Eric Thacker

Wildland Resources Dept

Range Management Specialist


Eric Thacker

Contact Information

Office Location: NR 144 / USU Campus
Phone: 435-797-3796
Email: eric.thacker@usu.edu

Educational Background

PhD, Wildlife Sciences, Utah State University, 2010
Greater Sage-Grouse Seasonal Ecology and response to Habitat Manipulation in Northern, Utah.

Awards

Range Manager of the Year, 2016

Utah Section of Society for Range Managament


    Publications | Book Chapters

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Fact Sheets

  • Dahlgren, D., Messmer, T.A, Thacker, E., (2016). Considerations for Sage-Grouse Management Objectives. USU Extension
  • Dahlgren, D., Messmer, T.A, Thacker, E., (2016). Considerations for Sage-Grouse Management Objectives. Utah State University Extension
  • Dahlgren, D., Thacker, E., Messmer, T.A, (2015). What does a Sage-grouse Eat?. USU Extension Fact Sheet
  • Burritt, E., Monaco, T., Thacker, E., (2014). Should Ranchers Value Sagebrush? Why We Need Sagebrush. Utah State University Extension

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Journal Articles

Academic Journal

  • Tanner, E.P, Elmore, R.D, Davis, C.A, Fuhlendorf, S.D, Dahlgren, D., Thacker, E., Orange, J.P, (2016). Does the presence of oil and gas infrastructure potentially increase risk of harvest in northern bobwhite?. Wildlife Biology, 22:6, 294–304.
  • Orange, J.P, Davis, C.A, Elmore, R.D, Tanner, E.P, Fuhlendorf, S.D, Thacker, E., (2016). Evaluating the efficacy of brood flush counts: a case study in two quail species. Western North American Naturalist, 76:4, 8.
  • Thacker, E., Hamm, R.L, Hagen, J., Davis, C.A, Guthery, F., (2016). Evaluation of the Surrogator® system to increase pheasant and quail abundance. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 40:2, 310–315.
  • Thacker, E., Springer, T.L, (2016). Preference of pen-reared northern bobwhite among native plant seeds of the sand sagebrush-mixed prairie. The Southwestern Naturalist, 61, 307-311.
  • Braithwaite, H., Bateman, T.M, Veblen, K.E, Thacker, E., Villalba, J., (2016). Identification of elk preferences for different diet supplements. The Wildlife Society Bulletin, 40, 368-374.
  • Tanner, E.P, Elmore, R.D, Fuhlendorf, S.D, Davis, C.A, Thacker, E., Dahlgren, D., (2015). Behavioral responses at distribution extremes: how artificial surface water can affect quail movement patterns. Rangeland Ecology & Management, 68:6, 476–484.
  • Dahlgren, D., Larsen, R.T, Danvir, R., Wilson, G., Thacker, E., Black, T., Naugle, D.E, Connelly, J.W, Messmer, T.A, (2015). Greater sage-grouse and range management: insights from a 25-year case study in Utah and Wyoming. Rangeland Ecology & Management, 68:5, 375–382.
  • Carroll, J.M, Davis, C.A, Elmore, R.D, Fuhlendorf, S.D, Thacker, E., (2015). Thermal patterns constrain diurnal behavior of a ground-dwelling bird. Ecosphere, 6:11, 1–15.
  • Tanner, E., Elmore, D., Fuhlendorf, S., Davis, C., Thacker, E., Dahlgren, D., (2015). Behavioral responses at distribution extremes: How artificial surface water can affect quail movement patterns. . Range Ecology and Management, 68:6, 476-484.
  • Carrol, M., Davis, C., Elmore, D., Fuhlendorf, S., Thacker, E., (2015). Thermal patterns constrain diurnal behavior of a ground-dwelling bird. Ecosphere
  • Thacker, E., Scasta, J., Hovick, T., Engle, D., (2015). Patch-burn grazing (PBG) as a livestock management alternative for fire-prone ecosystems of North America. RENEWABLE AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SYSTEMS1, 1-18.
  • Dahlgren, D., Larsen, R., Danvir, R., Wilson, G., Thacker, E., Naugle, D., Black, T., Messmer, T.A, (2015). Sage-grouse response to sagebrush treatments: Insights from a 23-year case study in Utah. Rangeland Management and Ecology - Society for Range Management, 68:5, 375-382.
  • Thacker, E., Messmer, T.A, Burritt, E., (2015). Daubenmire vs Line Point Intercept as Cover Measurements for Sage-Grouse Habitat. Rangelands, 37, 7-13.
  • Thacker, E., Gardner, D.R, Messmer, T.A, Guttery, M.R, Dahlgren, D.K, (2012). Using gas chromatography to determine winter diets of greater sage-grouse in Utah. The Journal of Wildlife Management, 76:3, 588–592.
  • Dahlgren, D., Messmer, T.A, Thacker, E., Guttery, M.R, (2010). Evaluation of brood detection techniques: recommendations for estimating greater sage-grouse productivity. Western North American Naturalist, 70:2, 233–237.

Professional Journal

  • Dahlgren, D., Messmer, T.A, Crabb, B.A, Larsen, R.T, Black, T., Frey, S., Thacker, E., Baxter, R.J, Robinson, J.D, (2016). Seasonal movements of greater sage-grouse populations in Utah: Implications for species conservation. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 40, 288–299.
  • Dahlgren, D., Messmer, T.A, Crabb, B., Larsen, R., Black, T., Frey, S., Thacker, E., Baxter, R., Robinson, J., (2016). Seasonal movements of greater sage-grouse populations in Utah: Implications for species conservation.. Wildlife Society Bulletin , 40, 288 - 300.
  • Messmer, T.A, Thacker, E., (2013). Greater Sage-Grouse Sex Ratios: Does the Evidence Support the Assumption? Journal of Wildlife Management. Journal of Wildlife Management, 77, 1593-1597.
  • Guttery, M., Messmer, T.A, Thacker, E., (2013). GREATER SAGE-GROUSE (CENTROCERCUS UROPHASIANUS) SEX RATIOS: . Journal of wildlife management, 8:77, 1593-1597.

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Technical Reports

Research Reports

    Other Reports

    • Thacker, E., Twidwell, D., (2014). Synthesis of the effect of fire on lesser prairie‐chickens. Great Plains Fire Science Exchange

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Publications | Other

    Bulletins

    Other

      An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

      Teaching

      WILD 4000, 6900 - Principles of Rangeland Management, Spring 2019
      WILD 4000, 6900 - Graduate Special Topics, Spring 2018
      WILD 4000, 6900 - Principles of Range Management, Spring 2018
      WILD 4000, 6900 - Graduate Special Topics, Spring 2017
      WILD 4000 - Principles of Range Management, Spring 2017
      WILD 4000 - Principles of Range Management, Spring 2016
      WILD 4000, 6900 - Principles of Rangeland Management, Spring 2016
      WILD 4000 - Principles of Rangeland Management, Spring 2015

      Extension

      Utah Rangeland Extension, 2013 - 2013

      Graduate Students Mentored

      Rayce Bryan, Wildland Resources, August 2019
      Mike Anderson, Wildland Resources, August 2018
      Ruger Carter, Wildland Resources, August 2018