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Kansas Research Activities

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Most research investigations at the Kansas Cooperative Fish and WIldlife Research Unit are at the landscape scale, concentrationing on the inter-relationships among ecosystems. Many of the investigations are related to agricutural and energy production. It is a diverse research agenda including projects related to migratory birds and wetlands of the Great Plains and Gulf Coast; black-tailed prairie dog colonies of the western Great Plains; aquatic systems throughout Kansas, Great Plains, and northeastern United States; lesser prairie-chickens of the Southern Great Plains; and aquatic systems of the Great Plains.

Kansas Active Projects

Kansas Completed Projects

Kansas Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Gehrt, J.M., D.S. Sullins, and D.A. Haukos. 2020. Looking at the bigger picture: how abundance of nesting and brooding habitat influences lek-site selection by lesser prairie-chickens. American Midland Naturalist 183:52-77.
  • Owen, R.K., E.B. Webb, D.A. Haukos, F.B. Fritschi and K.W. Goyne. 2020. Barnyardgrass (Echinochloa crusgalli) emergence and growth in a changing climate in Great Plains wetlands. Wetlands Ecology and Management
  • Verheijen, B.H.F., D.M. Varner, and D.A. Haukos. 2020. Future losses of playa wetlands decrease network structure and connectivity of the Rainwater Basin, Nebraska. Landscape Ecology 35:453–467.
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Kansas Technical Publications

  • Mapes, R.L., 2017. Young of year largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) relative abundance and diet: role of habitat type, spatial context, and size. Final Report. | Download |
  • Mather, ME, Gerber, KM, Peterson, Z. Assessing distribution and movement of Blue Catfish in Kansas reservoirs. Final Report | Download |
  • Boal, C.W., B.A. Grisham, D.A.Haukos, J.C.Zavaleta, and C. Dixon. 2013. Lesser Prairie-Chicken Nest Site Selection, Microclimate, and Nest Survival in Association with Vegetation Responses to a Grassland Restoration Program. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013-1235, 48p.
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Kansas Theses and Dissertations

  • Gulick, C. 2019. Spatial ecology and resource selection by female lesser prairie-chickens within their home ranges and during dispersal. Thesis, Kansas State University. Download
  • Annis, A. 2018. Ring-necked pheasant survival, nest habitat use, and predator occupancy in Kansas spring cover crops. Kansas State University, Manhattan. Download
  • Lehrter, R. 2018. Large-Scale Drivers of Fish Biodiversity Differ Across An Environmentally-Variable Watershed. MS. Thesis, Kansas State University
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 23

Scientific Publications: 66

Presentations: 235

Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
  2. Kansas State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute