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Dr. Daniel Sullins

Dr. Dan Sullins

Assistant Professor

Wildlife & Outdoor Enterprise Management

Kansas State University
1602 Throckmorton PSC
1712 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS 66506

Ph: +1-785-532-1405
Fx: +1-785-532-6949

Biography & Education


Dr. Dan Sullins attended Texas A&M University where he graduated with a Bachelor Science in Wildlife and Fisheries in 2008. As an undergraduate he worked as a fisheries intern and upon graduation he worked multiple seasonal technician positions.

In spring 2010, he started graduate studies at Stephen F. Austin State University and since then he has conducted research related to the conservation of avian populations. As a PhD student and postdoctoral research associate at Kansas State University his work largely focused on lesser prairie-chicken ecology and conservation.

  • Ph.D., Biology, Kansas State University (2017)
  • M.S., Forestry, Stephen F. Austin State University (2013)
  • B.S., Wildlife and Fisheries Science, Texas A&M University (2008)


  • Sullins, D.S., J.D. Kraft, D.A. Haukos, S.G. Robinson, J.H. Reitz, R.T. Plumb, J.M. Lautenbach, J.D. Lautenbach, B.K. Sandercock, C.A. Hagen. 2018. Demographic consequences of conservation reserve program grasslands for lesser prairie-chickens. Journal of Wildlife Management DOI:10.1002/jwmg.21553.
  • Sullins, D.S., D.A. Haukos, J.M. Craine, J.M. Lautenbach, S.G. Robinson, J. D. Lautenbach, J.D. Kraft, R. T. Plumb, J. H. Reitz, B. K. Sandercock, N. Fierer. 2018. Identifying foods of a declining prairie grouse using DNA metabarcoding. Auk 135:583–608.
  • Sullins, D.S., W.C. Conway, D.A. Haukos, K.A. Hobson, L.I. Wassenaar, C.E. Comer, and I.K., Hung. 2016. American woodcock (Scolopax minor) migratory connectivity as indicated by hydrogen isotopes. Journal of Wildlife Management 80:510–526.


The main goal of my teaching is to provide students with the foundational biological and environmental knowledge needed to manage wildlife populations while also developing critical thinking and decision making skills that can be applied in complex systems.

My research interests revolve around understanding how birds use and select resources that vary over space and time and focusing on how the quantity and quality of those resources affect avian populations. The main themes of my research include conservation of avian species throughout their annual cycle, landscape and temporal effects on population occupancy and space use, and linking resource availability and selection with demographic consequences.