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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
bnsacks@ucdavis.edu

   

Research Focus

Application of genomic and field-based methodologies to understand ecology and evolution of mammals and relate findings directly to their conservation.

Specialty Focus

Genetics

Education

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, 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, Estimation of abundance of the Pacific deer herd using fecal DNA: a pilot study, (Principal Investigator), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Large Mammal Advisory Committee

Co-Principal Investigator, Cooperative ecosystem study of the genetic structure of the Panoche-Ciervo giant kangaroo rat metapopulation., Mark Statham (Principal Investigator), Bureau of Land Management

Principal Investigator, DNA Analysis for Inventory Surveys of the Sierra Nevada Red Fox in the Oregon Cascade Mountains Range, Deschutes and Willamette National Forest, (Principal Investigator), US Forest Service

Principal Investigator, Fecal Genotyping of Deer from Tehama, Marin, and Sac River, (Principal Investigator), California Deer Association

Co-Principal Investigator, Using noninvasive genetics to compare how a California freeway affects gene flow in a disturbance-averse versus a disturbance-tolerant Species, Andrea Shreier (Principal Investigator), UC Davis Caltrans Research Grant

Principal Investigator, Origins of increasing red fox Great Basin (continuation). Nevada Department of Wildlife, Predator Program, (Principal Investigator), Nevada Dept of Wildlife

Principal Investigator, Developing genomic resources for the tule elk, (Principal Investigator), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Big Game Management Account

Principal Investigator, Preliminary Genetic Characteristics of the Sierra Nevada Red Fox in Oregon, (Principal Investigator), Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Principal Investigator, Cooperative Ecosystem Study: Genetic identification and analysis of habitat associations of mesocarnivores in the subalpine zone of Yosemite NP, (Principal Investigator), National Park Service

Principal Investigator, Estimating the population size of the rare native montane red fox in Great Basin National Park, (Principal Investigator), Western National Parks Association, Scientific Research Grant

Co-Principal Investigator, Integrating adaptation and phenotypic plasticity into models of habitat connectivity for the Ciervo-Panoche giant kangaroo rat to manage for persistence in the face of climate change, Mark Statham (Principal Investigator), Bureau of Land Management

Principal Investigator, The Origins of Red Foxes within the Great Basin Heritage Area , (Principal Investigator), Great Basin Heritage Area Partnership

Principal Investigator, Noninvasive Sierra Nevada Red Fox Survey and Monitoring, (Principal Investigator), US Forest Service, Region 5

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Benjamin N. Sacks: Using multiple markers to elucidate the ancient, historical and modern relationships among North American Arctic dog breeds. 2015 Brown SK, Darwent CM, Wictum EJ, Sacks BN Using multiple markers to elucidate the ancient, historical and modern relationships among North American Arctic dog breeds. Heredity,
  • Benjamin N. Sacks: Patterns of natural and human-caused mortality factors of a rare forest carnivore, the Fisher (Pekania pennanti) in California 2015 Gabriel MW, LW Woods, GM Wengert, JN Stephenson, JM Higley, C Thompson, SM Matthews, RA Sweitzer, K Purcell, RH Barrett, SM Keller, P Gaffney, M Jones, R Poppenga, JE Foley, RN Brown, D Clifford, BN Sacks Patterns of natural and human-caused mortality factors of a rare forest carnivore, the Fisher (Pekania pennanti) in California PLoS One,
  • Benjamin N. Sacks: A paired comparison of scat-collecting versus scat-swabbing methods for noninvasive recovery of mesocarnivore DNA from an arid environment 2015 Miles KA, Holtz M, Lounsberry ZL, Sacks BN A paired comparison of scat-collecting versus scat-swabbing methods for noninvasive recovery of mesocarnivore DNA from an arid environment Wildlife Soc B,
  • Benjamin N. Sacks: Genetic footprints reveal geographic patterns of expansion in Fennoscandian red foxes 2015 Noren K, Statham MJ, Ågren EO, Isomursu M, Flagstad O, Eide NE, Berg TB, Bech-Sanderhoff L, Sacks BN Genetic footprints reveal geographic patterns of expansion in Fennoscandian red foxes Glob Chang Biol,
  • Benjamin N. Sacks: Mitochondrial analysis of the most basal canid reveals deep divergence between eastern and western North American gray foxes (Urocyon spp.) and ancient roots in Pleistocene California 2015 Goddard NS, Statham MJ, Sacks BN Mitochondrial analysis of the most basal canid reveals deep divergence between eastern and western North American gray foxes (Urocyon spp.) and ancient roots in Pleistocene California PLoS One,
  • Benjamin N. Sacks: The effect of genetic bottlenecks and inbreeding on the incidence of two major autoimmune diseases in standard poodles, sebaceous adenitis and Addison’s disease. 2015 Pedersen NC, Brucker L, Tessier NG, Liu H, Penedo MCT, Hughes S, Oberbauer A, and Sacks BN The effect of genetic bottlenecks and inbreeding on the incidence of two major autoimmune diseases in standard poodles, sebaceous adenitis and Addison’s disease. Canine Genet Epidemiol,
  • Benjamin N. Sacks: DNA sequence variants in the five prime untranslated region of the cyclooxygenase-2 gene are commonly found in healthy dogs and gray wolves 2015 Safra N, Hayward LJ, Aguilar M, Sacks BN, Westropp JL, Mohr FC, Mellersh CS, Bannasch DL DNA sequence variants in the five prime untranslated region of the cyclooxygenase-2 gene are commonly found in healthy dogs and gray wolves PLoS One,
  • Benjamin N. Sacks: Next-generation sequencing workflow for assembly of nonmodel mitogenomes exemplified with North Pacific albatrosses (Phoebastria spp.) 2015 Lounsberry ZT, Brown SK, Collins PW, Henry RW, Newsome SD, Sacks BN Next-generation sequencing workflow for assembly of nonmodel mitogenomes exemplified with North Pacific albatrosses (Phoebastria spp.) Mol Ecol Resour,
  • Benjamin N. Sacks: Genetic and photographic detections document Sierra Nevada Red Fox in the northern cascades of Oregon 2015 Hiller TL, McFadden-Hiller JE, Sacks BN Genetic and photographic detections document Sierra Nevada Red Fox in the northern cascades of Oregon Northwest Sci,
  • Benjamin N. Sacks: Red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) at their expanding front in the Canadian Arctic have indigenous maternal ancestry 2015 Berteaux D, Gallant D, Sacks BN, Statham MJ Red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) at their expanding front in the Canadian Arctic have indigenous maternal ancestry Polar Biol,