Publications
Journal Articles
Zhang, J., Nielsen, S.E., Chen, Y., Georges, D., Qin, Y., Wang, S., Svenning, J.C. & Thuiller, W. 2017. Extinction risk of North American seed plants elevated by climate and land-use change. Journal of Applied Ecology 54: 303-312.
Lamb, C.T., Mowat, G., McLellan, B.N., Nielsen, S.E. & Boutin, S. 2017. Forbidden fruit: human settlement and abundant fruit create an ecological trap for an apex omnivore. Journal of Animal Ecology 86(1): 55–65.
Chen, Y., Zhang, J., Jiang, J. Nielsen, S.E., & He, F. 2017. Assessing the effectiveness of China’s protected areas to conserve current and future amphibian diversity. Diversity and Distributions 23: 146–157.
Guo, X., Coops, N.C., Tompalski, P., Nielsen, S.E., Bater, C.W. & Stadt, J.J. 2017. Regional mapping of vegetation structure for biodiversity monitoring using airborne lidar data Ecological Informatics 38: 50–61.
Carroll, C., Roberts, D.R., Michalak, J.L., Lawler, J.L., Nielsen, S.E. Stralberg, D., Hamann, A., Mcrae, B.H. & Wang, T. 2017. Scale-dependent complementarity of climatic velocity and environmental diversity for identifying priority areas for conservation under climate change Global Change Biology [in press].
Hird, J.N., Montaghi, A., McDermid, G.J., Kariyeva, J., Moorman, B.J., Nielsen, S.E., McIntosh, A. 2017. Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Monitoring Recovery of Forest Vegetation on Petroleum Well Sites. Remote Sensing 9(5): 413.
Glasier, J.R.N., Nielsen, S.E., Acorn, J.H., Borysenko, L.H. & Radtke, T. 2016. A Checklist of Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Saskatchewan. The Canadian Field Naturalist 130: 40-48.
Laskin, D.N., Montaghi A, Nielsen, S.E. & McDermid, G.J. 2016. Estimating understory temperatures using MODIS LST in mixed cordilleran forests. Remote Sensing 8: 658.
Coops, N.C., Tompaski, P., Nijland, W., Rickbeil, G.J.M., Nielsen, S.E., Bater, C.W. & Stadt, J.J. 2016. A forest structure habitat index based on airborne laser scanning data. Ecological Indicators 67: 346-357
Cristescu, B., Stenhouse, G.B., Symbaluk, M., Nielsen, S.E. & Boyce, M.S. 2016. Wildlife habitat selection on landscapes with industrial disturbance. Environmental Conservation 1-10.
Barber, Q.E., Bater, C.W., Braid, A.C.R., Coops, N.C., Tompalski, P. & Nielsen, S.E. 2016. Airborne laser scanning for modelling understory shrub abundance and productivity. Forest Ecology and Management 377: 46-54.
Boyce, M.S., Johnson, C.J., Merrill, E.H., Nielsen, S.E., Solberg, E.J. & van Moorter, B. 2016. Can habitat selection predict abundance? Journal of Animal Ecology 85: 11–20.
Zhang, J., Nielsen, S.E., Mao, L., Chen, S. & Jens-Christian S.  2016. Regional and historical factors supplement current climate in shaping global forest canopy height. Journal of Ecology 104: 469–478.
Carlson, R.I., Cattet, M.R.L., Sarauer, B.L., Nielsen, S.E., Boulanger, J., Stenhouse, G.B. & Janz, D.M. 2016. Development and application of an antibody-based protein microarray to assess physiological stress in grizzly bears (Ursus arctos). Conservation Physiology 4: 1-17.
Cristescu, B., Stenhouse, G.B., Symbaluk, M., Nielsen, S.E. & Boyce, M.S. 2016. Wildlife habitat selection on landscapes with industrial disturbance. Environmental Conservation [in press]
Nielsen, S.E., DeLancey, E.R., Reinhardt, K. & Parisien, M.A. 2016. Effects of lakes on wildfire activity in the boreal forests of Saskatchewan, Canada Forests 7: 265.
Zhang, J., Nielsen, S.E., Stolar, J., Chen, Y. & Thullier, W. 2015. Gains and losses of plant species and phylogenetic diversity for a northern high-latitude region. Diversity and Distributions 21(12): 1441–1454.
Cuti, S., Jensen, W.F., Nielsen, S.E. & Boyce, M.S. 2015. Predicting mule deer recruitment from climate oscillations for harvest management on the northern Great Plains. Journal of Wildlife Management 79(8): 1226–1238.
