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Welcome to the updated Research Unit website. Feel free to look around the site and see all the new additions it has to offer.


In October 2015, Sarah Ogden won the Celia Markum Award for the Best Student at the Kansas Ornithological Society meeting in Emporia, Kansas. The paper was titled, "Species-specific responses of grassland birds to sericea lespedeza control using fire and grazing."

In September 2015,Samantha Robinson and John Kraft attended the 13th International Grouse Symposium in Reykjavik, Iceland. Two presentations were made.

In September 2015, David Haukos, John Kraft, Jonathan Lautenbach, Reid Plumb, Samantha Robinson and Dan Sullins attended the Biennial meeting of the Prairie Grouse Technical Council, Nevada, Missouri. Five papers were presented.

In August, 2015, Sean Hitchman and Robert Mapes attended the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon. Two presentations were made.

In August 2015, David Haukos, Gene Albanese, Thomas Becker, John Kraft, Willow Malone, Kelsey McCullough, Sarah Ogden, Samantha Robinson, Beth Ross and Dan Sullins attended The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting, Central Mountains and Plains Section in Manhattan, KS. Nine presentations were made.

Right: Black-tailed prairie dog with a radio collar at Fort Larned National Historic Site.

Featured Research Project

Left: Lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus).

Lesser Prairie-Chicken Habitat Use, Survival, and Recruitment in Kansas

Investigators: Joseph Lautenbach, Reid Plumb, John Kraft, Dan Sullins, Samantha Robinson, Beth Ross, David Spencer and David Haukos

Progress and Results:   Lesser prairie-chickens (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus; hereafter LPC) currently exist in scattered populations in Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico. Each population is associated with unique habitat types and patch sizes; experiencing different population trajectories from severe decline to relatively stable or, rarely, increasing. For more information about this project, click here.

Article on Lesser Prairie Chickens in Science magazine, June 18, 2015.

Site last updated on October 9, 2015.

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