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Benjamin N. Sacks- BS, MS, PhD
Asssitant Adjunct Profesor
Population Health & Reproduction

249 CCAH
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 754 9088


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2002 PhD Dissertation topic: Ecology of canine heartworm in California coyotes, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA
1996 MS Thesis topic: Ecology and behavior of coyotes in relation to sheep predation, University of California, Berkeley, CA,
1991 BS General Biology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Honors and Awards

2011-2012 Invited Panel Discussant for Conservation of Extremely Small Populations Symposium (Feb 10-11, 2012, UC Davis)
2011 Appointed External dissertation examiner, Honorarium ($407) by Board of the Graduate Research School, University of Western Australia for Ph D dissertation defense (Sep 5, 2011)
2011 Sacramento Audubon Society, Honorarium ($150) for public presentation on Sacramento Valley red fox
2010 Appointed External examiner (Faculty opponent) for Board of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Stockholm University (Sweden) at a public PhD dissertation defense (Nov 26, 2010)

Active Research Grants

Principal Investigator, Fecal genotyping of coyotes to determine abundance, (Principal Investigator), University of Georgia subcontract

Principal Investigator, Ecology, Distribution, and genetics of Sierra Nevada Red Fox, (Principal Investigator), California Department of Fish and Game

Co-Investigator, Genetic Analysis of Prehistoric Canis Remains from Across the North American Arctic: Implications for Interactions among their Human Companions, Christyann Darwent (Principal Investigator), National Science Foundation, Polar Programs

Principal Investigator, Status assessment of the native Sacramento Valley red fox-Extension, (Principal Investigator), California Department of Fish and Game

Principal Investigator, Impacts of OHV use on the Sierra Nevada Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes necator) in the Sonora Pass region, (Principal Investigator), California OHV Planning Grant, via United States Forest Service, Region 5

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2011 Brown SK, Pedersen NC, Jafarishorijeh S, Bannasch DL, Ahrens KD, Wu J-T, Okon M, Sacks BN Phylogenetic Distinctiveness of Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian Village Dog Y Chromosomes Illuminates Dog Origins PLoS ONE,
  • Link Icon 2011 Statham MJ, Trut L, Sacks BN, Kharlamova A, Oskina I, Gulievich R, Johnson J, Temnykh S, Acland G, Kukekova A On the origin of a domesticated species: Identifying the parent population of Russian silver foxes (Vulpes vulpes) Biological Journal of the Linnean Society,
  • Link Icon 2011 Sacks BN, Moore M, Statham MJ, Wittmer HU A restricted hybrid zone between native and introduced red fox (Vulpes vulpes) populations suggests reproductive barriers and competitive exclusion Molecular Ecology,
  • Link Icon 2010 Sacks BN, Statham MJ, Perrine JD, Wisely SM, Aubry KA North American montane red foxes: expansion, fragmentation, and the origin of the Sacramento Valley red fox Conservation Genetics,
  • Link Icon 2010 Moore M, Brown SK, Sacks BN Thirty-one short red fox (Vulpes vulpes) microsatellite markers Molecular Ecology Resources,
  • Link Icon 2009 Aubry KB, Statham MJ, Sacks BN, Perrine JD, Wisely SM Phylogeography of the North American red fox: vicariance in Pleistocene forest refugia Molecular Ecology,
  • Link Icon 2009 Sacks, BN, DI VĂ¥ge, MJ Statham A medium-throughput SNP assay for detecting genetic variation in coding and non-coding portions of the red fox genome Conservation Genetics Resources,
  • Link Icon 2008 Hull JM, Hull AC, Sacks BN, Smith JP, Ernest HB Landscape characteristics influence morphological and genetic differentiation in a widespread raptor (Buteo jamaicensis) Molecular Ecology,
  • Link Icon 2008 Sacks BN, Bannasch DL, Chomel BB, Ernest HB Coyotes demonstrate how habitat specialization by individuals of a generalist species can diversify populations in a heterogeneous ecoregion Molecular Biology and Evolution,
  • Link Icon 2008 Sacks BN, Louie S Using the dog genome to find SNPs in red foxes and other distantly related members of the Canidae Molecular Ecology Resources,