University of Kansas Field Station


Camassia scilloides. Photo: Jenny Archibald

KU researcher exploring definitions of "Species"

March 13, 2013 in Research

KU researcher Jenny Archibald recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation to explore definitions of species and better delimit the ways that human beings characterize other organisms. Dr. Archibald conducts part of her research at the University of Kansas Field Station. Read story here.

Purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea). Photo: Fred Coombs, KNPS

Student in Foster lab receives second award

March 13, 2013

Kathy Roccaforte, Ph.D. student working with Bryan Foster, has received word that she has won an award from Prairie Biotic Research to further supplement her research on plant-pollinator networks. The award will provide funding for her project titled “Investigating the Impacts of Land Use Intensification and Restoration Efforts on the Structure of Tallgrass Prairie Plant-Pollinator Networks.”

Prairie Biotic Research Inc. of Madison, Wisconsin is a non-profit corporation devoted to basic field biological research in prairies and savannas.

Job opening with Native Medicinal Plant Research Program at KBS

March 6, 2013 in Native plants, Position opening

The Native Medicinal Plant Research Program is hiring a full-time Botanist/Ecologist for the research program and lab run by Dr. Kelly Kindscher. The application deadline is March 31, 2013. See full announcement here.
David and Kathy

Two KBS graduate students receive awards

March 5, 2013

David Hall and Kathy Roccaforte, Ph.D. students working with Bryan Foster, have each received notice that their research proposals have been chosen for a $1,000 J. E. Weaver Grant from The Nature Conservancy.

Application period now open for KU Field Station Small Grants Program

March 4, 2013 in Graduate Student Opportunity, Research

The University of Kansas Field Station, a unit of the Kansas Biological Survey, has funding available for small grants ($300-$500) to encourage undergraduate and graduate student research at our field station during 2013. Applications are due April 12, 2013. Click here for details.

Echinacea pallida

Native Medicinal Plant Research Program receives Strategic Initiative Grant

February 13, 2013 in Prairie, Research

The Native Medicinal Plant Research Program -- a collaboration between the Kansas Biological Survey and the KU Department of Medicinal Chemistry -- will receive three years of funding through KU's Strategic Initiative Grant program. The grant program, which is designed to invest in promising research projects, will provide support for researchers to continue efforts aimed at discovering and commercializing plant-based drugs and other therapies for the prevention and treatment of several forms of cancer.

Read the story here.

Research in Billings lab in the news

January 11, 2013 in Climate change

LAWRENCE — A grim hazard of climate change is that “positive feedbacks” will augment the warming induced by human activities. One such a positive feedback loop that could spiral out of control lies directly underfoot. When microorganisms in the soil break down organic matter like dead plants, they also emit heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere. The warmer the world gets, the busier the microorganisms in many places could become, producing relatively more greenhouse gases. Read more here.

Experimental ponds at the KU Field Station

Biofuel Research at Field Station highlighted

December 6, 2012 in Biofuels

One of the ongoing research projects taking place at the KU Field Station is highlighted in the KU Today Campus Newsletter. Read about the Feedstock to Tailpipe Initiative here.

Roth Trailhead structure wins two awards

November 27, 2012

The new Roth Trailhead structure at the KU Field Station has won two awards from the American Institute of Architects. The trailhead, designed and built by students from the KU School of Architecture, Design and Planning, was completed in October. It was built in honor of Lawrence residents Stan and Janet Roth, two longtime science educators and naturalists. Read more here.

View of the patio, looking north toward the Roth Trail.

Roth Trail dedication

October 11, 2012

More than 200 people gathered at the KU Field Station on Sunday, Oct. 7, for the formal dedication of the Stan and Janet Roth Trailhead and the Roth Trail. The Roths, both former high school biology teachers in Lawrence, are longtime educators and naturalists.