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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

  • Verheijen, B.H.F., D.M. Varner, and D.A. Haukos. 2018. Effects of large-scale wetland loss on network connectivity of the Rainwater Basin, Nebraska. Submitted to Landscape Ecology
  • Fritts, S. R., B. A. Grisham, R. D. Cox, C. W. Boal, D. A. Haukos, P. McDaniel, C. A. Hagen, and D. U. Greene. 2018. Interactive effects of severe drought and grazing on the life history cycle of a bioindicator species. Ecology and Evolution 8:9550–9562 DOI: 10.1002/ece3.4432
  • Plumb, R.T., J.M. Lautenbach, S.G. Robinson, D.A. Haukos, V.L. Winder, C.A. Hagen, D.S. Sullins, J.C. Pitman, and D.K. Dahlgren. 2018. Lesser prairie-chicken space use among landscapes in response to anthropogenic structures. Journal of Wildlife Management DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21561
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Kansas Technical Publications

  • Mapes, R.L., 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

  • Lehrter, R. 2018. Large-Scale Drivers of Fish Biodiversity Differ Across An Environmentally-Variable Watershed. MS. Thesis, Kansas State University
  • Hitchman, Sean. 2017. A Mosaic Approach Can Advance the Understanding and Conservation of Native Fish Biodiversity in Natural and Fragmented Riverscapes. Ph.D, Kansas State University
  • Taylor, Ryland. 2017. Using Geomorphology and Animal “Personality” to Understand ‘Scape-Scale Predator Distributions. MS Thesis, Kansas State University
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 26

Scientific Publications: 63

Presentations: 245

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