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May 2015

Kayla Gerber presented her Master's Thesis defense. The title of her thesis was, "Quantifying system-wide distribution of a mobile fish predator throughout a large heterogeneous reservoir."

Zach Peterson presented his Master's Thesis defense. The title of his thesis was, "Quantifying patterns and select correlates of spatially and temporally explicit distribution of a fish predator (Blue Catfish Ictalurus furcatus) throughout a large reservoir ecosystem."

Gene Albanese made a presentation at the Society of Wetlands Scientists Annual Meeting in Providence, RI. The title of his presentation was, "A Framework for Understanding Connections Within Dense Broad-Scale Habitat Networks: Prioritizing Wetlands for Conservation within a Dynamic Landscape."

April 2015

Joe Gerken presented his Ph.D. Dissertation defense. The title of his dissertation was, "Fish and invertebrate community response to flow magnitude in the Kansas River."

Jane Fencl presented her Master's Thesis defense. The title of her thesis was, "How big of an effect do small dams have?: using ecology and geomorphology to quantify impacts of low-head dams on fish biodiversity."

Richard Lehrter and Ryland Taylor attended the Motorboat Operators Certification Course in Lawrence, KS.

March 2015

David Haukos and Kelsey McCullough made presentations at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Omaha, NE.

• Haukos, D. A. 2015. Roles of Cooperative Research Units in Contemporary Conservation of Natural Resources. North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference , Omaha, NE.

• McCullough, Kelsey. 2015. Gradient Habitat Modeling of Regal Fritillary and Larval Host Plant using a Distribution Modeling Approach with Notes on Life History Attributes. Pollinators Workshop at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference , Omaha, NE.

February 2015

Reid Plumb presented his Master's Thesis defense. The title of his thesis was, "Lesser prairie-chicken movement, space use, survival, and response to anthropogenic structures in Kansas and Colorado."

John Kraft presented a technical session at the Society for Range Management Association Annual Meeting in Sacramento, CA. The title of his talk was, "Female Lesser Prairie-Chicken Response to Grazing Practices in Western Kansas Grasslands."

Jane Fencl, Kayla Gerber and Robert Mapes attended the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Indianapolis, IN. The following papers were presented:

• Fencl, J. S., M. E. Mather, and S. M. Hitchman. 2015. Quantifying River Fragmentation: Impacts of Low-Head Dams on Geomorphology and Fish Biodiversity in the Neosho River. Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

• Gerber, K. M., M. E. Mather, J. M. Smith, and Z. J. Peterson. 2015. Distribution Patterns of Individual Fish Predators (Blue Catfish) in a Midwestern Reservoir. Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

David Haukos and Eugene Albanese attended a Climate Modeling Workshop in Lubbock, TX.


January 2015

Jonathan Lautenbach and Kelsey McCullough joined the Kansas Coop Unit as graduate students under the direction of David Haukos.

Gene Albanese, Thomas Becker, Kayla Gerber, David Haukos, Sean Hitchman, John Kraft, Jonathan Lautenbach, Richard Lehrter, Willow Malone, Kelsey McCullough, Sarah Ogden, Samantha Robinson, Dan Sullins, and Ryland Taylor attended the Kansas Natural Resources Conference in Wichita, KS. The following presentations were made:

• Gerber, K. M. and M. E. Mather. 2015. A High Retention Methodology for Surgically Implanting Telemetry Tags in Catfish. Kansas Natural Resources Conference, Wichita, KS.

• Kraft, J.D., R. T. Plumb, D. A. Haukos, and J. C. Pitman. 2015. Seasonal Habitat Selection by Female Lesser Prairie-chickens in Varying Landscapes. Kansas Natural Resources Conference, Wichita, KS.

• McCullough, K. and G. Albanese. 2015. Gradient Habitat Modeling of Regal Fritillary (Speyeria idalia) and Larval Host Plant Using a Distribution Modeling Approach with Notes on Life History Attributes. Kansas Natural Resources Conference, Wichita, KS.

• Robinson, S. G., D. A. Haukos, and J. C. Pitman. 2015. Nonbreeding Season Movement and Space Use of Lesser Prairie-chickens in Kansas. Kansas Natural Resources Conference, Wichita, KS.

• Sullins, D. S. and D. A. Haukos. 2015. Optimal Nesting Substrate Drives Lesser Prairie-chicken Habitat Use in Kansas and Colorado. Kansas Natural Resources Conference, Wichita, KS.

Kevin McGarigal presented a workshop on FRAGSTATS, a spatial pattern analysis program for quantifyng structure (i.e., composition and configuration) of landscapes.


December 2014

David Haukos made a presentation at the Wind Wildlife Research Meeting X in Denver, Colorado. His presentation was part of a workshop titled, "Lesser-Prairie Chicken and Wind Energy: Pathways to Conservation and Compliance."

Joseph Lautenbach presented his Master's Thesis defense. The title of his thesis was, "Lesser Prairie-Chicken Reproductive Success, Habitat Selection, and Response to Trees in Kansas and Colorado."

November 2014

David Spencer presented his Master's Thesis defense. The title of his thesis was, "A Historical Record of Land Cover Change of the Lesser Prairie-chicken Range in Kansas."

October 2014

David Haukos and Brian Kearns attended The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Annual Conference in Destin, Florida. The following presentations were made:

• Haukos, D.A. Annual survival, recovery rates, and movements of mottled ducks banded on the western Gulf Coast. 2014. Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Annual Conference, Destin, FL.

• Rigby, E.A. and D.A. Haukos. Duckling survival and habitat selection for mottled ducks on the Upper Texas Gulf Coast. 2014. Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Annual Conference, Destin, FL.

• Moon, J.A. and D.A. Haukos. Movements of mottled ducks in the Texas Chenier Plain Region. 2014. Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Annual Conference, Destin, FL.

• Moon, J.A., D.A. Haukos, W.C. Conway, and S. Lehnen. Habitat selection by adult female mottled ducks in the Texas Chenier Plain Region. 2014. Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Annual Conference, Destin, FL.

• McDowell, S.K., W.C. Conway, D.A. Haukos, J.A. Moon, C.E. Comer, and I-K. Hung. Blood lead exposure concentrations in mottled ducks (Anas fulvigula) on the Upper Texas Coast. 2014. Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Annual Conference, Destin, FL.

• Kearns, B.V., P. Walther, W.C. Conway, and D.A. Haukos. A body condition index for non-breeding mottled ducks on the Upper Texas Gulf Coast. 2014. Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Annual Conference, Destin, FL.

Beth Ross presented a paper The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA.

• Ross, B., D. Haukos, C. Hagen, and J. Pitman. 2014. Combining multiple data sources to determine climate impacts on lesser prairie-chickens. The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.

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.

Robert Mapes joined the Kansas Coop Unit as a graduate student 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.