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Wildlife Ecology and Conservation department

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation department

Samantha M. Wisely, Ph.D.

Curriculum VitaeSamantha Wisely

My Research Interests

Trained as a conservation geneticist, my research interests have evolved to incorporate how landscape context influences movement patterns and disease dynamics of terrestrial vertebrates. Broadly, I am interested in how human impacts on the landscape alter ecosystem function. Using a combination of field and laboratory techniques, my lab seeks to understand how host populations maintain reservoirs of pathogens in a changing landscape. Invasive species and vector-borne diseases can be excellent model systems to study, because they are particularly sensitive to these alterations and in turn serve as catalysts for changes in ecosystem function. We use this approach to study disease systems in threatened and endangered species, at the livestock/wildlife interface, and for wildlife diseases that are threats to human health.

A Focus on Extension

The goal of my extension program is to educate the general public, livestock producers, pet owners, wildlife recreationists and wildlife professionals about wildlife diseases. My program has two foci:

  • Sustainable production of farmed deer. This program provides assistance to Florida deer farmers. Integrated pest management, animal husbandry and habitat management are integral to maintaining healthy deer.
  • Liaison between the public and public health professionals. I advise what to do and who to contact if someone has been bitten by a wild animal or a tick. I provide general knowledge about the different wildlife diseases that impact Floridians.

My Role as Director of CHeRI

The Cervidae Health Research Initiative (CHeRI) is a state-funded liaison between the Florida deer farm industry and the University of Florida. The mission of CHeRI is to promote interdisciplinary science, education, and outreach that increase the health and production of captive cervids in a sustainable manner and promotes the health of native wildlife and the ecosystems in which they live. My role as Director is to ensure that the research mission reflects the needs of the producers, that the information produced from the research is widely available to the producers, and that excellent scientists and extension specialists are trained in wildlife health.

How I Run My Lab

My research lab provides an inclusive, intellectually stimulating learning environment in a research setting, and provides these experiences for high school students, undergraduates, graduate and professional students, research technicians, biological scientists and post-docs. My goal is to expose and immerse students in a research environment that allows them to encounter multiple types of instructional approaches from informal lectures and workshops to guided research projects. I strongly encourage collaboration and interaction among all of my lab members to promote active peer to peer learning. This combination of approaches enhances the ability to not only acquire, but to analyze and ultimately synthesize new information. The outcome has been productive cohorts of students that bring creativity and joy to their scientific inquiry.


Torhorst, C., Bhosale, C., White, Z., Beatty, N., Wisely, S.M. 2023. Identification of the parasite, Trypanosoma cruzi, in multiple tissues of epidemiological significance in the Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana): Implications for environmental and vertical transmission routes. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases  

Austin, J.D., Gore, J., Hargrove, J., Braun de Torrez, E., Carneiro, C. Ridgely, F. Wisely, S.M. 2022. Strong population genetic structure and cryptic diversity in the Florida bonneted bat (Eumops floridanus). Conservation Genetics 23:495–512. 

Stephenson, C. Coker, E., Wisely, S.M., Liang, S., Dinglasan, R., Lednicky, J. 2022. Imported dengue case numbers and local weather pat-terns impact dengue virus transmission in Florida, USA. Insects 13:163. 

Rodrigues, T.C.S., Viadanna, P.V.O., Subramaniam, K., Hawkins, I.K., Jeon, A.B., Loeb, J.C., Krauer, J.M.C., Lednicky, J.A., Wisely, S.M., Waltzek, T.B. In revision. Characterization of a Novel Reassortant Epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus serotype 6 strain isolated from diseased white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) on a Florida farm. Viruses 14: 1012

Ledger, K.J., Innocent, H., Lukhele, S.M., Dorleans, R., Wisely, S.M. 2022. Entomological risk of African tick-bite fever (Rickettsia africae) in southern African savannas. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 16(5): e0010437.

Kessler,  W.H., De Jesus, C. Wisely, S.M., Glass, G.E. 2022. Ensemble models for tick vectors: standard surveys compared with convenience samples. Diseases 10: 32 

Beatty, N.L., Forsyth, C.J., Burkett-Cadena, N., Wisely, S.M. 2022. Our Current Understanding of Chagas Disease and Trypanosoma cruzi Infection in the State of Florida — an Update on Research in this Region of the USA. Current Tropical Medicine Reports.

Cunningham, M.W., Oronato, D.P., Leone, E.H., Sayler, K.A., Conley, K.L., Mead, D.G., Bradley, J.A.C., Maes, R.K., Kiupel, M., Shindle, D.S., Wisely, S.M., Subramaniam, K., Wise, A., Clemons, B.C., Cusack, L.M., Jansen, D., McBride, R., Hernández, F.A., Waltzek, T.B. 2021. Pseudorabies (Aujeszky’s Disease) is a significant mortality factor in the Florida panther (Puma concolor coryi). Journal of Wildlife Diseases 57:784-798.  

Segelbacker, G., Bosse, M., Burger, P., Galbusera, P., Godoy, J., Helsen, P., Hvilsom, C., Iacolina, L., Kahric, A., Manfrin, C., Nonic, M., Thizy, D, Tsvetkov, I., Velickovic, N., Vila, C., Wisely, S., Buzan, E. 2021. New developments in the field of genomic technologies and their relevance to conservation management. Conservation Genetics.  

Beatty, N.L., White, Z.S., Bhosale, C.R.U, Wilson, K., Cannella, A.P., Stenn, T., Burkett-Cadena, N., Wisely, S.M. 2021. Anaphylactic reactions due to Triatoma protracta (Hemiptera, Reduviidae, Triatominae) and invasion into a home in northern California, USA. Insects 12: 1018. 

Aristizabal-Henao, J.J., Brown, H.J., Griffin, E.K., Ostfeld, R.S., Oggenfuss, K., Parker, B.M.G, Wisely, S.M., Bowden, J.A. 2021. Hematophagous Arthropods as Novel Sentinels to Monitor Environmental Levels of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). Environmental Science: Processes Impacts. 10.1039/D1EM00209K

De Jesus, C.E., Bhosale, C.R., Wilson, K.N., White, Z.S., Wisely, S.M. 2021. Reptile Host-Associations of Ixodes scapularis in Florida and Implications for Borrelia Ecology. Pathogens 10: 999. 

Ledger, K., Beatty, L., Wisely, S.M. 2021. Survey of ticks and tick-borne rickettsial and protozoan pathogens in Eswatini. Pathogens 10:1043.

Cottingham, S.L., White, Z.S., Wisely, S.M., Campos-Krauer, J.M. 2021. A mortality-based description of hemorrhagic disease incidence in farmed white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in Florida, USA. Viruses 13:1443. 

Viadanna, P.H.O., Rodrigues, T.C.S., Subramaniam, K., Campos Krauer, J.M., Lednicky, J.A., Loeb, J.C., Wisely, S.M., Waltzek, T.B. 2021. Genome sequence of a novel strain of Yunnan orbivirus isolated from a dead Florida white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). Microbial Resources Announcements 10: e00168-21. 

Lima, K.A., Stevens, N., Wisely, S.M., Fletcher, R.J., Monadjem, A., Austin, J.D., Mahlaba, T., McCleery, R.A. 2021. Landscape heterogeneity and woody encroachment decrease mesocarnivore scavenging in a savanna agro-ecosystem. Rangeland Ecology and Management 78:104-111.

Dinh, E.T.N., Gomez, J.P., Orange, J.P., Morris, M., McGregor, B.L., Blosser, E.M., Burkett-Cadena, N., Wisely, S.M., Blackburn, J.K. 2021. Modeling abundance of Culicoides stellifer, a candidate Orbivirus vector, indicates nonrandom hemorrhagic disease risk for white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). Viruses 13:1328

Sandler, R.L., Moses, L., Wisely, S.M. 2021. An ethical analysis of cloning for genetic rescue: case study of the black-footed ferret. Biological Conservation 257: 109118

 McGregor, B.L., Erram, D., Alto, B.W., Wisely, S.M., Burkett-Cadena, N.D. 2021. Vector competence of Florida Culicoides insignis (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) for Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Serotype 2. Viruses 13: 410. 

Dinh, E.T.N., Orange, J.P., Shuman, R.M., Wisely, S.M., Blackburn, J.K. 2021. Resource selection by wild and ranched white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) during the epizootic hemorrhagic disease transmission season in Florida. Animals 11: 211.  

Hernández, F.A., Carr, A.N., Milleson, M.P., Merrill, H.R., Avery, M.L., Parker, B.M., Pylant, C.L., Austin, J.D., and Wisely, S.M. 2021. Dispersal and land cover influence pathogen exposure in invasive wild pigs (Sus scrofa) in Florida (U.S.). EcoHealth.  

Orange, J.P., Dinh, E.T.N., Goodfriend, O., Wisely, S.M., Blackburn, J.K. 2021. Evidence of epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus and bluetongue virus in non-native ruminant species in northern Florida. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 51(4):745-751 

Orange, J.P., Dinh, E.T.N., Shuman, R. M., Wisely, S.M., Blackburn, J.K. 2021. Inter-annual home range fidelity of wild and ranched white-tailed deer in Florida: implications for disease intervention. European Journal of Wildlife Research 67: 7.

Chaudhary, V., Wisely, S.M, Hernández, F.A.G, Hines, J., Nichols, J.D., Oli, M. 2020. A generalized multi-state occupancy model for robust estimation of disease prevalence in multi-organ disease systems. Journal of Applied Ecology. 

McGregor, B.L., Blackburn, J.K., Wisely, S.M., Burkett-Cadena, N.L. 2020. Distance from big game preserves affects Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) community composition, abundance, and diversity. Journal of Medical Entomology.  

Harmon, L.E., Sayler, K.A., Burkett-Cadena, N.D., Wisely, S.M., Weeks, E.N.I. 2020. Use and perception of pesticides on Florida deer farms. Journal of Integrated Pest Management 11:12 

Quaglia, A. I., Blosser, E.M., McGregor, B.L., Runkel IV, A.E., Sloyer, K.E., Erram, D., Wisely, S.M., Burkett-Cadena, N.D. 2020. Tracking community timing: pattern and determinants of seasonality in Culicoides (Diptera Ceratopogonidae) in northern Florida. Viruses 12:931 

Wilber, M.Q., Chinn, S.M., Beasley, J.C., Boughton, R.K., Brook, R.K., Ditchkoff, S.S., Fischer, J.W., Hartley, S.B., Holmstrom, L.K., Kilgo, J.C. and Lewis, J.S., Miller, R.S., Snow, N.P., VerCauteren, K.C., Wisely, S.M., Webb, S.M., Pepin, K.M. 2020. Predicting functional responses in agro‐ecosystems from animal movement data to improve management of invasive pests. Ecological Applications, 30: e02015. 

