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September 2014

Brian Kearns, John Kraft, Jonathan Lautenbach, Joseph Lautenbach, Willow Malone, Sarah Ogden, Reid Plumb, Samantha Robinson and Dan Sullins attended the 2014 Joint Meeting of the American Ornithologists' Union, the Cooper Ornithological Society, and the Society of Canadian Ornithologists held at Estes Park, Colorado. The following presentations were made:

• Kearns, B.V., S. McDowell, J. Moon, E. Rigby, W. Conway and D.A. Haukos. Lead exposure in waterfowl: Sources, pathways, and solutions. 2014 Joint AOU/COS/SCO Annual Meeting, Estes Park, CO.

• Lautenbach, J.M., R.T. Plumb, D.A. Haukos, and J.C. Pitman. Survival and habitat selection of lesser prairie-chicken chicks and broods. 2014 Joint AOU/COS/SCO Annual Meeting, Estes Park, CO.

• Lautenbach, J.M., R. T. Plumb, D.A. Haukos, J.C. Pitman, and C.A. Hagen. Impacts of tree encroachment on lesser prairie-chickens (Poster). 2014 Joint AOU/COS/SCO Annual Meeting, Estes Park, CO.

• Plumb, R.T., J.M. Lautenbach, S.G. Robinson, J.D, Kraft, D.S. Sullins, D.A. Haukos, J.C. Pitman, and D. Dahlgren. Effects of habitat patch use on breeding season survivorship of lesser prairie-chickens in Kansas and Colorado. 2014 Joint AOU/COS/SCO Annual Meeting, Estes Park, CO.

• Plumb, R.T., J.M. Lautenbach, S.G. Robinson, J.D. Kraft, D.S. Sullins, D.A. Haukos, J.C. Pitman, and D. Dahlgren. Breeding season habitat patch use by female lesser prairie-chickens in Kansas and Colorado. 2014 Joint AOU/COS/SCO Annual Meeting, Estes Park, CO.

• Robinson, S.G., R.T. Plumb, J.M. Lautenbach, J.D. Kraft, D.S. Sullins, D.A. Haukos, and J.C. Pitman. Nonbreeding season movement and habitat use of lesser prairie chickens in Kansas. 2014 Joint AOU/COS/SCO Annual Meeting, Estes Park, CO.

August 2014

The Annual Coordinating Committee Meeting for the Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit was held at the KSU Alumni Center in Manhattan, KS.

Andrew Stetter presented his Master's Thesis defense. The thesis title was, "Nest-site Selection, Duckling Survival, and Blood Parasite Prevalence of Lesser Scaup Nesting at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge."

Jane Fencl, Kayla Gerber, Sean Hitchman, and Zachary Peterson gave presentations at the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting in Quebec City, Quebec. The following presentations were made:

• Fencl, J.S., M.E. Mather, S.M. Hitchman and J.M. Smith. 2014. Quantifying impacts of river fragmentation: How low-head dams alter geomorphology, fish biodiversity, and habitat in the Neosho River, Kansas. Presentation. American Fisheries Society Meeting, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

• Gerber, K.M., M.E. Mather, J.M. Smith, and Z. Peterson. 2014. Patterns of variability in the distribution and movement of individual fish predators in a heterogeneous aquatic ecosystem. Presentation. 144th Annual AFS Conference, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

• Hitchman, S.M., M.E. Mather, J.M. Smith and J.S. Fencl. 2014. Does heterogeneity in habitat type, size, and arrangement influence patterns of fish biodiversity in the Neosho River, Kansas? Presentation. American Fisheries Society. Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

• Peterson, Z.J., M.E. Mather, K.M. Gerber, and J.M. Smith. 2014. Evaluating the adequacy of fish-habitat data for the blue catfish. Presentation. 144th Annual AFS Conference, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

Willow Malone and Sarah Ogden joined the Kansas Coop Unit as graduate students under the direction of David Haukos.

Richard Lehrter and Ryland Taylor joined the Kansas Coop Unit as graduate students under the direction of Martha Mather.

July 2014

Beth Ross presented a paper at the North American Congress for Conservation Biology meeting in Missoula, MT.

• Ross, B., D. Haukos, C. Hagen, and J. Pitman. 2014. The relative influence of drought and habitat on lesser prairie-chickens. Society for Conservation Biology, Missoula, Montana.

June 2014

Kelsey McCullough, a Biology undergraduate student who works as a technician in the Kansas Coop Unit, received an Undergraduate Research Award. Kelsey was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the KSU College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, she received a $250 award to support her research.

Samantha Robinson attended the Program Mark Intermediate Workshop in Fort Collins, Colorado. Samantha received a $300 travel grant from the KSU Biology Graduate Student Association for this workshop.

Rachel Pigg attended the American Society of Mammalogists Annual Conference in Oklahoma City, OK.

May 2014

Rachel Pigg presented her Ph.D. dissertation defense. The dissesrtation title was, "A Multi-scale Investigation of Movement Paterns among Black-tailed Prairie Dog Colonies."

Reid Plumb presented a poster at the Sympoisum on Animal Movement and the Environment in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Emily Ball and Robert Mapes attended the Motorboat Operator Certification Course in Brookings, South Dakota.

April 2014

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

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March 2014

Jane Fencl, Kayla Gerber, Sean Hitchman, Brian Kearns, Joseph Lautenbach and Reid Plumb made presentations at the Graduate Student Research Forum, Division of Biology, KSU. The following presentations were made:

Jane Fencl, Martha Mather, Sean Hitchman and Joseph Smith. Quantifying impacts of river fragmentation: how low-head dams affect distributions of fish biodiversity and habitat in the Neosho River, Kansas.

