Understanding our environment

Bryan Foster

Senior Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Primary office:
785-864-3346
142 Higuchi Hall


Academic degrees
Ph.D., Botany and Plant Pathology, Michigan State University, 1996
M.S., Zoology, Michigan State University, 1992
B.S., Range Science, Texas A&M University, 1989


Program affiliation
KU Ecosystems Research Group


Areas of specialization
Plant community ecology, restoration ecology


Research interests
Research in Bryan's lab explores how biotic interactions, resource availability, dispersal limitations and regional processes interact to govern the assembly, diversity and functioning of plant communities. The group also is interested in understanding the impacts of land management and anthropogenic global changes on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and applying this understanding to the conservation and restoration of native plant communities. Study methods employed include a combination of short- and long-term field experiments, observational studies and modeling approaches.


Current projects

  • Long-term studies of secondary succession, community assembly and prairie restoration.
  • The interplay of neutral- and niche-based assembly processes in regulating plant community responses to environmental change.
  • The influence of hay management on local and regional patterns of grassland biodiversity and ecosystem function.
  • Effects of habitat fragmentation on plant community dynamics and biodiversity.
  • Microbial diversity of grassland soils.
  • Landscape-scale restoration in Longleaf Pine Savanna.

Publications
Please see a list of Bryan's publications on his lab website.


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