David A. Haukos, Associate Professor

David Haukos

Unit Leader, Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
*Federal employee

Contact information

205 Leasure Hall
(785) 532-6070


Ph.D., 1991, Texas Tech University. Wildlife Science

Area(s) of Specialization

Wetland Ecology; Avian Population Dynamics; Migration Ecology; Waterfowl; Natural Resource Policy; Environmental Education.

Research Focus

My research efforts focus on the effects of environmental and habitat changes on wildlife populations. By extension, such changes are assessed in regard to delivery of ecological goods and services. I primarily focus on wetland habitats especially High Plains playas, Gulf coastal marshes, and western riparian areas, with additional investigations in prairie ecosystems. I principally concentrate on the influence of habitat quality and quantity on population dynamics of migratory waterbirds, prairie grouse, and grassland passerines. Of particular interest is the role of wintering and migratory stopover locations in future reproductive success of migratory birds, which includes assessment of cross-seasonal effects and multi-spatial scale modeling. In addition, I am involved in long-term development and assessment of novel models for environmental education.

Selected Publications

Albanese, G., and D.A. Haukos. 2017. A network model framework for prioritizing wetland conservation in the Great Plains. Landscape Ecology 32:115-130.

Lautenbach, J.M., R.T. Plumb, S.G. Robinson, D.A. Haukos, J.C. Pitman, and C.A. Hagen. 2017. Lesser prairie-chicken avoidance of trees in a grassland landscape. Rangeland Ecology and Management 70:78-86.

Moon, J.A. D.A. Haukos, and W.C. Conway. 2017. Seasonal survival of adult female mottled ducks. Journal of Wildlife Management 81:461-469.

Spencer, D., D. Haukos, C. Hagen, M. Daniels, and D. Goodin. 2017. Conservation Reserve Program mitigates grassland loss in the lesser prairie-chicken range of Kansas. Global Ecology and Conservation 9:21-38.

Earl, J.E., S.D. Fuhlendorf, D. Haukos, A.M. Tanner, D. Elmore, and S.A. Carleton. 2016. Characteristics of lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) long-distance movements across their distribution. Ecosphere 7(8):e01441. 10.1002/ecs2.1441

Haukos, D.A., and C.W. Boal (editors). 2016. Ecology and Conservation of Lesser Prairie-Chickens. Studies in Avian Biology, No. 48, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 371 pp.

Haukos, D.A., L.A. Johnson, L.M. Smith, and S.T. McMurry. 2016. Effectiveness of vegetation buffers surrounding playa wetlands at contaminant and sediment amelioration. Journal of Environmental Management 181:552-562.

Robinson, S.G., D.A. Haukos, R.T. Plumb, C.A. Hagen, J.C. Pitman, J.M. Lautenbach, D.S. Sullins, J.D. Kraft, and J.D. Lautenbach. 2016. Lack of lesser prairie-chicken mortality due to fence collisions in Kansas and Colorado. Journal of Wildlife Management 80:906-915.

Ross, B.E., D.A. Haukos, C.A. Hagen, and J.C. Pitman. 2016. Landscape composition creates a threshold influencing lesser prairie-chicken population resilience to extreme drought. Global Ecology and Conservation 6:179-188.

Haukos, D.A. 2015. Estimates of annual survival of mottled ducks from band-recovery data in the Western Gulf Coast population. Journal of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Game Agencies 2:214-220.

Winder, V.L., K.M. Carrlson, A.J. Gregory, C.A. Hagen, D.A. Haukos, D.C. Kesler, L.C. Larsson, T.W. Matthews, L.B. McNew, M.A. Patten, J. C. Pitman, L.A. Powell, J.A. Smith, T. Thompson, D.H. Wolfe, and B.K. Sandercock. 2015. Factors affecting female space use in ten populations of prairie chickens. Ecosphere 6(9):166.

Haukos, D.A. 2013. Wetland Sampling Design and Logistics. Pages 1-48 In Wetland Techniques, Volume I: Foundations. J.T. Anderson and C. A. Davis (editors). Springer, New York, New York.