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Wildlife Projects


The role of fire, microclimate, and vegetation in lesser prairie-chicken habitat selection (Jonathan Lautenbach)

Responses of grassland birds and butterflies to control of sericea lespedeza with fire and grazing (Sarah Ogden)

Regional Distribution, Foraging, and Strategic Conservation of Lesser Prairie-chickens in Kansas and Colorado (Daniel S. Sullins)

Use of Moist-Soil Management for Waterfowl on the Texas Coast (Mike Whitson)


Occurrence and Prediction of Avian Disease Outbreaks in Kansas (Thomas Becker)

Vegetation Structure Characteristics Across Land Cover Types and Lesser Prairie Chicken Habitat Selection, Response to Grazing Strategies and Predator Communities in Western Kansas (John Kraft)

A Multi-Scale Examination of the Distribution and Habitat Use Patterns of the Regal Fritillary (Speyeria idalia) within the Fort Riley Military Reservation (Kelsey McCullough)

Climate Variation and Human-Landscape Interactions Affect Functional Capacity of the Central Great Plains Wetlands (Willow Malone)

Verifying Ground-based Habitat Quality Monitoring and Micro-Habitat Selection by Lesser Prairie-Chickens (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) with Remote Sensing Technology


Risk Assessment of Exposure to Lead for Mottled Ducks on National Wildlife Refuge of the Upper Texas Gulf Coast (Brian Kearns)

Breeding Season Survival, Space Use, Movement, and Habitat Use of Female Lesser Prairie-Chickens (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) in Kansas and Colorado (Reid Plumb)

Development of conservation and climate adaptation strategies for wetlands in the Great Plains LCC region (Gene Albanese)

Landscape Conservation Design, Movements, and Survival of Lesser Prairie-Chickens in Kansas and Colorado (Samantha Robinson)

Lesser Prairie-Chicken Response to USDA Conservation Practices in Kansas and Colorado (Beth Ross)

Estimating Inundation Frequency of Playa Wetlands Using 1970s LandSat MSS Data: Did Irrigation Practices Artificially Increase Frequency and Longevity of Landscape Wetness?


Lesser Prairie-Chicken Reproductive Success, Habitat Selection, and Response to Trees in Kansas and Colorado (Joseph Lautenbach)

Movements, Habitat Use, Survival, and Potential Implications of Climate Change on Mottled Ducks (Anas fulvigula) in the Texas Chenier Plain Region (Jena Moon)

Potential Exposure to Environmental Lead in Mottled Ducks (Anas fulvigula) on the Texas Chenier Plains National Wildlife Refuge Complex (Stephen McDowell)

Parasitemia, Health, and Reproduction in Lesser Scaup at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge (Andrew Stetter)

A historical record of land cover change of the lesser prairie-chicken range in Kansas (David Spencer)

Patterns and Processes of Dispersal of Black-Tailed Prairie Dogs in a Heavily Managed Landscape of the Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative (Rachel Pigg)


American Woodcock Habitat Occupancy and Migratory Origins in East Texas (Dan Sullins)

Lead Exposure, Habitat Use, and Nesting Ecology of Black-necked Stilts (Himantopus mexicanus) on the Upper Texas Coast (Thomas Riecke)


Community Response to Use of Prescribed Grazing and Tebuthiuron Herbicide for Restoration of Sand Shinnery Oak Grasslands (Jennifer Zavaleta)

Deer Density, Movement Patterns, and Group Dynamics on Quivira National Wildlife Refuge: Assessing Potential Risk for Disease Transmission (Dr. Jonathan Conard)

Occurrence, Function, and Conservation of Playa Wetlands: The Key to Biodiversity of the Southern Great Plains (Lacrecia Johnson)

Effect of Managed Grazing on Trends of Lesser Prairie-Chicken Abundance, Vegetation Composition and Structure, and Invertebrate Production on the Milnesand Prairie Preserve


Status and Distribution of Black-tailed Prairie Dogs on Small Cultural National Parks in the Western Great Plains (Rachel Pigg)

Small Mammal Populations in Prairie Ecosystems: Scale Dependent Responses to Disturbance (Derek Moon)

Demography and dispersal of black-tailed prairie dogs in four small cultural parks (Amanda Goldberg)


Factors Affecting the Distribution and Detectability of River Otters in Eastern Kansas (Mackenzie Shardlow)

Behavioral Ecology of Grasshopper Mice and Deer Mice (Ron E. VanNimwegen)


Assessment of Elk Habitat Use, Population Dynamics, and Genetic Variability at Fort Riley Military Reservation, Kansas (Jonathan Conard)

Landscape Genetics of Deer and the Potential Spread of CWD in Kansas: A Pilot Study to Examine Deer Density and Hunting Pressure as Factors

Biogeography and Molecular Epidemiology of the PRNP Gene in Kansas

Vegetation and Small Mammal Community Response to Military Track Vehicle Disturbance at Smoky Hills Air National Guard Bombing Range, Kansas


Landscape Effects on Disease Dynamics in Prairie Dogs (Bala Thiagarajan)


The effects of trapping methods on estimation of population parameters for small mammals (Jeremy Baumgardt)

The effects of landscape configuration on northern bobwhite in southeastern Kansas (Brian E. Flock)

Ecological restoration of tallgrass prairie: grazing management benefits plant and bird communities in upland and riparian habitats (Tracey N. Johnson)


Habitat Alteration and Disease Dynamics in Black-tailed Prairie Dogs (Tammi Johnson)