Kayla Gerber, Martha Mather, Joseph Smith and Zach Peterson. Distribution and movement of predators in a heterogeneous aquatic ecosystem.

Sean Hitchman, Martha Mather, Jane Fencl and Joseph Smith. Heterogeneity influences patters of fish biodiversity at multiple scales.

Brian Kearns, Stephen McDowell, Jena Moon, Elizabeth Rigby, and David Haukos. Identifying Landscape-level indicators of environmental contaminants that affect wildlife: a species distribution approach.

Joseph Lautenbach, Reid Plumb, David Haukos and James Pitman. Regional differences in nest site location of lesser prairie-chickens in Kansas.

Reid Plumb, Joseph Lautenbach, David Haukos, James Pitman, Jackie Augustine and Dave Dalgren. Breeding season space use dynamics of female lesser prairie-chickens in Kansas and Colorado.

Reid Plumb attended the Pheasants Forever State Habitat Convention in Wichita, KS.

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."

January 2014

Samantha Robinson, Dan Sullins and John Kraft joined the Kansas Coop Unit as graduate students under the direction of David Haukos.

Emily Ball and Robert Mapes joined the Kansas Coop Unit as graduate students under the direction of Martha Mather.

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. The following papers were presented:

• Stetter, A. P., J. M. Warren, and D. A. Haukos. 2014. Nest-Site Selection by Scaup at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Kansas City, MO.

• Kearns, B.V., McDowell, S., Moon, J., Rigby E., Haukos, D. 2014. Identifying landscape-level indicators of environmental contaminants that affect wildlife: a species distribution approach.

• Ross, B.E., D. Haukos, C. Hagen, and J. Pitman. 2014. Changes of Lesser Prairie-Chicken Abundance in Kansas.

• Plumb, R.T., D.A. Haukos, J.M. Pitman, J.K. Augustine, K.J. Oxenrider, and D. Dahlgren. 2014. Breeding season patch use and habitat selection by female lesser prairie-chickens in Kansas and Colorado.

• Lautenbach, J., R. Plumb, D. Haukos, and J. Pitman. 2014. Nest Site Location by Lesser Prairie-Chickens in Kansas and Colorado. Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. Paper.

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. The following papers were presented:

• Fencl, J. S., K. H. Costigan, M. E. Mather and S. M. Hitchman. 2014. How long is the dam footprint?: Applying methodology that quantifies the geomorphic extent of low-head dams in the Neosho River basin, KS.

• Hitchman, S.M., M.E. Mather, J.M. Smith, and J.S. Fencl??. 2014. Do Fragstats sink or swim?; calculating metrics of heterogeneity for aquatic macrohabitat within the Neosho River, KS.

• Ross, B.E., D. Haukos, C. Hagen, and J. Pitman. 2014. Changes of Lesser Prairie-Chicken Abundance in Kansas.

• Plumb, R.T., D.A. Haukos, J.M. Pitman, J.K. Augustine, K.J. Oxenrider, and D. Dahlgren. 2014. Breeding season spaceuse dynamics of female lesser prairie-chickens in Kansas and Colorado.

• Lautenbach, J., R. Plumb, D. Haukos, and J. Pitman. 2014. Differences in successful and unsuccessful nests of lesser prairie-chickens in Kansas and Colorado. Kansas Natural Resources Conference. Paper.

October 2013

Joseph Lautenbach, Reid Plumb and John Kraft attended the Biennial Meeting of the Prairie Grouse Technical Council in Crookston, Minnesota. The following papers were presented:

• Lautenbach, J., R. Plumb, D. Haukos, and J. Pitman. 2013. Regional variation in nest success of lesser prairie-chickens in Kansas and Colorado. Biennial meeting of the Prairie Grouse Technical Council, Crookston, MN.

• Lautenbach, J., R. Plumb, D. Haukos, and J. Pitman. 2013. Factors affecting brood and chick survival of lesser prairie-chickens in Kansas and Colorado. Biennial meeting of the Prairie Grouse Technical Council, Crookston, MN.

• Plumb, R., J. Lautenbach, D. Haukos, J. Pitman, J. Augustine, K. Oxenrider, and D. Dahlgren. 2013. Adult female survival of lesser prairie-chickens in Kansas and Colorado. Biennial Prairie Grouse Technical Council Meeting, Crookston, MN

• Plumb, R., J. Lautenbach, D. Haukos, J. Pitman, J. Augustine, K. Oxenrider, and D. Dahlgren. 2013. Breeding season movements of adult female lesser prairie-chickens in Kansas and Colorado. Biennial Prairie Grouse Technical Council Meeting, Crookston, MN

Andy Stetter presented a paper at the Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society in Milwaukee, WI.

• Stetter, A., J. Warren, and D. Haukos. 2013. Duckling survival at the edge of scaup range in Montana. Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Beth Ross presented a poster at The Wildlife Society Meeting in Milwaukee, WI.

September 2013

Kevin Pope, Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and Martha Mather taught the "Over-the-Water' Certification Course, Safety Training Course for Water-related Activities, at Manhattan, KS.

August 2013

The annual Coordinating Committee Meeting for the Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit was held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan, KS.

Brian Kearns presented a paper at the Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN.

• Kearns, B., S. McDowell, J. Moon, and D. Haukos. 2013. Spatial analysis and ecological risk assessment for lead exposure in Gulf Coast waterfowl: does environmental lead represent an ecological trap?

July 2013

Brian Kearns presented a paper at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Conservation GIS in Monterey, CA.

• Kearns, B., D. Haukos, J. Moon, and E. Rigby. 2013. Species distribution in environmental decision-making: characterizing the efficacy of different models for use in habitat and wildlife management.