Schoenecker, K.A., Nielsen, S.E., Zeigenfuss, L.C. & Pague, C.A. 2015. Selection of vegetation types and density of bison in an arid ecosystem. Journal of Wildlife Management 79(7): 1117-1128.
Nijland, W., Coops, N.C., Macdonald, S.E., Nielsen, S.E., Bater, C.W., White, B., Ogilvie, J. & Stadt, J. 2015. Remote sensing proxies of productivity and moisture predict forest stand type and recovery rate following experimental harvest. Forest Ecology and Management 357: 239-247.
Nijland W., Coops, N.C., Macdonald, S.E., Nielsen, S.E., Bater, C. & Stadt, J.J. 2015. Comparing patterns in forest stand structure following variable harvests using airborne laser scanning data. Forest Ecology and Management 354: 272-280.
López-Alfaroa, C., Coogan, S.C.P., Robbins, C.T., Fortin, J.K. & Nielsen, S.E. 2015. Assessing nutritional parameters of brown bear diets among ecosystems gives insight into differences among populations. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0128088.
Proctor, M., Nielsen, S.E., Kasworm, W., Servheen, C., Radandt, T., MacHutchon, G. & Boyce, M.S. 2015. Grizzly bear connectivity mapping in the Canada-United States trans-border region. Journal of Wildlife Management 79: 544-558.
van Rensen, C.K., Nielsen, S.E., White, B., Vinge, T. & Lieffers, V.J. 2015. Natural regeneration of forest vegetation on legacy seismic lines in boreal habitats in Alberta’s oil sands region. Biological Conservation 184: 127–135.
Hamann A., Roberts D.R., Barber Q.E., Carroll C. & Nielsen S.E. 2015. Velocity of climate change algorithms for guiding conservation and management. Global Change Biology 21(2): 997-1004.
Nijland, W., Coops, N.C., Nielsen, S.E. & Stenhouse, G. 2015. Integrating optical satellite data and airborne laser scanning in habitat classification for wildlife management. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 38: 242–250.
White C.F.H., Coops N.C., Nijland W., Hilker T., Nelson T.A., Wulder M.A., Nielsen S.E. & Stenhouse G.B. 2014. Characterizing a decade of disturbance events using Landsat and MODIS satellite imagery in Western Alberta, Canada for grizzly bear management. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing 40(5): 336-347.
Nijland W., Nielsen S.E., Coops N.C., Wulder M.A. & Stenhouse G.B. 2014. Fine-spatial scale predictions of understory species using climate-and LiDAR-derived terrain and canopy metrics. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 8(1): 083572-083572.
Morrison, C.D., Boyce, M.S., Nielsen, S.E. & Bacon M.M. 2014. Habitat selection of a re-colonized cougar population in response to seasonal fluctuations of human activity. Journal of Wildlife Management 78(8): 1394–1403.
Pigeon K.E., Nielsen S.E., Stenhouse G.B. & Côté S.D. 2014. Den selection by grizzly bears on a managed landscape. Journal of Mammalogy 95(3): 559-571.
Zhang J., Nielsen S.E., Grainger T.N., Kohler M., Chipchar T. & Farr D.R. 2014. Sampling plant diversity and rarity at landscape scales: Importance of sampling time in species detectability. PloS ONE 9(4): e95334.
Shafer A.B.A., Nielsen S.E., Northrup J.M. & Stenhouse G.B. 2014. Linking genotype, ecotype, and phenotype in an intensively managed large carnivore. Evolutionary Applications 7(2): 301-312.
Teichman K.J., Nielsen S.E. & Roland J. 2013. Trophic cascades: linking ungulates to shrub-dependent birds and butterflies. Journal of Animal Ecology 82: 1288-1299.
Nielsen S.E., Cattet M.R.L., Boulanger J., Cranston J., McDermid G.J., Shafer A.B.A., Stenhouse G.B. 2013. Environmental, biological and anthropogenic effects on grizzly bear body size: temporal and spatial considerations. BMC Ecology 13: 31.
López-Alfaroa C., Robbins C.T., Zedrosser A. & Nielsen S.E. 2013. Energetics of hibernation and reproductive trade-offs in brown bears. Ecological Modeling 270: 1-10.
Stewart B.P., Nelson T.A., Laberee K., Nielsen S.E., Wulder M.A. & Stenhouse G. 2013. Quantifying grizzly bear selection of natural and anthropogenic edges. Journal of Wildlife Management 77(5): 957-964.
