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Hugh Britten

Hugh Britten
Professor
Biology, College of Arts & Sciences
Phone: 605-677-6179
Education:
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher/Research Faculty, Conservation genetics, University of Nevada - Reno, 1994
  • Ph D, Biology, Montana State University, 1991
  • MS, Ecology, University of Tennessee, 1985
  • BS, Biology, Niagara University, 1981
Research:
  • Captive Rearing Program to facilitate habitat evaluation, head-starting, and population augmentation for the Hine's emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana) in Illinois., Illinois Dept of Natural Resources, (2012 - 2014)
Grants:
  • Population Estimation and Preliminary Genetic Baseline Assessment for the Hine’s emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana) in coastal wetlands of the Great Lakes, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, (2010)
  • Implementation of Recovery Action for the HED in Illinois and Wisconsin, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, (2009)
  • Investigation of the role of small rodents in the maintenance of plague on Lower Brule black-tailed prairie dog colonies, US Fish and Wildlife Service, (2013 - 2017)
  • Tracking the spread of emerging sylvatic plague in black-tailed prairie dog metapopulations using a landscape genetics approach, USD ORSP, (2014 - 2014)
  • Risk of plague in five Great Plains Parks and management recommendations, National Park Service, (2009 - 2013)
  • Plague prevalence in fleas collected from South Dakota swift fox and black-footed ferrets, SD Department of Game, Fish and Parks, (2012 - 2013)
  • Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly Population and Genetic Surveys at MacMahon Fen, US Fish and Wildlife Service, (2012 - 2013)
  • MRI: Aquisition of Genetic Instrumentation for a New Core Facility at the University of South Dakota, National Science Foundation, (2009 - 2012)
  • Fort Hale Bottom Prairie Dog Microsatellite Analyses, USD CURCA, (2011 - 2012)
  • Blood meal analysis of black-tailed prairie dog fleas collected from potentially plague infected colonies across Great Plains region, USD ORSP, (2011 - 2012)
  • Plague Prevalence in Lower Brule Indian Reservation Black-Tailed Prairie Dog Colonies, SD GFP Small Grants Program, (2009 - 2010)
  • Acquisition of a Genetic Analyzer by University of South Dakota Evolutionary Genetics Research Group, National Science Foundation, (2002 - 2005)
Publications:
  • Soluk, D., Britten, H., Monroe, E., Kijowski, A., Pitcher, K., Furness, A., Soluk, T., DeMots, R., Evaluation of the potential impacts of the I355 extension on the ecology, behavior, population genetics, and distribution of the endangered Hine’s emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana) in the Des Plaines River Valley 2012 Report Daniel.
  • Kiesow, A. M., Monroe, E. M., Britten, H., (2012), Genetic Structure of two arboreal squirrel species, Glaucomys sabrinus and Tamiasciurus hudsonicus, in the Black Hills, South Dakota, Canadian Journal of Zoology.
  • Soluk, D., Britten, H., Monroe, E., (2012), Evaluation of the potential impacts of the I355 extension on the ecology, behavior, population genetics, and distribution of the endangered Hine’s emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana) in the, p. 40.
  • Monroe, E., Britten, H., Conservation genetics of the Hine’s emerald dragonfly. , Proceedings of the South Dakota Academy of Sciences, p. 1.
  • Mize, E., Britten, H., Preliminary plague assay results of fleas from five National Parks, Proceedings of the South Dakota Academy of Sciences.
  • Jones, P. H., Washburn, L. R., Britten, H., (2011), Gene flow in a Yersinia pestis vector,Oropsylla hirsuta, during a plague epizootic, Journal of Vector Borne Diseases , vol. 48, pp. 125 - 132.
  • Jones, P. H., Biggins, D. E., Eads, D. A., Eads, S. L., Britten, H., (2011), Deltamethrin flea-control preserves genetic variability of black-tailed prairie dogs during a plague outbreak , Conservation Genetics, vol. 13, iss. 1, pp. 183-195.
  • Kiesow, A. M., Wallace, L. E., Britten, H., Characterization and isolation of five microsatellite loci in northern flying squirrels, Glaucomys sabrinus (Sciuridae, Rodentia)., Western North American Naturalist, vol. 71, iss. 4, pp. 553-556.
  • Jones, P. H., Britten, H., (2010), The absence of concordance of population genetic, Molecular Ecology, vol. 19, pp. 2038-2049.
  • Monroe, E., Lynch, C., Soluk, D., Britten, H., (2010), Nonlethal tissue sampling techniques and microsatellite markers used for first report of genetic diversity in two populations of the endangered Somatochlora hineana (Odonata: Corduliidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 103:1012-1017., Annals of the Entomological Society of America., vol. 103, pp. 1012-1017.
  • Monroe, E. M., Lynch, C., Soluk, D. A., Britten, H., (2010), Non-lethal Tissue Sampling Techniques and Microsatellite Markers used for First Report of Genetic Diversity in Two Populations of the Endangered Somatochlora hineana (Odonata:Corduliidae), Annals of the Entomological Society of America .
  • Jones, P. H., Wallace, L., Britten, H., (2009), Isolation and characterization of 11 microsatellite loci from Oropsylla hirsuta, a common vector of sylvatic plague, Molecular Ecology Resources, iss. 9, pp. 1041-1044.
  • Rasmussen, K., Britten, H., (2007), EvoBeaker: Computer Labs for Explorations in Evolutionary Biology., Animal Behaviour, vol. 74, pp. 159-160.
Presentations:
  • Monroe, E., Britten, H. (2013, May). Conservation Genetics of the Hine's Emerald Dragonfly. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Freshwater Sciences, Jacksonville, FL.
  • Mize, E., Britten, H. (2013, April). Plague Prevalence in Fleas Collected from Black-Footed Ferrets at Lower Brule Sioux Reservation. Presented at the USD IdeaFest 2013, USD.
  • Vierhout, T., Britten, H. (2013, April). The Use of Stains to Improve Bovine Embryo Search times. Presented at the USD IdeaFest 2013, USD.
  • Britten, H., Lamb, J. (2013, April). Population Genetic Structure of Prairie dogs on the Lower Brule Reservation. Presented at the USD IdeaFest 2014, USD .
  • Monroe, E., Britten, H. (2012, April). Conservation Genetics of the Hine's Emerald Dragonfly. Presented at the Annual meeting of the SD Academy of Sciences, USD.
  • Mize, E., Britten, H. (2012, April). Preliminary plague assay results of fleas from five National Parks. Presented at the Annual meeting of the SD Academy of Sciences, USD.
  • Britten, H., Mize, E., Lamb, J. R. (2012, April). Population Genetic Structure of Prairie Dogs on the Lower Brule Reservation. Presented at the USD IdeaFest, USD.
  • Monroe, E., Soluk, D., Britten, H. (2011, May). Conservation genetics of the Hine’s emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana) in heavily urbanized impacted and minimally affected areas of its range. Presented at the North American Benthological Society Annual Meeting, Providence, RI.
  • Britten, H., Soluk, D. (2010, December). Conservation Biology of the Hine's Emerald Dragonfly.
  • Britten, H. (2010, June). Presented at the Society for the Study of Evolution annual international meeting, Portland, OR.
  • Britten, H. (2009, June). Presented at the Society for the Study of Evolution annual international meeting, Moscow, ID.
  • Britten, H., Filler, J. (2009, March). Presented at the University of South Dakota IdeaFest, Vermillion, SD.