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Landscape Level Population Modeling as a Decision Support Tool for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken


March 2015 - September 2017


Under this project, we use spatially explicit population models to characterize the viability of the lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) under various future conservation scenarios. This modeling effort will provide the prediction of future conditions for the species following the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Species Status Assessment framework to support future decisions under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) related to drafting recovery criteria, proposing designation of critical habitat, and implementing a range of conservation efforts.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Cummings, J.W., S.J. Converse, C.T. Moore, D.R. Smith, C.T. Nichols, N.L. Allan, and C.M. O'Meilia. Submitted. Integrating data sources for species status assessment: application to the lesser prairie-chicken.
  • Cummings J.W., S.J. Converse, C.T. Moore, D.R. Smith, C.T. Nichols, N.L. Allan, and C.M. O'Meilia. 2017. A projection of lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) populations range-wide. USGS Open File Report 2017-1071.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 1

Masters Students: 1

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 18

Scientific Publications: 40

Presentations: 28



  • Clinton MooreCo-Principal Investigator
  • Sarah ConverseCo-Principal Investigator
  • Dave SmithCo-Principal Investigator
  • Jonathan CummingsNon-PI Collaborator

Funding Agencies

  • USDOI Fish and Wildlife Service


Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  2. U.S. Geological Survey
  3. University of Washington
  4. Washington Department of Ecology
  5. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
  6. Washington Department of Natural Resources
  7. Washington State University
  8. Wildlife Management Institute