University of Kansas Field Station

Researchers and Educators

The KU Field Station is used for research and teaching by a diverse community of scientists from the University of Kansas, Baker University, Haskell Indian Nations University, and Johnson County Community College as well as other colleges and universities throughout the country. Listed here are individuals who currently are using the field station in their work. Many other current and former faculty, staff, and students have used Field Station facilities as part of their research or teaching activities.

(Listed in alphabetical order)

Craig D. Adams

Department Head and Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Utah State University
Sustainable water and sanitation technologies:
* Assessment of contaminants in treated drinking water
* Development of composting latrine technology
* Evaluation of chemical leaching from service line coatings and linings

Helen M. Alexander

Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, KU
Plant population biology:
* Ecological and genetic interactions between plants and fungal pathogens
* Potential ecological consequences of crop-wild hybridization, using wild sunflowers as a model system
* Population dynamics of long-lived prairie plants

Kenneth B. Armitage

Emeritus Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, KU
Behavioral ecology:
* Life history strategies of ground-dwelling sciurids, including marmots and woodchucks

Sharon A. Billings

Associate Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey
Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, KU
Global change biology and biogeochemistry:
* Impact of climate change on ecosystem fluxes of nitrogen and carbon

Brendan Bohannon

Associate Professor, Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Oregon
Microbial ecology:
* Spatial scaling of bacterial biodiversity

Geoffrey C. Bohling

Associate Scientist, Kansas Geological Survey
Geohydrology:
* Identification of preferential flow paths at sites of groundwater contamination

Kim Bomberger

District Community Forester, Kansas Forest Service
Forestry:
* Project i-Tree Eco
* Tree City USA program
* Urban forestry

Roger L. Boyd

Professor, Biology Department, Baker University
Ecology:
* Avian ecology
* Wetland restoration
* Conservation biology

Nathaniel Brunsell

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, KU
Land-atmosphere interactions:
* Nutrient cycling in ecoforecasting

Robert Buddemeier

Senior Scientist, Kansas Geological Survey
Landscape hydrology:
* Effects of small ponds on watershed function

Gregory Burg

Courtesy Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, KU
Medical and veterinary entomology:
* Population ecology of ixodid ticks
* Insect ecology

William H. Busby

Associate Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey
Courtesy Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Ecology and conservation biology:
* Survey of breeding birds and greater prairie-chicken leks
* Monitoring of grazing sensitive forbs
* Amphibian monitoring

James J. Butler, Jr.

Senior Scientist, Kansas Geological Survey
Hydrogeology:
* Experimental analysis of groundwater flow patterns and development of field methods for aquifer characterization
* Director of the Geohydrologic Experimental and Monitoring Site (GEMS) facility at KUFS

Scott W. Campbell

Associate Director, KUFS
Applied aquatic ecology:
* Field management of aquatic studies at the Kansas Aquatic Mesocosm Program facility at KUFS
* Reservoir water quality studies
* Culture techniques for production of Topeka shiners in aquatic mesocosms

Caroline Chaboo

Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Systematic entomology:
* Biodiversity and ecology of leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae)

Calvin L. Cink

Professor, Biology Department, Baker University
Avian ecology:
* Population biology of Chuck-wills-widow, Whip-poor-will, and Kentucky Warbler

James Cotner

Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University of Minnesota
Microbial ecology:
* Microbial processes and ecosystem dynamics

Elizabeth Davis-Berg

Assistant Professor, Department of Science and Mathematics, Columbia College Chicago
Invertebrate conservation and biodiversity:
* Snail ecology, behavior, and biomechanics
* Conservation and biodiversity of molluscs

Frank deNoyelles, Jr.

Deputy Director, Kansas Biological Survey
Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies Program
Director of the Kansas Aquatic Mesocosm Program (KAMP) at KUFS
Aquatic ecology:
* Effects of pesticides on aquatic communities
* Variation in rates of contaminant biotransformation using experimental ecosystems
* Ecology of subepilimnetic phytoplankton in thermally stratified water bodies
* Reservoir water quality studies

Stephen Egbert

Associate Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey
Associate Professor, Department of Geography
Remote sensing and GIS:
* Remote sensing for land use/land cover

Bryan L. Foster

Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Plant community ecology:
* Processes that regulate plant species distribution and biodiversity in tallgrass prairies and successional grasslands
* Spatial processes in communities
* Habitat restoration
* Linkages between biodiversity and ecosystem function

Craig C. Freeman

Curator, Division of Botany, Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center
Associate Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey;
Courtesy Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Plant systematics:
* Floristics of the grassland biome of central North America
* Prairie conservation
* Collection-based informatics
* Systematics and evolution of Asteraceae

