) Using metapopulation models to assess species conservation – ecosystem restoration tradeoffsBiological Conservation 224: 248-257.

Wray, A. K.*, M. A. Jusino, M.T. Banik, J. Palmer, H. Kaarakka, J. P. White, D. L. Lindner, C. Gratton, and M. Z. Peery (2018) Incidence and taxonomic richness of mosquitoes in diets of little brown and big brown batsJournal of Mammalogy 99: 668-674.


Fountain, E. D., J. N. Pauli, J. E. Mendoza, J. Carlson, M. Z. Peery (2017) Cophylogenetics and biogeography reveal a coevolved relationship between sloths and their symbiont algaeMolecular Evolution and Phylogenetics 110: 73-86.

Garcés-Restrepo, M. F.*, M. Z. Peery, B N. Reid, J. N. Pauli (2017) Individual reproductive strategies shape the mating system of tree slothsJournal of Mammalogy 98(5): 1417–1425.

Gutiérrez, R. J., D. J. Tempel, M. Z. Peery (2017) The spotted owl in southern and central coastal California. Chapter 8 in: The California spotted owl: A synthesis of current scientific information. Gutiérrez, R. J., P. N. Manley, and P. A. Stine (Editors). U. S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, General Technical Report PSW-GTR-254.

Gutiérrez, R. J., D. J. Tempel, M. Z. Peery (2017) The biology of the California spotted owl. Chapter 2 in: The California spotted owl: A synthesis of current scientific information. Gutiérrez, R. J., P. N. Manley, and P. A. Stine (Editors). U. S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, General Technical Report PSW-GTR-254.

North, M., J. Kane, V. Kane, G. Asner, V. Berigan, D. Churchill, S. Conway, R. J. Gutiérrez, S. Jeronimo, J. Keane, A. Koltunov, T. Mark, M. Moskal, T. Munton, M. Z. Peery, C. Ramirez, R. Sollmann, A. White, S. Whitmore (2017) Cover of tall trees best predicts California spotted owl habitatForest Ecology and Management 405: 166–178.

Pauli, J. N., C. C. Carey, M. Z. Peery (2017) Green sloths and brown cows: the role of dominant mammalian herbivores in carbon emissions for tropical agro-ecosystemsMammal Review 47 (2): 164–168.

Peery, M. Z., R. J. Gutiérrez, P. N. Manley, P. A. Stine, M. P. North (2017) Synthesis and interpretation of California spotted owl research within the context of public forest management. Chapter 9 in: The California spotted owl: A synthesis of current scientific information. Gutiérrez, R. J., P. N. Manley, and P. A. Stine (Editors). U. S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, General Technical Report PSW-GTR-254.

Reid, B. R.*, D. M. Mladenoff, M. Z. Peery (2017) Genetic effects of history and life history on a turtle community inhabiting a changed landscapeMolecular Ecology 26 (3): 781–798.

Tempel, D. J., R. J. Gutiérrez, M. Z. Peery (2017) Population distribution and trends of California spotted owls. Chapter 4 in: The California spotted owl: A synthesis of current scientific information. Gutiérrez, R. J., P. N. Manley, and P. A. Stine (Editors). U. S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, General Technical Report PSW-GTR-254.

West, E. H.*, E. K. Hofmeister, M. Z. Peery (2017) Sero-survey for West Nile virus antibodies in Steller’s jays (Cyanocitta stelleri) captured in coastal California.  Journal of Wildlife Diseases 53 (3): 582-585.

West, E. H.* and M. Z. Peery (2017) Behavioral mechanisms leading to improved fitness in a subsidized predatorOecologia 184(4): 787-798.


Dill-McFarland, K. A, P. J. Weimer, J. N. Pauli, M. Z. Peery, and G. Suen (2016) Diet specialization selects for an unusual and simplified gut microbiota in two- and three-toed sloths. Environmental Microbiology 18(5): 1391–1402.

Fountain, E. D., J. N. Pauli, P. J. Palsbøll, M. Z. Peery (2016) Finding the right coverage: The impact of read depth and sequence quality on SNP genotyping error ratesMolecular Ecology Resources 16(4): 966–978.

Jones, G. M.*, R. J. Gutiérrez, D. J. Tempel, S. A. Whitmore, W. J. Berigan, M. Z. Peery (2016) Megafires: an emerging threat to old-forest speciesFrontiers in Ecology and the Environment 14(6): 300–306.