Glasier J.R.N., Acorn J.H., Nielsen S.E. & Proctor H. 2013. Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Alberta: A key to species based primarily on the worker caste. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification 22: 1-104.
Nijland W., Coops N.C., Coogan S.C.P., Bater C.W., Wulder M.A., Nielsen S.E., McDermid G. & Stenhouse G.B. 2013. Vegetation phenology can be captured with digital repeat photography and linked to variability of root nutrition in Hedysarum alpinum. Applied Vegetation Science 16(2): 317–324.
Girard T.L., Bork E.W., Nielsen S.E. & Alexander M.J. 2013. Seasonal variation in habitat selection by free-ranging feral horses within Alberta's Forest Reserve. Rangeland Ecology & Management 66(4): 428-437.
Girard T.L., Bork E.W., Nielsen S.E. & Alexander M.J. 2013. Landscape-scale factors affecting feral horse habitat use during summer within the Rocky Mountain foothills. Environmental Management 51(2): 435-447.
Nielsen S.E., Shafer A.B.A., Boyce M.S. & Stenhouse G.B. 2013. Does learning or instinct shape habitat selection? PLoS ONE 8(2) e53721.
Smulders M., Nelson T.A., Jelinski D.E., Nielsen S.E., Stenhouse G.B. & Laberee K. 2012. Quantifying spatial–temporal patterns in wildlife ranges using STAMP: A grizzly bear example.   Applied Geography 35(1–2): 124–131.
Coogan S.C.P., Nielsen S.E. & Stenhouse G.B. 2012. Spatial and temporal heterogeneity creates a "brown tide" in root phenology and nutrition. ISRN Ecology, Article ID 618257: 1-10.
Stewart B.P., Nelson T.A., Wulder M.A., Nielsen S.E. & Stenhouse G. 2012. Impact of disturbance characteristics and age on grizzly bear habitat selection. Applied Geography 34: 614-625.
Coops N.C., Hilker T., Bater C.W., Wulder M.A., Nielsen S.E., McDermid G. & Stenhouse G. 2012. Linking ground-based to satellite derived phenological metrics in support of habitat assessment. Remote Sensing Letters 3(3): 191-200.
Bater C.W., Coops N.C., Wulder M.A., Hilker T., Nielsen S.E., McDermid G. & Stenhouse G.B. 2011. Using digital time-lapse cameras to monitor species-specific understorey and overstorey phenology in support of wildlife habitat assessment. Environmental Monitoring & Assessment 180: 1-13.
Serrouya R., McLellan B.N., Boutin S., Seip D.R. & Nielsen S.E. 2011. Developing a population target for an overabundant ungulate for ecosystem restoration. Journal of Applied Ecology doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2011.01998.x.
Bater C.W., Coops N.C., Wulder M.A., Nielsen S.E., McDermid G. & Stenhouse G.B. 2011. Design and installation of a camera network across an elevation gradient for habitat assessment. Instrumentation Science & Technology 39: 231-247.
Smulders M., Nelson T.A., Jelinski D.E., Nielsen S.E. & Stenhouse G.B. 2010. A spatially explicit method for evaluating accuracy of species distribution models. Diversity and Distributions 16: 996-1008.
Nielsen S.E., Cranston J. & Stenhouse G.B. 2009. Identification of priority areas for grizzly bear conservation and recovery in Alberta, Canada. Journal of Conservation Planning 5: 38-60.
Nielsen S.E., Haughland D., Bayne E. & Schieck J. 2009. Detecting trends in species occurrence for a large-scale, long-term biodiversity monitoring programme. Biodiversity and Conservation 18: 2961-2978.
Nielsen S.E., Boyce M.S., Beyer H., Huettmann F. & Stenhouse G.S. 2008. Can natural disturbance-based forestry rescue a declining population of grizzly bears? Biological Conservation 141: 2193-2207.
Aldridge C.L., Nielsen S.E., Beyer H.L., Boyce M.S., Connelly J.W., Knick S.T. & Schroeder M.A. 2008. Range-wide patterns of greater sage-grouse persistence. Diversity and Distributions 14: 983-994.
Nielsen S.E., Bayne E., Scheick J., Herbers J. & Boutin S.A. 2007. A new method to estimate species and biodiversity intactness using empirically derived reference conditions. Biological Conservation 137: 403-414.
Nielsen S.E., Boyce M.S. & Stenhouse G.B. 2006. A habitat-based framework for grizzly bear conservation in Alberta. Biological Conservation 130: 217-229.
