- So excited for our two new additions to the lab: Vinita
Karki and Michael Ferrara! Vinita will be
creating a statewide decision support tool to inform wild turkey
conservation, and Michael will be joining the WildSNaP project to
investigate the responses of bird communities to native plantings under
solar arrays. Check out the People
tab to read their bios and the Research
tab to read about their projects.
MS position open in the lab!: Come investigate how birds are
responding to native plantings under solar arrays! Fully funded, lots of
field work, and opportunities to work with renewable energy, acoustic
recording units, and a fantastic team of scientists!
- We’re so excited that Lindsey
LaBrie will be joining the Living Landscapes Lab this fall! Lindsey
will be pursuing a PhD and leading research on aquatic invasive species.
- Congratulations to our very own Jess
Schmit for winning the 2023 Lynds Jones Prize for best poster at the
104th Annual Meeting of the Wilson Ornithological Society! King Rails
all the way!
- And last, but definitely not least, congratulations to Percy
Marshall for graduating with their M.S.! Thankfully, we’re keeping Percy
around for a bit to help design a study on invasive shrub treatments at
Big Oaks NWR–and to finish publishing their amazing thesis
PhD positions open in the lab:
- Wild Turkey Population Ecology: Want to study wild turkeys
and learn about Integrated Population Models and spatially varying
coefficient models? Start date is spring 2024!
- Invasion Ecology: Also, we have an amazing position
investigating new methods for early detection of invasive plant species
+ impacts of invasive plant species. If you’re interested in modeling,
fire ecology, wildlife, and/or ecosystem services, we hope to see your
application in the pool! Start date is fall 2023 or spring 2024.
- Congratulations to Percy Marshall for winning second place in the
Arkansas Chapter of The Wildlife Society’s Student Oral Presentation
Award! We’re so proud!
- We’re heading to IALE-North
America next week! Hope to see you there!
- We’re hiring a Ph.D. student to work on aquatic invasive species
issues in Arkansas and beyond! To apply, see the job ad in the Join
The Lab tab. Looking forward to seeing your application!
- Speaking of invasive species–stay tuned for another
Ph.D. student position opening soon! Some sneak peaks: there’s gonna be
study sites in Florida/Arkansas, visits to Montana, learning about fire,
and creating a national-scale early detection workflow for invasive
terrestrial plants. Can’t wait!!
- How much does tree invasion of grasslands cost western US economies?
Billions. Check out our new Journal
of Applied Ecology article for the details.
- Our own Percy
Marshall has published their first peer-reviewed manuscript in Crop
Science! Spoiler: hummingbirds can help control orchard pest
- New technologies allow us to rapidly learn from rangeland management
actions like prescribed fire, grazing, and tree removal at scales from
30m2 pixels to biomes! Check out our brand new Journal
of Environmental Management manuscript to learn more.
- We’re kicking off a new research project on risk of giant
salvinia invasion. See our research
tab to learn more!
Magazine just covered our fire-grassland bird restoration research!
Many thanks to the Working Land for Wildlife folks who are getting the
good word out!
- We’re very excited to welcome Lauren
Berry to the Living Landscapes Lab! Lauren will be using bird
community and remote sensing data to quantify grassland management
outcomes for USFWS refuges.
- Super excited that National Public Radio covered our research on
grassland restoration in the Loess Canyons! Read the article here.
- Targeted grazing or tree thinning: which best improves forest stand
resilience to wildfire (i.e., crown fires)? For answers, check out our
paper in Ecosphere.
- If you’re interested in how large-scale fire and grassland
restoration gets done, check out our AERLive
- One of our photos made the cover of Ecological
Solutions and Evidence!
- Rare birds? Regime shifts? Scale detection via Asymmetric
Eigenvector Maps?? Check out our new ms in Frontiers
in Ecology and Evolution if you’re interested in a quirky look at
- The Wildlife Society covered our paper! Check out their news
- Big news!! We got a grant with the US Fish & Wildlife Service to
develop a mapping tool to quantify grassland management outcomes. See
the new project on the Research
- We’re hiring two summer technicians!! Check out the job
ad for more information.
- Also, if you’re interested in ecological resilience and think
“wombling” is a hilarious word, check out our new paper
in Ecological Indicators.
- Big, hot, and connected fires restored grassland bird species! Read
our new paper
in Ecological Solutions and Evidence to find out more!
- Lots of press for the Living Landscapes Lab in the New Year: an
article in the Wildlife Management Institute’s Outdoor
News Bulletin, a publication
alert and an “Ask
an Expert interview” with the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative, and
an upcoming press release by University of Arkansas.
- Our upcoming paper in Ecological Solutions and Evidence on
grassland bird responses to prescribed fire was featured in Discover
Magazine! We hope the paper will be published in the New Year!
- +1 article for November: Dr. DeGregorio’s lab and I
collaborated to investigate responses of nine-banded armadillo activity
patterns to human development/noise. Check it out in Ecology and
- Welcome to our new MS student and secretive marshbird expert, Jess
Schmit! Jess will start in spring 2022, and she will be co-advised by
Caleb and Dr. Fournier. Jess
will study King Rail migration and habitat usage.
- Our new article in Ecological
Applications shows how new tech/methods can provide early warnings
of woody invasions and help rapidly adapt management. Stay tuned for
more press on this one!
- Mike Shaw will be joining the Living Landscapes Lab this fall too!
Mike will be an MS student co-advised by Caleb and Dr. DeGregorio and will
study Eastern Spotted Skunk.
- I have another essay out in Terrain.org!
I talk about my experiences as a person of Hispanic heritage during my
first field internship. Check it out if you’re interested!
- Very happy to announce that Percy Marshall will be joining the
Living Landscapes Lab this fall! They will be pursuing their MS and
studying invasive waterfowl.
- Also, very proud to be a coauthor on another publication
led by Dr. Donovan! It’s the best of our fire + resilience +
savanna/grassland ecotone papers yet!
- We have a new publication
in Journal of Mammalogy led by Dr. Victoria Donovan! Check it out if
you’re interested in bighorn sheep and/or fire.
- Website launched
- I’m hiring a Master’s student for an invasive species ecology and
management project! Check out this link
for more information.