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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 April 2014, Joseph Lautenbach received the Robert J. Robel Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Research in Wildlife Biology and Ecology.


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In February 2014, Brian Kearns presented a paper at the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society meeting in Austin, TX. "The legacy of lead: developing new methods for assessing lead contamination and wildlife exposure risks in Gulf Coast wetland habitats."

In January 2014, Brian Kearns, John Kraft, Joseph Lautenbach, Reid Plumb, Beth Ross, David Spencer, Andrew Stetter and David Haukos attended the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Five papers were presented.

In January 2014, Jane Fencl, Kayla Gerber, Sean Hitchman, John Kraft, Joseph Lautenbach, Reid Plumb, Beth Ross and Martha Mather attended the Kansas Natural Resources Conference in Wichita, Kansas. Five papers were presented.

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.

Site last updated on August 26, 2014

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