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Human Dimensiosn of Habitat Loss in the Plains & Prairie Pothole Region

Duration

August 2014 - August 2018

Narrative

The Plains & Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative (PPP-LCC) identified habitat loss (factors influencing land use and land conversion) as a key research need because this grassland-wetland ecosystem provides essential habitat for an array of wildlife, especially waterfowl. Research has identified temperate grasslands are one of the most threatened biomes worldwide, with the greatest threat being conversion to annual crop production. This project was funded by the Fish and Wildlife Service. Having an understanding of how private landowners respond to economic incentives/pressures and other driving forces behind decisions about farming/ranching practices may identify strategies to reduce habitat loss in the plains and prairie pothole region. For example, how a farmer/rancher sees their role and responsibilities related to the environment may play a significant role in decision making.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Sweikert, L.A., and L.M. Gigliotti. 2018. A values-based landowner typology to improve grassland conservation initiatives. Society & Natural Resources, 32(2):167-183.

Thesis

  • Sweikert, Lily, A. 2017. Human dimensions of habitat loss in the Plains and Prairie Pothole Ecoregion. Ph.D. Dissertation. South Dakota State university.Download  | 

Presentations

  • Gigliotti, L.M., & Sweikert, L.A. 2016. Human dimensions of habitat loss in the Plains & Prairie Pothole Ecoregions: A project update. 76th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.
  • Sweikert, L.A., and Gigliotti, L.M. 2016. Conserving the Plains and Prairie Pothole Ecoregions: A land relations scale. 76th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.
  • Sweikert, L.A. and Gigliotti, L.M. 2016. Conserving the Plains and Prairie Pothole Ecoregions: A land relations scale. The Wildlife Society South Dakota Chapter Annual meeting, Oacoma, SD.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 142

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 240

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1936

Presentations: 4260

 

Personnel

Funding Agencies

  • US Fish and Wildlfie Service - Plains and Prairie Pothole Landscape Conservation Cooperative

Links

Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey