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Benjamin N. Sacks- BS, MS, PhD
Associate Adjunct Professor
Veterinary Genetics Laboratory

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, The Sierra Nevada Red Fox Project, (Principal Investigator), United States Forest Service, Region 4

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

Principal Investigator, Sacramento Valley red fox survey: phase II, (Principal Investigator), US Fish and Wildlife Service, State Wildlife Grant, via California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Co-Principal Investigator, Estimation of deer abundance through DNA-based mark-recapture analyses in Mendocino Count, Heiko Wittmer (Principal Investigator), California Department of Fish and Game

Co-Investigator, Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse Population Genetics-I, Statham M (Principal Investigator), United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Principal Investigator, Identification of Sierra Nevada red foxes and other forest mammals from fecal DNA, (Principal Investigator), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Northern Region

Co-Principal Investigator, Genetic Analysis of Indigenous Dogs from Siberia to Greenland: Implications for Interactions among their Human Companions, Darwent C (Principal Investigator), National Science Foundation - Polar Programs

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2013 Wengert G, Gabriel M, Foley J, Kun T, Sacks BN Molecular techniques for identifying intraguild predators of fishers and other North American small carnivores Wildlife Soc B,
  • Link Icon 2013 Sacks BN, Brown SK, Stephens D, Pedersen NC, Wu JT, Berry O Y chromosome analysis of dingoes and Southeast Asian village dogs suggests a continental Neolithic expansion from Southeast Asia followed by multiple Austronesian dispersals Mol Biol Evol,
  • Link Icon 2013 Kun T, Lyons LA, Sacks BN, Ballard RE, Lindquist C, Wictum EJ Developmental validation of Mini-DogFiler for degraded canine DNA Forensic Sci Int Genet,
  • Link Icon 2013 Pedersen NC, Liu H, Theilen GH, Sacks BN The effects of dog breed development on genetic diversity and the relative influences of performance and conformation breeding J Anim Breed Genet,
  • Link Icon 2013 Brown SK, Darwent CM, Sacks BN Ancient DNA evidence for genetic continuity in arctic dogs J Archaeol Sci,
  • Link Icon 2012 Edwards CJ, Soulsbury CD, Statham MJ, Ho SY, Wall D, Dolf G, Iossa G, Baker PJ, Harris S, Sacks BN, Bradley DG Temporal genetic variation of the red fox, Vulpes vulpes, across western Europe and the British Isles Quaternary Sci Rev,
  • Link Icon 2012 Wictum EJ, Kun T, Lindquist C, Malvek J, Vankan D, Sacks BN Developmental validation of DogFiler, a novel multiplex for canine DNA profiling in forensic casework Forensic Sci Int-Gen,
  • Link Icon 2012 Gabriel MW, Woods LW, Poppenga R, Sweitzer RA, Thompson C, Matthews SM, Higley JM. Keller SM, Purcell K, Barrett RH, Wengert GM, Sacks BN, Clifford DL Anticoagulant Rodenticides on our Public and Community Lands: Spatial Distribution of Exposure and Poisoning of a Rare Forest Carnivore PLoS ONE,
  • Link Icon 2012 Imes, DL, Allard, M., Wictum, B., Penedo, C., Sacks BN Identification of single nucleotide polymorphisms within the mtDNA genome of the domestic dog to discriminate individuals with common HVI haplotypes Forensic Science International: Genetics,
  • Link Icon 2012 Pedersen NC, Liu H, McLaughlin B, Sacks BN Genetic characterization of healthy and sebaceous adenitis affected Standard Poodles from the United States and the United Kingdom Tissues Antigens,