The Applied Wildlife Ecology & Spatial Movement Lab is an inter-disciplinary research and extension team that aims to provide innovative solutions to the growing wildlife conservation and management needs in multi-functional landscapes where there are competing interests for agricultural production, wildlife conservation, and ecosystem services. In the coming decades, agricultural intensification is expected to increase with the increasing human population and nutritional demands. Simultaneously, we are facing increasing climate variability, shifts in pest occurrences and plant diseases, and low commodity prices. These challenges for increased food production, environmental protection, climate variability, and economic uncertainties require innovative solutions to achieve resilient agricultural systems. Thus, our lab fosters critical thinking, creativity, and hard work to identify ways to optimize land use and natural resource conservation.

If you’re interested in our current projects or future opportunities (see below), please contact Dr. Andrew Little (alittle6@unl.edu).

Download our lab's Mentor-Mentee Agreement here:
Mentor-Mentee Agreement
(Updated 09/03/2021)

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

No positions currently available

Opportunities for Graduate Students

Ph.D. Assistantship - Behavioral Ecology of Wild Turkeys in Nebraska

The Applied Wildlife Ecology & Spatial Movement Lab is recruiting a PhD student with a strong interest in wild turkey ecology and management. The successful candidate will work on a multi-faceted study evaluating wild turkey ecology in western Nebraska. This study will examine various facets of wild turkey ecology including reproduction, disease, harvest, gobbling chronology, predation risk, genetics, and spatial ecology.

Download the full announcement here:
PhD Assistantship - Behavioral Ecology of Wild Turkeys in Nebraska
(Posted 05/24/2022)

Ph.D. Assistantship - Conservation Genomics of Wild Turkeys in Nebraska

The Nebraska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit (NECFWRU) is recruiting a PhD student with a strong interest in conservation genomics and wild turkeys. This position is under Dr. Sarah Sonsthagen of the NECFWRU and will collaborate with the AWESM Lab on the project.

Download the full announcement here:
PhD Assistantship - Conservation Genomics of Wild Turkeys in Nebraska
(Posted 05/24/2022)

Opportunities for Post-doctoral Scholars

No positions currently available

Opportunities for Staff

Research Crew Leader - Behavioral Ecology of Wild Turkeys in Nebraska

The Applied Wildlife Ecology & Spatial Movement Lab is recruiting two research crew leaders to help coordinate and lead field work on a multi-faceted study evaluating wild turkey ecology in western Nebraska. This study will examine various facets of wild turkey ecology including reproduction, disease, harvest, gobbling chronology, predation risk, genetics, and spatial ecology.

Download the full announcement here:
Research Crew Leader - Behavioral Ecology of Wild Turkeys in Nebraska
(Posted 08/03/2022)

Research Technician - Behavioral Ecology of Wild Turkeys in Nebraska

The Applied Wildlife Ecology & Spatial Movement Lab is recruiting two research technicians for field work on a multi-faceted study evaluating wild turkey ecology in western Nebraska. This study will examine various facets of wild turkey ecology including reproduction, disease, harvest, gobbling chronology, predation risk, genetics, and spatial ecology

Download the full announcement here:
Research Technician - Behavioral Ecology of Wild Turkeys in Nebraska
(Posted 08/03/2022)