Munro R.H.M., Nielsen S.E., Price M.H., Stenhouse G.B. & Boyce M.S. 2006. Seasonal and diel patterns of grizzly bear diet and activity in west-central Alberta. Journal of Mammalogy 87: 1112-1121.
Gillies C.S., Hebblewhite M., Nielsen S.E., Krawchuk M.A., Aldridge C.L., Frair J.L., Saher D.J., Stevens C.E. & Jerde C.L. 2006. Application of random effects to the study of resource selection by animals. Journal of Animal Ecology 75: 887-898.
Johnson C.J., Nielsen S.E., McDonald T.L., Merrill E. & Boyce M.S. 2006. Resource selection functions based on use-availability data: theoretical motivation and evaluation methods. Journal of Wildlife Management 70: 347-357.
Nielsen S.E., Munro R.H.M., Bainbridge E., Boyce M.S. & Stenhouse G.B. 2004. Grizzly bears and forestry II: distribution of grizzly bear foods in clearcuts of west-central Alberta, Canada. Forest Ecology and Management 199: 67-82.
Nielsen S.E., Herrero S., Boyce M.S., Benn B., Mace R.D., Gibeau M.L. & Jevons S. 2004. Modelling the spatial distribution of human-caused grizzly bear mortalities in the Central Rockies Ecosystem of Canada. Biological Conservation 120: 101-113.
Frair J.L., Nielsen S.E., Merrill E.H., Lele S., Boyce M.S., Munro R.H.M., Stenhouse G.B. & Beyer H.L. 2004. Removing GPS-collar bias in habitat-selection studies. Journal of Applied Ecology 41: 201-212.
Nielsen S.E., Kirschbaum C.D. & Haney A. 2003. Restoration of Midwest oak barrens: Structural manipulation or process-only? Conservation Ecology 7(2): 10.
Nielsen S.E., Boyce M.S., Stenhouse G.B. & Munro R.H.M. 2003. Development and testing of phenologically driven grizzly bear habitat models. Ecoscience 10: 1-10.
Boyce M.S., Vernier P.R., Nielsen S.E. & Schmiegelow F.K.A. 2002. Evaluating resource selection functions. Ecological Modelling 157: 281-300.
Nielsen S.E. & Haney A. 1998. Gradient responses for understory species in a bracken-grassland and northern-dry forest ecosystem of Northeast Wisconsin. Transactions of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters 86: 149-166.
Book Chapters
Knick, S.T., Hanser, S.E., Leu, M., Aldridge, C.L., Nielsen, S.E., Rowland, M.M,, Finn, S.P. & Wisdom, M.J. 2011. Management considerations. Pp. 387–394 in Hanser, S.E., Leu, M., Knick, S.T. & Aldridge, C.L. (editors), Sagebrush Ecosystem Conservation and Management: Ecoregional Assessment Tools and Models for the Wyoming Basins. Allen Press, Lawrence, KS.
Nielsen, S.E., Aldridge, C.L., Hanser, S.E., Leu, M., Knick, S.T. 2011. Occurrence of non-native invasive plants: The role of anthropogenic features. Pp. 357–386 in ​Hanser, S.E., Leu, M., Knick, S.T. & Aldridge, C.L. (editors), Sagebrush Ecosystem Conservation and Management: Ecoregional Assessment Tools and Models for the Wyoming Basins. Allen Press, Lawrence, KS.
Hanser, S.E., Leu, M., Aldridge, C.L., Nielsen, S.E. & Knick, S.T. 2011. Occurrence of small mammals: Deer mice and the challenge of trapping across large spatial extents. Pp. 337–356 in Hanser, S.E., Leu, M., Knick, S.T. & Aldridge, C.L. (editors), Sagebrush Ecosystem Conservation and Management: Ecoregional Assessment Tools and Models for the Wyoming Basins. Allen Press, Lawrence, KS.
Leu, M., Hanser, S.E., Aldridge, C.L., Nielsen, S.E., Suring, L.H. & Knick, S.T. 2011. Occurrence of large and medium-sized mammal: Occurrence but not count models predict pronghorn distribution. Pp. 315–336 in Hanser, S.E., Leu, M., Knick, S.T. & Aldridge, C.L. (editors), Sagebrush Ecosystem Conservation and Management: Ecoregional Assessment Tools and Models for the Wyoming Basins. Allen Press, Lawrence, KS.
