Larkin Powell

Larkin Powell

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Title Director of Great Plains Cooperative Ecosystems Study Unit and Applied Ecology Mission 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 master's and doctoral 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.

Please visit my personal site to learn more about myself, my team and recent news.

Larkin Powell

Selected Publications

Cunningham, Z., Powell, L. A., Vrtiska, M., Stephens, S., Walker, J. 2016. Skewed Age Ratios of Breeding mallards in the Nebraska Sandhills. American Midland Naturalist. 175(2):280-285.
Dallmann, J. D., Raynor IV, E., Anderson, L. C., Powell, L. A., Schacht, W. 2016. iButton(c) Temperature Loggers Effectively Determine Prairie Grouse Nest Absences. Great Plains Research. 26:117-123.
Powell, L. A., Brown, M. B., Smith, J. A., Harrison, J. O., Whalen, C. E. (in press). Modeling the spatial effects of disturbance: a constructive critique to provide evidence of ecological thresholds. Wildlife Biology.
Smith, J. A., Whalen, C. E., Brown, M. B., Powell, L. A. 2016. Indirect effects of a wind energy facility on lekking behavior of Greater Prairie-Chickens, Tympanuchus cupido pinnatus. Ethology, 122, 419-429. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/eth.12489/abstract Online
Smith, J., Whalen, C. E., Brown, M., Powell, L. A. 2016. Indirect Effects of an Existing Wind Energy Facility on Lekking Behavior of Greater Prairie-Chickens. Ethology, 122:419-429.

Educational Background

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

Awards

  • 2017 – Holling Family Senior Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence awarded by College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources | University of Nebraska-Lincoln 
  • 2016 – Research Paper of the Year, Co-author awarded by The Wildlife Society 
  • 2015 – Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students awarded by UNL Parents Association 
  • 2014 – Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students awarded by UNL Parents Association 
  • 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-Lincoln 

SNR Mission Area(s)

  • Applied Ecology

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Notable Websites

Areas of Interest

  • Team-based and problem-based learning
  • Pedagogy of active learning in ecology and natural resources
  • Wildlife population ecology
  • Avian ecology
  • Conservation biology
  • Management of private lands
  • Wildlife habitat use
  • Decision-making
  • Birds
  • Game, Wildlife
  • Agritourism and Ecotourism
  • Ornithology

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 Waterfowl Spatial Assessment
Starting Date 12/1/2016
Principal Investigators
Larkin Powell
Ending Date 6/30/2018
Funding Level $113,380.00
Funding Source

 
Grant Title Waterfowl Population Surveys
Starting Date 12/27/2016
Principal Investigators
Larkin Powell
Ending Date 6/30/2017
Funding Level $25,822.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title CESU GRPL Leadership, Coordination, and Administrative Oversight for the Great Plains Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit
Starting Date 9/15/2015
Principal Investigators
Larkin Powell
Ending Date 9/30/2016
Funding Level $17,400.00
Funding Source National Parks Service

 
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 US 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 Harrison (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
Dennis Bauer
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
Dennis Bauer
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 US Department of Interior - Geological Survey

 
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 101 Natural Resources Orientation X X None
NRES 233 Wildlife Field Techniques X X n/a
NRES 433 Wildlife Management Techniques X X NRES 433/833
NRES 833 Wildlife Management Techniques X X NRES 433/833
NRES 880 Vertebrate Population Analysis X n/a