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Dr. David Haukos

Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Leader
Associate Professor, Division of Biology, Kansas State University
Ph.D. Wildlife Science, Texas Tech University, 1991
M.S. Wildlife Science, Texas Tech University, 1988
B.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Science, South Dakota State University, 1986

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Dr. David A. Haukos is the Unit Leader and Associate Professor in the Division of Biology. He received his Ph.D. in Wildlife Science from Texas Tech University in 1991. His research efforts focuson the effects of environmental and habitat changes on wildlife populations. By extension, such changes are assessed in regard to delivery of ecological goods and services. His primary focus is on wetland habitats especially High Plains playas, Gulf coastal marshes, and western riparian areas, with additional investigations in prairie ecosystems. He principally concentrates on the influence of habitat quality and quantity on population dynamics of migratory waterbirds, prairie grouse, and grassland passerines. Of particular interest is the role of wintering and migratory stopover locations in future reproductive success of migratory birds, which includes assessment of cross-seasonal effects and multi-spatial scale modeling. In addition, he is involved in long-term development and assessment of novel models for environmental education.

Dr. Martha Mather

Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Assistant Unit Leader
Associate Professor, Division of Biology, Kansas State University
Ph.D. Zoology, The Ohio State University, 1990

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Dr. Martha Mather is the Assistant Unit Leader-Fisheries and Associate Professor in the Division of Biology. Her research program is focused on fish ecology that addresses applied problems. Specifically, problems related to the ecology of anadromous fish, processes that structure estuarine fish communities, how to use community ecology to devise fish sampling regimes that aid conservation, and integrated bio-social approaches to natural resource conflicts. These four topic areas fall under the overarching programmatic themes of applied aquatic ecology and how interdisciplinary approaches can be applied to natural resource problems. Conceptually, these topic areas are approached within these broader thematic areas by addressing the conceptual issues of how abiotic and biotic factors drive animal distribution and abundance, variations in patterns and processes across systems and through time, and the role of human impacts.


Joyce Brite

Ms. Brite is the Administrative Specialist/Office Manager for the Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. She received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Kansas State University.

Ms. Brite is also the webmaster for this site. Any questions or broken links may be directed to her at: kscfwru@ksu.edu

Research Associates


Gene Albanese (Bio, Research Interests, and Publications)

Dr. Albanese earned his PhD in the department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Oklahoma State University in 2011, where he studied broad and fine scale patterns in stopover use by migrant shorebirds in the wetlands of the southern Great Plains. He received his MS degree in 2006 from the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he conducted a multi-scale examination of the habitat associations of a rare butterfly species among sandplain communities in coastal Massachusetts. He graduated in 2001 from the Wildlife Biology and Management program at the University of Rhode Island. Additionally, Dr. Albanese has over ten years of professional experience in the field of conservation biology and he has worked for many organizations and agencies including the Zoological Society of Milwaukee, The Nature Conservancy and The Massachusetts Audubon Society. Dr. Albanese is currently a research associate at the Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit at Kansas State University.

Dr. Albanese's professional goal, achieved through research, teaching, and outreach, is to improve our understanding of the processes that structure landscapes and the agents responsible for those patterns, how these patterns affect the distribution and dynamics of plant and animal populations, how these patterns and processes change over time, and how to apply this information to better manage natural resources over multiple spatial and temporal scales. Accordingly, the primary goal of his research is to provide natural resource managers with information and tools that will enable them to become better stewards of healthy and sustainable ecosystems.


Beth Ross

Dr. Ross Dr. Ross obtained her Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology and M.S. in Statistics from Utah State University, where she studied the population demography of lesser and greater scaup. Prior to her research at Utah State, she studied the ecology of kangaroo rats for her M.S. in Zoology from Colorado State University. Her current research is using multiple sources of data to better quantify the decline in lesser prairie-chicken abundance, as well as determining how habitat and climate change may have impacted lesser prairie-chickens. Overall, she is interested in using advanced statistical techniques to better understand the population demography of terrestrial organisms.