Larkin Powell

Larkin Powell

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TitleProfessor of Conservation Biology/Animal Ecology | Associate Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Faculty RankProfessor
Address419 South Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583–0974
Phone
  • office: 402-472-6825
  • fax: 402-472-2946
E-maillpowell3@unl.edu
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My Story

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

Hiller, T. L., McFadden, J. E., Powell, L. A., Schacht, W. 2019. Seasonal and Interspecific Landscape Use of Sympatric Greater Prairie-Chickens and Plains Sharp-Tailed Grouse. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 43: 244–255.Online
Hoppe, I. R., Harrison, J. O., Raynor IV, E., Brown, M., Powell, L. A., Tyre, D. 2019. Temperature, wind, vegetation, and roads influence incubation patterns of Greater Prairie- Chickens (Tympanuchus cupido pinnatus) in the Nebraska Sandhills, USA. CanadiOnline
Hoppe, I. R., Harrison, J. O., Raynor IV, E., Brown, M., Powell, L. A., Tyre, D. 2019. Temperature, wind, vegetation, and roads influence incubation patterns of greater prairie-chickens (Tympanuchus cupido pinnatus) in the Nebraska Sandhills, USA. CanadiaOnline
Hoppe, I. R., Harrison, J. O., Raynor, E. J., Brown, M. B., Powell, L. A., Tyre, A. J. (2019). Temperature, wind, vegetation, and roads influence incubation patterns of Greater Prairie-Chickens (Tympanuchus cupido pinnatus) in the Nebraska Sandhills, USA.Online
Keele, E. C., Donovan, V. M., Roberts, C. P., Nodskov, S. M., Wonkka, C. L., Allen, C., Powell, L. A., Wedin, D. A., Angeler, D. G., Twidwell, D. 2019. Relationships Between Wildfire Burn Severity, Cavity-Nesting Bird Assemblages, and Habitat in an EasterOnline
Keele, E. C., Donovan, V. M., Roberts, C. P., Nodskov, S. M., Wonkka, C., Allen, C., Powell, L. A., Wedin, D. A., Angeler, D. G., Twidwell, D. (2019). Relationships between a burn severity gradient, cavity-nesting birds and habitat in ponderosa pine fores
Keele, E. C., Donovan, V. M., Roberts, C. P., Nodskov, S. M., Wonkka, C., Allen, C., Powell, L. A., Wedin, D. A., Angeler, D. G., Twidwell, D. 2019. Relationships between wildlife burn severity, cavity-nesting bird assemblages, and habitat in eastern pondOnline
Keele, E. C., Donovan, V. M., Roberts, C., Nodskov, S. M., Wonkka, C., Allen, C., Powell, L. A., Wedin, D. A., Angeler, D., Twidwell, D. 2019. Relationships between Wildfire Burn Severity, Cavity-Nesting Bird Assemblages, and Habitat in an Eastern PonderoOnline
Pierce, A. J., Sankamethawee, W., Powell, L. A., Gale, G. A. 2019. Patterns of nesting and nest success in an evergreen forest in Southeast Asia. Emu - Austral Ornithology.Online
Powell, L. A. (2019). Principles for Management of Fisheries and Wildlife: the Manager as Decision-Maker (pp. 408). San Diego, CA: Cognella Academic Publishing.
Roberts, C. P., Donovan, V. M., Powell, L. A., Allen, C., Wonkka, C., Angeler, D. G., Wedin, D. A., Twidwell, D. 2019. Fire legacies in eastern ponderosa pine forests. Ecology and Evolution. 9: 1869–1879.Online
Sliwinski, M., Powell, L. A., Schacht, W. 2019. Grazing systems do not affect bird habitat on a Sandhills landscape. Rangeland Ecology and Management. 72(1): 136.Online
Whalen, C. E., Brown, M., McGee, J., Powell, L. A., Walsh, E. J. 2019. Effects of wind turbine noise on the surrounding soundscape in the context of greater-prairie chicken courtship vocalizations. Applied Acoustics. 153:132-139.Online
Whalen, C. E., Brown, M., McGee, J., Powell, L. A., Walsh, E. J. 2019. Wind turbine noise limits propagation of greater prairie-chicken boom chorus, but does it matter? Ethology. 25(12): 863-875.Online
Harrison, J. O., Brown, M. B., Powell, L. A. (2018). Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) parasitism of a Greater Prairie-Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido) nest in Nebraska (May 2018 ed., vol. 55, pp. 8-11).
Hoppe, I. R., Harrison, J. O., Raynor IV, E., Brown, M., Powell, L. A., Tyre, D. (2018). Temperature, wind, vegetation, and roads influence incubation patterns of greater prairie-chickens (Tympanuchus cupido pinnatus) in the Nebraska Sandhills, USA. Canad
