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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.
  • Kraft, J. 2016. Vegetation characteristics and lesser prairie-chicken responses to land cover types and grazing management in western Kansas. Thesis, Kansas State University, Manhattan Download
  • Malone, W. 2016. Predictive changes in avian occupancy and hydrology of playa wetlands in the Smoky Hill River, Kansas, watershed due to climate change. Thesis, Kansas State University, Manhattan. Download
  • McCullough, K. 2016. A Multi-Scale Examination of the Distribution and Habitat Use Patterns of the Regal Fritillary Butterfly (Speyeria idalia). Thesis, Kansas State University, Manhattan. Download
  • Becker, T. 2016. Retrospective review of wild waterfowl diseases in Kansas. Thesis, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Robinson, S. 2015. Landscape ecology, survival, and space use of lesser prairie-chickens. Thesis, Kansas State University, Manhattan, USA.
  • Gerber, Kayla. 2015. Tracking blue catfish: quantifying system-wide distribution of a mobile fish predator throughout a large heterogeneous reservoir. M.S. Thesis, Kansas State University. Manhattan, KS.
  • Peterson, Zachary. 2015. Quantifying patterns and select correlates of the spatially and temporally explicit distribution of a fish predator (blue catfish, Ictalurus furcatus) throughout a large reservoir ecosystem. M.S. Thesis, Kansas State University. Manhattan, KS.
  • Fencl, Jane. 2015. How big of an effect do small dams have?: using ecology and geomorphology to quantify impacts of low-head dams on fish biodiversity. M.S., Kansas State University.
  • Kearns, B. 2015. Risk assessment of lead exposure by mottled ducks on the upper Texas Gulf Coast. Ph.D Dissertation, Kansas State University, Manhattan.
  • Plumb, R. Lesser prairie-chicken movement, space use, survival, and response to anthropogenic structures in Kansas and Colorado. Kansas State University, Manhattan.
  • Lautenbach, J. Lesser prairie-chicken reproductive success, habitat selection, and response to trees. M.S. Thesis, Kansas State University, Manhattan.
  • Spencer, D.A. 2015. A historical record of land cover change of the lesser prairie-chicken range in Kansas. M.S. Thesis, Kansas State University, Manhattan.
  • Stetter, A. Nest-site selection, duckling survival, and blood parasite prevalence of lesser scaup nesting on Red Rocks Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Montana. M.S. Thesis, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.
  • McDowell, S. Sources and uptake of environmental lead by mottled ducks on the upper Texas Gulf Coast. M.S. Thesis, Stephen F. Austin State University.
  • Moon, J. Habitat use and movements of mottled ducks on the upper Texas Coast. Ph.D. Dissertation Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Riecke, T. Effects of environmental lead exposure on nongame birds using coastal marsh of the upper Texas Gulf Coast. M.S. Thesis, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Sullins, D. Habitat use and origins of American woodcock wintering in east Texas. M.S. Thesis Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Kennedy, Cristina. 2013. Habitat heterogeneity concentrates predators in the seascape: linking intermediate-scale estuarine habitat to striped bass distribution. M. S. Thesis. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.
  • Zavaleta, J. Effects of grazing and herbicide treatments to restore degraded sand shinnery oak grasslands. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.
  • Smith, J. M. 2011. Beaver dams maintain native fish biodiversity in a coastal stream network via altered habitat heterogeneity: evaluating gear, quantifying fish assemblages, and testing ecological hypotheses
  • Moon, Derek. 2011. Small mammals in disturbed tallgrass prairie landscapes. MS Thesis, Division of Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.
