Understanding our environment

W. Dean Kettle

Associate Director for the KU Field Station
Primary office:
785-864-1540
153 Higuchi Hall


  • Contact for scientific research use of the Field Station

Academic degrees
Ph.D., Systematics and Ecology, University of Kansas, 1982
M.A., Systematics and Ecology, University of Kansas, 1979
B.A., Biology, University of Kansas, 1975


Program affiliation
KU Field Station


Area of specialization
Community ecology, natural resources management and planning


Research interests

  • Land use history impacts on ecological communities in agricultural landscapes
  • Ecological monitoring
  • Conservation biology
  • Restoration ecology

Selected publications

Alexander, H. M., A. W. Reed, W. D. Kettle, N. A. Slade, S. A. Bodbyl Roels, C. D. Collins, and V. Salisbury. 2012. Detection and plant monitoring programs: lessons from an intensive survey of Asclepias meadii with five observers. PLOS ONE 7(12): e52762. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0052762. download pdf

Busby, W. H., W. Kettle, J. Delisle, R. Moranz, S. Roels, V. Salisbury. 2010. Monitoring and habitat management for species of greatest conservation need: Anderson County Prairie Preserve. Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence, KS Report No. 164:99 pp.download pdf

Ashworth, S., W. Kettle, K. Dobbs. 2010. Response of herbaceous plant community after removal of woody vegetation in a tallgrass prairie restoration. Proceedings of the 22nd North American Conference, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, August 2010.

Alexander, H.M., N.A. Slade, W. Kettle, G. Pittman, A.W. Reed. 2009. Detection, survival rates and dynamics of a cryptic plant, Asclepias meadii: Applications of mark-recapture models to long-term monitoring studies. Journal of Ecology 97:267-276.

Kettle, W., V. Salisbury, W. H. Busby, C. C. Freeman. 2007. Ecological management plan for the Anderson County Prairie Preserve. Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence, KS 27 pp. Wang, J., P.M. Rich, K. Price, W. Kettle. 2005. Relations between NDVI, grassland production, and crop yield in the central Great Plains. GeoCarto International 20(3):5-11.

Wang, J., P. M. Rich, K. P. Price, and W. D. Kettle.  2005.  Relations between NDVI, grassland production, and crop yield in the Central Great Plains.  Geocarto International 20:5-11.

Wang, J., P.M. Rich, K. Price, W. Kettle. 2004. Relations between NDVI and tree productivity in the central Great Plains. International Journal of Remote Sensing 25(16):3127-3138.

Slade, N.A., H. M. Alexander, W. Kettle. 2003. Estimation of population size and probabilities of survival and detection in a population of Mead's milkweed. Ecology 84(3):791-797.

Kettle, W., K. Kindscher, J. Delisle. 2002. Preliminary analysis of historic vegetation along the Marais des Cygnes River (Kansas). Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence, KS Report No. 106.

Kettle, W., P.M. Rich, K. Kindscher, G. Pittman, P. Fu. 2000. Land-use history in ecosystem restoration: A 40-year study in the prairie-forest ecotone. Restoration Ecology 8(3):307-317. download pdf

Kettle, W., H. M. Alexander, G. Pittman. 2000. An 11-year ecological study of a rare prairie perennial: Implications for monitoring and management. American Midland Naturalist 144:66-77.

 


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