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Rainwater Basin Science Coordination


July 2019 - January 2020


The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture’s (RWBJV) mission includes science–based conservation efforts for all priority bird habitats throughout Nebraska’s mixed–grass prairie region. The Management Board of the RWBJV is committed to implementing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Strategic Habitat Conservation model. This science–based model requires a commitment of resources and time to develop a strong biological foundation for delivering conservation planning and designing research and monitoring efforts. To fulfill this commitment, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln hired Dana Varner as the RWBJV Science Coordinator in October 2014, and she continues in this position. This position is the product of a partnership between RWBJV, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources, and Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 98

Masters Students: 230

Phd Students: 144

Post Docs: 54

University Staff: 248

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 647

Scientific Publications: 1894

Presentations: 4159



Funding Agencies

  • Nebraska Game and Parks Commission


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey