Larkin Powell

Larkin Powell

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Title Applied Ecology Faculty Area Leader
Address 419 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583-0974
Phone 402-472-6825
FAX 402-472-2946
E-mail lpowell3@unl.edu
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Hi, I'm Larkin Powell, professor of conservation biology and animal ecology at the School of Natural Resources.

I teach courses in the school's fisheries and wildlife major, including field courses to Cedar Point Biological Station and to Namibia. I have also led student trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and to Puerto Rico. I have an active research lab for MS or PhD students and postdoctoral associates.

My areas of study attempt to explain how management of landscapes affects wildlife populations. Many of my research projects are focused on private lands or state/federal properties. I have students working on projects assessing grazing management, Farm Bill conservation programs, prescribed burning, and other management-related issues. I have worked on projects involving forest and grassland songbirds, upland game birds, sandhill cranes, quail-doves, waterfowl, small mammals, mesopredators, painted turtles, and raptors.

I've been at UNL since 2001, and I participate in the Applied Ecology faculty group.

Larkin Powell

Selected Publications

Post van der Burg, M., L. A. Powell, and A. J. Tyre. 2010. Finding the smoothest path to success: model complexity and the consideration of non-linear patterns in nest survival data. Condor 112:421-431.
Powell, L. A. 2010. Farming with wildlife: conservation and ecotourism on private lands in Namibia. Lincoln, Nebraska: Lulu Publishing. 50pp.
Powell, L. A., K. D. Powell, and T. R. Powell. 2010. Dust and mud: perspectives from Namibia. Lincoln, Nebraska: Lulu Publishing. 42pp.
Steffensen, K. D., L. A. Powell, and J. D. Koch. 2010. Assessment of Hatchery-Reared Pallid Sturgeon Survival in the Lower Missouri River. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 30:671-678.
Fricke, K. A., S. L. F. Kempema, and L. A. Powell. 2009. Small mammal ecology on private rangelands in Nebraska. Great Plains Research 19:65-72.
Hiller, T. L., L. A. Powell, T. D. McCoy, and J. J. Lusk. 2009. Long-term agricultural land-use trends in Nebraska: 1866-2007. Great Plains Research 19:225-237.
Kocer, C. J., and L. A. Powell. 2009. A field system for isoflurane anesthesia of multiple species of mesopredators. American Midland Naturalist 161(2):406-412.
Post van der Burg, M., L. A. Powell, and A. J. Tyre. 2009. Modeling parasitism rate and parasitism risk: an illustration using a colonially nesting songbird, the red-winged blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus. Journal of Avian Biology 40:263-270.
Powell, L. A. 2009. The role of learning styles in student evaluations of a problem-based learning course. Transformative Dialogues 2(3):1-15.
Powell, L. A. 2009. Using reflection documents to assess student learning. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Science Education 38:33-39.
Powell, L., S. Riley, A. Tyre, and S. Hygnstrom. 2009. The value of early experience: students know they need it, but how do they get it? The Wildlife Professional 3(4):45-47.
Powell, L.A., A.J. Tyre, S.E. Hygnstrom, D.A. Wedin, P.R. Hanson, M.S. Kuzila, and J.B. Swinehart. 2009. Wilderness serendipity: planning and assessing learning during an experiential field course.North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Journal 53: 56-61.
Groepper, S. R., P. J. Gabig, M. P. Vrtiska, J. M. Gilsdorf, S. E. Hygnstrom, and L. A. Powell. 2008. Population and spatial dynamics of resident Canada geese in southeastern Nebraska. Human-wildlife Conflicts 2:271-278.
Plummer, M. V., D. G. Krementz, L. A. Powell, and N. E. Mills. 2008. Effects of habitat disturbance on survival rates of softshell turtles (Apalone spinifera) in an urban stream. Journal of Herpetology 42:555-563.
Powell, L. A. 2008. An ecologist struggles with the problem of evil: why Aldo Leopold and baby meadowlarks argue against an all-powerful God. Theology 16:96-108.
Varland, D. E., L. A. Powell, M. K. Kenney, and T. L. Fleming. 2008. Monitoring peregrine falcon use of coastal beaches in Washington, 1995-2003. Journal of Raptor Research 42:161-170.
Walker, J. A., Z. J. Cunningham, M. P. Vrtiska, S. E. Stephens and L. A. Powell. 2008. Low reproductive success of mallards in the Sandhills of Nebraska. Prairie Naturalist 40:1-15.
Fritz, S., D. Husmann, D. Reese, R. Stowell, and L. Powell. 2007. High school students' perceptions of a College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. NACTA Journal 51:44-49.
Powell, L. A. 2007. Approximating variance of demographic parameters using the delta method: a reference for avian biologists. Condor 109:950-955.
Knutson, M. L., L. A. Powell, R. K. Hines, M. Hammer-Friberg, and G. J. Niemi. 2006. An assessment of bird habitat quality using population growth rates. Condor 108:301-314.
Powell, L. A., and K. A. Hobson. 2006. Enriched feather hydrogen isotope values for Wood Thrushes sampled in Georgia, USA, during the breeding season: implications for quantifying dispersal. Canadian Journal of Zoology 84:1331-1338.
Powell, L. A., and M. L. Knutson. 2006. A productivity model for parasitized, multi-brooded songbirds. Condor 108:292-300.
Powell, L. A., J. D. Lang, D. G. Krementz, and M. J. Conroy. 2005. Use of radio-telemetry to reduce bias in nest searching. Journal of Field Ornithology 76:274-278.
Powell, L. A. 2004. A multi-state capture-recapture model using stable isotope data to enhance estimation of movement rates. Condor 106:761-767.

