Richardson's Ground Squirrels

Michener Publications

Publications are grouped into the following categories:

Refereed scientific journals;  Natural history;  Book chapters;  Edited book;  Theses supervised;  Michener theses;  Other publications 

Refereed Scientific Journals

Catton, H.C.and G. R. Michener. 2016. Cohort effects and proximal versus distal metrics for lifetime reproductive success in Richardson's ground squirrels.  Journal of Mammalogy, 97: 774-787.  doi 10.1093/jmammal/gyw007

Gedir, J.V. and G. R. Michener. 2014. Litter sex ratios in Richardson's ground squirrels: long-term data support random sex allocation and homeostasis.  Oecologia,   174: 1225-1239.  doi: 10.1007/s00442-013-2861-y

Risch, T. S., G. R. Michener, and F. S. Dobson. 2007. Variation in litter size: a test of hypotheses in Richardson's ground squirrels. Ecology, 88: 306-314.

Broussard, D. R., G. R. Michener, and F. S. Dobson. 2006. Age-specific resource investment strategies: evidence from female Richardson's ground squirrels. Journal of Zoology (London), 268: 389-394.

Michener, G. R. 2005. Limits on egg predation by Richardson's ground squirrels. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 83:1030-1037.

Broussard, D. R., G. R. Michener, T. S. Risch, and F. S. Dobson. 2005. Somatic senescence: evidence from female Richardson's ground squirrels. Oikos, 108: 591-601.

Goodwin, H. T., G. R. Michener, D. Gonzalez, and C. E. Rinaldi. 2005. Hibernation is recorded in lower incisors of Recent and fossil ground squirrels (Spermophilus). Journal of Mammalogy, 86: 323-332.

Michener, G. R. 2004. Hunting techniques and tool use by North American badgers preying on Richardson's ground squirrels. Journal of Mammalogy, 85: 1019-1027.  doi: 10.1644/BNS-102

Michener, G. R. 2002. Seasonal use of subterranean sleep and hibernation sites by adult female Richardson's ground squirrels. Journal of Mammalogy, 83: 999-1012.

Michener, G. R. 2001. Great horned owl, Bubo virginianus, predation on Richardson's ground squirrels, Spermophilus richardsonii. Canadian Field-Naturalist, 115: 543-548.

 Michener, G. R. and A. N. Iwaniuk. 2001. Killing technique of North American badgers preying on Richardson's ground squirrels. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 79: 2109-2113.

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Pasztor, T. J., L. K. Smith, N. K. MacDonald, G. R. Michener, and S. M. Pellis. 2001. Sexual and aggressive play fighting of sibling Richardson's ground squirrels. Aggressive Behavior, 27: 323-337.

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Michener, G. R. 2000. Caching of Richardson's ground squirrels by North American badgers. Journal of Mammalogy, 81: 1106-1117.

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Michener, G. R. and C. D. Michener. 1999. Mating behavior of Dianthidium curvatum (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae) at a nest aggregation. Natural History Museum, The University of Kansas. Special Publication, 24: 37-43.

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Michener, G. R. 1998. Sexual differences in reproductive effort of Richardson's ground squirrels. Journal of Mammalogy, 79:1-19.

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Michener, G. R. and I. G. McLean. 1996. Reproductive behaviour and operational sex ratio in Richardson's ground squirrels. Animal Behaviour, 52:743-758.  doi: 10.1006/anbe.1996.0219

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van Staaden, M. J., G. R. Michener, and R. K. Chesser. 1996. Spatial analysis of microgeographic genetic structure in Richardson's ground squirrels. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 74: 1187-1195.

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Pellis, S. M., N. MacDonald, and G. R. Michener. 1996. The lateral display as a combat tactic in Richardson's ground squirrels. Aggressive Behavior, 22:119-134.

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Dobson, F. S. and G. R. Michener. 1995. Maternal traits and reproduction in Richardson's ground squirrels. Ecology, 76: 851-862.

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van Staaden, M. J., R. K. Chesser, and G. R. Michener. 1994. Genetic correlations and matrilineal structure in a population of Spermophilus richardsonii. Journal of Mammalogy, 75:573-582.

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Michener, G.R. and L. Locklear. 1990. Overwinter weight loss by Richardson's ground squirrels in relation to sexual differences in mating effort. Journal of Mammalogy, 71:489-499.

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Michener, G.R. and L. Locklear. 1990. Differential costs of reproduction for male and female Richardson's ground squirrels. Ecology, 71:855-868.