Khamcha, D., Corlett, R. T., Powell, L. A., Savini, T., Lynam, A. J., Gale, G. A. (2018). Road induced edge effects on a forest bird community in tropical Asia. Avian Research, 9, 13 pages.
Khamcha, D., Powell, L. A., Gale, G. A. (2018). Effects of roadside edge on nest predators and nest survival of Asian tropical forest birds. Global Ecology and Conservation, 16(2018: 00450), 19.
McCollum, K. R., Powell, L. A., Snyman, A., Brown, M. B., Carroll, J. P. (2018). Occupancy analysis and density estimation of Kori Bustards (Ardeotis kori) in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Botswana. Avian Conservation and Ecology, 13, http://www.ace-eco
McCollum, K. R., Powell, L. A., Snyman, A., Brown, M., Carroll, J. (2018). Kori Bustards (Ardeotis kori) respond to vegetation density and elevation in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Botswana. Avian Conservation and Ecology, 13(1), 13.
Powell, L. A., Edwards, R. C., Powell, K. D. J., Nieland, K. (2018). Geography of ecotourism potential in the Great Plains. Great Plains Research, 28, 15-24.
Raynor IV, E., Powell, L. A., Schacht, W. (2018). Present and Future Thermal Environments Available to a Ground-Dwelling bird in Nebraska Sandhills grassland. PLOS ONE, 13.2 (2018):e0191233.
Raynor IV, E., Powell, L. A., Schacht, W. (2018). Present and future thermal environments available to Sharp-tailed Grouse in an intact grassland. PLOS One, 13.2 (2018): e0191233.
Raynor, E. J., Powell, L. A., Brown, M. B. (2018). Evaluating Greater Prairie-Chicken vocalizations: assessing variation in lek vocalizations at an existing wind energy facility in Nebraska (May 2018 ed., vol. 55, pp. 12-14).
Sliwinski, M., Burbach, M., Powell, L. A., Schacht, W. (2018). Factors Influencing ranchers' intentions to manage for vegetation heterogeneity and promote cross-boundary management in the northern Great Plains. Ecology and Society, 23.
Sliwinski, M., Burbach, M., Powell, L. A., Schacht, W. (2018). Ranchers' Perceptions of Vegetation Heterogeneity in the Northern Great Plains. Great Plains Research, 28.Online
Snyman, A., E. Raynor, C. Chizinski, L. Powell, and J. Carroll. 2018. African lion (Panthera leo) space use in the Greater Mapungubwe transfrontier conservation area. African Journal of Wildlife Research 48:(2)Online
Snyman, A., Raynor IV, E., Chizinski, C., Powell, L. A., Carroll, J. (2018). African lion (Panthera leo) space use in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area. African Journal of Wildlife Research, 48(2), 1--12.
Twidwell, D., Wonkka, C., Bielski, C., Allen, C., Angeler, D., Powell, L. A., Roberts, C. (2018). The perpetual state of emergency that sacrifices protected areas in a changing climate. Conservation Biology.
Uden, D., Wishart, D., Powell, L. A., Allen, C., Mitchell, R., Steinauer, G. 2018. Adaptive fuel procurement in nineteenth century Great Plains landscapes. Environment and History.Online
Whalen, C., Brown, M., McGee, J., Powell, L. A., Walsh, E. (2018). Male Greater Prairie-Chickens adjust their vocalizations in the presence of wind turbine noise. The Condor, 120, 137-148.
Cunningham, Z. J., Powell, L. A., Vrtiska, M. (2017). Fidelity and Survival of Mallards in the Nebraska Sandhills. Prairie Naturalist, 48, 87-95.Online
Ejigu, D., Bekele, A., Powell, L. A. (2017). Walia ibex have increased in number and shifted their habitat range within Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. Journal of Mountain Ecology, 10, 27–44.Online
Harrison, J. O., Brown, M. B., Powell, L. A., Schacht, W. H., Smith, J. A. (2017). Nest site selection and nest survival of Greater Prairie-Chickens near a wind energy facility. The Condor, 119(3), 659-672.Online
Harrison, J. O., Brown, M., Powell, L. A., Schacht, W., Smith, J. (2017). Nest site preference and nest survival of Greater Prairie-Chickens in the context of an existing wind energy facility. The Condor, 119(4).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
Pope, K.L., L.A. Powell, B.S. Harmon, M.A. Pegg, and. C.J. Chizinski. 2017. Estimating the number of recreational anglers for a given waterbody. Fisheries Research 191 (2017) 69–75Online
