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Avian habitat relationships across ecological scales


January 2009 - December 2018


The prairie ecosystems of Nebraska provide habitat for a diversity of bird species, including numerous grassland songbirds, culturally and economically important upland game species, and many species of migratory waterbirds.

Agricultural development has resulted in the loss and alteration of habitat for many grassland bird species, and it has become increasingly important to understand how alterations across the landscape influence where birds reside, how they behave, and the subsequent implications for population and community dynamics.

Because over 97% of Nebraska is privately owned, our research relies on the cooperation and participation of dozens of private landowners throughout the state, who work with us to understand how best to conserve grassland birds and their habitats.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Wszola, L.S., L.F. Gruber, E.F. Stuber, L.M. Messinger, and J.J. Fontaine. An evaluation of the economic and welfare returns from public access hunting lands. J. Rural Studies
  • Stuber, E.F. and J.J. Fontaine. (In Review). How characteristic is the species characteristic selection scale? American Naturalist.
  • Stuber, E.F. and J.J. Fontaine. Incorporating the ecological neighborhood into analyses of nest survival. Auk.
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  • Jorgensen, C.F. 2012. Assessing Local and Landscape Constraints on Habitat Management for Grassland and Upland Birds.M.S. Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 144

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 670

Scientific Publications: 1897

Presentations: 4202



  • Joseph FontainePrincipal Investigator
  • Erica StuberCo-Principal Investigator
  • Chris JorgensenStudent
  • Nadejda MirochnitchenkoStudent

Funding Agencies

  • Nebraska Game and Parks Commission


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey