• Applied Wildlife Ecology
    and Spatial Movement Lab

    Telemetry in action to track turkeys
  • Watch: Two-Year Pronghorn Study Wraps Up

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    Helicopter capture of pronghorn
  • Precision Conservation

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    Prairie strip next to crops
    Omar de Kok-Mercado
  • Landscape Ecology & Wildlife Conservation

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    Nebraska CRP Field
  • Wildlife Management in
    Agricultural Systems

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    Researchers in the field

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.

Research Focus

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 Mission

To provide applicable science to help landowners and management agencies balance the needs of agriculturally-dominated landscapes and create healthy, robust ecosystems.