Vicki Simonsen

Vicki Simonsen

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Degree MS in NRES
Address 13 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
FAX 402-472-2946
Advisor(s) TJ Fontaine


Selected Publications

Wszola, L. S., Simonsen, V. L., Stuber, E., Gillespie, C. R., Messinger, L. N., Decker, K. L., Lusk, J., Jorgensen, C. F., Bishop, A. A., Fontaine, T. J. (2017). Translating statistical species-habitat models to interactive decision support tools. PLOS ONE, 12(12). Online
Simonsen, V.L and J.J. Fontaine. 2016. Landscape context influences nest survival in a Midwest grassland. J. Wildlife Management 80:877-883. Online
Simonsen, V. L., J. E. Fleischmann, D. E. Wisenhunt, J. D. Volesky, and D. Twidwell. (2015) Act now or pay later: evaluating the cost of reactive versus proactive Eastern Redcedar management strategies. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. Online


Selected Presentations

Examining Patterns in Nest Predation Using Artifical Nets
  • Presentation Type: Thesis Defense
  • Date: 11/16/2018
  • Abstract:

    The use of artificial nests to study predation rates of avian nests has faced disregard by ecologists due to inconsistencies found between the survival rates of real and artificial nests across studies and reviews. The negative perception of artificial nests providing an inconsistent assessment of survival has thus fostered the perception that artificial nests are a secondary option to be used to overcome logistical hurdles associated with achieving sufficient sample sizes in systems where study species are rare or elusive, or as merely a preliminary method to study predation across gradients. We argue that the greatest mistake ecologists have made with artificial nests is not the flaws within poorly designed studies, but rather the rash decision to write-off the utility of artificial nests and failure to look for patterns in inconsistencies between properly designed studies. Therefore, we conducted a case study to demonstrated the utility of artificial nests as a tool to consistently measure inherent nest predation risk across a set of manipulated experimental treatments. We also conducted a meta-analysis to examine the patterns of real and artificial nest survival across several gradients theorized to influence nest survival (e.g., absolute latitude). We used only data from peer-reviewed journal articles where researchers recorded the survival of both real and artificial nests, to demonstrate that when extraneous variation is reduced inconsistencies give way to prominent patterns in survival.


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