Powell, L. A. (2017). Urban cowboys: demographics confirm that agriculture and natural resources recruiting plans cannot be one-size-fits-all. North American College Teachers of Agriculture Journal, 61(2), 121-126.Online
Powell, L. A., Brown, M. B., Smith, J. A., Harrison, J. O., Whalen, C. E. (2017). Modeling the spatial effects of disturbance: a constructive critique to provide evidence of ecological thresholds. Wildlife Biology. 2017(1).Online
Powell, L. A., Kazahe, U., Kharuxab, R. (2017). Livestock farmers engage in ecotourism as a result of beliefs and attitudes toward wildlife on communal lands in Namibia. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 22(3).Online
Powell, L. A., Kharuxab, R., Marker, L., Nghikembua, M., Omusula, S., Reid, R., Snyman, A., Weaver, C., Wykstra, M. (2017). Coordination of large landscapes for cheetah conservation. Cheetahs: Biology and Conservation (pp. X-X). Academic Press.Online
Raynor IV, E., Powell, L. A., Schacht, W. (2018). Present and future thermal environments available to Sharp-tailed Grouse in an intact grassland. PLOS One, 13.2 (2018): e0191233.
Raynor IV, E., Whalen, C., Brown, M., Powell, L. A. (2017). Location matters: evaluating Greater Prairie-Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido) boom chorus propagation. Avian Conservation and Ecology, 12(2), 17.Online
Raynor, E.J., C.E.Whalen, M.B.Brown, and L.A. Powell. 2017. Grassland bird community and acoustic complexity appear unaffected by proximity to a wind energy facility in the Nebraska Sandhills. The Condor. 119(3):484-496.Online
Sliwinski, M., M. Burbach, L. Powell, W. Schacht. (2017). Managing for Wildlife Habitat, on Rangelands in the Great Plains. Univ of Nebraska-Lincoln. pp.6.Online
Smith, J., Brown, M., Olney Harrison, J., Powell, L. A. (2017). Predation Risk: a Potential Mechanism for Effects of a Wind Energy Facility on Greater Prairie-Chicken Survival. Ecosphere, 8(6). 5Online
Steffensen, K., Powell, L. A., Pegg, M. A. (2017). Using the robust design framework and relative abundance to predict the population size of pallid sturgeon Scaphirhynchus albus in the lower Missouri River. Ecology of Freshwater Fish, 91(5), 1378-1391.Online
Whalen, C., Brown, M., McGee, J., Powell, L. A., Walsh, E. (2018). Male Greater Prairie-Chickens adjust their vocalizations in the presence of wind turbine noise. The Condor, 120, 137-148.Online
Whalen, C.E., Brown, M.B., McGee, J. Powell, L., Walsh E. 2017. Acoustic Characteristics of Lekking Male Greater Prairie-Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido pinnatus) Vocalizations (Supplement). Audio file to acoompany article in Great Plains Research. 27(2), 93-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
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.Online
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.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.Online
Anderson, L., W. Schacht, L. A. Powell, J. Lusk, and W. Vodehnal. 2015. Greater Prairie-Chicken Brood Site Selection and Survival in the Nebraska Sandhills. Journal of Wildlife Management 79:559-569.Online
Ejigu, D. A. Bekele, L. A. Powell, and J. -M. Lernould. 2015. Habitat preference of the endangered Ethiopian walia ibex (Capra walie) in the Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation. 38: 1-10.
Giovanni, M. D., Powell, L. A., Schacht, W. 2015. Habitat selection and survival for western meadowlark fledglings in a contiguous prairie system. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127: 200-211.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
Hiller, T. L., J. S. Taylor, J. J. Lusk, L. A. Powell, and A. J. Tyre. 2015. Evidence that the conservation reserve program slowed population declines of pheasants on a changing landscape in Nebraska, USA. Wildlife Society Bulletin 39:529-535.Online
Joubert, D. F., Powell, L. A., Schacht, W. (2015). Visual obstruction as a method to quantify herbaceous biomass in southern African semi-arid savannas. African Journal of Range & Forage Science, 32, 225-230.Online