Hank Guarisco

Kansas Biological Survey
Entomology:
* Spider ecology and taxonomy

Robert H. Hagen

Program Associate, KUFS, Kansas Biological Survey
Courtesy Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Population genetics and ecology:
* Insect-plant interactions and arthropod population structure

Christopher H. Haufler

Professor and Chair, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Plant systematics:
* Evolution and systematics of the fern family Polypodiaceae, including patterns and processes of speciation in ferns

Daniel Hirmas

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
Soil geomorphology and quantitative pedology:
* Arid zone soils and landscapes
* Watershed-scale paleohydrology reconstruction
* Numerical modeling of soil genesis

Robert D. Holt

Professor and Arthur R. Marshall Jr. Chair in Ecology, University of Florida
Theoretical and community ecology:
* Predator-prey interactions, patch dynamics, and the interface between ecology and evolutionary biology

Donald G. Huggins

Senior Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey
Courtesy Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Aquatic ecology and entomology:
* Quantification of human disturbances on aquatic ecosystems

Bruce A. Johanning

Operations Manager, KUFS, Kansas Biological Survey
Management of experimental facilities:
* Design, construction, and maintenance of field facilities and equipment at KUFS

W. Dean Kettle

Associate Director, University of Kansas Field Station
Kansas Biological Survey
Ecology and conservation biology:
* Natural resource management and planning
* Long-term biological monitoring
* Historical analysis of vegetation change and land use

Kelly Kindscher

Senior Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey
Professor, Environmental Studies Program
Courtesy Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Conservation biology:
* Studies of prairie plant communities, including plant species richness and diversity
* Wetland and prairie restoration
* Ethnobotany, including uses and conservation of native medicinal plants

Mary Knapp

Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University
Information Technology Specialist, State Climatologist:
* Maintenance of Kansas weather data network

Chad Kraus

Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Design & Planning
Architecture:
* Earthen architecture and latent design
* Phenomenology

Dennis D. Lane

N.T. Veatch Distinguished Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
Air quality research:
* Studies on airborne particulates
* Acid rain
* Atmospheric deposition

Gaisheng Liu

Assistant Scientist, Kansas Geological Survey
Geohydrology:
* Groundwater flow and transport in heterogeneous formations
* Direct-push methods for high-resolution field characterization of hydraulic conductivity
* Hydrological applications of fiber optic distributed temperature sensing (DTS)

Glen A. Marotz

Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Air quality research:
* Air quality modeling
* Statistical analysis
* Experimental design

Edward A. Martinko

Director, Kansas Biological Survey
Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies Program
Community ecology:
* Remote sensing of natural resources
* Insect community ecology
* Landscape analysis and characterization

Carl D. McElwee

Professor, Department of Geology
Senior Scientist, Kansas Geological Survey
Hydrogeology:
* Theoretical description of flow systems
* Model studies of availability of groundwater in Kansas
* Modeling of chemical quality
* Evaluation of groundwater resources

Raymond J. Pierotti

Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Vertebrate ecology:
* Evolutionary biology of vertebrates in relation to breeding system and parental care
* Field ecology of coyotes and deer mice
* Development of programs for training Native American students in environmental research

George Pisani

Adjunct Herpetologist, Kansas Biological Survey
Herpetology;
* Population ecology of Timber Rattlesnakes
* Herpetological data capture
* Distribution and ecology of rare snakes in northeast Kansas

Stephen J. Randtke

Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Water quality and treatment;
* Strategies for control of naturally occurring and synthetic chemical contaminants in public water supplies
* Sources and transformations of chemical contaminants in water supplies

Stanley D. Roth

Adjunct Naturalist, Kansas Biological Survey
Ecology:
* Field research and environmental education

Vaughn Salisbury

Research Associate, KUFS, Kansas Biological Survey
Natural resource management:
* Forestry and forest entomology
* Long-term forest monitoring

Norman A. Slade

Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Senior Curator, Division of Mammals, Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center
Mammalian population ecology:
* Impact of environmental stochasticity on population growth and projection matrices
* Applications of capture-recapture techniques to nontraditional types of data
* Long-term studies of small mammal populations

Val H. Smith

Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies Program
Ecosystem and community ecology:
* Relationships between resource supplies and the structure and function of biological systems including studies of the mechanisms that generate and maintain biodiversity in lakes and in old fields
* Ecology of invasions by non-indigenous organisms
* Mechanisms that regulate biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus
* Effects of multiple stressors on aquatic systems

Orley R. Taylor, Jr.

Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Insect ecology and behavior:
* Studies of reproductive and life history patterns in butterflies and plants
* Comparative biology of European and Neotropical African honey bees
* Migratory behavior of monarch butterflies
* Director of Monarch Watch

James H. Thorp

Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Senior Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey
Ecology of large rivers:
* Carbon cycling through food webs
* Roles of biotic interactions in shaping benthic and pelagic communities in rivers