Kelly Willemssens

Kelly Willemssens

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Degree PhD in NRES
Address 243B Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583-0962
Phone 402-472-0825
FAX 402-472-2946
E-mail kelly.willemssens@huskers.unl.edu
Advisor(s) Leon Higley

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Selected Presentations

Soil preferences of Nicrophorus beetles and the effects of compaction on burying behavior
  • Presentation Type: Thesis Defense
  • Date: 3/19/2015
  • Abstract:

    The American burying beetle, Nicrophorus americanus Olivier, is the largest North American member of the Silphidae. It was declared federally endangered in 1989 and many efforts to prevent this species from going extinct are ongoing. The Nicrophorus beetles bury small carcasses for reproductive purposes. They also reside in the soil during times of daily and seasonal inactivity. To better understand why the American burying beetle is in decline, the importance of texture, moisture, vegetation, and gravel, the burial depth, and the effect of compaction on their burying behavior were examined.

Awards

  • 2016 – UNL Science Slam - Finalist awarded by Nebraska MRSEC  Title: "Why Science is Cool: Pollution in Greenland" Topic: Undergraduate research on the effect of the melting of polar ice caps on the lakes and macro-invertebrates in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.
  • 2016 – Elevator Speech Contest - Ph.D. First Prize awarded by School of Natural Resources  Title: Feeding in 160°C, How do they do it? Topic: Ph.D. research on the ecology of Cicindela haemorrhagica in the extreme environments of the thermal pools in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

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