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. Open-File Report No. 184. Kansas Biological Survey. Lawrence, KS. 53 pp.download pdf
  • 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.
  • Kindscher, K. Lewis and Clark’s Influence on Echinacea. Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation, Spring 2013, p. 14.
  • Zhang, H., J. Bazzill, R. Gallagher, C. Subramanian, P. T. Grogan, V. W. Day, K. Kindscher, M. S. Cohen, and B. N. Timmermann. 2012. Antiproliferative withanolides from Datura wrightii. Journal of Natural Products 1021/np300766p.
  • Miesner, S., H. Frosch, K. Kindscher, S. Tichy, and K. Manfredi. 2012. Benzyl benxoate glycosides from Oligoneron rigidum. Journal of Natural Products 75:1903-1908.
  • Ferreira, M. P., Gendron, F., and K. Kindscher. 2012. Bioactive prairie plants & aging adults: Role in health and disease. In: Bioactive foods as dietary interventions for the aging population. Elsevier Science Publishers, Oxford, England.
  • Araya, J., K. Kindscher, and B. N. Timmermann. 2012. Cytotoxic cardiac glycosides and other compounds from Asclepias syriaca. Journal of Natural Products 75:400-407.
  • Samadi, A. K., J. Bazzill, X. Zhang, R. Gallagher, H. Zhang, R. Gollapudi, K. Kindscher, B. N. Timmermann, and M. S. Cohen. 2012. Novel withanolides target medullary thyroid cancer through inhibition of both RET phosphorylation and the mammalian target of rapamycin pathway. Surgery 152:1238-47.