Kowalewski, L. K., C. Chizinski, L. A. Powell, K. L. Pope, and M. A. Pegg. 2015. Accuracy or Precision: Implications of Sample Design and Methodology on Abundance Estimation. Ecological Modelling 316:185-190Online
Pegg, M. A., K. L. Pope, L. A. Powell, K. C. Turek, J. J. Spurgeon, N. T. Stewart, N. P. Hogberg, and M. T. Porath. 2015. Lake and reservoir rehabilitations: seeking the fountain of youth. Fisheries 40:177-181.
Powell, L. A. (2015). Hitler’s effect on wildlife in Nebraska: World War II and farmed landscapes. Great Plains Quarterly, 35, 1-26.
Powell, L. A. 2015. Periodic corrections to agricultural land values provide opportunity for conservation. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 70: 39A-44A.Online
Sliwinski, M. L. A. Powell, N. Koper, M. Giovanni, W. Schacht. 2015. Research design considerations to ensure detection of all species in an avian community. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 7:456-462.Online
Smith, J., Matthews, T. W., Holcomb, E. D., Negus, L. P., Davis, C. A., Brown, M., Powell, L. A., Taylor, J. S. 2015. Invertebrate prey selection by ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) broods in Nebraska. American Midland Naturalist 173:318-325.Online
Steffensen, K.D., L. A. Powell, M. Stukel, K. R. Winders, and W. J. Doyle. 2015. Updated assessment of hatchery-reared pallid sturgeon (Forbes & Richardson, 1905) survival in the lower Missouri River. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 32:3-10.Online
Winder, V. L., A. J. Gregory, C. A. Hagen, D. A. Haukos, D. C. Kesler, L. C. Larsson, T. W. Matthews, L. B. McNew, M. A. Patten, J. C. Pitman, L. A. Powell, J. A. Smith, T. Thompson, D. H. Wolfe, B. K. Sandercock. 2015. Factors affecting female space useOnline
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.
Powell, Larkin, A., Schact, Walter, H., Anderson, Lars, C., Vodehnal, William, L. 2014. Management of Sandhills Rangelands for Greater Prairie-Chickens.Online
Matthews, T., Tyre, R., Taylor, J. S., Lusk, J., Powell, L. A. (2013). Greater prairie-chicken nest success and habitat selection in southeastern Nebraska. Journal of Wildlife Management, 77, 1202-1212.Online
Theron, L., Louw, S. v., Powell, L. A. (2013). Temporal and spatial composition of arboreal insects along the Omaruru River. Roan News, 18-21.
Barcelo, I., Guzman-Aranda, J. C., Chavez-Ramirez, F., Powell, L. A. (2012). Rural inhabitant perceptions of sandhill cranes in wintering areas of northern Mexico. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 17, 301-307.Online
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
Martin, D., Powell, L. A., Pope, K. L. (2012). Habitat selection by adult walleye during spawning season in irrigation reservoirs: a patch occupancy modeling approach. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 93, 589-598.Online
Matthews, T. W., Taylor, J. S., Powell, L. A. (2012). Mid-contract management of CRP grasslands provides benefits for ring-necked pheasant nest and brood survival. Journal of Wildlife Management, 76, 1643-1652.Online
Matthews, T. W., Taylor, J. S., Powell, L. A. (2012). Ring-necked pheasant hens select managed CRP grasslands for nesting and brood-rearing. Journal of Wildlife Management, 76, 1653- 1660.Online
Powell, L. A. (2012). Common-interest community agreements on private lands provide opportunity and scale for wildlife management. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation, 35, 295-306.Online
Pracheil, B. M., Powell, L. A., Mestl, G. E., Pegg, M. A. (2012). Movement and survival of paddlefish on a range-wide scale: how movement and time-scale can influence migratory fish management outcomes. Fisheries, 37, 449-457.
Pracheil, B., Pegg, M. A., Powell, L. A., Mestl, G. (2012). Swimways: Protecting Paddlefish Through Movement-Centered Management. Fisheries, 37, 449-457Online
Steffensen, K. D., Powell, L. A., Pegg, M. A. (2012). Population size of hatchery-reared and wild pallid sturgeon in the lower Missouri River. North American Journal of Fisheries Management, 32, 159-166.Online