Rodrigues, T.C.S., Lednicky, J.A., Loeb, J.C., Campos Krauer, J.M., Wisely, S.M., Waltzek, T.B., Subramanian, K. 2020. Genome Sequencing of a Novel CHeRI orbivirus 3 Isolated from a Dead White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in Florida, USA. Microbiology Reosurce Announcements 9:e00523-20. 

Dinh, E.T.N., Cauvin, A., Orange, J.P., Shuman, R.M., Wisely, S.M., Blackburn, J.K. 2020. Living la Vida T-LoCoH: Site fidelity of Florida ranched and wild white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) during the epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus (EHDV) transmission period. Movement Ecology 8:14. 

Uribasterra, M.G., Orange, J.P., Dinh, E.T., Peters, C., Peters, R.M., Goodfriend, O., Wisely, S.M. and Blackburn, J.K., 2020. Epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus and bluetongue virus seroprevalence in wild white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in Florida, USA. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 56:928-932.

LeClare, S.K.U, Mdluli, M.U, Stevens, N., Wisely, S.M. 2020. Land-use diversity within an agricultural landscape promotes termite nutrient cycling services in a southern African savanna. Global Ecology and Conservation 21:e00885. 

McGregor, B.L., Blackburn, J.K., Wisely, S.M., Burkett-Cadena, N.L. 2020. Distance from big game preserves affects Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) community composition, abundance, and diversity. Journal of Medical Entomology. 

Ganser, C.G, Monadjem, A., McCleery, R.A., Ndlela, T.U, Wisely, S.M. 2020. Is it best on the nest? Effects of avian life history on haemosporidian parasitism. International Journal of Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife 13:62-71.

 Ahasan, M.S., Subramaniam, K., Campos, J., Sayler, K.A.,  Loeb, J., Sayler, K., Goodfriend, O., Barber, H., Stephenson, C., Popov, V., Charrel, R., Wisely, S., Waltzek, T., Lednicky, J. 2019. Three new orbivirus species isolated from farmed white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in the USA. Viruses 12:e13. .

Wisely, S.M. and Glass, G.E. 2019. Advancing the science of tick and tick-borne disease surveillance in the United States. Insects 10:361.

Wilber, M., Chinn, S., Beasley, J., Boughton, R., Brook, R., Ditchkoff, S., Fischer, J., Hartley, S., Holstrom, L., Kilgo, J., Lewis, J., Miller, R., Snow, N., Vercauteren, K., Wisely, S., Pepin, K., Webb, C. 2019. Predicting functional responses in agro‐ecosystems from animal movement data to improve management of invasive pests. Ecological Applications

Klarenberg G. and Wisely, S.M. 2019. Evaluation of NEON data to model spatio-temporal tick dynamics in Florida. Insects 10:321  

 Ledger, K.J.G, Keenan, R,M.U, Sayler, K.A., Wisely, S.M. 2019. Multi-scale patterns of tick occupancy and abundance across an agricultural landscape in southern Africa. PLoS One 14:e0222879.  

De Jesus, C.E.G, Ganser, C., Kessler, W.H., White, Z.S., Bhosale, C.R., Glass, G.E., Wisely, S. M. 2019. Surveillance of tick-borne bacterial pathogens in Florida. Insects 10:297

Boughton, R.K., Allen, B.L., Tillman, E.A., Wisely, S.M., Engeman, R.M. 2019. Road hogs: implications for road-based relative abundance observation techniques derived from GPS collared feral swine in pastureland habitat. Ecological Indicators 99:171-177.

Glass, G.E., Ganser, C., Wisely, S.M., Kessler, W.H. 2019. Standardized ixodid tick survey in mainland Florida. Insects 10:235

O’Leary, T.J., Sayler, K.A., Wisely, S.M., Allgood, H.E., Archer, L.L., Wellehan, J., Slapcinsky, J.D., Walden, H.S. 2019. Prevalence of Paralaphostrongylus andersoni and white-tailed deer, other cervids and bovids in Northern Florida. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 50   

Ahasan, M.S., Campos, J., Subramaniam, K., Popov, V., Lednicky, J., Loeb, J., Sayler, K., Wisely, S., Waltzek, T. 2019. Isolation and molecular characterization of a novel reassortment Mammalian orthoreovirus type 2 from a Florida white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) fawn. Virus Research 270:197642

Cauvin, A.G, Dinh, E.T.N., Orange, J.P., Shuman, R.M., Blackburn, J.K., Wisely. S.M. 2020. Antibodies to epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus (EHDV) in adjacent farmed and wild Florida white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). Journal of Wildlife Diseases 56:208-213 

Austin, J., Gumbi, B., Rojas Bonzi, V., Carneiro, C., Wisely, S., McCleery, R.A., Monadjem, A. 2019. Comparative spatial genetic structure of two rodent species in an agro-ecological landscape in southern Africa. Mammalian Biology 97:64-71.

