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Rapid development of wind energy across the Great Plains has spurred concern about potential effects on grassland birds, the most rapidly declining avian group in North American. But a new study by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers shows that at least one grassland bird — the endangered greater prairie-chicken — pays little attention to small-scale wind energy infrastructure in choosing nesting sites.</p>

<p>Grassland management and proximity to roads, on the other hand, still play the most dominant role in where the birds choose to nest and whether they survive

Rapid development of wind energy across the Great Plains has spurred concern about potential effects on grassland birds, the most rapidly declining avian group in North American. But a new study by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers shows that at least one grassland bird — the endangered greater prairie-chicken — pays little attention to small-scale wind energy infrastructure in choosing nesting sites.

Grassland management and proximity to roads, on the other hand, still play the most dominant role in where the birds choose to nest and whether they survive Continue the Story

When they row -- yes, row -- onto the sandy shores of Antigua in about two months, Caitlin Miller, SNR Alumi, will have completed a journey of 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean.

When they row -- yes, row -- onto the sandy shores of Antigua in about two months, Caitlin Miller, SNR Alumi, will have completed a journey of 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean. Continue the Story

Travis Shepler was one of those students who knew exactly what he wanted to be.

Travis Shepler was one of those students who knew exactly what he wanted to be. "Ever since I was in elementary school, I had wanted to be a wildlife biologist," he said. But all of that changed after he experienced what life could be like as a conservation officer. Continue the Story

In 1976, Ron Block left the East Coast to pursue his graduate studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 
Block studied physical geography and climatology. Among his advisers were Merlin Lawson, Norman Rosenberg and a newly hired Ken Dewey.

In 1976, Ron Block left the East Coast to pursue his graduate studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Block studied physical geography and climatology. Among his advisers were Merlin Lawson, Norman Rosenberg and a newly hired Ken Dewey. Continue the Story

After graduating in December 2000, Adam Rhoads embarked on an exciting and unconventional postgraduate path. "Don't be afraid to try something new or different, or pass up on opportunities that are out of the ordinary," he said.

After graduating in December 2000, Adam Rhoads embarked on an exciting and unconventional postgraduate path. "Don't be afraid to try something new or different, or pass up on opportunities that are out of the ordinary," he said. Continue the Story

My job is to travel throughout our preserve system in Arizona to work and develop conservation and restoration projects. Every day is a unique day in this position.

My job is to travel throughout our preserve system in Arizona to work and develop conservation and restoration projects. Every day is a unique day in this position. Continue the Story

Some kids have trouble answering the question, 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' Don Gabelhouse was not one of them. 'I was fascinated by fish as a small child and knew I would someday become a fisheries biologist,' he said.

Some kids have trouble answering the question, 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' Don Gabelhouse was not one of them. 'I was fascinated by fish as a small child and knew I would someday become a fisheries biologist,' he said. Continue the Story

B.J. Baule has no doubt that an SNR education gave him ample preparation for a career in climatology. 'The classes I took provided valuable training,' Baule said. 'There are a lot of great professors in the applied climate area at SNR.'

B.J. Baule has no doubt that an SNR education gave him ample preparation for a career in climatology. 'The classes I took provided valuable training,' Baule said. 'There are a lot of great professors in the applied climate area at SNR.' Continue the Story


Chad Kelly, an environmental restoration science major who graduated in 2013, said the education he received at SNR enabled him to be successful in the working world.

Chad Kelly, an environmental restoration science major who graduated in 2013, said the education he received at SNR enabled him to be successful in the working world. "My SNR education prepared me very well for my career," he said. Continue the Story

When she graduated in December 2009, Elyse Watson -- like many young alums -- faced an uncertain future. "It took me a little while to get to where I am today," Watson said. "I had thought about going to graduate school, but found it hard to pick which program was right for me."

When she graduated in December 2009, Elyse Watson -- like many young alums -- faced an uncertain future. "It took me a little while to get to where I am today," Watson said. "I had thought about going to graduate school, but found it hard to pick which program was right for me." Continue the Story

When Tom Christiansen signed up for Howard Wiegers' Wildlife Management course in 1981, he didn't think much of it.

When Tom Christiansen signed up for Howard Wiegers' Wildlife Management course in 1981, he didn't think much of it. "(It) was the first wildlife class I took," Christiansen said. "At the time, I viewed it as an elective that would support my then-goal of being an outdoor writer." But for Christiansen, the course ended up being more than your run-of-the-mill elective. Continue the Story

It's been four years since Brian Gaston was an SNR student and in that time frame, he's learned several valuable lessons. "I applied to many graduate programs, jobs and internships," Gaston said. "You won't be accepted to them all."

It's been four years since Brian Gaston was an SNR student and in that time frame, he's learned several valuable lessons. "I applied to many graduate programs, jobs and internships," Gaston said. "You won't be accepted to them all." Continue the Story

Ritch Nelson's successful career in natural resource management didn't happen overnight. "If you are absolutely sure you want to work in this field once you graduate, do everything you can from today to the day you land that first permanent job to make that happen," he said.

Ritch Nelson's successful career in natural resource management didn't happen overnight. "If you are absolutely sure you want to work in this field once you graduate, do everything you can from today to the day you land that first permanent job to make that happen," he said. Continue the Story

Karen Morin earned her doctoral degree in geography from UNL in 1996. In the 17 years since, she's been busy furthering her research interests, volunteering with a prisoner rights group, penning books and serving as an associate dean of faculty at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.

Karen Morin earned her doctoral degree in geography from UNL in 1996. In the 17 years since, she's been busy furthering her research interests, volunteering with a prisoner rights group, penning books and serving as an associate dean of faculty at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. Continue the Story

For some, scuba diving along the Great Barrier Reef off the Australian coast may be the mark of one exotic vacation. For Kay Kunze, who majored in fisheries & wildlife and graduated in 1998, it's just part of an average workday.

For some, scuba diving along the Great Barrier Reef off the Australian coast may be the mark of one exotic vacation. For Kay Kunze, who majored in fisheries & wildlife and graduated in 1998, it's just part of an average workday. Continue the Story

When Tyler Goeschel graduated in May 2013, he headed east to the University of Vermont. As a first-year master's student, Goeschel is working toward achieving his professional goals. "I'd like to teach at a university one day and continue doing relevant research," he said.

When Tyler Goeschel graduated in May 2013, he headed east to the University of Vermont. As a first-year master's student, Goeschel is working toward achieving his professional goals. "I'd like to teach at a university one day and continue doing relevant research," he said. Continue the Story

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