Giovanni, M. D., M. Post van der Burg, L. C. Anderson, L. A. Powell, W. H. Schacht, and A. J. Tyre. 2011. Estimating nest density when nest detectability is incomplete: variation in nest attendance and response to disturbance by adult Western MeadowlarkOnline
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.Online
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.Online
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.Online
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.Online
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.Online
Martin, D. R., Powell, L., Pope, K. 2009. Spring Home ranges of white bass in irrigation reservoirs of the Republican River Basin, Nebraska . Ecology of Freshwater Fish 18:514-519.Online
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.Online
Post van der Burg, M., Larkin. A. Powell, and Andrew J. Tyre. (2009). Modelling parasitism rate and parasitism risk: an illustration using a colonially nesting songbird. Journal of Avian Biology 40:263-270.Online
Powell, L. A. 2009. The role of learning styles in student evaluations of a problem-based learning course. Transformative Dialogues 2(3):1-15.Online
Powell, L. A. 2009. Using reflection documents to assess student learning. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Science Education 38:33-39.Online
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 JournaOnline
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
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.Online
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.Online
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.Online
Powell, L. A. 2007. Approximating variance of demographic parameters using the delta method: a reference for avian biologists. Condor 109:950-955.Online
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.Online
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.Online
Powell, L. A., and M. L. Knutson. 2006. A productivity model for parasitized, multi-brooded songbirds. Condor 108:292-300.Online
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.Online
Powell, L. A. 2004. A multi-state capture-recapture model using stable isotope data to enhance estimation of movement rates. Condor 106:761-767.Online
Lang, J.D., Powell, L.A., Conroy, M.J. Krementz, D.G. 2002. Wood thrush movements and habitat use: effects of forest management for red-cockaded woodpeckers. Auk. 119:109-124.Online
Powell, L.A. Calvert, D.J., Barry, I.M., Washburn, L. 2002. Post-fledging survival and initial dispersal of Peregrine Falcons during a restoration project. Journal of Raptor Research. 36:176-182.Online
Beck, C.W., Powell, L.A. 2000. Evolution of female mate choice based on male age: are older males better mates? Evolutionary Ecology Research. 2:107-118 .
Powell, L.A., Conroy, M.J., Hines, J.E., Nichols, J.D., Krementz, D.G. 2000. Simultaneous use of mark-recapture and radio telemetry to estimate survival, movement, and capture rates. Journal of Wildlife Management. 64:302-313.Online
Powell, L.A., Frasch, L.L. 2000. Can nest predation and predator type explain some variation in avian breeding season dispersal distances? Behavioral Ecology. 11:437-443.
Powell, L.A., Lang, J.D., Conroy, M.J., Krementz, D.G. 2000. Effects of forest management on density, survival, and population growth of wood thrushes. Journal of Wildlife Management. 64:11-23.Online
Powell, L.A., M.J. Conroy, D.G. Krementz, and J.D. Lang 1999. A model to predict breeding-season productivity for multibrooded songbirds. Auk. 116:1001-1008.Online
Powell, L.A., D.G. Krementz, J.D. Lang, and M.J. Conroy 1998. Effects of radio transmitters on migrating wood thrushes. Journal of Field Ornithology. 69:306-315.Online
Powell, L.A., W.R. Clark, and E.E. Klaas 1998. Distribution and derivation of mallard band recoveries on the Upper Mississippi River (1961-89). North American Bird Bander. 23:1-12.
Keele, E. C., Donovan, V. M., Roberts, C. P., Nodskov, S. M., Wonkka, C. L., Allen, C., Powell, L. A., Wedin, D. A., Angeler, D. G., Twidwell, D. (in press). Relationships Between Wildfire Burn Severity, Cavity-Nesting Bird Assemblages, and Habitat in an
Powell, L. A. (in press). Great Plains Birds. University of Nebraska Press.

