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

Staff Member

Jennifer Zavaleta

Jen Zavaleta and a lesser prairie chicken

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Jennifer is researching the community response to prescribed burning and herbicide application used for restoring sand shinnery oak grasslands with the goal of guiding lesser prairrie chicken conservation. She is also interesed in community-driven conservation initiatives and developing ways to better communicate science to the general public.

Research Publications Publication Date
Grisham, B.A., J.C. Zavaleta, A.C. Behney, P.K. Borsdorf, D.R. Lucia, C.W. Boal, and D.A. Haukos. 2016. Ecology and Conservation of Lesser Prairie-Chickens in Sand Shinnery Oak Prairies. Pp. 315-344 in D.A. Haukos and C.W. Boal (editors), Ecology and conservation of Lesser Prairie-Chickens. Studies in Avian Biology (no. 48), CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. | Abstract February 2016
Cheek, C.A., S. Hlavaty, K. Mougey, R.N. Perkins, M.A. Peyton, C.N. Ryan, J.C. Zavaleta, C.W. Boal, and G. Perry. 2013. Vertical structure use by the stoute iguana (Cyclura pinguis) on Guana Island, BVI. IRCF Reptiles and Amphibians 20:112-118. September 2013
Presentations Presentation Date
Grisham, B.A., J. Zavaleta, C.W. Boal, and D.A. Haukos. 2013. Management of lesser prairie-chicken populations in shinnery oak-grasslands: priorities and future directions. 49th Annual Meeting of the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Houston, TX. Feb. 2013. February 2013
Technical Publications Publication Date
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. January 2014