1. K-State home
  2. »Arts and Sciences
  3. »Division of Biology
  4. »People
  5. »Faculty
  6. »Sandercock, Brett K.

Division of Biology

Brett K. Sandercock, Professor

Brett Sandercock

Contact information

425 Ackert Hall
(785) 532-0120

Lab website: http://www.ksu.edu/bsanderc


Ph.D. 1997, Simon Fraser University. Wildlife Ecology.

Area(s) of Specialization

Behavioral ecology; demography; evolutionary ecology; mark-recapture statistics; matrix models; ornithology; population biology.

Research Focus

My research interests are in population biology of terrestrial vertebrates, including conservation biology and wildlife management, evolutionary ecology, and behavioral ecology. Recent field projects have examine the effects of wind power development on prairie chickens, harvest on ptarmigan, cowbird removals on songbird hosts, and effects of grazing and prescribed burning on grassland birds. In evolutionary ecology, I have published on comparative life history strategies of birds, and the demography of animals and plants. I have expertise in estimation of demographic parameters with mark-recapture methods, and modeling population dynamics with population models based on projection matrices. My interests in behavioral ecology have included studies of sexual selection, mating systems, and parental care. My study systems have included arctic and prairie grouse, migratory shorebirds, and grassland songbirds, where I have used a combination of manipulative experiments and long-term monitoring to investigate marked individuals in wild populations.

Selected Publications

Lounsberry ZT, Almeida JB, Lanctot RB, Liebezeit JR, Sandercock BK, Strum KM, Zack S, Wisely SM. 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.

McNew LB, Hunt LM, Gregory AJ, Wisely SM, Sandercock BK. 2014. Effects of wind energy development on the nesting ecology of Greater Prairie-Chickens in fragmented grasslands. Conservation Biology 28:1089-1099.

Winder VL, McNew LB, Gregory AJ, Hunt LM, Wisely SM, Sandercock BK. 2014. Space use of female Greater Prairie-Chickens in response to wind energy development. Ecosphere 5:art3.

Winder VL, McNew LB, Gregory AJ, Hunt LM, Wisely SM, Sandercock BK. 2014. Effects of wind energy development on the survival of Greater Prairie-Chickens. Journal of Applied Ecology 51:395-405.

Blanco-Fontao B, Sandercock BK, Obeso JR, McNew LB, Quevedo M. 2013. Effects of sexual dimorphism and landscape composition on the trophic behavior of Greater Prairie-Chickens. PLoS One 8:e79986.

Leyrer J, Lok T, Brugge M, Spaans B, Sandercock BK, Piersma T. 2013. Mortality within the annual cycle: seasonal survival patterns in Afro-Siberian Red Knots. Journal of Ornithology 153:933-943.

McNew LB, Gregory AJ, Sandercock BK. 2013. Spatial heterogeneity in habitat selection: nest site selection by Greater Prairie-Chickens. Journal of Wildlife Management 77:791-801.

View the complete publication list