Mark Vrtiska

Mark Vrtiska

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Contact Information

TitleWildlife Management Specialist
Faculty RankProfessor of Practice
Address524 South Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583–0989
Phone
  • office: 402-472-8146
  • fax: 402-472-2946
E-mailmvrtiska3@unl.edu
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My Story

Hi, I'm Mark Vrtiska, Professor of Practice, Wildlife Management Specialist, with the School of Natural Resources.

My primary duties are instruction of undergraduate courses, serve as the coordinator for the Tern and Plover Conservation Partnership (https://ternandplover.unl.edu/) and conduct research in wildlife ecology and conservation biology of threatened and endangered species. Mentoring undergraduate and graduate students are also a primary focus.

Previously, I was the Waterfowl Program Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. I served as the agency’s representative on the Central Flyway Waterfowl Technical Committee, and was the Committee’s representative on [Adaptive] Harvest Management Working Group, Service Regulations Committee, National Duck Hunter Survey, Human Dimensions Working Group, and North American Waterfowl Management Plan Revision. I also was an agency representative on the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Technical Committee and chair of the Conservation Planning Working Group of the Joint Venture.

Prior to working the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, I was a Regional Biologist with Ducks Unlimited, Inc., in Ridgeland Mississippi. I was responsible for various restoration and management projects on public lands in 13 southeastern US states. I also worked on various waterfowl research projects in North Dakota, California, Oregon and Louisiana.

I’m originally from Beatrice, Nebraska, and feel fortunate to have a career in wildlife conservation and management only 40 miles from my hometown. My passion for wildlife management originated from my dad taking me hunting and fishing and became more directed after my first wildlife job (a volunteer position) in northeastern Montana at Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

I still like to hunt and fish, and probably now enjoy the outdoors more with my dog and grandkids.

Selected Publications

Lyons, T., Vrtiska, M. (2018). Banding Canada Geese.Online
Cunningham, Z. J., Powell, L. A., Vrtiska, M. (2017). Fidelity and Survival of Mallards in the Nebraska Sandhills. Prairie Naturalist, 48, 87-95.Online
Haugen, M. T., Vrtiska, M., Powell, L. A. (2017). Variation in number of ducks harvested among hunters in the Central Flyway. Journal of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, 4, 80–84.Online
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.Online
Haugen, M., M. Vrtiska, and L. A. Powell. 2015. Duck species co-occurrence in hunter daily bags. Wildlife Society Bulletin 39:70-78.Online
Haugen, M., M. Vrtiska, and L. A. Powell. 2015. The Effects of Harvest Regulations on Behaviors of Duck Hunters. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 20:15-29.Online
Uden, D., Allen, C., Bishop, A., Grosse, R., Jorgensen, C., LaGrange, T., Stutheit, R., Vrtiska, M. (2015). Predictions of future ephemeral wetland habitat availability for the continued management of North American waterbirds under global change. EcospheOnline
Uden, D.R., C.R. Allen, A.A. Bishop, R. Grosse, C.F. Jorgensen, T.G. LaGrange, R.G. Stutheit and M.P. Vrtiska. 2015. Predictions of future ephemeral springtime waterbird habitat availability under global change. Ecosphere 6(11):215.Online
Haugen, M. T., Powell, L. A., Vrtiska, M. (2014). Assessment of Spatial Changes in the Duck Harvest within the Central Flyway, 1997-2011. Wildfowl, 64, 75-90.
Groepper, S. R., Vrtiska, M. P., Powell, L. A., Hygnstrom, S. E. (2012). Evaluation of the effects of September hunting seasons on resident Canada geese in Nebraska. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 36, 524–530.Online
Henaux, V., Powell, L. A., Vrtiska, M., Hobson, K. (2012). Establishing Winter Origins of Migrating Lesser Snow Geese Using Stable Isotopes. Avian Conservation and Ecology, 7, 5.Online
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.Online

Background

Education

DegreeMajorInstitutionYear Awarded
Doctorate of PhilosophyForest Resources; Wildlife Ecology majorMississippi State University1995
Master of ScienceBiologyEastern Kentucky University1991
Bachelor of ScienceAgriculture; Natural Resources major with a Wildlife Management Option and a Biology minorUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln1986

 

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Graduate Programs

Master of Applied Science

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences
including specializations in

    Doctorate of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences
    including specializations in