Kelly Willemssens

Kelly Willemssens

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Degree PhD in NRES
Address 243B Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
Phone 402-472-0825
FAX 402-472-2946
Advisor(s) Leon Higley



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.

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