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April 2014

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

Award

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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.

June 2013

Gene Albanese attended a training session and meeting with the U.S. Geological Survey in Fort Collins, CO.

May 2013

John T. Finn, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, collaborated on a research project with Martha Mather and her students.

April 2013

March 2013

Jennifer Zavaleta presented three papers at the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting in Houston, TX.

• Zavaleta, Jennifer C., Blake G. Grisham, David Haukos and Clint Boal. Invertebrates of Sand Shinnery Oak Communities and the Influence of Lesser Prairie-chicken Brood Survival.

• Zavaleta, Jennifer C., Patricia Maloney and David Haukos. Understanding the Human Component for Conservation in the Sand Shinnery Oak Grasslands.

• Grisham, Blake A., Jennifer Zavaleta, Clint W. Boal, and David Haukos. Management of Lesser Prairie-chicken Populations in Shinnery Oak-grasslands: Priorities and Future Directions.

Andrew Stetter and Rachel Pigg gave presentations at the Graduate Student Research Forum, Division of Biology, KSU. The following pappers were presented:

• Stetter, Andrew, Jeffrey Warren and David Haukos. Duckling survival at the edge of scaup range in Montana.

• Pigg, Rachel, Amanda Goldberg, Dean Biggins and Jack Cully, Jr. Local scale movement of a highly social grassland mammal: insights from field observations.

February 2013

David Haukos and Jennifer Zavaleta attended the Society for Range Management Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City, OK. Dr. Haukos made the presentation, "Lesser Prairie-Chicken Response to Restoration of Sand Shinnery Oak Grasslands in Eastern New Mexico."

David Haukos presented a plenary paper to the Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society meeting and met with Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife concerning research projects.

Andrew Stetter participated in the 50th Central Flyway Wing-Bee held at Emporia, KS.

Martha Mather met with Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism officials in Emporia concerning research projects.

January 2013

Andrew Stetter was awarded the 2013 Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters's Conference Scholarship. The amount of the award was $1,000.00. Congratulations Andrew!

David Haukos, Brian Kearns, Andrew Stetter and Reid Plumb attended the North American Duck Symposium and Workshop in Memphis, TN. Dr. Haukos organized and chaired the Pintail Action Group at the Symposium. He was also author or co-author on six papers presented at the Symposium. Andrew Stetter presented a poster at the conference.

Unit Alumnus Jan F. Kamler (M.S., 1998) was featured in an article about Asiatic wild dogs or dholes, published by the People's Trust for Endangered Species. http://www.savingcatsanddogs.org/stories/right-to-roam-for-dholes/. For more information about Dr. Kamler's research, visit his web site at: http://www.janfkamler.com/

Martha Mather attended an M.S. defense as Major Professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.