Understanding our environment

The Kansas Biological Survey, established in 1911, is one of several research centers at KU. It is a nexus for natural sciences research, environmental mapping, conservation and education. Our scientists — working with graduate and undergraduate students, as well as visiting scholars — conduct research that affects our health, our state and our world. This research covers a broad spectrum and includes subjects such as water, air and soil quality; land use; threatened and endangered species; global change biology; environmental engineering; and aquatic ecology and watersheds.

The University of Kansas Field Station

The Survey also manages the 3,400-acre KU Field Station. The Field Station, established in 1947, protects wildlife habitat, preserves remnants of native prairie and old-growth forest, and serves as a living laboratory. It serves as site for a variety of KU student academic projects in the sciences, arts, humanities and professional schools. Five miles of public trails are open year-round, dawn to dusk, at the Field Station's Research and Operations Area, an 1,800-acre site just north of Lawrence, Kansas.

Interactive environmental maps

The Natural Resource Planner is an interactive online Kansas map that enables users to choose from and view, separately or simultaneously, more than 20 categories of natural resource and infrastructure data. These data sets include water bodies, native grasslands, oil and gas wells, electric transmission lines, wind speed and much more. This map was designed to help users make informed decisions in the planning of development projects, so Kansans may benefit from natural resources while protecting sensitive wildlife and habitat.

This is one of several data-rich interactive maps developed and hosted by Kansas Applied Remote Sensing (KARS), a program of the Kansas Biological Survey. Access all the Survey's interactive maps.


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Visit the KU Field Station’s five-mile public nature trail system, just 15 minutes from downtown Lawrence.
KU ecology seminars
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It's a spectacular autumn at the Field Station, with many pollinators and other insects and spiders still active.

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Faculty and staff

Bowman Postdoctoral Research Fellow: The Kansas Biological Survey seeks applicants for an AGS Bowman Post-doctoral Research Fellow for 12 months beginning Fall 2014, with possible renewal, to work with a research team of university professors and students on the KU-AGS Centroamérica Indígena Project (entitled “The Human Geography of Resilience and Change: Land Rights and Stability in Indigenous Societies of Central America”), with funding from a Minerva Research Initiative Award for University-Led Research of the U.S. Department of Defense. The project is studying indigenous municipalities and territorial jurisdictions throughout Central America to see what factors improve their cultural stability and resilience. Complete description


No positions are available at this time.