Educational Background

  • BS - Graceland University (1990)
  • MS - Iowa State University, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (1992)
  • PhD - University of Georgia, Ecology (1998)

Awards

  • 2008 – Teaching Award of Merit awarded by National Association of College Teachers of Agriculture 
  • 2008 – Fulbright Scholar awarded by Council for International Exchanges of Scholars 
  • 2007 – Superior Academic Advising Award awarded by College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources  
  • 2004 – Holling Family Junior Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence awarded by College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska  

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I use team-based and problem-based learning in my courses, and am interested in the pedagogy of active learning in ecology and natural resources. Research interests: wildlife population ecology, avian ecology, conservation biology, management of private lands, wildlife habitat use, decision-making.

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 Management of Private Grazing Lands in Nebraska: Do Differences in Ranch Management and Landowner Characteristics Affect Conservation Impacts
Starting Date 9/1/2013
Principal Investigators
Larkin Powell
Co-PIs
Walt Schacht
Ending Date 8/31/2017
Funding Level $174,289.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Great Plains Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit FSA Amendment
Starting Date 6/1/2013
Principal Investigators
Larkin Powell
Ending Date 10/6/2015
Funding Level $10,000.00
Funding Source U.S. Department of the Interior

 
Grant Title Canid Distribution and the Potential Impacts of Energy Development in Nebraska
Starting Date 4/5/2013
Principal Investigators
TJ Fontaine
Co-PIs
Larkin Powell
Ending Date 3/31/2015
Funding Level $147,349.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Persistent Effects of Wind-Power Development on Prairie Grouse in Nebraska
Starting Date 1/29/2013
Principal Investigators
Larkin Powell
Co-PIs
Mary Bomberger Brown
Jen Smith
Ending Date 6/30/2016
Funding Level $88,300.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Administrative Support for Great Plains Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit
Starting Date 5/1/2012
Principal Investigators
Larkin Powell
Ending Date 10/16/2015
Funding Level $5,000.00
Funding Source National Parks Service/Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit

 
Grant Title Pheasant Population and Hunters (additional funding)
Starting Date 9/1/2011
Principal Investigators
TJ Fontaine
Co-PIs
Larkin Powell
Ending Date 8/31/2015
Funding Level $181,099.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Graduate Research Fellowship
Starting Date 8/1/2012
Principal Investigators
Larkin Powell
Co-PIs
Jocelyn Olney
Ending Date 7/31/2017
Funding Level $126,000.00
Funding Source National Science Foundation

 
Grant Title Improving Breeding Habitat for Greater-Prairie Chickens on Grazed Land in the Nebraska Sandhills (additional funding)
Starting Date 3/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Larkin Powell
Co-PIs
Bauer, Dennis
Walt Schacht
Ending Date 12/31/2012
Funding Level $15,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Persistent Effects of Wind-Power Development on Prairie Grouse in Nebraska
Starting Date 1/19/2012
Principal Investigators
Larkin Powell
Co-PIs
Mary Bomberger Brown
TJ Fontaine
Ending Date 6/30/2016
Funding Level $598,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Pheasant Population and Hunters
Starting Date 9/1/2011
Principal Investigators
TJ Fontaine
Co-PIs
Larkin Powell
Ending Date 8/31/2012
Funding Level $224,283.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Waterfowl Harvest Information
Starting Date 8/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Larkin Powell
Ending Date 6/30/2014
Funding Level $91,119.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Upland Bird Management (additional funding)
Starting Date 8/8/2011
Principal Investigators
TJ Fontaine
Co-PIs
Larkin Powell
Ending Date 12/31/2012
Funding Level $2,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Assessing Landscape Constraints on Habitat Management of Upland Birds (additional funding)
Starting Date 1/1/2010
Principal Investigators
TJ Fontaine
Co-PIs
Larkin Powell
Ending Date 1/31/2013
Funding Level $90,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title A Study of Issues Faced by Private Landowners in Namibia and the Great Plains: Critical Decisions Made to Support Grasslands
Starting Date 1/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Larkin Powell
Ending Date 12/31/2009
Funding Level $4,500.00
Funding Source Grassland Foundation

 
Grant Title Human Dimensions of Grassland Management Decisions Made by Nambian Landowners
Starting Date 1/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Larkin Powell
Ending Date 12/31/2009
Funding Level $63,000.00
Funding Source URC Layman

 
Grant Title Greater Prairie-Chicken Habitat SWG
Starting Date 4/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Larkin Powell
Co-PIs
Bauer, Dennis
Walt Schacht
Ending Date 12/31/2012
Funding Level $64,646.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Assessing Local and Regional Variability in Productivity and Fidelity of Grassland Birds on National Park Service Units in the Great Plains
Starting Date 6/1/2007
Principal Investigators
Larkin Powell
Co-PIs
Craig Allen
Ending Date 9/30/2010
Funding Level $95,572.00
Funding Source Department of the Interior - GS

 
Grant Title Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Upland Birds Habitat Management
Starting Date 1/1/2010
Principal Investigators
TJ Fontaine
Co-PIs
Larkin Powell
Tim Hiller
Ending Date 12/31/2013
Funding Level $153,844.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

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

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences


including specializations in
  • Adaptive Management
  • Applied Ecology
  • Geographic Information Systems

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences


including specializations in
  • Adaptive Management
  • 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 311 Wildlife Ecology and Management X X n/a
NRES 433 Wildlife Management Techniques X X NRES 433/833
NRES 433L Wildlife Management Techniques X X NRES 433L/833L
NRES 833 Wildlife Management Techniques X X NRES 433/833
NRES 833L Wildlife Management Techniques X X NRES 433
NRES 880 Vertebrate Population Analysis X X n/a