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.


trails marker
Visit the KU Field Station’s five-mile public nature trail system, just 15 minutes from downtown Lawrence.
KU ecology seminars
The KU Field Station was one of the research sites in this global study of habitat fragmentation written up by the Audubon Society, The New Yorker, the National Science Foundation and other institutions. The original article was published in the scientific journal Science Advances. A summary is on the Bio Survey's website, biosurvey.ku.edu, under News.
Global Study Reveals the Extent of Habitat Fragmentation
Shattered forests are bad news for birds' survival.

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Faculty and staff

Bowman Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Grassland Ecology Field Assistant (Summer 2015)
Application deadline April 15, 2015