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. In press.
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 (Cover Article)
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.
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.
Patterson, B.R., Mills, K.J., Middel, K.R., Benson, J.F., Obbard, M.E. 2016. Influence of predation on seasonal and diel timing of moose calving in Ontario. PLOS-One 11.
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Benson, J.F., Patterson, B.R. 2013. Moose predation by eastern coyotes and coyote x wolf hybrids. Canadian Journal of Zoology. 91:837-841.
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.
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.
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.
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. (Cover Article)
Benson, J.F., Lotz, M.A., Jansen, D. 2008. Natal den selection by Florida panthers. Journal of Wildlife Management 72:405-410.
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.
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.
Benson, J.F., Chamberlain, M.J. 2006. Cub adoption by a translocated female Louisiana black bear. Ursus 17:178-181.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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

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Graduate Program(s)

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