  • Burak, Matthew. Developing Standardized Metrics to Quantify the Temporal Distribution of Migrating Anadromous Herring: Comparing Adult Returns across Coastal Rivers. July 2011. M.S. Thesis, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
  • Johnson, L. Current status and function of playa wetlands on the Southern Great Plains. Ph.D Graduate 3/23/2011. Texas Tech University
  • Mackenzie Shardlow, M.S. 2009. Thesis: Factors affecting detectability and distribution of the North American river otter
  • Frank , H. 2009. Evaluation of pre-spawning movements of anadromous alewives in the Ipswich Rver using radiotelemetry. MS Thesis, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
  • Rigby, E. Recruitment of mottled ducks (Anas fulvigula) on the upper Texas Gulf Coast. M.S Graduate 12/10/2008. Texas Tech University
  • Wes Bouska, M.S., 2008. Thesis: Road crossings design and their impacts on fish assemblages and geomorphology of Great Plains streams

  • Pautzke, S. M. 2008. Distribution patterns of migratory striped bass in Plum Island Estuary, Massachusetts. MS Thesis, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
  • Josh Schloesser, M.S. 2008. Thesis: Large river fish community sampling strategies and fish associations to engineered and natural river channel structures
  • Kristen Pitts, M.S. 2008. Thesis: Assessing threats to native fishes in the Lower Colorado River Basin
  • Jeff Eitzmann, M.S. 2008. Thesis: Spatial habitat variation in a Great Plains river: effects on the fish assemblage and food web structure
  • Jesse Fischer, M.S. 2007. Thesis: Structural organization of Great Plains stream fish assemblages: implications for sampling and conservation
  • Andrew Makinster, M.S. 2006. Thesis: Population dynamics of flathead catfish in the Kansas River
  • Thiarajan, Bala. 2006. Community dynamics of rodents, fleas, and plague associated with black-tailed prairie dogs. Ph.D. Dissertation, Division of Biology, Kansas State University.
  • Albanese, E. 2006. Local and landscape requirements of frosted elfins (Callophrys irus) in sandplain communities of Massachusetts. MS Thesis, University of Massachusetts Amherst.
  • Smythe, L. Nesting ecology of migrating songbirds in eastern New Mexico. M.S. Candidate. M.S. graduate 12/14/05. Texas Tech University
  • Johnson, Tammi L. 2005. Spatial dynamics of a bacterial pathogen: Sylvatic plague in black-tailed prairie dogs. M.S. Thesis, Division of Biology, Kansas State University.
  • Newby, Lorri A. 2005. Effects of experimental manipulation of coterie size on demography of black-tailed prairie dogs in South Dakota. M.S. Thesis, Division of Biology, Kansas State University
  • Moon, J. Survival, movements, and habitat use of female northern pintails in the Playa Lakes Region. M.S. graduate 6/25/04. Texas Tech University
  • Jensen, William E. 2003. Spatial variation in brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater) abundance and brood parasitism in the Flint Hills tallgrass prairie. Ph.D. Disertation, Division of Biology, Kansas State University.
  • Wong, Mayee. 2003. High spatial homogeneity in a sex-biased mating system: The breeding structure of greater prairie chickens (Tympanuchus cupido pinnatus) in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. M.S. Thesis, Division of Biology, Kansas State University.
  • Whittier, J. B. 2001. Management implications of population genetics and demographics of least terns (Sterna antillarum). Ph.D. Dissertation, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. 100 pp. Initial Employment: Wildlife Biologist, Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pierre, SD.
  • Rucker, Amber D. 2001. Conversion of tall fescue pastures to tallgrass prairie in southeastern Kansas: small mammal responses. M.S. Thesis, Division of Biology, Kansas State University
  • Winter, Stephen L. 1999. Plant and breeding bird communities of black-tailed prairie dog colonies and non-colonized areas in southwest Kansas and southeast Colorado. M.S. Thesis, Division of Biology, Kansas State University.
  • Kretzer, Justin E. 1999. Herpetological and coleopteran communities of black-tailed prairie dog colonies and non-colonized areas in southwest Kansas. M.S. Thesis, Division of Biology, Kansas State University.
  • Hoch, Greg A. 1997. Mapping and monitoring of disturbance from military training at Fort Riley Kansas and an investigation into the stability of grassland ecotones using satellite remote sensing. M.S. Thesis, Division of Biology, Kansas State University.
  • Michaels, Heidi L. 1997. Landscape and fine-scale habitat associations of the loggerhead shrike and Henslow's sparrow on Fort Riley Military Instalation, Kansas. M.S. Thesis, Division of Biology, Kansas State University.
  • Anderson, A. Habitat use and diet of amphibians breeding in playa wetlands of the Southern High Plains of Texas. M.S. graduate 2/17/97. Texas Tech University
  • Haukos, D.A. 1991. Vegetation manipulation strategies for playa lakes. Ph.D. Dissertation. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. 175pp.
  • Haukos, D.A. 1988. Reproductive ecology of lesser prairie-chickens in west Texas. M.S. Thesis. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. 91pp.
 

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