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November 2015

Willow Malone and Richard Lehrter attended the Governor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas. The following posters were presented:

• Malone, Willow, David A. Haukos and Melinda D. Daniels. 2015. Our Essential Freshwater Source: Estimating the Occurrence and Function of Playa Wetlands in Western Kansas. Governor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas, Manhattan, KS. (poster)

• Lehrter, Richard. 2015. Fish Biodiversity as a Component of Ecosystem Function and Indicator of Environmental Degradation in a Great Plains River. Governor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas, Manhattan, KS. (poster)

October 2015

Samantha Robinson presented her Master's Thesis defense. The title of her thesis was, "Nonbreeding ecology and attributing landscape characteristics to lesser prairie-chicken survival."

Beth Ross attended the Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society, Winnipeg, Manitoba. The following presentation was made:

• Ross, B., D. Haukos, C. Hagen, and J. Pitman. 2015. The relative influence of climate variability and landscape change on lesser prairie-chicken populations. Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

John Kraft, Willow Malone, Sarah Ogden, Samantha Robinson and Dan Sullins attended the Kansas Ornithological Society meeting in Emporia, Kansas. Five papers were presented. Sarah Ogden won the Celia Markum Award for the Best Student paper titled, "Species-specific responses of grassland birds to sericea lespedeza control using fire and grazing."

September 2015

Samantha Robinson and John Kraft attended the 13th International Grouse Symposium in Reykjavik, Iceland. The following presentations were made:

• Robinson, S., R. Plumb, J. Lautenbach, D. Haukos, C. Hagen,and J. Pitman. 2015. Functional relationships among Lesser Prairie-Chicken survival, habitat type, and landscape fragmentation. 13th International Grouse Symposium, Reykjavik, Iceland.

• Kraft, J., and D. Haukos. 2015. Landscape level habitat selection of female Lesser Prairie-Chickens in western Kansas and eastern Colorado. 13th International Grouse Symposium, Reykjavik, Iceland.

David Haukos, John Kraft, Jonathan Lautenbach, Reid Plumb, Samantha Robinson and Dan Sullins attended the Biennial meeting of the Prairie Grouse Technical Council, Nevada, Missouri. The following papers were presented:

• Kraft, J.D., J. Lautenbach, D. Haukos, J. Pitman, and C. Hagen. 2015. Female lesser prairie-chicken response to grazing in western Kansas grasslands. Biennial meeting of the Prairie Grouse Technical Council, Nevada, Missouri.

• Lautenbach, J., and D. Haukos. 2015. Effect of pyric herbivory on vegetation composition with management implications for lesser prairie-chickens. Biennial meeting of the Prairie Grouse Technical Council, Nevada, Missouri.

• Plumb, R., J.M. Lautenbach, S.G. Robinson, J.D. Kraft, D. Sullins, D.A. Haukos, J.C. Pitman, C.A. Hagen, and D. Dahlgren. 2015. Lesser prairie-chicken space use response to anthropogenic structures. Biennial meeting of the Prairie Grouse Technical Council, Nevada, Missouri.

• Robinson, S., R.T. Plumb, J.M. Lautenbach, D.S. Sullins, J.D. Kraft, and D.A. Haukos. 2015. Attributing landscape characteristics to lesser prairie-chicken survival in Kansas and Colorado. Biennial meeting of the Prairie Grouse Technical Council, Nevada, Missouri.

• Sullins, D.S., D.A. Haukos, and B.K. Sandercock. 2015. Regional demographic variability for lesser prairie-chickens in Kansas and Colorado. Biennial meeting of the Prairie Grouse Technical Council, Nevada, Missouri.

Dr. Chris Chambers, Senior Research Fisheries Ecologist at the NOAA Fisheries' Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory, Sandy Hook, New Jersey, gave a seminar, "Effects of Elevated CO2 on the Early Life-Stages of Marine Fishes and Potential Consequences of Ocean Acidification" at Kansas State University. Dr. Chambers received his B.Sc. from Kansas State University ('74), his M.Sc. from Texas Tech University, and his Ph.D. from Duke University (Zoology). Students from the Kansas CFWRU were among those in attendance.


(Left to right): Ryland Taylor, Ricky Lehrter, Dr. Chambers, Sean Hitchman

August 2015

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

David Haukos, Gene Albanese, Thomas Becker, John Kraft, Willow Malone, Kelsey McCullough, Sarah Ogden, Samantha Robinson, Beth Ross and Dan Sullins attended The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting, Central Mountains and Plains Section in Manhattan, KS. The following presentations were made:

• Becker, T., P. McBee, and D. Haukos. 2015. Occurrence and predictions of avian disease outbreaks in Kansas. Annual meeting of the Central Mountains and Plains Section of The Wildlife Society, Manhattan, Kansas.

• Kraft, J.D., J. Lautenbach, D. Haukos, J. Pitman, and C. Hagen. 2015. Female lesser prairie-chicken response to grazing in western Kansas grasslands. Annual meeting of the Central Mountains and Plains Section of The Wildlife Society, Manhattan, Kansas.

• Malone, W., and D.A. Haukos. 2015. The influence of watershed condition on avian use and diversity of playa wetlands in western Kansas. Annual meeting of the Central Mountains and Plains Section of The Wildlife Society, Manhattan, Kansas. (poster)

• McCullough, K., G. Albanese, and D.A. Haukos. 2015. Gradient habitat modeling of regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia) and larval host plant using distribution modeling approach with notes on life history attributes. Annual meeting of the Central Mountains and Plains Section of The Wildlife Society, Manhattan, Kansas.

• Ogden, S., D. Haukos, K. Olson, and J. Lemmon. 2015. Response of grassland passerine communities to tall-grass prairie restoration using summer fire and sheep grazing. Annual meeting of the Central Mountains and Plains Section of The Wildlife Society, Manhattan, Kansas.

• Plumb, R.R., J.M. Lautenbach, S.G. Robinson, J.D. Kraft, D. Sullins, D.A. Haukos, J.C. Pitman, C.A. Hagen, and D. Dahlgren. 2015. Lesser prairie-chicken space use response to anthropogenic structures among landscapes. Annual meeting of the Central Mountains and Plains Section of The Wildlife Society, Manhattan, Kansas.

• Robinson, S., R. Plumb, D. Haukos, S. Carleton, A. Meyers, and J. Reitz. 2015. There is no space like home:space use of nonbreeding lesser prairie-chickens. Annual meeting of the Central Mountains and Plains Section of The Wildlife Society, Manhattan, Kansas.

• Ross, B., D. Haukos, C. Hagen, and J. Pitman. 2015. Extreme drought events and changes in land cover interact to reduce resilience of the lesser prairie-chicken. Annual meeting of the Central Mountains and Plains Section of The Wildlife Society, Manhattan, Kansas.

• Sullins, D.S., D.A. Haukos, and B.K. Sandercock. 2015. Regional demographic variability for lesser prairie-chickens in Kansas and Colorado. Annual meeting of the Central Mountains and Plains Section of The Wildlife Society, Manhattan, Kansas.

Sean Hitchman and Robert Mapes attended the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting in Portland, OR. The following presentations were made:

• Hitchman, S.M., M.E. Mather, J.M. Smith and J.S. Fencl. 2015. Are riffles keystone habitats in a low-gradient prairie stream?; implications for riverscape ecology and stream conservation. American Fisheries Society. Portland, Oregon.

• Mapes, R., M.E. Mather, J.M. Smith, S.M. Hitchman and A. Earl. 2015. Is All Heterogeneity Created Equal? How Types of Habitat Heterogeneity Differentially Alter Distribution, Abundance, and Diets of Age-0 Largemouth Bass. Portland, Oregon.

Martha Mather and Ryland Taylor attended the Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD. The following papers were presented:

• Mather, M., , R. Taylor, C. Kennedy, J. Smith, L. Deegan, J. Finn, K. Gerber. 2015. Trade-Offs Between Site Fidelity and Local Dispersal Create Heterogeneity in Consumer-Mediated Habitat Linkages in a Disturbed Seascape. Ecological Society of America, Baltimore, MD.