Effects of experimental manipulation of coterie size on demography of Black-tailed prairie dogs in South Dakota (Lorri A. Newby)


Spatial variation in Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) abundance and brood parasitism in Flint Hills Tallgrass Prairie (William E. Jensen)

Recreational pressure at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge: Potential impacts on avian use and seasonal productivity along the Niobrara River (Christopher Anderson)

Responses of small mammals and their predators to military disturbance in tallgrass prairie (Jonathan Conard)

High spatial homogeneity in a sex-biased mating system: The genetic population structure of greater prairie chickens (Tympanuchus cupido pinnatus) in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska (Mayee Wong)


The ecological role of the Bush Dog, Speothos venaticus, as part of the mammalian predator community in the Interior Atlantic Forest of Paraguay (Gerald L. Zuercher)

Coprophagy: An ecological investigation of the consumption of mammalian carnivore feces (Troy R. Livingston)

Conversion of tall fescue pastures to tallgrass prairie in southeastern Kansas: Small mammal responses (Amber D. Rucker)


Assessment of activity transmitters based on behavioral observations of coyotes, bobcats, and raccoons (Patricia R. Snyder)


Plant and breeding bird communities of black-tailed prairie dog colonies and non-colonized areas in southwest Kansas and southeast Colorado (Stephen L. Winter)

Herpetological and coleopteran communities of black-tailed prairie dog colonies and non-colonized areas in southwest Kansas (Justin E. Kretzer)

Seasonal avian use patterns of farmed wetlands and nest predation dynamics in riparian grasslands dominated by reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea) (James W. Rivers)


Ecology and interspecific relationships of mammalian predators on Fort Riley Military Reservation, Kansas (Jan F. Kamler)


Mapping and monitoring of disturbance from military training at Fort Riley, Kansas and an investigations into the stability of grassland ecotones using satellite remote sensing (Greg A. Hoch)

Vegetation and breeding bird assemblages in grazed and ungrazed riparian habitats in southeastern Kansas (David E. Hoover)

The swift fox in rangeland and cropland in western Kansas: Relative abundance, mortality, and body size (Raymond S. Matlack)

Landscape and fine scale habitat of the Loggerhead Shrike and Henslow's Sparrow on Fort Riley Military Reservation, Kansas (Heidi L. Michaels)


Responses of ring-necked pheasants to Conservation Reserve Program fields during courtship and brood rearing in the high plains (William K. Smith)


Fisheries Projects


Developing and Testing a Spatially-Explicit, Science-Based, Decision-Support Tool for Making Riverscape-Scale Management Decisions: How Dams Affect Fish Communities, a Threatened Native Stream Fish (the Neosho Madtom), and Select Tributary Fish Species (Sean Hitchman)

Plum Island Ecosystems LTER (Ryland Taylor)


A field manipulation that evaluates size through time, habitat-specific diet, isotope values, and distribution of early spawn and natural spawn age-0 largemouth bass (Robert Mapes)


Assessing Distribution and Movement of Blue Catfish in Kansas Reservoirs (Kayla Gerber and Zachary Peterson)


Sand dredging effects on fishes and fish habitat in the Kansas River (Jason Fischer)

Recruitment of Fishes in the Kansas River (Joe Gerken)


Effects of Zebra Mussels on Reservoir Aquatic Communities (Andrea Severson)


Impacts of Road Crossings on Prairie Stream Fishes (Wes Bouska)

Developing Conservation Priorities to Protect Fish Biodiversity in the Lower Colorado River Basin (Kristen Pitts)


Evaluation of Sampling Methods and Habitat Use of Missouri River Fishes (Joshua Schloesser)

Effects of Anthropogenic Disturbance of Fish Community and Food Web Structure in a Great Plains River (Jeff Eitzmann)


Structural Organization of Great Plains Stream Fish Assemblages: Implications for Sampling and Conservation (Jesse Fischer)

Native Fish Conservation in the Great Plains (Jesse Fischer)


Evaluation of flathead catfish populations in the Kansas River (Andy Makinster)

Effects of water willow establishment on littoral assemblages in Kansas reservoirs: Focus on Age-0 largemouth bass (Timothy R. Strakosh)


Population dynamics of blue suckers in the Kansas River (Jeff Eitzmann)


Evaluation of habitat enhancement structure use by spotted bass in natural and experimental streams (Stanley L. Proboszcz)


Abiotic Factors and Species Interactions that Influence Recruitment of Walleyes in Kansas Reservoirs (Michael C. Quist)


Growth of fishes in the Missouri River and Lower Yellowstone River, and factors influencing recruitment of freshwater drum in the lower channelized Missouri River (Patrick J. Braaten)

Habitat use and movement of spotted bass in Otter Creek, Kansas (Travis B. Horton)

Population characteristics of bighead carp Hypophthalmichthys nobilis larvae and adults in the Missouri River and interspecific dynamics with paddlefish Polyodon spathula (Sally J. Schrank)

Density, growth, mortality, food habits, and lipid content of age-0 largemouth bass in El Dorado Reservoir, Kansas (Jeffry A. Tripe)


Structure and function of fish communities in streams on Fort Riley Military Reservation (Michael C. Quist)


Characteristics of spotted bass in southeast Kansas streams (Jeff S. Tillma)

1995 Kansas licensed angler use and preference survey and attitudes towards angling by secondary education students (Matthew N. Burlingame)


Effects of tree revetments on the abiotic and biotic components in two Kansas streams (Jennifer R. Wiens)

Abstracts and theses of projects completed before these years can be found by year on the Alumni page. Click here to go to the Alumni page.