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Michener, G.R. 1989. Sexual differences in interyear survival and life-span of Richardson's ground squirrels. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 67:1827-1831.  doi:1 0.1139/z89-260

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Michener, G.R. 1989. Reproductive effort during gestation and lactation by Richardson's ground squirrels. Oecologia, 78:77-86.  doi: 10.1007/BF00377200

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Michener, G.R., and J. W. Koeppl. 1985. Spermophilus richardsonii. Mammalian Species, 243:1-8.

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Kuijt, J. and G.R. Michener. 1985. First record of the Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva Purse) in Alberta. Canadian Field-Naturalist, 99:264-266.

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Michener, G.R. 1985. Chronology of reproductive events for female Richardson's ground squirrels. Journal of Mammalogy, 66:280-288.

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Michener, G.R. 1984. Copulatory plugs in Richardson's ground squirrels. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 62:267-270.

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Dolman, T.M. and G.R. Michener. 1983. Brown and white adipose tissue in relation to age and sex in juvenile Richardson's ground squirrels. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 61:2789-2797.

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Michener, G.R. and J.O. Murie. 1983. Black-tailed prairie dog coteries: are they cooperatively breeding units? American Naturalist, 121:266-274.

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Michener, G.R. 1982. Infanticide in ground squirrels. Animal Behaviour, 30:936-938.

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Michener, G.R. 1981. Ontogeny of spatial relationships and social behaviour in juvenile Richardson's ground squirrels. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 59:1666-1676.

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Michener, G.R. 1980. Differential reproduction among female Richardson's ground squirrels and its relation to sex ratio. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 7:173-178.  doi: 10.1007/BF00299361

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Michener, G.R. 1980. The measurement and interpretation of interaction rates: an example with Richardson's ground squirrels. Biology of Behaviour, 5:371-384.

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Michener, G.R. 1980. Estrous and gestation periods in Richardson's ground squirrels. Journal of Mammalogy, 61:531-534.

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Michener, G.R. 1979. Yearly variations in the population dynamics of Richardson's ground squirrels. Canadian Field-Naturalist, 93:363-370.

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Michener, G.R. 1979. The circannual cycle of Richardson's ground squirrels in southern Alberta. Journal of Mammalogy, 60:760-768.

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Michener, G.R. 1979. Spatial relationships and social organization of adult Richardson's ground squirrels. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 57:125-139.  doi: 10.1139/z79-010

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Michener, G.R. 1978. Effect of age and parity on weight gain and entry into hibernation in Richardson's ground squirrels. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 56:2573-2577.

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Michener, G.R. 1977. Gestation period and juvenile age at emergence in Richardson's ground squirrels. Canadian Field-Naturalist, 91:410-413.

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Michener, G.R. and D.R. Michener. 1977. Population structure and dispersal in Richardson's ground squirrels. Ecology, 58:359-368.  doi: 10.2307/1935610

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Michener, G.R. 1977. Effect of climatic conditions on the annual activity and hibernation cycle of Richardson's ground squirrels and Columbian ground squirrels. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 55:693-703.

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Michener, G.R. 1976. Tail autotomy as an escape mechanism in Rattus rattus. Journal of Mammalogy, 57:600-603.

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Michener, G.R. 1974. Development of adult-young identification in Richardson's ground squirrel. Developmental Psychobiolology, 7:375-384.

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Michener, G.R. and D.R. Michener. 1973. Spatial distribution of yearlings in a Richardson's ground squirrel population. Ecology, 54:1138-1142.

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Michener, G.R. 1973. Intraspecific aggression and social organization in ground squirrels. Journal of Mammalogy, 54:1001-1003.

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Michener, G.R. 1973. Climatic conditions and breeding in Richardson's ground squirrel. Journal of Mammalogy, 54:499-503.

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Michener, G.R. 1973. Field observations on the social relationships between adult female and juvenile Richardson's ground squirrels. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 51:33-38.

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Michener, G.R. and D.H. Sheppard. 1972. Social behavior between adult female Richardson's ground squirrels (Spermophilus richardsonii) and their own and alien young. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 50:1343-1349.

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Michener, D.R. and G.R. Michener. 1971. Sex ratio and interyear residence in a population of Spermophilus richardsonii. Journal of Mammalogy, 52:835.

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Michener, G.R. 1969. Notes on the breeding and young of the crest-tailed marsupial mouse, Dasycercus cristicauda. Journal of Mammalogy, 50:633-635.


Natural History

Michener, G. R. 2008.  Sex makes a difference! Male and female Richgardson's ground squirrels lead different lifestyles.  Nature Alberta, 38:24-31.