Merrill MMG, Boughton RK, Lollis LO, Sayler KA, Wisely SM. 2019. Epidemiology of bluetongue virus and epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus in beef cattle on a ranch in south-central Florida. Vector-borne and Zoonotic Disease

McGregor, B., Sloyer, K.E., Sayler, K.A., Goodfriend, O., Campos-Krauer, J.M., Acevedo, C., Zhang, Z., Mathias, D., Wisely, S.M., Burkett-Cadena, N.D. 2019. Field data implicating Culicoides stellifer and Culicoides venustus (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) as vectors of epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus. Parasites and Vectors 12:258.

Sloyer, K., Burkett-Cadena, N.D., Yang, A., Corn, J.L., Vigil, S.L., McGregor, B.L., Wisely, S.M., Blackburn, J.K. 2019. Ecological niche modeling the potential geographic distribution of four Culicoides species of veterinary significance in Florida, USA. PLoS One 14(2): e0206648.

Ahasan, M.S., Campos, J., Subramaniam, K., Lednicky, J., Loeb, J., Sayler, K., Wisely, S., Waltzek, T. 2019. Genome sequences of a novel strain of Big Cypress orbivirus isolated from a dead Florida white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). Microbiology Resource Announcements 8:e01717-18. 

McGregor, B., Stenn, T., Sayler, K., Blosser, E., Blackburn, J., Wisely, S., Burkett-Cadena, N. 2019. Host use patterns of Culicoides spp. biting midges at a big game preserve in Florida, USA, and implications for the transmission of Orbiviruses. Medical and Veterinary Entomology 33:110-120.

Carr, A., Milleson, M., Hernández, F., Merrill, H., Avery, M. and Wisely, S. 2019. Wildlife Management Practices Associated with Pathogen Exposure in Non-Native Wild Pigs in Florida, US. Viruses, 11:14. 

Ahasan, M.S., Campos, J., Subramaniam, K., Lednicky, J., Loeb, J., Sayler, K., Wisely, S., Waltzek, T. 2019. Complete genome sequence of mobuck virus from a Florida white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). Microbiology Resource Announcements. 8:e01324-18

Merrill, M.M., Boughton, R.K., Lord, C.C., Sayler, K.A., Wight, B., Anderson, W.M. and Wisely, S.M., 2018. Wild pigs as sentinels for hard ticks: A case study from south-central Florida. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife 7:161-170.

McGregor, B.L., Runkel, A.E., Wisely, S.M., Burkett-Cadena, N.D. 2018. Vertical stratification of Culicoides biting midges at a Florida big game preserve. Parasites and Vectors 11:505. 

Sayler, K.A., Subramaniam, K., Jacob, J.M., Loeb, J.C., Craft, W.F., Farina, L.L., Stacy, N.I., Moussatche, N., Cook, L., Lednicky, J.A., Wisely, S.M., Waltzek, T.B. 2018. Characterization of mule deerpox virus in Florida white‑tailed deer fawns expands the known host and geographic range of this emerging pathogen. Archives of Virology 

Gregory, A.J., Wisely, S.M., McNew, L.B., Sandercock, B.K. 2018. A landscape perspective on rates of multiple paternity and brood parasitism among Greater Prairie-Chickens across Kansas. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 130:626-638. 

Guggisberg, A.M., Sayler, K.A., Wisely, S.M., Odom John, A.R. 2018. Natural history of Plasmodium odocoilei malaria infection in farmed white-tailed deer: a pilot study. mSpheres: e 3:e00067-18.

Ahasan, M.S., Subramaniam, K., Lednicky, J.A., Loeb, J., Sayler, K.A., Wisely, S.M., Waltzek, T.B. 2018. Complete genome sequence of Epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus serotype 6 isolated in Florida white-tailed deer, Odocoileus virginianus. Genome Announcements 6: e00160-18.

Hernández, F.A., Parker, B.M., Pylant, C.L., Smyser, T.J., Piaggio, A.J., Lance, S.L., Milleson, M.P., Austin, J.D., Wisely, S.M. 2018. Invasion ecology of wild pigs (Sus scrofa) in Florida, USA: the role of humans in the expansion and colonization of an invasive wild ungulate. Biological Invasions. 

Wisely, S.M., Alexander, K., Mahlaba, T., Cassidy, L. 2018. Linking ecosystem services to livelihoods in southern Africa. Ecosystem Services 30C:339-341. 

Wisely SM, Sayler KA, Anderson CJ, Boyce CL, Klegarth AR, Johnson SA. 2018. Macacine herpesvirus 1 antibody prevalence and DNA shedding among invasive rhesus macaques, Silver Springs State Park, Florida, USA. Emerg Infect Dis.

Reynolds, C., Fletcher, R.J., Carneiro, C.M. Jennings, N., Ke, A., LaScaleia, M.C., Lukhele, M.B., Mamba, M.L., Sibiya,, M.D., Austin, J.D., Magagula, C.N., Monadjem, A., Wisely, S.M., McCleery, R.A. 2018. Inconsistent effects of landscape heterogeneity and land-use on animal diversity in an agricultural mosaic: a multi-scale and multi-taxon investigation. Landscape Ecol 33:241-255.

Robeson, M., Khanipov, K., Golovko, G., Wisely, S., White, M., Bodenchuk, M., Smyser, T., Fofanov, Y., Ferrier, N., Piaggio, A. 2017. Assessing ecoregional differences in wild pig (Sus scrofa) diets via DNA sequencing. Ecology and Evolution 2017:e001-012.

Subramaniam, K., Lednicky, J., Loeb, J., Sayler, K., Wisely, S., Waltzek, T. 2017. Genomic sequencing of epizootic hemorrhagic disease viruses isolated in Florida white-tailed deer. Genome Announcements 5: e01174-17.

Hernández, F.A., Sayler, K.A., Bounds, C., Milleson, M.P., Carr, A.N., Wisely, S.M. 2018. Evidence of pseudorabies virus shedding in feral swine (Sus scrofa) populations of Florida, USA. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 54:45-53.

Kay, S.L., Fischer, J.W., Monaghan, A.J., Beasley, J.C., Boughton, R., Campbell, T.A., Cooper, S.M., Ditchkoff, S.S., Hartley, S.B., Kilgo, J.C., Wisely, S.M., Wycoff, A.C., VerCauteren, K.C., Pepin, K.M. 2017. Quantifying drivers of wild pig movement across multiple spatial and temporal scales. Movement Ecology 5: 14

Wisely, S.M., K.A. Sayler, B. Parker, R. Mihalco, and E. Covington. 2017. Pseudorabies virus shedding and antibody production in invasive wild pigs in California. Proceedings of the Wildlife Damage Management Conference. In press.

Claytor, S.C., K. Subramaniam, N. Landrau-Giovannetti, V.G. Chinchar, M.C. Gray, D. Miller, C. Mavian, M. Salemi, S. M. Wisely, T.B. Waltzek. 2017. Ranavirus phylogenomics: signatures of recombination and inversions among bullfrog ranaculture isolates. Virology 511: 330-343

Sayler, K.A., Bigelow, T., Swenson, S. Bounds, C., Hernández, F., Wisely, S.M. 2017. Development of a rapid, simple and specific qPCR assay for detection of pseudorabies in domestic swine herds. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigations 29:522-528

Wisely, S.M. and K.A. Sayler. 2016. Autogenous vaccine field trial for epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus and bluetongue virus does not result in high titer to homologous virus serotypes. International Journal of Infectious Disease 53S:149-150. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijid.2016.11.366

Hernández, F., Oldenkamp, R., Webster, S., Beasley, J. Farina, L., Wisely, S.M.** Are raccoons (Procyon lotor) and their intestinal helminths sensitive to metal/metalloid contamination? - An ecosystem health perspective. Archives of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology. In revision.

Merrill, M.M., Lord, C.C., Turner, E.L., Boughton, R., Hernández, F.A., Wisely, S.M.** 2016. Ixodid ticks on feral swine and other mammals in south-central Florida. Proc. Vert. Pest Conf. In press.

Sayler, K.A., Boyce, C.L., Wisely, S.M.** 2016. Porcine viruses not previously reported in feral swine in Florida. Proc. Vert. Pest Conf. In press

Wisely, S.M. 2016. Genome resource banks pay conservation dividends. Animal Conservation 19:114-115. DOI:10.1111/acv.12272

Ganser, C., Gregory, A.J., Hunt, L., McNew, L.B., Sandercock, B.K., Wisely, S.M.** 2016. Fine-scale spatial epidemiology of avian malaria in a grassland ecosystem: disease hazard and risk to grassland birds. Journal of Vector Ecology 41:114-122. DOI: 10.1111/jvec.12202

Pepin, K.M., Davis, A.J., Beasley, J., Boughton, R., Campbell, T., Cooper, S.M., Gaston, W., Kilgo, J.C., Wisely, S.M., Wycoff, C., VerCauteren, K.C. 2016. Contact heterogeneities in feral swine: implications for disease management and future research. Ecosphere 7:e01230. DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.1230

Bankovich, B., Boughton, E., Boughton, R., Avery, M., Wisely, S.M.** 2016. Plant community shifts caused by feral swine rooting devalue South Florida rangelands. Agriculture, Ecosystems, and the Environment 220:45-54. DOI:10.1016/j.agee.2015.12.027

Wisely, S.M.**, Ryder, O.A., Santymire, R.M., Engelhardt, J.F., Novak, B.J. 2015. A road map for 21st century genetic restoration: gene pool enrichment of the black-footed ferret. Journal of Heredity 106:581-592. DOI:10.1093/jhered/esv041

Campos Krauer, J.M.**, Wisely, S.M., Benítez, I.K., Robles, V.* 2015. Surgical technique for placing intra-abdominal radio-transmitters in capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris). Paraquaria Natural 3:17-19.

Miller, S., Zieger, U., Ganser, C., Satterlee, S.A., Bankovich, B., Amadi, V., Hariharan, H., Stone, D., Wisely, S.M.** 2015. The Influence of Land Use and Climate on Salmonella Carrier Status in the Small Indian Mongoose (Herpestes auropunctatus) in Grenada, West Indies. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 51:60-68. DOI: 10.7589/2014-02-046

Caldus, Marcellus M.**, Goodin, Douglas G., Sherwood, Steven, Campos Krauer, Juan M. and Wisely, Samantha M.2015. Land-cover change in the Paraguayan Chaco: 2000-2011. Journal of Land Use Science 10:1-18. DOI:10.1080/1747423X.2013.807314

Peng, X., Alfoldi, J., Gori, K., Eisfeld, A.J., Tyler, S.R., Tisoncik-Go, J., Brawand, D., Law, G.L., Skunca, N., Hatta, M., Gasper, D.J., Kelly, S.M., Chang, J., Thomas, M.J., Johnson, J., Berlin, A.M., Lara, M., Russell, P., Swofford, R., Turner-Maier, J., Young, S., Hourlier, T., Aken, B., Searle, S., Sun, X., Yi, Y., Suresh, M., Tumpey, T.M., Siepel, A., Wisely, S.M., Dessimoz, C., Kawaoka, Y., Birren, B.W., Lindblad-Toh, K., DiPalma, F., Engelhardt, J.F., Katze, M.G., Palmero, R.E. 2014. The draft genome sequence of the ferret (Mustela putorius furo) facilitates study of human respiratory disease. Nature Biotechnology. doi:10.1038/nbt.3079. DOI: 10.1038/nbt.3079

Lounsberry, Z.T., Almeida, J.B., Grace, A., Lanctot, R.B., Liebezeit, J., Sandercock, B.K., Strum, K.M., Zack, S., Wisely, S.M.**. 2014. Museum collections reveal that Buff-breasted Sandpipers (Calidris subruficollis) maintained mtDNA variability despite large population declines during the past 135 years. Conservation Genetics 15: 1197-1208. DOI:10.1007/s10592-014-0611-2

McNew, L.B., L.M. Hunt, A.J. Gregory, S.M. Wisely, and B.K. Sandercock. 2014. Effects of wind energy development on the nesting ecology of Greater Prairie-Chickens in fragmented grasslands.  Conservation Biology 28: 1089-1099. DOI:10.1111/cobi.12258

Tucker, J.M., Schwartz, M.K., Truex, R.L., Wisely, S.M., Allendorf, F.W. 2014. Sampling affects the detection of genetic subdivision and conservation implications for fisher in the Sierra Nevada. Conservation Genetics 15:123-136. DOI:10.1007/s10592-013-0525-4

Winder, V.L., L.B. McNew, A.J. Gregory, L.M. Hunt, S.M. Wisely, and B.K. Sandercock. 2013. Space use of female Greater Prairie-Chickens in response to wind energy development. Ecosphere 5(1):art3. DOI: 10.1890/ES13-00206.1

Winder, V., McNew, L.B., Gregory, A., Hunt, L., Wisely, S.M., Sandercock, B.K. 2013. Effects of wind energy development on survival of female Greater Prairie-Chickens. Journal of Applied Ecology  51:395-405. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12184

Ganser, C., Wisely, S.M.** 2013. Patterns of spatio-temporal distribution, abundance, and diversity in a mosquito community from the eastern Smoky Hills of Kansas. Journal of Vector Ecology 38:229-236. DOI: 10.1111/j.1948-7134.2013.12035.x

Lounsberry, Z.T., Almeida, J.B., Grace, A., Lanctot, R.B., Liebezeit, J., Sandercock, B.K., Strum, K.M., Zack, S., Wisely, S.M.** 2013. Range-Wide Conservation Genetics of Buff-Breasted Sandpipers (Tryngites subruficollis). Auk 130:429-439. DOI: 10.1525/auk.2013.12206

Santymire, R.M. **, Wisely, S.M., Livieri, T.M., Howard, J.G. 2012. Using canine width to determine age in the black-footed ferret, Mustela nigripesSmall Carnivore Conservation 46:17-21.

Gregory, A.J., Kaler, R.S.A., Prebyl, T.J.*, Sandercock, B.K., Wisely, S.M.** 2012. Influence of founder effects and mating system on the breeding ecology and genetic structure of a newly established population of Island Ptarmigan. Conserv Genet (2012) 13: 465. DOI: 10.1007/s10592-011-0300-3

McNew, L.B., Gregory, A.J., Wisely, S.M., Sandercock, B.K**. 2012. Demography of Greater Prairie-Chickens: Regional Variation in Vital Rates, Sensitivity Values, and Population Dynamics. Journal of Wildlife Management . The Journal of Wildlife Management, 76: 987-1000. DOI:10.1002/jwmg.369

Statham, M.J., Sackes, B.N., Aubry, K.B, Perrine, J.D., and Wisely, S.M.*. 2012. The origin of recently established red fox populations in the United States: Translocations or natural range expansions? Journal of Mammalogy 93(1):52-65. DOI:10.1644/11-MAMM-A-033.1

Barton, H.D., and Wisely, S.M.*. 2012. Phylogeography of striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis) in North America: Pleistocene dispersal and contemporary population structure. Journal of Mammalogy 93(1):38-51. DOI:10.1644/10-MAMM-A-270.1

