John Benson

John Benson

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Title Vertebrate Ecologist
Address 520 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege St
Lincoln NE
Phone 402-472-8012
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Selected Publications

Benson, J.F., Loveless, K.M., Rutledge, L.Y., Patterson, B.R. 2017. Ungulate predation and ecological roles of wolves and coyotes in eastern North America. Ecological Applications. 0(0): 1–16 Online
Benson, J.F., Mahoney, P.J., Sikich, J.A., Serieys, L.E.K., Pollinger, J.P., Ernest, H.B., Riley, S.P.D. 2016. Demographic, genetic, and landscape interactions threaten viability of a large carnivore in a major metropolitan area. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 283: 20160957. Online
Benson, J.F., Sikich, J.A., Riley, S.P.D. 2016. Population and individual-level resource selection patterns of mountain lions preying on mule deer along an urban-wildland gradient. PLOS-One 11(7): e0158006. Online
Little, A.R., Benson, J.F., Chamberlain, M.J. Conner, L.M., Warren, R.J. 2016. Survival and cause-specific mortality of female Eastern wild turkeys in 2 longleaf pine savannas. Wildlife Biology 22:238-245. Online
Patterson, B.R., Mills, K.J., Middel, K.R., Benson, J.F., Obbard, M.E. 2016. Does predation influence of predation on seasonal and diel timing of moose calving in Ontario. PLOS-One 11(4): e0150730. Online
Benson, J.F., and B.R. Patterson. 2015. Spatial overlap, proximity, and habitat-use by Individual wolves within the same packs. Wildlife Society Bulletin 39:31-40 Online
Benson, J.F., Mahoney, P.J., Patterson, B.R. 2015. Spatiotemporal variation in selection of roads influences mortality risk for canids in an unprotected landscape. Oikos 124:1164-1173. Online
Benson, J.F., Mills, K.J., Patterson, B.R. 2015. Resource selection by wolves at dens and rendezvous-sites in Algonquin Park, Canada. Biological Conservation 182:223-232. Online
Benson, J.F., Patterson, B.R, Mahoney, P.J. 2014. A protected area influences genotype-specific survival and the structure of a Canis hybrid zone. Ecology 95:254-264. (Cover Article). Online
Gardner, C.L., Pamperin, N.J., Benson, J.F. 2014. Movement patterns and space use of maternal grizzly bears influence cub survival in Interior Alaska. Ursus 25:121-138. Online
Benson, J.F. 2013. Improving rigor and efficiency of use-availability habitat selection analyses with systematic estimation of availability. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 4:244-251. Online
Benson, J.F., Mills, K.J., Loveless, K.M., Patterson, B.R. 2013. Genetic and environmental influences on pup mortality risk for wolves and coyotes within a Canis hybrid zone. Biological Conservation 166:133-141. Online
Benson, J.F., Patterson, B.R. 2013. Inter-specific territoriality in a Canis hybrid zone: spatial segregation between wolves, coyotes, and hybrids. Oecologia 173:1539-1550. Online
Benson, J.F., Patterson, B.R. 2013. Moose (Alces alces) predation by eastern coyotes (Canis latrans) and eastern coyote × eastern wolf (Canis latrans × Canis lycaon) hybrids. Canadian Journal of Zoology. 91:837-841. Online
Patterson, B.R., Benson, J.F., Middel, K.R., Mills, K.J. Obbard, M.E. 2013. Moose-calf mortality in central Ontario, Canada. Journal of Wildlife Management 77: 832-841. Online
Benson, J.F., Patterson, B.R., Wheeldon, T.J. 2012. Spatial genetic and morphologic structure of wolves and coyotes in relation to environmental heterogeneity in a Canis hybrid zone. Molecular Ecology 21:5934-5954. Online
Murray, D.L, Hussey, K., Finnegan, L., Lowe, S., Price, G., Benson, J.F. et al. 2012. Assessment of status and viability of a moose population at the southern range limit in Ontario. Canadian Journal of Zoology 90:422-434. Online
Benson, J.F, Hostetler, J.H., Onorato, D., Johnson, W.E., Roelke, M., O'Brien, S.J., Jansen, D., Oli, M.K. 2011. Intentional genetic introgression influences survival of adults and sub-adults in a small, inbred felid population. Journal of Animal Ecology 80:958-966. Online
Benson, J.F., Lotz, M.A., Jansen, D. 2008. Natal den selection by Florida panthers. Journal of Wildlife Management 72:405-410. Online
Land E.D., Shindle, D.B., Kawula, R., Benson, J.F., Lotz, M.A., Onorato, D.P. 2008. Florida panther habitat selection analyses of concurrent GPS and VHF telemetry data. Journal of Wildlife Management 72:633-639. Online
Benson, J.F., Chamberlain, M.J. 2007. Space use, movements, survival, and reproduction of reintroduced female Louisiana black bears. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:2393-2403. Online
Benson, J.F., Chamberlain, M.J. 2006. Cub adoption by a translocated female Louisiana black bear. Ursus 17:178-181. Online
Benson, J.F., Chamberlain, M.J. 2006. Food habits of Louisiana black bears (Ursus americanus luteolus) in 2 subpopulations of the Tensas River Basin. American Midland Naturalist 156:118-127. Online
Benson, J.F., Chamberlain, M.J., Leopold, B.D. 2006. Regulation of space use in a solitary felid: population density or prey availability? Animal Behaviour 71:685-693. Online
Benson, J.F., Perrine, J.D., Golightly Jr., R.T., Barrett. R.H. 2005. Use of cover and response to cover type edges by female Sierra Nevada red foxes in winter. Western North American Naturalist 65:127-130. Online
Benson, J.F., Chamberlain, M.J., Leopold, B.D. 2004. Land tenure and occupation of vacant home ranges by bobcats (Lynx rufus). Journal of Mammalogy 85:983-988. Online

Educational Background

  • BS - Humboldt State University, Wildlife (2001)
  • MS - Lousiana State University, Wildlife Ecology (2005)
  • PhD - Trent University, Canada, Ecology and Conservation Biology (2013)

SNR Mission Area(s)

  • Applied Ecology

Areas of Interest

  • Endangered Species
  • Natural History

Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant Title Nebraska Bighorn Sheep Demography
Starting Date 7/1/2017
Principal Investigators
John Benson
Ending Date 12/31/2020
Funding Level $449,000.00
Funding Source NGPC

Grant Title Assessment of Adult Female and Neonatal Mule Deer Survival, Movements, and Habitat Use in Nebraska
Starting Date 6/30/2017
Principal Investigators
John Benson
Ending Date 12/31/2019
Funding Level $504,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Park Commisson


Undergraduate Majors Bachelor of Science in
  • Fisheries & Wildlife
Graduate Program(s)

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences

including specializations in
  • Applied Ecology

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences

including specializations in
  • Applied Ecology

Courses Taught
Course Number Course Title Fall Even Years Fall Odd Years Spring Even Years Spring Odd Years Summer Session Cross Listing
NRES 386 Vertebrate Zoology X X BIOS/NRES 386