Michener, G. R. 2004. Hibernation. pp. 621-624 in Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior (ed. M. Bekoff). Greenwood Press, Westport.

Michener, G. R. 1999. Richardson's ground squirrel/Spermophilus richardsonii. pp. 429-431 in The Smithsonian Book of North American Mammals (eds. D. E. Wilson and S. Ruff) Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, 750 pp.

Invited Book Chapters

Michener, G. R. 1996. Establishment of a colony of Richardson's ground squirrels in southern Alberta. pp. 303-308 in Proceedings of the Fourth Prairie Conservation and Endangered Species Workshop. (eds. W. D. Willms and J. F. Dormaar). Provincial Museum of Alberta Natural History Occasional Paper 23

Michener, G. R. 1993. Sexual differences in hibernaculum contents of Richardson's ground squirrels: males store food. pp. 109-118 in Life in the Cold: Ecological, physiological, and molecular mechanisms. (eds. C. Carey, G. L. Florant, B. A. Wunder, and B. Horwitz.) Westview Press, Boulder.

Michener, G.R. 1990. Use of body mass and sex ratio to interpret the behavioral ecology of Richardson's ground squirrels. pp. 304-338 in Interpretation and explanation in the study of behavior. (eds. M. Bekoff and D. Jamieson). Westview Press, Boulder.

Michener, G.R. 1984. Age, sex, and species differences in the annual cycles of ground-dwelling sciurids: implications for sociality. pp. 81-107 in The biology of ground-dwelling squirrels: annual cycles, behavioral ecology, and sociality. (eds. J.O. Murie and G.R. Michener). University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln.

Michener, G.R. 1983. Kin identification, matriarchies, and the evolution of sociality in ground-dwelling sciurids. pp. 528-572 in Advances in the Study of Mammalian Behavior. (eds. J.F. Eisenberg and D.G. Kleiman). American Society of Mammalogists Special Publication No. 7.

Edited Book

Murie, J. O. and G. R. Michener (editors). 1984. The biology of ground-dwelling squirrels: annual cycles, behavioral ecology, and sociality. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln. 459 pp. (Received Wildlife Society Award for Editorship, 1986)

Theses Supervised

PDFs of theses can be downloaded from the University of Lethbridge Library at http://www.uleth.ca/dspace/handle/10133/2 by browsing under author name.

Charge, T. D. 2001. Hibernation biology of Richardson's ground squirrels: Energy utilization and hibernaculum systems. M.Sc. thesis, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Canada.  http://hdl.handle.net/10133/151

Magyara, N. 2009. Multiple mating and female choice in Richardson's ground squirrels (Urocitellus richardsonii).   M.Sc. thesis, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Canada.  http://hdl.handle.net/10133/1258

Ovens, C. 2011.  Kinship and use of underground space by adult female Richardson's ground squirrels (Urocitellus richardsonii).  M.Sc. thesis, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Canada.  http://hdl.handle.net/10133/2619

Michener Theses

Michener, G.R. 1972. Social relationships between adult and young in Richardson's ground squirrel Spermophilus richardsonii. Ph.D. thesis, University of Saskatchewan, Regina campus.

Michener, G.R. 1966. Ecology and behaviour of the meat ant Iridomyrmex detectus. Honours thesis, University of Adelaide.

Educational Publications

Michener, G. R. and T. D. Charge. 2002. Development of thermoregulation in altricial infants. pp. 187-197 in Exploring Animal Behavior in Laboratory and Field (eds. B. J. Ploger and K. Yasukawa). Academic Press.

Michener, G. R. and T. D. Charge. 2002. Development of thermoregulation in altricial infants. pp. 63-68 in Teaching Animal Behavior in Laboratory and Field: An instructor's manual. (eds. B. J. Ploger and K. Yasukawa).

Horner, B. E., J. M. Taylor, A. V. Linzey, and G. R. Michener. 1996. Women in mammalogy 1940-1994: personal perspectives. Journal of Mammalogy, 74: 148-155.

Michener, G.R. 1989. Surveillance of animal care and use in Canada. pp. 9-14 in Animal Care and Use in Behavioral Research: Regulations, Issues, and Applications. (ed. J.W. Driscoll).

Michener, G.R. 1989. Ethical issues in the use of wild animals in behavioral and ecological studies. pp. 37-43 in Animal Care and Use in Behavioral Research: Regulations, Issues, and Applications. (ed. J.W. Driscoll).

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