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Horticulture and Natural Resources

Horticulture and Natural Resources
Kansas State University
1712 Claflin Rd-2021 TH
Manhattan, KS 66506

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The faculty in Wildlife and Outdoor Enterprise Management (WOEM) are interested in solving problems related broadly to wildlife management and conservation.  We use hypothesis-driven science to investigate questions relating to species’ distributions, habitat selection, disease ecology, population demographics, biodiversity conservation, harvest management, and restoration ecology.  Our research programs vary across taxa and generally have an applied focus.     


Because our research interests are relatively diverse, we welcome students (graduate and undergraduate) who are creative, motivated, and intensely curious about the natural world. 


Latest Publications


  • Miller CA and Ahlers AA. In Press. Do waterfowl hunters know where their money goes? Awareness of federal duck stamp fund expenditures among Illinois waterfowl hunters. Human Dimensions of Wildlife.
  • Sharp RL and Ahlers AA. 2017. Undergraduates' understanding of agricultural impacts on wildlife: a case for wildlife conservation education. Natural Sciences Education 46: 1-5. DOI: 10.4195/nse2016.11.0030.
  • Ahlers AA, Miller CA, and Heske EJ. 2016. Economic influences on trapper participation and per capita harvest of muskrats. Wildlife Society Bulletin 40: 548-553.
  • Heske EJ and Ahlers AA. 2016. Raccoon (Procyon lotor) activity is predicted better by availability of water than by land cover in a moderately fragmented landscape. Northeastern Naturalist 23: 352-363.
  • Ahlers AA, Heske EJ, and Schooley RL. 2016. Prey distribution, potential landscape supplementation, and urbanization affect occupancy dynamics of American mink in streams. Landscape Ecology 31:1601-1613.
  • Ahlers AA, Cotner LA, Wolff PJ, Mitchell MA, Heske EJ, and Schooley RL. 2015. Summer precipitation predicts the spatial distribution of semiaquatic mammals. PLoS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0135036.
  • Ahlers AA, Mitchell MA, Dubey JP, Schooley RL, and Heske EJ. 2015. Risk factors for Toxoplasma gondii exposure in semiaquatic mammals in a freshwater ecosystem. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 51: 488-492.
  • Fischer JD, Schneider SH, Ahlers AA, and Miller JR. 2015. Categorizing wildlife responses to urbanization and conservation implications of terminology. Conservation Biology 29: 1246-1248.

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Adam Ahlers
Wildlife & Outdoor Enterprise Management

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Wildlife & Outdoor Enterprise Management