Jones, G. M.*, R. J. Gutiérrez, D. J. Tempel, B. Zuckerberg, M. Z. Peery (2016) Using dynamic occupancy models to inform climate change adaptation strategies for California spotted owlsJournal of Applied Ecology 53: 895–905.

Pauli, J. N., M. Z. Peery, E. D. Fountain, W. H. Karasov (2016) Arboreal folivores limit their energetic output, all the way to slothfulnessThe American Naturalist 188(2): 196–204.

Reid, B. N.*, R. P. Theil, P. J. Palsbøll, M. Z. Peery (2016) Linking genetic kinship and demographic analyses to characterize natal and breeding dispersal in Blanding’s Turtle. Journal of Heredity 107 (7): 603-614.

Reid, B. N.*, R. P. Thiel, M. Z. Peery (2016) Population dynamics of endangered Blanding’s turtles in a restored areaJournal of Wildlife Management 80(3): 553–562.

Tempel, D. J., J. J. Keane, R. J. Gutiérrez, J. D. Wolfe, G. M. Jones*, A. Koltunov, C. M. Ramirez, W. J. Berigan, C. V. Gallagher, T. E. Munton, P. A. Shaklee, S. A. Whitmore, M. Z. Peery (2016) Meta-analysis of California spotted owl (Strix occidentalis occidentalis) territory occupancy in the Sierra Nevada: habitat associations and their implications for forest managementThe Condor: Ornithological Applications 118: 747-765.

West, E. H.*, W. R. Henry, W. Goldenberg, M. Z. Peery (2016) Influence of food subsidies on the foraging ecology of a synanthropic species in protected areasEcosphere 7(10): 1-15.


Mendoza, J.*, M. Z. Peery, G. A. Gutiérrez, G. Herrera, and J. N. Pauli (2015) Resource use by two- and three-toed sloths differ in a shade-grown agro-ecosystem. Journal of Tropical Ecology 31: 49–55.

Stoelting, R.*, R. J. Gutiérrez, W. L. Kendall, and M. Z. Peery (2015) Life history trade-offs and reproductive cycles in Spotted OwlsThe Auk 132: 46–64.

Tempel, D. J., R. J. Gutiérrez, J. J. Battles, D. L. Fry, Q. Guo, M. J. Reetz, S. A. Whitmore, G. M. Jones*, B. M. Collins, S. L. Stephens, M. Kelly, W. J. Berigan, and M. Z. Peery (2015) Evaluating short- and long-term impacts of fuels treatments and simulated wildfire on an old-forest speciesEcosphere 6(12): 1–18.


Pauli, J. N., J. E. Mendoza*, S. A. Steffan, C. Carey, P. J. Weimer, and Peery, M. Z. (2014) A syndrome of mutualism reinforces the life-history of a slothProceedings of the Royal Society B 281.

Peery, M. Z., and J. N. Pauli (2014) Shade-grown cacao supports a self-sustaining population of two-toed but not three-toed slothsJournal of Applied Ecology 51: 162–170.

Reid, B. R.*, and M. Z. Peery (2014) Land use patterns skew sex ratios, decrease genetic diversity, and trump the effects of recent climate change in an endangered turtleDiversity and Distributions 20: 1425–1437.

Tempel, D. J., R. J. Gutiérrez, S. Whitmore, M. Reetz, W. Berigan, R. *Stoelting, M. E. Seamans, and M. Z. Peery (2014) Effects of forest management on California Spotted Owls: Implications for reducing wildfire risk in fire-prone forestsEcological Applications 24: 2089–2106.

Tempel, D. J., M. Z. Peery, and R. J. Gutiérrez (2014) Using integrated population models to improve conservation monitoring: California spotted owls as a case studyEcological Modelling 289: 86–95.

Vasquez-Carrillo, C.*, V. L Friesen, L. A. Hall, and M. Z. Peery (2014) Variation at MHC class II B genes in marbled murrelets: Implications for delineating conservation unitsAnimal Conservation 17: 244–255.


Palsbøll, P.J., M. Z. Peery, M.T. Olsen, S.R. Beissinger, and M. Bérubé (2013) Inferring recent historic abundance from current genetic diversity. Molecular Ecology 22: 22–40. Invited Review.

Peery, M. Z., B. N. Reid*, R. Kirby, R. Stoelting*, E. Doucet-Bëer*, S. J. Robinson, C. Vasquez-Carrillo*, J. N. Pauli, and P. J. Palsbøll (2013) More precisely biased: increasing the number of markers is not a silver bullet in genetic bottleneck testing. Molecular Ecology 22: 3451–3467.

Peery, M. Z. and R. J. Gutiérrez (2013) Life-history trade-offs in Spotted Owls: Implications for assessments of territory quality. The Auk 130: 132–140. Featured as “Editor’s Choice”.

Vasquez-Carrillo, C.*, R. W. Henry, L. Henkel, and M. Z. Peery (2013) Integrating population and genetic monitoring to understand changes in the abundance of a threatened seabirdBiological Conservation 167: 173–178.


Moss, W. E.*, M. Z. Peery, G.A. Gutiérrez-Espeleta, C. Vaughan, G. Herrera, and J.N. Pauli (2012) Isolation and characterization of 18 microsatellite markers for the brown-throated three-toed sloth, Bradypus variegatus. Conservation Genetics Resources 4: 1037–1039.

Pauli, J. N., and M. Z. Peery (2012) Unexpected strong polygyny in the brown-throated three-toed sloth. PLoS ONE 7: e51389.

Peery, M. Z., R. J. Gutiérrez, R. Kirby, O. E. LeDee, and W. S. LaHaye (2012) Climate change and spotted owls: potentially contrasting responses in the southwestern United StatesGlobal Change Biology 18 :865–880.

Peery, M. Z., R. Kirby, B. N. Reid*, R.Stoelting*, E. Doucet-Bëer*, S. J. Robinson,C. Vasquez-Carrillo*, J. N. Pauli, and P. J. Palsbøll (2012) Reliability of genetic bottleneck tests for detecting recent population declines. Molecular Ecology 21: 3403–3418. Invited Review.

Peery, M. Z. and J. N. Pauli (2012) The mating system of a “lazy” mammal, Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth. Animal Behaviour 84: 555–562.

Popescu, V. D., P. de Valpine, D. J. Tempel, and M. Z. Peery (2012) Estimating population impacts via dynamic occupancy analysis of Before-After Control-Impact studies. Ecological Applications 22: 1389–1404.

2011 and prior

Moss*, W. E., J. N. Pauli, G. A. Gutiérrez, A. Young, C. Vaughan, G. Herrera, and M. Z. Peery (2011) Development and characterization of 16 microsatellites for Hoffman’s two-toed sloth, Choloepus hoffmanniConservation Genetics Resources 3: 625–627.

Palsbøll, P. J, M. Z. Peeryand M. Bérubé (2010) Detecting populations in the “ambiguous” zone: kinship-based estimation of population structure at low genetic divergenceMolecular Ecology Resources 10: 797–805. Invited Review.

Peery, M. Z., L. A. Hall*, A. Sellas, S. R. Beissinger, C. Moritz, M. Bérubé, M. G. Raphael,S. K. Nelson, R. T. Golightly, L. McFarlane-Tranquilla, S. Newman, and P. J. Palsbøll (2010) Genetic analyses of historic and modern marbled murrelets suggest decoupling of migration and gene flow after habitat fragmentationProceedings of the Royal Society B 277: 697–706.

Peery, M. Z. and R. W. Henry (2010) Recovering marbled murrelets via corvid management: A population viability analysis approach. Biological Conservation 143: 2414–2424.

Hall*, L. A., S. R. Beissinger, P. J. Palsbøll, J. T. Harvey, M. Bérubé, M. G. Raphael, S. K. Nelson, R. T. Golightly, S. Newman, L. McFarlane-Tranquilla, and M. Z. Peery (2009) Characterizing dispersal patterns of a threatened seabird with limited genetic structureMolecular Ecology 18: 5074–5085.

Peery, M. Z., S. H. Newman, C. Storlazzi, and S. R. Beissinger (2009) Meeting reproductive demands in a dynamic upwelling system: foraging strategies of a pursuit-diving seabird, the Marbled MurreletCondor 111: 120–134.

Peery, M. Z., L. A. Henkel, S. H. Newman, B. H. Becker, J. T. Harvey, C. Thompson, and S. R. Beissinger (2008) Effects of rapid flight-feather molt on postbreeding dispersal in a pursuit-diving seabirdThe Auk 125: 113–123.

Peery, M. Z., S. R. Beissinger, R. F. House, M. Bérubé, L. A. Hall*, A. Sellas, and P. J. Palsbøll (2008) Characterizing source-sink dynamics with genetic parentage assignmentsEcology 89: 2746–2759.