Kristine Evans
Assistant Professor
Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Mississippi State University

Ph.D. Forest Resources
Mississippi State University, 2012

Web: https://www.quest.fwrc.msstate.edu/people.php

Email: kristine.evans@msstate.edu
Phone: 662-325-3167

Research Interests
My research interests center on advanced spatial technologies, landscape ecology, avian ecology and monitoring, agricultural ecology, and strategic conservation planning.

Current Research Projects
Project Sponsor: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2020 Region 4 Science Applications Projects
Project Title: Maintenance, Update, Streamlining, and Diffusion of the Strategic Conservation Assessment Tool Suite
Investigators: K. O. Evans (PI), A. Sesser, S. Westlake, S. Samiappan, A. Linhoss (co-PIs)
Secured Funding (Awaiting Award): $150,000 Timeline: 1/1/2022 – 12/31/2024

Project Sponsor: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (Restore Science Program)
Project Title: Land Conservation for a Resilient Gulf of Mexico: Are we seeing a difference?
Investigators: B. Prado (PI), K. Evans, A. Sesser, S. Westlake (co-PIs)
Pending Funding: $120,000 Timeline: 9/1/2021 – 8/31/2022

Project Sponsor: U.S.D.A. A.P.H.I.S Wildlife Services – National Wildlife Research Center
Project Title: Creating an Aerial Wildlife Imagery Repository from Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Training Automated Image Classifiers
Investigators: Zhou, M. (PI), S. Samiappan, R. Iglay, K. O. Evans, J. Elmore (co-PIs)
Pending Funding: $572,491 Timeline: 7/1/2021 – 6/30/2023

Project Sponsor: U.S.D.A. A.P.H.I.S Wildlife Services – National Wildlife Research Center
Project Title: Developing UAS operator guidelines and evaluating estimate bias for airport wildlife monitoring
Investigators: R. Iglay (PI), S. Samiappan, K. O. Evans, M. B. Pfeiffer, B. F. Blackwell (co-PIs)
Secured Funding (Awaiting Award): $155,029 Timeline: 6/1/2021 – 5/31/2022

Project Sponsor: Weyerhaeuser Co.
Project Title: Cross-Taxa Assessment of Pollinator and Bird Response to Landscape Structure in Managed Pine Landscapes
Investigators: K. Evans (PI), M. D. McConnell, R. Iglay, S. Rush, J. Hill (co-PIs)
Secured Funding (Awaiting Award): $130,797 Timeline: 8/15/2021 – 5/14/2025

Project Sponsor: National Council for Air and Stream Improvement
Project Title: Contributions of Managed Forest Landscapes to Functional Plant, Pollinator, and Bird Diversity
Investigators: K. Evans (PI), M. McConnell, R. Iglay, S. Rush (co-PIs)
Secured Funding (Awaiting Award): $129,500 Timeline: 5/1/2021 – 3/31/2025

Project Sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service
Project Title: Strategies to Reduce Risk of Bees to Various Stressors in the Mississippi Delta
Investigators: J. Gore (PI), D. Cook, W. Crow, J. Harris, A. Catchot, M. Caprio, K. Evans (co-PIs)
Secured Funding: $726,744 (Evans Child Fund: $67,786) Timeline: 9/2/2019 – 12/31/2021

Project Sponsor: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2020 Region 4 Science Applications Projects
Project Title: Next Generation Southeastern Conservation Blueprint for the Middle Southeast and Lower Mississippi Valley
Investigators: K. O. Evans (PI), A. Linhoss, T. Gray, J. Liu (co-PIs)
Secured Funding: $257,999 Timeline: 1/1/2021 – 12/31/2023

Project Sponsor: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2020 Region 4 Science Applications Projects
Project Title: Modeling At-Risk Species' Sustainability (MARSS) Phase IV: U.S. Caribbean
Investigators: F. Vilella (PI), K. O. Evans, G. Street, C. Ramirez-Reyes (co-PIs)
Secured Funding: $49,992 Timeline: 11/1/2020 – 6/30/2021

Project Sponsor: U.S.D.A. A.P.H.I.S Wildlife Services – National Wildlife Research Center
Project Title: Companion Study to UAS Monitoring Study, Mammal and nocturnal surveys using sUAS: role in airport environments
Investigators: R. Iglay (PI), S. Samiappan, K. O. Evans, M. B. Pfeiffer, B. F. Blackwell (co-PIs)
Pending Funding: $330,708.48 Timeline: 8/16/2020 – 8/15/2021

Project Sponsor: Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
Project Title: Effects of growing season prescribed fires on Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Mississippi's open pine forests
Investigators: M. McConnell (PI), K. Evans (co-PI)
Secured Funding: $179,322 Timeline: 7/1/2020 – 6/30/2023

Project Sponsor: National Council for Air and Stream Improvement
Project Title: Landscape associations of bird communities in private working forests
Investigators: K. Evans (PI), R. Iglay (co-PI)
Secured Funding: $26,178 Timeline: 5/15/2020 – 12/31/2021

Project Sponsor: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Project Title: Assessment of the Eastern Black Rail (Laterallus jamaicensis jamaicensis) in Alabama and Mississippi: Historic Records and Current Surveys
Investigators: M. Woodrey (PI), A. M. V. Fournier, K. O. Evans (co-PIs)
Secured Funding: $20,639 Timeline: 1/1/2019 – 12/31/2021

Project Sponsor: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2018 Region 4 Science Applications Projects
Project Title: Integrating conservation planning tools to develop a transparent conservation blueprint for Southeastern aquatic species
Investigators: M. Colvin (PI), D. Schumann, K. O. Evans (co-PIs)
Secured Funding: $181,878 Timeline: 10/1/2019 – 8/31/2021

