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The University of Kansas Field Station
is dedicated to field-based environmental research and education. The Field
Station is located within the transition zone (ecotone) between the eastern
deciduous forest and tallgrass prairie biomes. Faculty, students, and others
use the 1,375 ha (3,400 acres) of diverse native and managed habitats, experimental
systems, support facilities, and longterm databases to undertake an outstanding
array of scholarly activities. The Field Station is available to any qualified
person or group whose research, teaching, or conservation interests are compatible
with our mission.
Please contact us!
Native Medicinal Plant Research Program
Researchers are combining ethnobotany (cultural use of plants) and chemistry
to identify naturally occurring medicinal compounds that can be used in marketable
natural remedies, health-care and cosmetic products, and veterinary treatments.
This project, overseen by Dr. Barbara Timmermann (KU Department of Medicinal
Chemistry) and Dr. Kelly Kindscher (Kansas Biological Survey), is being funded
by a five-year, $5 million grant from Heartland Plant Innovations (Kansas
Bioscience Authority). The KU Field Station provides a field site for growing
plants, where factors such as water and nutrients can be adjusted to test
their effect on the production of various plant compounds. The Field Station
also serves as one of many collection sites for plant materials. For more
information on this work, please see nativeplants.ku.edu.
Above--Akins Prairie, a 17-acre native prairie remnant southeast of Lawrence,
Right--Echinacea angustifolia; more wild echinacea has been harvested
in Kansas than in any other state.
News and Events
KU Field Station
issue of the Field Station newsletter, News and Notes, can be viewed
To view archived copies, click
New Weather Station
A new automated weather station has been installed at the Field Station
as part of both national and state climatological networks. The data serve
broad needs, in addition to supporting the many researchers at the Field Station.
Read more about this initiative in the Kansas Water Office newsletter, HydroGram.
There are a number of self-guided nature trails available at the
Field Station. Please see the
attached map for more information.
Since 2003, the University of Kansas Field Station has made available a number
of small grants ($300-$500) each year to help support undergraduate and graduate
student research at the field station during the summer. We encourage
a diversity of research projects--not only ecological studies but projects
in history, engineering, geology, geography, and other areas may be funded. The
announcement for the 2012 Program is now available.
Ecology and Evolutionary
Weekly seminars are held on Tuesdays with
special seminars at other times.