Background

Education

DegreeMajorInstitutionYear Awarded
Doctorate of PhilosophyEcologyUniversity of Georgia1998
Master of ScienceEcology and Evolutionary BiologyIowa State University1992
Bachelor of ScienceGraceland University1990

 

Affiliations

 

Awards

TitleAwarded byYear Awarded
Parent's Recognition AwardUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln Teaching Council and Parents Association2019
CASNR FellowCollege of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources | University of Nebraska-Lincoln2017
Holling Family Senior Faculty Award for Teaching ExcellenceCollege of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources | University of Nebraska-Lincoln2017
Research Paper of the Year, Co-authorThe Wildlife Society2016
Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to StudentsUNL Parents Association2015
Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to StudentsUNL Parents Association2014
Fulbright ScholarCouncil for International Exchanges of Scholars2008
Teaching Award of MeritNational Association of College Teachers of Agriculture2008
Superior Academic Advising AwardCollege of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources2007
Holling Family Junior Faculty Award for Teaching ExcellenceCollege of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources | University of Nebraska-Lincoln2004

 

Websites

 

SNR Program Areas

  • Applied Ecology

Areas of Interest/Expertise

  • 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

Grants

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 TitleProtecting the Terns and Plovers of NE and mentoring the Next Generation (Additional)
Starting Date04/01/2020

Investigator(s)

Ending Date06/30/2021
Funding Level$21,355.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Evironmental Trust

 

Grant TitleGreat Plains CESU (Additional Funding)
Starting Date09/23/2019

Investigator(s)

Ending Date09/30/2020
Funding Level$14,599.00
Funding AgencyNational Parks Service

 

Grant TitleWinter Gamebirds in CO
Starting Date08/29/2019

Investigator(s)

Ending Date06/20/2022
Funding Level$149,431.00
Funding AgencyColorado Parks and Wildlife

 

Grant TitleWaterfowl Spatial Assessment (Additional Funding)
Starting Date07/03/2019

Investigator(s)

Ending Date06/30/2020
Funding Level$6,000.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Games and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitleAdministrative Support for Great Plains Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit (Additional Funding)
Starting Date11/20/2017

Investigator(s)

Ending Date09/30/2020
Funding Level$11,000.00
Funding AgencyUS Forest Service

 

Grant TitleWaterfowl Population Surveys
Starting Date12/27/2016

Investigator(s)

Ending Date06/30/2017
Funding Level$25,822.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitleWaterfowl Spatial Assessment
Starting Date12/01/2016

Investigator(s)

Ending Date06/30/2018
Funding Level$113,380.00
Funding Agency

 

Grant TitleCESU GRPL Leadership, Coordination, and Administrative Oversight for the Great Plains Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit
Starting Date09/15/2015

Investigator(s)

Ending Date09/30/2016
Funding Level$17,400.00
Funding AgencyNational Parks Service

 

Grant TitleManagement of Private Grazing Lands in Nebraska: Do Differences in Ranch Management and Landowner Characteristics Affect Conservation Impacts
Starting Date09/01/2013

Investigator(s)

Ending Date08/31/2017
Funding Level$174,289.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitleGreat Plains Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit FSA Amendment
Starting Date06/01/2013

Investigator(s)

Ending Date10/06/2015
Funding Level$10,000.00
Funding AgencyUS Department of the Interior

 

Grant TitleCanid Distribution and the Potential Impacts of Energy Development in Nebraska
Starting Date04/05/2013

Investigator(s)

Ending Date03/31/2015
Funding Level$147,349.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitlePersistent Effects of Wind-Power Development on Prairie Grouse in Nebraska
Starting Date01/29/2013

Investigator(s)

Ending Date06/30/2016
Funding Level$88,300.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitleGraduate Research Fellowship
Starting Date08/01/2012

Investigator(s)

Ending Date07/31/2017
Funding Level$126,000.00
Funding AgencyNational Science Foundation

 

Grant TitleAdministrative Support for Great Plains Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit
Starting Date05/01/2012

Investigator(s)

Ending Date10/16/2015
Funding Level$5,000.00
Funding AgencyNational Parks Service/Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit

 

Grant TitlePersistent Effects of Wind-Power Development on Prairie Grouse in Nebraska
Starting Date01/19/2012

Investigator(s)

Ending Date06/30/2016
Funding Level$598,000.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitlePheasant Population and Hunters (additional funding)
Starting Date09/01/2011

Investigator(s)

Ending Date08/31/2015
Funding Level$181,099.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitlePheasant Population and Hunters
Starting Date09/01/2011

Investigator(s)

Ending Date08/31/2012
Funding Level$224,283.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitleUpland Bird Management (additional funding)
Starting Date08/08/2011

Investigator(s)

Ending Date12/31/2012
Funding Level$2,000.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitleWaterfowl Harvest Information
Starting Date08/01/2011

Investigator(s)

Ending Date06/30/2014
Funding Level$91,119.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitleGreater Prairie-Chicken Habitat SWG
Starting Date04/01/2010

Investigator(s)

Ending Date12/31/2012
Funding Level$64,646.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitleImproving Breeding Habitat for Greater-Prairie Chickens on Grazed Land in the Nebraska Sandhills (additional funding)
Starting Date03/01/2010

Investigator(s)

Ending Date12/31/2012
Funding Level$15,000.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitleNebraska Game and Parks Commission Upland Birds Habitat Management
Starting Date01/01/2010

Investigator(s)

Ending Date12/31/2013
Funding Level$153,844.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitleAssessing Landscape Constraints on Habitat Management of Upland Birds (additional funding)
Starting Date01/01/2010

Investigator(s)

Ending Date01/31/2013
Funding Level$90,000.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Grant TitleHuman Dimensions of Grassland Management Decisions Made by Nambian Landowners
Starting Date01/01/2009

Investigator(s)

Ending Date12/31/2009
Funding Level$63,000.00
Funding AgencyURC Layman

 

Grant TitleA Study of Issues Faced by Private Landowners in Namibia and the Great Plains: Critical Decisions Made to Support Grasslands
Starting Date01/01/2009

Investigator(s)

Ending Date12/31/2009
Funding Level$4,500.00
Funding AgencyGrassland Foundation

 

Grant TitleAssessing Local and Regional Variability in Productivity and Fidelity of Grassland Birds on National Park Service Units in the Great Plains
Starting Date06/01/2007

Investigator(s)

Ending Date09/30/2010
Funding Level$95,572.00
Funding AgencyUS Department of Interior - Geological Survey

 

Advising

Graduate Programs

Master of Applied Science

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences
including specializations in

  • Adaptive Management
  • Applied Ecology
  • Geographic Information Systems

Doctorate of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences
including specializations in

  • Adaptive Management
  • Applied Ecology

Courses Taught

Course NumberCourse TitleFall Even YearsFall Odd YearsSpring Even YearsSpring Odd YearsSummer SessionCross Listing
NRES 492/892 Study Tours in Natural Resource Management - Wildlife Conservation - NamibiaXNRES 492H; NRES 892
NRES 880Vertebrate Population AnalysisXX