Grace Schuster joined the Applied Wildlife Ecology and Spatial Movement (AWESM) Lab in spring 2020. She has worked on a variety of conservation research including work with the Prairie Corridor Project and Human Dimensions lab at UNL. She transitioned into a PhD position in the AWESM lab in fall 2021, where her research focuses on evaluating multi-species avian occupancy in potential bioenergy grasslands near North Platte, Nebraska. This research is funded by the Department of Energy. Her long-term goal is to enhance the relationship between landowners and conservation efforts by incorporating sociological and ecological research.