Understanding our environment

Kelly Kindscher

Senior Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey
Professor, Environmental Studies Program
Courtesy Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Primary office:
135A Higuchi Hall

Academic degrees
Ph.D., Systematics and Ecology, University of Kansas, 1991 (Dissertation: "Prairie Plant Guilds: An Ordination of Prairie Plant Species Based on Ecological and Morphological Traits")
M.S., Systematics and Ecology, University of Kansas, 1988 (Thesis: "Medicinal Prairie Plants")
B.A., Environmental Studies, University of Kansas, 1979 (with honors and distinction)

Steeples Service to Kansans Award, 2013 (KU)

Program affiliations
Kansas Natural Heritage Inventory
Native Medicinal Plant Research Program

Areas of specialization
Plant community ecology and botany

Research interests

  • Prairie and montane meadow plant communities
  • Wetland and prairie restoration
  • Conservation of Midwest/Great Plains ecosystems
  • Ethnobotany

Recent publications
  • Kindscher, K., L.M. Martin, E.M. Staab, and J.M. Delisle. 2016. A Natural Areas Inventory of Douglas County in Northeast Kansas. Kansas Biological Survey Open-File Report No. 184 Lawrence, KS: Kansas Natural Heritage Inventory, Kansas Biological Survey.
  • Gori, D., M.S. Cooper, E.S. Soles, M. Stone, R. Morrison, T.W. Turner, D.L. Propst, G. Garfin, M. Switanek, H.I. Chang, S. Bassett, J. Haney, D. Lyons, M. Horner, C.N. Dahm, J.K. Frey, K. Kindscher, H.A. Walker, and M.T. Bogan. 2016. Gila River flow needs assessment. The New Mexico Botanist, (5), 24-32.
  • Kindscher, K., L.M. Martin, E M. Staab, and J.M. Delisle. 2016. A Natural Areas Inventory of Douglas County in Northeast Kansas. Open-File Report No. 184. Kansas Biological Survey. Lawrence, KS. 53 pp.download pdf
  • Kindscher, K., Ed. 2016. Echinacea: Herbal Medicine with a Wild History. Switzerland: Springer. 238 pages.
  • Shipley, G., and K. Kindscher. 2016. Evidence for the paleoethnobotany of the Neanderthal: A review of the literature. Scientifica, vol. 2016, 12 pages. doi:10.1155/2016/8927654
  • Kindscher, K., and N. Myhal. 2016. Review of the book Plants Have So Much to Give Us, All We Have to Do Is Ask: Anishinaabe Botanical Teachings, Mary Siisip Geniusz. The Prairie Naturalist, 48(2).
  • Araya, J.J., K. Kindscher, and B. Timmermann. 2016. Sullivantosides A-F: Pregnane glycosides from Asclepias sullivantii L. Phytochemistry Letters, 16, 185–191.
  • Kindscher, K., C. Cong-Mei, R.J. Gallagher, H. Zhang, Q. Long, L. Service, L.M. Martin, and B.N. Timmerman. 2014. Comparison of bioactive secondary metabolites in experimental and natural populations of wild tomatillos, Physalis longifolia Nutt. Ethnobotany Research and Applications 12:175-182.
  • Kindscher, K., S. M. Corbett, K. McClure. 2013. A Statistical Analysis of Medicinal Plants: A Case Study of Plant Families in Kansas and the Great Plains. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 116:149-155.
  • Kindscher, K., J. Yang, Q. Long, R. Craft, H. Loring. 2013. Harvest Sustainability Study of Wild Populations of Osha, Ligusticum porteri. Open-file Report No. 176. Kansas Biological Survey. Lawrence, KS.