Hanser, S.E., Leu, M., Aldridge, C.L., Nielsen, S.E., Rowland, M.M. & Knick, S.T. 2011. Occurrence and abundance of ants, reptiles, and mammals. Pp. 221–314 in Hanser, S.E., Leu, M., Knick, S.T. & Aldridge, C.L. (editors), Sagebrush Ecosystem Conservation and Management: Ecoregional Assessment Tools and Models for the Wyoming Basins. Allen Press, Lawrence, KS.
Aldridge, C.L., Hanser, S.E., Nielsen, S.E., Leu, M., Cade, B.S., Saher, D.J. & Knick, S.T. 2011. Detectability adjusted count models of songbird abundance. Pp. 141 – 220 in Hanser, S.E., Leu, M., Knick, S.T. & Aldridge, C.L. (editors), Sagebrush Ecosystem Conservation and Management: Ecoregional Assessment Tools and Models for the Wyoming Basins. Allen Press, Lawrence, KS.
Hanser, S.E., Aldridge, C.L., Leu, M., Rowland, M.M., Nielsen, S.E. & Knick, S.T. 2011. Greater sage-grouse: General use and roost site occurrence with pellet counts as a measure of relative abundance.  Pp. 112–140 in Hanser, S.E., Leu, M., Knick, S.T. & Aldridge, C.L. (editors), Sagebrush Ecosystem Conservation and Management: Ecoregional Assessment Tools and Models for the Wyoming Basins. Allen Press, Lawrence, KS.
Leu, M., Hanser, S.E., Aldridge, C.L., Nielsen, S.E., Cade, B.S. & Knick, S.T.  2011. A sampling and analytical approach to develop spatial distribution models for sagebrush-associated species. Pp. 88–111 in Hanser, S.E., Leu, M., Knick, S.T. & Aldridge, C.L. (editors), Sagebrush Ecosystem Conservation and Management: Ecoregional Assessment Tools and Models for the Wyoming Basins. Allen Press, Lawrence, KS.
Noss R., Nielsen S.E. & Vance-Borland K. 2009. Prioritizing ecosystems, species, and sites for restoration. Pages 158-171 in Spatial Conservation Prioritization: Quantitative Methods and Computational Tools, Moilanen, A., K. A. Wilson, & H. Possingham editors. Oxford University Press, London.
Research Reports
Nielsen, S.E., Dennett, J., Denny, C., Kohler, M. & Farr, D. 2017. Terrestrial vascular plant monitoring project for the Lower Athabasca (2012-2016). 166 pages.
Nielsen, S.E. 2016. Fruiting shrubs of the Lower Athabasca: Distribution, ecology and a digital atlas. A report to the Cumulative Environmental Management Association (CEMA). 29 February 2016. Edmonton, Alberta. 81 pgs.
Chai, S-L., Nixon, A., Zhang, J. & Nielsen, S.E. 2014. Predicting invasive species response to climate change: Prioritization and mapping of new potential threats to Alberta’s Biodiversity. Prepared for the Biodiversity Management and Climate Change Adaptation Project/Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute. Edmonton, AB. 60 pages.
Thesis
Willier, C.N. 2017. Changes in peatland plant community compsition and stand structure due to road induced flooding and desiccation. M.Sc. Thesis, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Castillo Ayala, C.I. 2016. Conservation planning for non-human primates in Colombia (South America). M.Sc. Thesis, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Braid, A.C.R. 2015. Mitigating the effects of human activity on grizzly bears (Ursus arctos) in southwestern Alberta. M.Sc. Thesis, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Pedersen, J.L.M. 2015. Mitigating the impacts of climate change on rare plants through assisted migration. M.Sc. Thesis, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Van Rensen, C.K. 2014. Predicting patterns of regeneration on seismic lines to inform restoration planning in boreal forest habitats. M.Sc. Thesis, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Fink, K.A. 2014. Landscape- and micro-scale habitat selection by greater short-horned lizards. M.Sc. Thesis, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Lopez Alfaro, C.V. 2014. Linking energetics of individuals to bear populations. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Rovang, S.B. 2013. Factors affecting the detectability and eastern distribution of grizzly bears in Alberta, Canada. M.Sc. Thesis, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Teichman, K.J. 2013. Trophic cascades: Linking ungulates to shrub-dependent birds and butterflies. M.Sc. Thesis, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Coogan, S.C.P. 2012. Getting to the root of the matter: Grizzly bears and alpine sweetevtch in west-central Alberta, Canada. M.Sc. Thesis, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
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