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Kansas Research Activities

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Most research investigations at the Kansas Cooperative Fish and WIldlife Research Unit are at the landscape scale, concentrationing on the inter-relationships among ecosystems. Many of the investigations are related to agricutural and energy production. It is a diverse research agenda including projects related to migratory birds and wetlands of the Great Plains and Gulf Coast; black-tailed prairie dog colonies of the western Great Plains; aquatic systems throughout Kansas, Great Plains, and northeastern United States; lesser prairie-chickens of the Southern Great Plains; and aquatic systems of the Great Plains.

Kansas Active Projects

Kansas Completed Projects

Kansas Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Fencl, J., M. Mather, J. Smith, and S. Hitchman. 2017. The blind men and the elephant examine biodiversity at low-head dams: are we all dealing with the same dam reality? Ecosphere 8 (1): 1-17; DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.1973; http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ecs2.1973/full
  • Hitchman, S.M, M. E. Mather, J. Smith, and J. Fencl. 2017. Identifying keystone habitats with a mosaic approach can improve biodiversity conservation in disturbed ecosystems. Global Change Biology 2017;1–14. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13846;
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gcb.13846/epdf
  • Hitchman, S. M., M. E. Mather, J. M. Smith, J. S. Fencl. 2017. Habitat mosaics and path analysis can improve biological conservation of aquatic biodiversity in ecosystems with low-head dams. Science of the Total Environment 619–620: 221–231 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.10.272; http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S004896971732990X
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Kansas Technical Publications

  • Mapes, R.L., and Mather, M.E., 2017. Young of year largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) relative abundance and diet: role of habitat type, spatial context, and size. Final Report. | Download |
  • Mather, ME, Gerber, KM, Peterson, Z. Assessing distribution and movement of Blue Catfish in Kansas reservoirs. Final Report | Download |
  • 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.
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Kansas Theses and Dissertations

  • Sullins, D. 2017. Regional variation in demography, distribution, foraging, and strategic conservation of lesser prairie-chickens in Kansas and Colorado. Dissertation, Kansas State University, Manhattan, USA.
  • Lautenbach, J. 2017. The role of fire, microclimate, and vegetation in lesser prairie-chicken habitat selection. Thesis, Kansas State University, Manhattan, USA.
  • Ogden, S. 2016. Grassland bird and butterfly response to sericea lespedeza control using fire and grazing. Thesis, Kansas State University, Manhattan.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 7

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 21

Scientific Publications: 60

Presentations: 219

Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
  2. Kansas State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute