Sarah Sonsthagen

Sarah Sonsthagen

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  • Grants
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Contact Information

TitleWildlife Scientist | Assistant Unit Leader NCFWRU
Faculty RankResearch Associate Professor
Address424 South Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
  • office: 402-472-0985


Selected Publications

Sonsthagen, S., Wilson, R. E., Talbot, S. L. (2022). Species-specific responses to landscape features shaped genomic structure within Alaska galliformes. Journal of Biogeography. Online
Krejsa, D. M., Talbot, S. L., Sage, G. K., Sonsthagen, S., Jung, T. S., Majoun, A. J., Cook, J. A. (2021). Dynamic landscapes in northwestern North America structured populations of wolverines (Gulo gulo). Journal of Mammalogy, 102, 891-908.Online
Lavretsky, P., Wilson, R. E., Talbot, S. L., Sonsthagen, S. (2021). Phylogenomics reveals ancient and contemporary gene flow contributing to the evolutionary history of sea ducks (Tribe Mergini). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 161, 107164Online
Rosenfield, R. N., Sonsthagen, S., Riddle-Berntsen, A. E., Kuhel, E. (2021). Record fledging count from a seven-egg clutch in the Cooper’s hawk (Accipiter cooperii). The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 132, 460-463. Online
Wilson, R. E., Matsuoka, S. M., Powell, L. L., Johnson, J. A., Demarest, D. W., Stralberg, D., Sonsthagen, S. (2021). Implications of Historical and Contemporary Processes on Genetic Differentiation of a Declining Boreal Songbird: The Rusty Blackbird. Diversity, 13, 103.Online





SNR Program Areas

  • Applied Ecology

Areas of Interest/Expertise

  • Molecular ecology
  • Population genetics
  • Evolution
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Molecular biology
  • Genetic diversity
  • Phylogenetic analysis


Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/ 2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/ 2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant TitleEvaluating Reproduction, Harvest, Timing of Season, Connectivity, and Spatial Ecology of Wild Turkeys in Nebraska
Starting Date09/15/2022


Ending Date12/31/2026
Funding Level$1,885,893.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission


Grant TitleInvestigating Hybridization between the Declining Gray-Headed Chickadee and a Recent Colonizer
Starting Date07/01/2021


Ending Date09/30/2024
Funding Level$65,086.00
Funding AgencyUS Geological Survey



Graduate Programs

Master of Applied Science

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences
including specializations in

    Doctorate of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences
    including specializations in