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EmilyBall

Emily Ball
eball@ksu.edu

Project: 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
Advisor: Dr. Martha Mather
Expected Completion: 2017
Degree Seeking: Ph.D.
Education: Received B.S. from State University of New York at Potsdam (2010), and M.S. from Clarkson University (2013)
Research Interests: Foodweb modeling/ theory, size structured fish species interactions, trophic dynamics, fish ecology, population dynamics


Thomas Becker
tabecker@ksu.edu

Project: Occurrence and Prediction of Avian Disease Outbreaks in Kansas
Advisor: Drs. Peg McBee and David Haukos
Expected Completion:
Degree Seeking: M.S.
Education: Received B.S. from Kansas State University
Research Interests:


JaneFencl

Jane Fencl
jfencl@ksu.edu

Project: 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
Advisor: Dr. Martha Mather
Expected Completion: May 2014
Degree Seeking: M.S
Background: Research looking at food web ecology in an arid-land river and
monitoring endangered fish populations as part of Multi-Species
Conservation Project - Lower Colorado River
Education: Received B.S. from
Research Interests: Riverscape ecology, especially related to fish distribution, diversity, and abundance


KaylaGerber Kayla Gerber
kmgerber@ksu.edu

Project: Assessing Distribution and Movement of Blue Catfish in Milford Reservoir
Advisor: Dr. Martha Mather
Expected Completion: 2015
Degree Seeking: M.S.
Education: Received B.S. from Winona State University

SeanHitchman

Sean Hitchman
hitchman@ksu.edu

Project: 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
Advisor: Dr. Martha Mather
Expected Completion: 2016
Degree Seeking: Ph.D.
Education: Received B.S. from the University of South Carolina, and M.S. from University of San Diego


BrianKearns

Brian Kearns
bvkearns@k-state.edu

Project:   Risk Assessment of Exposure to Lead for Mottled Ducks on National Wildlife Refuge of the Texas Gulf Coast
Advisor: Dr. David Haukos
Expected Completion: 2015
Degree Seeking: Ph.D.
Education: Received B.A. Biology, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA and M.S., Geographic Information Sciences and Technologies, University of Southern California
Research Interests: Geospatial Modelling, Spatial Ecology, Demographic Modelling, and Avian Ecology of all types


JohnKraft

John Kraft
jdkraft@k-state.edu

Project:   Lesser Prairie-Chicken Adult Female Seasonal Habitat Selection, Use of Grazed Range, and Predation Risk in Kansas and Eastern Colorado
Advisor: Dr. David Haukos
Expected Completion: May 2016
Degree Seeking: M.S.
Education:  Received B.S. from Emporia State University, 2012
Research Interests: Avian ecology, wildlife and game management, grassland management and conservation, and private lands management.


Joseph Lautenbach
lautenba@k-state.edu

Project: Population demography and habitat use of Lesser Prairie-Chickens in Western Kansas.
Advisor: Dr. Dave Haukos
Expected Completion: Dec 2014
Degree seeking: M.S.
Education background: B.S. from Grand Valley State University


Lehrter

Richard Lehrter
rlehrter@k-state.edu

Project:   Anthropogenic effects on stream fish in the Smoky Hill River
Advisor: Dr. Martha Mather
Expected Completion:  Spring 2016
Degree Seeking:  M.S.
Education:  B.S. in Biology from the University of Oklahoma
Research Interests:  Fish and stream ecology as related to human impacts in particular.


Malone

Willow Malone
willowm@ksu.edu

Project:Climate Variation and human-landscape interactions affect functional capacity of the Central Great Plains Wetlands
Advisor:
Dr. David Haukos
Expected Project Completion:
Degree Seeking: M.S.
Education: Received B.S. from Kansas State University


RobertMapes

Robert Mapes
rlmapes@ksu.edu

Project: Investigating the role of the habitat mosaic in regulating largemouth bass populations
Advisor: Dr. Martha Mather
Expected Completion: Spring 2016
Degree Seeking: M.S.
Education: Received B.S. from University of Toledo
Research Interests: Fisheries management, sport fish habitat use, recruitment dynamics of fish


Sarah Ogden
sbogden@k-state.edu

Project:Restoration of Tall-Grass Prairie Infested with L. cuneata
Advisor:
Dr. David Haukos
Expected Project Completion:
Degree Seeking: M.S.
Education: Received B.S. from Goucher College, Baltimore


ZachPeterson

Zachary Peterson
peterson1zach@ksu.edu

Project: Understanding spatially, and temporally, explicit drivers of distribution and movement of a mobile top predator in a heterogeneous riverscape
Advisor: Dr. Martha Mather
Expected Completion: 2015
Degree Seeking: M.S.
Education: Received B.S. from Texas A&M University in 2011


Reid Plumb
rtplumb@ksu.edu

Project: Population Demographics and Habitat Utilization of Lesser Prairie-Chickens
Advisor: Dr. David Haukos
Expected Project Completion: December 2014
Degree Seeking: M.S.
Education: Received a B.S. from the University of Rio Grande in 2010
Research Interests: Avian ecology researching popluation demographics, habitat use, and movement patterns


Samantha Robinson
robinsonsgrace@k-state.edu

Project: Landscape Conservation Design, Movement and Survival of Lesser Prairie-Chickens in Kansas and Colorado
Advisor: Dr. David Haukos
Expected Project Completion: 2016
Degree Seeking: M.S.
Education: Received a B.S. from the University of Connecticut in 2011.
Research Interests: Avian ecology, wildlife management and planning, population demography, threatened and endangered species.


Sullins

Dan Sullins
sullins@k-state.edu

Project:   Landscape demography and spatial use of Lesser Prairie-chickens
Advisor: Dr. David Haukos
Expected Project Completion: 2017
Degree Seeking: Ph.D.
Education:  B.S. from Texas A&M University and M.S. from Stephen F. Austin University


Ryland Taylor
rylandbt@k-state.edu

Project:   Habitat Selection and behavior of Migratory Striped Bass
Advisor: Dr. Martha Mather
Expected Project Completion:  2016
Degree Seeking:  M.S.
Education:  B.S. from Florida State University
Research Interests:   Behavioral Ecology, coastal systems, and anthropogenic effects on behavior.


Brandon Weihs
bweihs@k-state.edu

Project:   Spatio-temporal inundation patterns of playa wetlands and Ogallala aquifer recharge rates in the Southern High Plains, USA.
Advisor: Dr. David Haukos
Expected Project Completion: 2014
Degree Seeking: Ph.D.
Education: Received B.S. (2007) and M.S. (2009) from University of Nebraska at Omaha
Research Interests:   Biogeomorphology, Landscape Ecology, Landslides, Geoarchaeology, Glacial & Fluvial Geomorphology