Blevins, E.*, Wisely, S.M., and With, K.A. 2011. Historical processes and landscape context influence genetic structure in peripheral populations of the collared lizard (Crotaphytus collaris). Landscape Ecol (2011) 26: 1125. DOI:10.1007/s10980-011-9631-1

McNew, L.B., Gregory, A.J., Wisely, S.M., Sandercock, B.K.** 2011. Reproductive biology of a southern population of Greater Prairie-chickens. In Studies in Avian Biology, Vol. 39. Ecology, Conservation and Management of Grouse, eds. Sandercock, B.K., Martin, K., and Segelbacher, G., Pp. 209-222. ISBN:9780520270060

McNew, L.B., Gregory, A.J., Wisely, S. M., Sandercock, B.K.** 2011. Human-mediated selection on lifer history traits of the Greater Prairie-chicken. In Studies in Avian Biology, Vol. 39. Ecology, Conservation and Management of Grouse, eds. Sandercock, B.K., Martin, K., and Segelbacher, G., Pp. 255-266. ISBN:9780520270060

Gregory, A.J., McNew, L.B., Prebyl*, T., Sandercock, B.K., Wisely, S.M.** 2011. Hierarchical modeling of lek habitats of Greater Prairie-chickens. In Studies in Avian Biology, Vol. 39. Ecology, Conservation and Management of Grouse, eds. Sandercock, B.K., Martin, K., and Segelbacher, G., Pp. 21-32. ISBN:9780520270060

Casey, A.E., Sandercock, B.K., Wisely, S.M.** 2011. Genetic parentage and local population structure in the socially monogamous Upland Sandpiper. The Condor 113(1):119-128. 2011 DOI:10.1525/cond.2011.100100

Klug, P.E.**, Wisely, S.M., With K.A. 2011. Population genetic structure and landscape connectivity of the Eastern Yellowbelly Racer (Coluber constrictor flaviventris) in the tallgrass prairie of northeastern Kansas. Landscape Ecol (2011) 26: 281. DOI:10.1007/s10980-010-9554-2

Campos-Krauer, J.M., Wisely, S.M.** 2011. Deforestation and cattle ranching drive rapid range expansion and secondary contact of vicariant populations of a semiaquatic rodent in the Gran Chaco ecosystem. Global Change Biology, 17: 206-218. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2010.02193.x

Apple, J.L., Grace, T., Joern, A., St. Amand, P., Wisely, S.M.** 2010. Genome scan detects host-related divergent selection in the grasshopper Hesperotettix viridis. Molecular Ecology, 19: 4012-4028. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2010.04792.x

Grace, T., Wisely, S.M., Brown, S.J., Dowell, F., Joern, A.** 2010. Divergent host plant adaptation drives the evolution of sexual isolation in the grasshopper Hesperotettix viridis (Orthoptera: Acrididae) in the absence of reinforcement. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 100: 866-878. DOI:10.1111/j.1095-8312.2010.01458.x

Conard, J., Statham, M.J., Gipson, P.S., Wisely, S.M.**. 2010. The influence of translocation strategy and management practices on the genetic health of a re-established elk (Cervus elaphus) population. Restoration Ecology, 18: 85-93. DOI:10.1111/j.1526-100X.2010.00660.x

Sacks, B.**, Statham, M.J., Perrine, J., Wisely, S.M., Aubry, K.B. 2010. North American montane red foxes: expansion, fragmentation, and the origin of the Sacramento Valley red fox. Conserv Genet (2010) 11: 1523. DOI:10.1007/s10592-010-0053-4

Barton, H.D., Gregory, A.J., Davis, R., Hanlon, C.A., Wisely, S.M.** 2010. Contrasting landscape epidemiology of two sympatric rabies virus strains. Molecular Ecology, 19: 2725-2738. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2010.04668.x

Coolon, J.D., Jones, K.L., Narayanan, S., Wisely, S.M.** 2010. Microbial ecological response of the intestinal flora of Peromyscus maniculatus and P. leucopus to heavy metal contamination. Molecular Ecology, 19: 67-80. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2009.04485.x

Grace, T., Joern, A., Apple, J.L., Brown, S.J., and Wisely, S.M.** 2009. Highly polymorphic microsatellites in the North American Snakeweed Grasshopper, Hesperotettix viridis. Journal of Orthoptera Research 18(1):19-21. 2009 DOI:10.1665/034.018.0111

Aubry, K.B, Statham, M.J., Sacks, B., Perrine, J., Wisely, S.M.** 2009. Phylogeography of the North American red fox: vicariance in Pleistocene forest refugia. Molecular Ecology, 18: 2668-2686. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2009.04222.x

Dragoo, J., Coan, K., Moore, K., Henke, S., Fleischer, R., Wisely, S.M.** 2009. Polymorphic microsatellite markers for the striped skunk, Mephitis mephitis, and other mephitids. Molecular Ecology Resources, 9: 383-385. DOI:10.1111/j.1755-0998.2008.02463.x

Casey, A.*, Sandercock, B., Jones, K., Wisely, S.M.** 2009. Heteroduplex molecules cause sexing errors in a standard molecular protocol for avian sexing. Molecular Ecology Resources, 9: 61-65. DOI:10.1111/j.1755-0998.2008.02307.x

Wisely, S.M.**, Santymire, R.M., Livieri, T.M., Mueting, S.A.*, Howard, J.G. 2008. Genotypic and phenotypic consequences of reintroduction history: case study of the black-footed ferret. Conserv Genet (2008) 9: 389. DOI:10.1007/s10592-007-9351-x

Wisely, S.M.**, Howard, J.G., Williams, S.A., Bain, O., Santymire, R.M., Bardsley, K.D., Williams, E.S. 2008. An unidentified filarial species and its impact on fitness in wild populations of the black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes). Journal of Wildlife Diseases 44(1):53-64. 2008 DOI:10.7589/0090-3558-44.1.53

Wisely, S.M.**, Statham, M.J., Fleischer, R.C. 2008. Pleistocene refugium and Holocene expansion of a grassland dependent species, the black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes). Journal of Mammalogy 89:87-96. DOI:10.1644/07-MAMM-A-077.1

Schwartz, M.K.**, Aubry, K.B, McKelvey, K.S., Pilgrim, K.L., Copeland, J.P., Squires, J.R., Inman, R.M., Wisely, S.M.2007. Inferring Geographic Isolation of Wolverines in California Using Historical DNA. The Journal of Wildlife Management, 71: 2170-2179. DOI:10.2193/2007-026

Parker, M.W.**, Kress, S.W., Golightly, R.T., Carter, H.R., Parsons, E.B., Schubel, S.E., Boyce, J.A., McChesney, G.J., and Wisely, S.M. 2007. Assessment of social attraction techniques used to restore a Common Murre colony in central California. Waterbirds 30(1):17-28. 2007 DOI:10.1675/1524-4695

Bronson E.**, Bush M., Viner T., Murray S., Wisely S.M., Deem S.L. 2007. Mortality of captive black-footed ferrets (Mustela nigripes) at Smithsonian's National Zoological Park: 1989-2004. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 38(2):169-176. 2007 DOI:10.1638/1042-7260

Li, Z., Sun, X., Chen, J., Liu, X., Wisely, S.M., Zhou, Q., Renard, J.P., Leno, G.H., Engelhardt, J.F.** 2006. Full-term development of ferret embryos cloned by cell nuclear transfer. Developmental Biology 293 (2006) 439-448 DOI:10.1016/j.ydbio.2006.02.016

Wisely, S.M.** 2005. The genetic legacy of the black-footed ferret: past, present, and future. Pages 37-43 in Recovery of the Black-Footed Ferret: Progress and Continuing Challenges. U.S.G.S. Scientific Investigations Report 2005-5293

Wisely, S.M.**, Santymire, R.M., Marinari, P., Kreeger, J. Livieri, T., Wildt, D.E., Howard, J.G. 2005. Environment influences morphology and development of in situ and ex situ populations of the black-footed ferret. Animal Conservation, 8: 321-328. DOI:10.1017/S1367943005002283

Buskirk, S.W. and Wisely, S.M. 2005. Appraising the conservation value of private lands. Pages 174-190 In: Species at risk: using economic incentives to shelter endangered species on private lands. J. Shogren, ed., Austin TX: University of Texas Press. ISBN:9780292705975

Aubry, K.**, Wisely, S., Raley, C. and Buskirk, S. 2004. Zoogeography, spacing patterns, and dispersal in fishers: insights gained from combining field and genetic data. Pages 201-220 in D.J. Harrison, A.K. Fuller, and G. Proulx, eds. Martens and fishers (Martes) in human-altered environments: an international perspective. Springer Science+Business Media, New York, NY. 279 pp.ISBN:9780387226910

Wisely, S.M.**, Buskirk, S.W., Russell, G., Aubry, K. and Zielinski, W. 2004. Phylogeography and genetic diversity of the fisher (Martes pennanti) in a peninsular and peripheral metapopulation. J Mammal (2004) 85 (4): 640-648 DOI:10.1644/BEL-011

Wisely, S.M.**, Maldonado, J.E., and Fleischer, R.C. 2004. Turbinal bones as a source of ancient DNA. Conservation Genetics 5:105-107 DOI:10.1023/B:COGE.0000014061.04963.da

Wisely, S.M.** and Golightly, R.T. 2003. Behavioral and ecological adaptations to water economy in two species of plethodontid salamander, Ensatina eschscholtzii and Batrachoseps attenuatus. Journal of Herpetology 37(4):659-665. 2003 DOI:10.1670/5-03A

Wisely, S.M.**, McDonald, D.B., and Buskirk, S.W. 2003. Evaluation of the species survival plan and captive breeding program for the black-footed ferret. Zoo Biology 22:287-298 DOI:10.1002/zoo.10089

Wisely, S.M.**, Fleming, M.A., McDonald, D.B., Buskirk, S.W., and Ostrander, E.A. 2002. Genetic diversity and fitness in black-footed ferrets before and during a bottleneck. J Hered (2002) 93 (4): 231-237 DOI:10.1093/jhered/93.4.231

Wisely, S.M.**, Ososky, J.J., and Buskirk, S.W. 2002. Morphological changes to black-footed ferrets resulting from captivity. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 2002, 80(9): 1562-1568, DOI:10.1139/z02-160