Peer-Reviewed Publications

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Peterson, C. J., M. S. Mitchell, N. J. DeCesare, C. J. Bishop, and S. N. Sells. In press. Habitat selection by wolves and mountain lions during summer in western Montana. PlosOne.

Gallagher, C. A., M. Chudzinska, A. Larsen-Gray, C. J. Pollock, S. N. Sells, P. J. C. White, and U. Berger. 2021. From theory to practice in pattern-oriented modeling: identifying and using empirical patterns in predictive models. Biological Reviews.

Sells, S. N., M. S. Mitchell, K. M. Podruzny, J. A. Gude, A. C. Keever, D. K. Boyd, T. D. Smucker, A. A. Nelson, T. Parks, N. Lance, M. S. Ross, and R. M. Inman. 2021. Evidence of economical territory selection in a cooperative carnivore. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences. 228:20210108.

Sells, S. N., and M. S. Mitchell. 2020. The economics of territory selection. Ecological Modelling. 438:109329.

Sells, S. N., S. B. Bassing, K. J. Barker, S. C. Forshee, A. C. Keever, J. W. Goerz, and M. S. Mitchell. 2018. Increased scientific rigor will improve reliability of research and effectiveness of management. Journal of Wildlife Management 82:485‒494.

Mitchell, M. S., S. N. Sells, S. B. Bassing, K. J. Barker, A. C. Keever, S. C. Forshee, and J. W. Goerz. 2018. Testing a priori hypotheses improves the reliability of wildlife research. Journal of Wildlife Management 82:1568–1571.

Mitchell, M. S., S. N. Sells, S. B. Bassing, K. J. Barker, S. C. Forshee, A. C. Keever, and J. W. Goerz. 2018. Explicitly reporting tests of hypotheses improves communication of science. Journal of Wildlife Management 82:671‒673. (Invited editorial.)

Mitchell, M. S., H. Cooley, J. A. Gude, J. J. Nowak, K. M. Proffitt, S. N. Sells, and M. Thompson. 2018. Distinguishing values from science in decision making: setting harvest quotas for mountain lions in western Montana. Wildlife Society Bulletin DOI:10.1002/wsb.861.

Sells, S. N., M. S. Mitchell, V. L. Edwards, J. A. Gude, and N. J. Anderson. 2016. Structured decision making for managing pneumonia epizootics in bighorn sheep. Journal of Wildlife Management 80:957‒969.

Sells, S. N., M. S. Mitchell, J. J. Nowak, P. M. Lukacs, N. J. Anderson, J. M. Ramsey, J. A. Gude, and P. R. Krausman. 2015. Modeling risk of pneumonia epizootics in bighorn sheep. Journal of Wildlife Management 79:195‒210.

Blickley, J. L, K. R. Word, A. H. Krakauer, J. L. Phillips, S. N. Sells, C. C. Taff, J. C. Wingfield, and G. L. Patricelli. 2012. Experimental chronic noise is related to elevated fecal corticosteroid metabolites in lekking male greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus). PLoS ONE 7(11): e50462.

Reports, Book Chapters, Theses, Dissertations

Sells, S. N., M. S. Mitchell, and J. A. Gude. 2020. Addressing disease risk to develop a health program for bighorn sheep in Montana in Structured Decision Making: Case Studies in Natural Resource Management, edited by M. C. Runge, S. J. Converse, J. E. Lyons, and D. R. Smith. (Invited book chapter based on MS research.)

Sells, S. N., A. C. Keever, M. S. Mitchell, J. Gude, K. Podruzny, and R. Inman. 2020. Improving estimation of wolf recruitment and abundance, and development of an adaptive harvest management program for wolves in Montana. Final Report for Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Grant W-161-R-1. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Helena, Montana. 124 pgs.

Sells, S. N. 2019. Mechanisms driving territorial and social behavior in a cooperative carnivore. Dissertation, The University of Montana, 352 pgs.

Sells, S. N. 2014. Proactive management of pneumonia epizootics in bighorn sheep in Montana. Thesis, The University of Montana, 117 pgs.