• Taylor, R., M. Mather, C. Kennedy, J. Smith, and K. Gerber. 2015. Confluence network dynamics can create a spatial mosaic of predator interactions. Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Baltimore, MD.

July 2015

Thomas Becker, John Kraft, Willow Malone, Sarah Ogden, Samantha Robinson, Beth Ross and Dan Sullins attended the Annual Meeting of the American Ornithologists' Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society in Norman, OK. The following presentations were made:

• Becker, T., P. McBee, and D. Haukos. 2015. Occurrence and prediction of avian disease outbreaks in Kansas. Annual Meeting of the American Ornithologists' Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society, Norman, OK.

• Kraft, J.D., S.G. Robinson, R.T. Plumb, and D.A. Haukos. 2015. Landscape characteristics of home ranges of lesser prairie-chickens. Joint meeting of American Ornithologists' Union and Cooper Ornithological Society, Norman, OK.

• Malone, W.E.A., and D.A. Haukos. 2015. The influence of watershed condition on avian use of dry playa wetlands. Joint meeting of American Ornithologists' Union and Cooper Ornithological Society, Norman, OK.

• Ogden, S., D. Haukos, K.C. Olson, and J. Lemmon. 2015. Response of grassland passerine communities to tall-grass prairie restoration with summer fire and sheep grazing. Joint meeting of American Ornithologists' Union and Cooper Ornithological Society, Norman, OK.

• Robinson, S.G., R.T. Plumb, J.M. Lautenbach, D.A. Haukos, S. Carleton, A. Meyers, and J. Reitz. 2015. Space use by nonbreeding lesser prairie-chickens. Joint meeting of American Ornithologists' Union and Cooper Ornithological Society, Norman, OK.

• Ross, B.E. Quantifying drivers of wildlife population dynamics. July 2015. Early Career Researcher Symposium. American Ornithologists' Union. Norman, Oklahoma.

• Ross, B., D. Haukos, C. Hagen, and J. Pitman. 2015. Combining multiple data sources to determine drought and land-use impacts on Lesser Prairie Chicken. Annual Meeting of the American Ornithologists' Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society, Norman, OK.

• Sullins, D.S., D.A. Haukos, and B.K. Sandercock. 2015. Population demographic sensitivity for the threatened Lesser Prairie-chicken. Annual Meeting of the American Ornithologists' Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society, Norman, OK.

• Sullins, D.S., W.C. Conway, D.A. Haukos, K.A. Hobson, L.I. Wassenaar, and C.E. Comer. 2015. American woodcock migratory connectivity as indicated by hydrogen isotopes. Joint meeting of American Ornithologists' Union and Cooper Ornithological Society, Norman, OK.

June 2015

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., C. Boal, S. Carleton, and B. Grisham. 2015. Roles of Cooperative Research Units in Contemporary Conservation of Natural Resources. North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference , Omaha, NE.

• Haukos, D.A. 2015. History and function of the Cooperative Research Unit system. National Military Fish and Wildlife Association, North American Wildlife & 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.

John Kraft, Kelsey McCullough, Samantha Robinson and Dan Sullins made presentations at the 41st Annual Graduate Student Research Forum, Division of Biology, Kansas State University. The following papers were presented:

• Kraft, J.D. 2015. Third-order selection of a prairie specialist lesser prairie-chicken habitat selection in varying landscapes. Division of Biology, Graduate Student Forum

• McCullough, K. 2015. Gradient habitat modeling of Regal Fritillary and larval host plant using a distribution modeling approach with notes on life history attributes. Annual Graduate Research Forum, Division of Biology.

• Robinson, S. 2015. Crossing borders: Is habitat fragmentation driving lesser prairie-chicken space use? Annual Graduate Research Forum, Division of Biology.

• Sullins, D. 2015. Demographic sensitivity of the threatened lesser prairie-chicken. Annual Graduate Research Forum, Division of Biology.

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.

• Mapes. R. M., and M. E. Mather. 2015. Using the land mosaic concept to test how habitat heterogeneity alters the distribution of young-of-year largemouth bass in a Great Plains 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."