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Dr. Christopher N. Jacques, Editor
Department of Biological Sciences
Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL

  • Dr. Jacques is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Western Illinois University. He received his B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Maine at Orono, M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Management from South Dakota State University, and a Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from South Dakota State University. His research interest include ungulate and infectious disease ecologies, wildlife-habitat relationships, population dynamics, predator-prey interactions, and ecological studies that evaluate spatial and temporal responses of ungulates to changes in harvest strategies and forest management in mid-western landscapes.

Dr. Lawrence D. Igl, Book Review Editor and Associate Editor
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
U.S. Geological Survey
Jamestown, ND

  • Dr. Igl received his B.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology, Biology, and Natural Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, M.S. degree in Animal Ecology from Iowa State University, and Ph.D. in Zoology from North Dakota State University. Larry is a Research Ecologist with Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center of the U.S. Geological Survey. His research interests are avian ecology and conservation, with an emphasis on grassland, wetland, and agricultural ecosystems in the Midwest and Great Plains. Specific areas of interest include avian responses to habitat alteration and disturbances, population dynamics, site fidelity, cowbird brood parasitism, territory dynamics, and nesting ecology.
     

Dr. Brian G. Blackwell, Associate Editor
South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks
Webster, SD

  • Dr. Brian Blackwell received a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from South Dakota State University, a M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. in Biological Science from South Dakota State University. Brian is a fisheries biologist for the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks in northeastern South Dakota and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resource Management at South Dakota State University. His research interests include applied fisheries management, fish population structure and dynamics, and fish ecology.
     

Dr. Jack L. Butler, Associate Editor
U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
Forest and Grassland Research Laboratory
Rapid City, SD

  • Dr. Butler is a Research Ecologist at the Forest and Grassland Research Laboratory in Rapid City, SD. He also is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Natural Resource Management at South Dakota State University. He received his B.S. in Wildlife Conservation from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, his M.S. in Botany from North Dakota State University, and his Ph.D. in Range Science from Texas A&M University. He is a broadly trained ecologist with specific applications to plant population biology and plant physiological ecology, community ecology, and landscape ecology. Current projects include studying the ecology and management of invasive plants and vegetation associated with prairie dog colonies.
     

Dr. Christopher S. DePerno, Associate Editor
Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources,
Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC

  • Dr. DePerno is an Associate Professor at North Carolina State University. He received his B.S. in Pregraduate Biology from Central Michigan, M.S. in Behavioral Ecology from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from South Dakota State University. His research interests include population ecology and management of big game species and predators, habitat use and selection of big game species and predators, interactions of predators and prey, sexual segregation and resource partitioning in ungulates, animal damage, reptile and amphibian surveys, reptile and amphibian habitat requirements, and wildlife education.
     

Dr. W. Sue Fairbanks, Associate Editor
Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management
Iowa State University
Ames, IA

  • Dr. Fairbanks is an Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Iowa State University. She earned a B.S. in Biology from Nebraska Wesleyan University, M.S. in Wildlife Biology at Colorado State University, and Ph.D. in Systematics and Ecology at the University of Kansas. Her research interests in the areas of behavioral and population ecology have mostly focused on large mammals - bighorn sheep, pronghorn, elk, and bison - and often on reintroduced populations. Habitat selection has been a big part of her research and she is currently conducting research on how detailed animal movement patterns affect population- and community-level processes, such as disease transmission in bighorn sheep and seed dispersal by bison.
     

Dan Fogell, Associate Editor
Southeast Community College
Lincoln, NE

  • Dan Fogell is a herpetologist as well as Life and Human Sciences Instructor at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska. He earned a master's degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he studied the seasonal activity, spatial ecology, and natural history of Timber Rattlesnakes in Nebraska. Current research interests are centered on the distributions of Great Plains herpetofauna reptiles as well as the various factors that affect those distributions, such as habitat availability, alterations in land use, and global climate change. He has a particular interest in those species that reach their distributional boundaries within the Great Plains. He has conducted field work and herpetofaunal surveys in Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota. Dan also has a strong interest in the ecology and conservation of venomous snakes in Nebraska and Iowa. In 2010 Dan published "A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Nebraska" which provides species accounts, photographs, and distribution maps for all 62 amphibian and reptile species native to Nebraska. He is an active member of both the Nebraska and Kansas Herpetological Societies and is also on the Board of Directors for the Center for North American Herpetology (CNAH).
     

