Understanding our environment

Donald Huggins

Senior Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey
Director, Central Plains Center for BioAssessment
Primary office:
35A Higuchi Hall

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Environmental Health Science (School of Engineering), University of Kansas, 1990
M.S., Ecology (Fisheries Biology), Iowa State University, 1968
B.A., Chemistry and Biology, Westmar College, 1966

Areas of specialization
Aquatic ecology and entomology

Research interests
Don’s major research interests are in ecotoxicology and in community and ecosystem assessment of anthropogenic perturbations.  His current research efforts are being directed toward assessment of the effects of watershed-level influences on stream ecosystems.  He is investigating potential threshold responses in stream ecosystems from sediment and nutrient enrichment.  One of his new areas of interests is impacts of road networks to the hydrology and ecology of headwater streams, and he continues to be interested in and use Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) and piecewise regression is ecosystem studies. He continues to work in playa and floodplain wetlands, and his new efforts focus on applicability of farm pond conversions to wetland functions for water quality benefits within agricultural landscapes.

Recent publications
  • Huggins, D. and D. Baker. 2015. Diagnostic study of the lakes Laborde (or Lake Cocoyer), Lachaux, and Douat to identify zones of protection. KBS Report 181. 76pp.download pdf
  • Martinko E. and J. deNoyelles, K. Bosnak, M. Jakubauskas, D. Huggins, J. Kastens, A. Shreders, D. Baker, A. Blackwood, S. Campbell, C. Rogers. 2014. Atlas of Kansas Lakes: A resource for communities, policy makers and planners. A publication of the Kansas Biological Survey. 242 pages.
  • Baker, D., R. Everhart, D. Huggins, L. Bennett, A. Blackwood. 2014. Biological impairment in three Kansas reservoirs and associated lotic ecosystems due to sediment and nutrients. Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence, KS 178:39.download pdf
  • Yelton, J., D. Huggins, S. Randtke. 2013. Plant Community Effects on Atrazine in Grassed Mesocosms. Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence, KS 175:60.download pdf
  • Huggins, D., S. Tammareddi, D. Baker. 2012. Assessment of the Great Bend Station (Sunflower Electric Power Corporation) Selenium Discharge on a Tributary of Dry Walnut Creek (Barton Co., KS). Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence, KS Report No. 172:44 pp.download pdf
  • Huggins, D., R. Everhart, A. Blackwood. 2010. Final report on the potential effects of Jeffrey Energy Center effluent on the fish community of Lost Creek and unnamed receiving tributary. Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence, KS Report No. 163:30 pp.download pdf
  • Koontz, J., D. Huggins, C. C. Freeman, D. Baker. 2010. Assessment of floodplain wetlands of the lower Missouri River using an EMAP study approach, Phase II: Verification of rapid assessment tools. Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence, KS Report No. 165:82 pp.download pdf
  • Baker, D., D. Huggins. 2010. Comparison of snag and shoreline macroinvertebrate samples--a bioassessment of the Missouri River. Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence, KS Report No. 161:16 pp.download pdf
  • Huggins, D., M. Jakubauskas, D. Baker, T. Hammer. 2010. Determining the Utility and Adaptability of Remote Sensing in Monitoring and Assessing Reservoir Eutrophication and Turbidity for TMDL Assessments. Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence, KS Report No. 171:58 pp. http://www.cpcb.ku.edu/datalibrary/...download pdf
  • Tao, J., C. Ingersoll, N. Kemble, J. Dias, J. Murowchick, G. Welker, D. Huggins. 2010. Sediment contamination of residential streams in the metropoliltan Kansas City area, USA: Part II. Whole-sediment toxicity to the amphipod Hyalella azteca. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 59:370-381.download pdf