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Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Current Graduate Students

Ph.D. Students

 

Alix Godar

 Alix Godar
ajgodar@k-state.edu

Project: Ring-necked Pheasant Population and Space Use Response to Landscapes Including Spring Cover Crops
Advisor: Dr. David Haukos
Expected Completion: 2020
Degree Seeking: Ph.D.
Education: B.S., University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; M.S., Texas Tech University
Research Interests:

 

 


 

Carly Aulicky

     Carly Aulicky
    caulicky@k-state.edu

Project: Lesser Prairie-chicken Translocation to the Sand Sagebrush Ecoregion
Advisor: Dr. David Haukos
Expected Completion: 2020
Degree Seeking: Ph.D.
Education: B.S., Rutgers University, New Jersey; MSc by research, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Research Interests: Lek-breeding behavior, conservation, trade-offs, and carry-over effects

Carly began her undergraduate studies at Raritan Valley Community College with an A.S. in Biology before continuing with a B.S. in Ecology and Natural Resources and Certificate in Environmental Geomatics at Rutgers University. She then went on to the University of Glasgow, Scotland in 2012 as a US-UK Fulbright Scholar for a Master's of Research in Ecology and Environmental Biology, where she conducted her dissertation on the application of discriminant models to sexing cryptic blue-crowned manakins in Ecuador. Currently, Carly's doctoral research examines the lek-breeding behavior and morphology of the lesser-prairie chicken; focusing on the characteristics underlying the formation or persistence of display areas, the morphological characteristics of the birds attending, and the role of leks as a determinant of lesser prairie-chicken translocation success. 


 

Boomer Malanchuk with Canada Goose       John "Boomer" Malanchuk
      bmalanchuk@ksu.edu

Project: Assessment of Resident Canada Goose Management in Kansas
Advisor: Dr. David Haukos
Expected Completion: 2020
Degree Seeking: Ph.D.
Education: B.S., Rhodes College, Tennessee; M.S., University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point


Research Interests: Waterfowl ecology, wildlife management, wildlife conservation, wetland and habitat conservation, human dimension of wildlife

Boomer graduated from Rhodes College in 2014 with a B.S. in Environmental Science. His master’s project focused on cavity-nesting waterfowl nest-site selection and use in the Northeastern U.S. His current project is conducting the research for the re-write of the Kansas Canada Goose Management Plan including Canada goose abundance, survival, and effectiveness of management actions. Boomer supports R3 hunter recruitment programs and hunter-conservationist approaches to wildlife management. Boomer is a Wildlife Society certified Associate Wildlife Biologist.

 


 

Talesha Karish

 Talesha Karish
taleshakarish@gmail.com

Project: Survival Rates, Habitat Selection, and Movement of Sympatric Mule Deer and White-tailed Deer in Kansas
Advisor: Dr. David Haukos
Expected Completion: 2021
Degree Seeking: Ph.D.
Education:
Research Interests:


 


 

M.S. Students

Liam Berigan


      Liam Berigan
     berigan@k-state.edu

Project: Lesser Prairie-Chicken Translocation to the Sand Sagebrush Ecoregion
Advisor: Dr. David Haukos
Expected Completion: 2019
Degree Seeking: M.S.
Education: B.S., Cornell University, New York
Research Intersests: Bird conservation, spatial ecology

 

 

Raised in Virginia, Liam graduated from Cornell University in  2017 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. Liam Berigan is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at Kansas State as he studies the ecology of translocated Lesser Prairie-Chickens. Interests include the application of spatial ecology to conservation.
 


 

Mitchell Kern

 Mitchell Kern
mkern8@ksu.edu

Project: Survival Rates, Habitat Selection, and Movement of Sympatric Mule Deer and White-tailed Deer in Kansas
Advisor: Dr. Drew Ricketts
Expected Completion: 2019
Degree Seeking: M.S.
Education: B.S., Virginia Tech



Mitchell earned his B.S. in Wildlife Science from Virginia Tech in 2011. After graduation, he acquired various wildlife technician positions resulting in hands on experience with white-tailed deer, Mexican wolves, black bears, elk, and other various species utilizing multiple capture techniques. He is currently pursuing his M.S. focusing on fawn survival rates and bed site selection in relation to dissimilar population trends observed in white-tailed deer and mule deer in Western Kansas.

  


 

Maureen Kinlan

 Maureen Kinlan
kinlan@k-state.edu

Project: Survival Rates, Habitat Selection, and Movement of Sympatric Mule Deer and White-tailed Deer in Kansas
Advisor: Dr. David Haukos
Expected Completion: 2020
Degree Seeking: M.S.
Education: B.S., King's College, Pennsylvania


Research Interests: large carnivore conservation, large mammal management and conservation, predator-prey dynamics, human dimensions of wildlife, wildlife policy

Originally from Hanover, PA, Maureen studied Environmental Science and concentrated her undergraduate degree in Wildlife at King's College. She is now currently studying survival rates, habitat selection, and movement of sympatric Mule Deer and White-tailed Deer in Kansas; particularly regarding whether adult males shift their movements in response to hunting pressure. Her interests include the human dimensions of wildlife; specifically human and wildlife conflict resolution research, predator-prey dynamics, wildlife policy, and large mammal conservation and management.


 

Jackie Gehrt 2019

 Jackie Gehrt
gehrt@ksu.edu

Project: Response of Greater Prairie-Chickens to Natural and Anthropogenic Disturbances on Fort Riley
Advisor: Dr. David Haukos
Expected Completion: 2021
Degree Seeking: M.S.
Education: B.S., Kansas State University
Research Interests: Urban ecology, movement/spatial ecology, wildlife policy 


Jackie is passionate about bird conservation, specifically how increasing urbanization impacts their movements, habitat selection, and general life history strategies. With her project, she wants to focus on how military activity and its impacts, both direct and indirect, affect the behavior of Greater Prairie-Chickens. Eventually Jackie would like to work in an urban setting, researching and educating people on how to develop in a more wildlife-friendly way.

  


 
Elli Teige        Elisabeth Teige
       teigeel@k-state.edu

Project: Lesser Prairie-Chicken Translocation to the Sand Sagebrush Ecoregion
Advisor: Dr. David Haukos
Expected Completion: 2021
Degree Seeking: M.S.
Education: B.A., Minnesota State University Moorhead
Research Interests: Population dynamics, population and habitat conservation, predator-prey interactions, human dimensions of wildlife

Originally from Poplar, WI, Elisabeth studied Bology with an Emphasis in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a certificate in Geographic Information Systems for her undergraduate degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead. She is currently studying survival rates, habitat selection, and movement of translocated Lesser-Prairie Chickens in the Sand-sagebrush Prairie Ecoregion. She is interested in comparing native birds' movements to translocated individuals' movements. Her interests include population dynamics and habitat conservation.  

 


 

Nick Parker with LPC

 Nick Parker
njparker14@ksu.edu

Project: Lesser Prairie-Chicken and Grassland Response to Intensive Wildfire in Kansas
Advisor: Dr. Dan Sullins
Expected Completion: 2021
Degree Seeking: M.S.
Education: B.A., University of California, Berkeley