Applied Wildlife Ecology
and Spatial Movement Lab
New Study: Wild Turkey EcologyRead More
in Western NebraskaKayli Newkirk
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What Motivates Us
Over the last half century, the Great Plains grassland ecosystem has experienced a dramatic conversion from intact grassland to crop production. While the intensification of agriculture has led to increased production levels, there have also been negative effects to the ecosystem such as a loss of biodiversity. We believe that agriculture and conservation do not need to be competing interests and can coexist. We strive to find innovative ways to balance wildlife and ecosystem conservation with the needs of farmers and ranchers in a predominantly agricultural state.
At the AWESM Lab we study wildlife and habitat management from individual land parcels to entire landscapes in agriculturally-dominated areas. We approach our research in a variety of ways, including spatial modeling, observational and experimental studies, and human dimensions.
Our goal is to provide applicable science to help landowners and management agencies balance the needs of agriculturally-dominated landscapes and create healthy, robust ecosystems.