Dr. Keith Geluso, Associate Editor
Department of Biology
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney, NE

  • Dr. Geluso received a B.S. in Biology from the University of New Mexico, a M.S. in Biology from the University of Nevada, and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of New Mexico. Keith is an Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. His research interests are diverse including mammals, herpetofauna, birds, etc. His main research focus is understanding the natural history of such organisms from the grasslands of the Great Plains to the deserts of the Southwest and involving undergraduate students in this research.
     

Dr. Seán E. Jenkins, Associate Editor
Department of Biological Sciences
Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL

  • Dr. Jenkins is an Associate Professor of Plant Ecology in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Director of the Alice L. Kibbe Life Science Station at Western Illinois University. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Environmental Biology from Eastern Illinois University. He earned his Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His general research interests involve the effects of disturbance on the ecology of forested, grassland, riverine, and wetland communities. Specifically, he is interested in the influence of historic fire regimes and the reintroduction of prescribed burning on the spatio-temporal dynamics of overstory tree structure, regeneration, recruitment, and groundflora diversity of oak woodlands, savanna, and associated communities.
     

Dr. Gary Larson, Associate Editor
Department of Natural Resource Management
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD

  • Dr. Gary E. Larson is Professor of Biology and Curator of the C.A. Taylor Herbarium in the Department of Biology & Microbiology at South Dakota State University. Gary has been at SDSU since 1979 teaching Plant Systematics, Grasses & Grasslike Plants, Range Plant Identification, and Aquatic Plants. He also coaches the SDSU Range Plant Identification Team. Gary contributed taxonomic treatments to the Flora of the Great Plains and he authored Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants of the Northern Great Plains, an identification guide to over 500 plant species found in regional wetlands. More recently, Gary collaborated with Dr. James R. Johnson of the SDSU West River Ag Center to produce two popular photographic guides to plants - Grassland Plants of South Dakota and the Northern Great Plains and Plants of the Black Hills and the Bear Lodge Mountains.

 

Dr. Kevin L. Monteith, Associate Editor
Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY

 

  • Dr. Monteith is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist for the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Wyoming. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from South Dakota State University, and a Ph.D. in Biology from Idaho State University. His primary research interests include nutritional ecology and its implications for understanding growth, life-history strategies, and population dynamics of large mammals, predator-prey interactions, and the effects of harvest strategies and novel disturbance on large mammal populations.
     

Dr. Mark A. Rumble, Associate Editor
U.S. Forest Service
Rocky Mountain Research Station
Rapid City, SD

  • Dr. Rumble is a Research Wildlife Biologist at the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Rapid City, SD. He obtained his B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Washington State University, M.S. in Wildlife Biology from South Dakota State University, and his Ph.D. in Zoology and Physiology from the University of Wyoming. The focus of his research has been effects of management activities such as logging and grazing with an emphasis on finding solutions to problems and providing managers with information to enable better decisions regarding land management activities.
     

Dr. Mark Vrtiska, Associate Editor
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Lincoln, NE

  • Dr. Mark Vrtiska is currently the Waterfowl Program Manager at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Lincoln, Nebraska, and was previously a Regional Biologist for Ducks Unlimited, Inc., in Jackson, Mississippi. He received his B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a M.S. in Biology from Eastern Kentucky University, and his Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from Mississippi State University. His interests are all aspects of waterfowl ecology and management, including human/hunter interactions with waterfowl, and wetland conservation and management.
     

Dr. Melissa Wuellner, Associate Editor
Department of Natural Resource Management
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD

  • Dr. Melissa Wuellner received a B.S. in Biology from Ball State University, a M.S. in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State University, and a Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from South Dakota State University. Melissa is an assistant professor and distance education coordinator at South Dakota State University. Her research interests include applied fisheries management, factors regulating fish distributions at multiple scales, predator-prey interactions, and competition.
     

Brandi Crider, Outreach Coordinator
Department of Natural Resource Management
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD