Kelly Willemssens

Kelly Willemssens

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Title Ecology Lecturer
Address 912 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
Phone 402-472-8131
FAX 402-472-2946
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Office Hours

M 12:30-1:30 | T 2:30 - 3:30 | R 12:30 - 1:30



Selected Presentations

Soil preferences of Nicrophorus beetles and the effects of compaction on burying behavior
  • Presentation Type: Thesis Defense
  • Date: 3/19/2015
  • Abstract:

    The American burying beetle, Nicrophorus americanus Olivier, is the largest North American member of the Silphidae. It was declared federally endangered in 1989 and many efforts to prevent this species from going extinct are ongoing. The Nicrophorus beetles bury small carcasses for reproductive purposes. They also reside in the soil during times of daily and seasonal inactivity. To better understand why the American burying beetle is in decline, the importance of texture, moisture, vegetation, and gravel, the burial depth, and the effect of compaction on their burying behavior were examined.


SNR Program Area(s)

  • Applied Ecology

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