Project Sponsor: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (Restore Act Science Program)
Project Title: Fire Effects in Gulf of Mexico marshes: historical perspectives, management, and monitoring of Mottled Ducks and Black and Yellow Rails
Investigators: Auriel Fournier (PI), Mark Woodrey, Kristine Evans, John Andrew Nyman, Robert Rohli, Warren Conway, Michelle Meyers, James Lyons, Kathryn Smith, Robert Cooper, Erik Johnson, Jim Cox, Chris Butler (co-PIs)
Secured Funding: $1,579,114 Timeline: 9/1/2019 – 8/31/2021

Project Sponsor: Strategic Research Initiative, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station
Project Title: Continuation: Linking remote-sensing landscape data to forage quality in an experimental grazing system
Investigators: G. Street(PI), J. Czarnecki, K. O. Evans, B. Karisch (co-PIs)
Secured Funding: $49,500 Timeline: 1/1/2020 – 12/31/2020

Project Sponsor: Strategic Research Initiative, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station
Project Title: Linking remote-sensing landscape data to forage quality in an experimental grazing system
Investigators: G. Street(PI), J. Czarnecki, K. O. Evans, B. Karisch (co-PIs)
Secured Funding: $49,500 Timeline: 1/1/2019 – 12/31/2019

Project Sponsor: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (via Arkansas Game and Fish Commission)
Project Title: Quantification of aquatic habitat change along the Arkansas reach of the Arkansas
Investigators: J. Wesley Neal (PI), J. Spurgeon, K. O. Evans, C. Smith (co-PI's)
Secured Funding: $31,738 Timeline: 12/14/2018 – 6/30/2019

Project Sponsor: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Science Applications
Project Title: Modeling At-Risk Species Sustainability – Phase II
Investigators: K. O. Evans (PI), G. M. Street, F. Vilella (co-PIs)
Secured Funding: $284,735 Timeline: 1/1/2018 – 12/31/2021

Project Sponsor: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (via Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality)
Project Title: Coastal Bird Stewardship in Mississippi – Phase 2
Investigators: R. Iglay (PI), K. Evans, M. Woodrey (co-PI's)
Secured Funding: $2,087,835 Timeline: 7/1/2018 – 8/31/2023

Project Sponsor: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation (via Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency)
Project Title: Aligning Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy Priorities with State Wildlife Action Plans and Forest Action Plans in Southeastern States
Investigators: K. O. Evans (PI), R. E. Greene (co-PI)
Secured Funding: $112,726 Timeline: 6/25/2018 – 12/25/2019

Project Sponsor: RESTORE Council Funded Priorities List (via U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
Project Title: Strategic Conservation Assessment of Gulf Coast Landscapes
Investigators: K. O. Evans (PI), L. W. Burger, S. Ashby, A. Linhoss (co-PI's)
Secured Funding: $1,776,618 Timeline: 7/12/2017 – 7/13/2021

Project Sponsor: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Science Applications Division
Project Title: Enhancing the Science Priorities of the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Investigators: K. O. Evans (PI), L. W. Burger, Jr. (co-PI)
Secured Funding: $1,636,850 Timeline: 8/15/2014 - 8/14/2019

Project Sponsor: Mississippi State University, Center for Teaching and Learning, Schillig Teaching Grant
Project Title: Incorporating unmanned aerial vehicle technology into a multi-sensory teaching pedagogy in Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture courses
Investigators: K. O. Evans (PI), G. M. Street, J. Czarnecki (Co-PIs)
Pending Funding: $2,426 Timeline: 7/1/2017

Project Sponsor: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (via Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge)
Project Title: Inventory & monitoring assistance for the Southeast Region of the US National Wildlife Refuge System
Investigators: L. Burger (PI), K. Evans (co-PI)
Secured Funding: $219,997 Timeline: 5/15/2017 - 5/14/2022

Project Sponsor: U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Mapping the South's Protected Forests of the Future Project
Project Title: Mapping future protected forests in the southeast
Investigators: K. Evans (PI), T. Gray, T. Jones-Farrand, W. G. Wathen (co-PI's)
Secured Funding: $88,740 Timeline: 4/1/2017 - 3/31/2019

Most Current Publications:
Weitzel, S. L., J. M. Feura, R. B. Iglay, K. O. Evans, S. A. Rush, M. S. Woodrey. (In Press). Distribution, abundance, and habitat associations of winter marsh birds in Mississippi tidal marshes. Journal of Field Ornithology (June 2021).

Elmore, J. A., M. F. Curran, K. O. Evans, S. Samiappan, M. Zhou, M. B. Pfeiffer, B. F. Blackwell, R. B. Iglay. (In Press). Evidence that small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) can be used to monitor terrestrial animals: a systematic map protocol. Environmental Evidence (June 2020). DOI: 10.1186/s13750-021-00228-w.

Evans, K. O., A. Larsen-Gray, D. A. Miller, C. Loehle. (2021). Systematic review of bird response to privately-owned, managed pine landscapes in the southeastern U.S. Forests 12:442. https://doi.org/10.3390/f12040442.

Ramirez-Reyes, C., Nazeri, M., G. Street, T. Jones-Farrand, K. O. Evans. (2021). Predicting rare species distribution in Southeast region using high resolution remotely sensed variables. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management (Early View). https://doi.org/10.3996/JFWM-20-072.

Evans, K. O., A. D. Smith, D. Richardson. (2021). Statistical power of mobile acoustic monitoring to detect population change in eastern U.S. bat species. Ecological Indicators 125:107524. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2021.107524.

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