Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Kansas
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Kansas Project


Network analyses of inland, depressional wetlands of the Great Plains

June 2014 - May 2019


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • Macrosystems

Isolated, depressional freshwater wetlands are rapidly declining in the Great Plains. Connectivity among wetlands is critical to support biodiversity. Establishing connectivity patterns and predicting the influence of future conditions on wetland connectivity will aid in developing conservation strategies and determining species distributions. This research is a collaborative effort funded by the National Science Foundation among the Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Playa Lakes Joint Venture, and Rainwater Basin Joint Venture. Wetlands critical to the connectivity of the wetland system were identified in the playas and Rainwater Basins. Both systems are nearly at the threshold for system collapse with continued loss of wetlands.

Research Publications Publication Date
Albanese, G., and D. Haukos. 2019. Toward a theory of connectivity among depressional wetlands of the Great Plains: resiliency to natural and anthropogenic disturbance within a wetland network. Pages 159-176 in E. Beever, S. Prange, and J. Franklin (editors). Disturbance Ecology and Biological Diversity: Context, Nature, and Scale. CRC Press/Taylor and Francis Group, Boca Raton, Florida, USA. 2019-09-30
Albanese, G., and D.A. Haukos. 2017. A network model framework for prioritizing wetland conservation in the Great Plains. Landscape Ecology 32:115-130. 2017-01-31
Verheijen, B.H.F., D.M. Varner, and D.A. Haukos. 2018. Effects of large-scale wetland loss on network connectivity of the Rainwater Basin, Nebraska. Submitted to Landscape Ecology 2018-10-31
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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-019-00958-w 2020-01-31
Presentations Presentation Date
Albanese, G., and D. Haukos. 2015. A framework for understanding connections within dense broad-scale habitat networks: prioritizing wetlands for conservation within a dynamic landscape. Annual meeting of the Society of Wetland Scientists, Providence, RI. 2015-05-24
Verheijen, B.H.F., D. M. Varner, and D. A. Haukos. 2018. Wetland functionality and continued loss negatively affect network connectivity and structure of the Rainwater Basin, Nebraska. Kansas Natural Resource Conference, Manhattan, Kansas. 2019-01-31
Verheijen, B.H.F., D. M. Varner, and D.A. Haukos. 2018. Effects of inundation probability and sediment accumulation on the connectivity and structure of the Rainwater Basin, Nebraska. Annual Meeting of The Wildlife Society, Cleveland, Ohio. 2018-10-08
Verheijen, B.H.F., D. M. Varner, and D.A. Haukos. 2018. Effects of large-scale wetland loss on network connectivity of the Rainwater Basin. Annual Meeting of the Central Mountains and Plains Section of The Wildlife Society, Kearney, Nebraska. 2018-02-28
Verheijen, B.H.F., D. M. Varner, and D.A. Haukos. 2018. Effects of large-scale wetland loss on network connectivity of the Rainwater Basin. Kansas Natural Resources Conference, Manhattan, Kansas. 2018-02-08
Verheijen, B.H.F., D. M. Varner, and D.A. Haukos. 2018. The effects of large-scale wetland loss on network connectivity of the Rainwater Basin, Nebraska. Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 2018-01-30
Verheijen, B.H.F., D.M. Varner, and D.A. Haukos. 2020. Effects of future wetland losses on network connectivity of the Rainwater Basin, Nebraska. 25th Annual Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Information Seminar, Great Bend, Nebraska. 2020-02-06