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

Kansas Project

Guiding present and future native fish restoration using a strategic planning process, literature synthesis, database analysis, field protocol development/testing, and adaptive management. To PI: M. E. Mather, 2020-2024, $428,358, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism – Ecological Services (Grant #: F20AF00207, Mod. #1; # T-59-R-1).

November 2020 - June 2025


Participating Agencies

  • Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism

Natural resource agencies are charged with conserving native species. Freshwater biodiversity is decreasing at an alarming rate even though protecting freshwater is a priority for human security and environmental management. The ecological services sections of state natural resource agencies need new tools in their conservation toolboxes to combat the increasing number of obstacles to the successful conservation of native freshwater biodiversity.

To provide these new tools that enhance the effectiveness of existing conservation approaches, here we seek to combine the efforts of university personnel, graduate students, and agency partners to provide guidance for present and future native fish restoration through five directions related to the project objectives:
(a) identify and implement a strategic planning process,
(b) synthesize existing literature on habitat needed by Kansas fish and impacts that adversely affect Kansas fish,
(c) analyze monitoring databases related to habitat and native fish distribution,
(d) as appropriate, develop / test field data protocols, and
(e) as possible, propose a program of adaptive management.
Ultimately, in this project, we seek to provide long-term guidance on conservation approaches rather than one-time one-place remedies.

Presentations Presentation Date
Mather, Martha E. 2020. Why aren’t we more successful in conserving rivers and river fish? 150th Annual Meeting of American Fisheries Society. September 14-25, 2020. Columbus, Ohio. Invited Presentation for Symposium Entitled “Confronting Present and Emerging Stressors in Rivers for Global Fisheries Conservation."
September 2020
Hu, D, S. Gaughan, P.M. Kocovsky, M.E. Mather, K. Mayes, J. Perkin, J.S. Rogosch, D. Winkelman, M. Wuellner. 2022. AFS 151 Symposia Summaries. "Creating and implementing an ecosystem-wide integrated research agenda and conservation plan for prairie streams: A shared vision, next generation synthesis, and future action plan." Fisheries 47: 30. November 2021
Mather, M. E., C. Aymami, and O. Rode. 2021. Plotting a course for science-based, data-driven watershed conservation through the development of a regional collaboration. Invited presentation for a symposium entitled “Creating and Implementing an Ecosystem-wide Integrated Research Agenda and Conservation Plan for Prairie Streams: A Shared Vision, Next Generation Synthesis, and Future Action Plan .” 151st Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, November 6-10, 2021, Baltimore, MD. November 2021
Rode, O. M. Mather, V. Reed, K. Nelson, M. Madin, J. Francois, T. Moore, L. Krueger. 2023. Squeezing additional insights from fish survey data to aid conservation. 83rd Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference, Overland Park, Kansas (February 12-15, 2023). February 2023
Mather, M., D. Oliver, J. Smith. 2023. Will We Know “Success” When We See It?: Defining Appropriate Expectations for Biodiversity Monitoring Surveys. 83rd Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference, Overland Park, Kansas (February 12-15, 2023). February 2023