Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research
Our vision: To lead scientific discovery that fosters broad appreciation of the vital interactions between humans and the environment.
Research programs and services
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Kansas Natural Heritage Inventory
The KU Field Station
In addition to our focus on terrestrial, aquatic and geospatial research, we manage the University's field station. Founded in 1947, the KU Field Station has grown to 3,300 acres across three sites and is open to researchers everywhere. Just 20 minutes from main campus, the 1,650-acre core research area is open to the entire KU community for study in any subject.Learn more
Celebrating 75 years of learning
With the arrival of naturalist Henry Fitch in 1948, the KU Field Station was established as an active research site. In 2023, we will celebrate this important anniversary with public events throughout the season. Please check back for details.
2021 Annual ReportOur resilient research community began to meet again, with more creative ways to connect, a higher proposal success rate, and an increase in funding for new awards. Through our report, we share statistics, stories and photos. (Watch for our 2022 Annual Report this summer.)
Friday Ecology Seminars
We host weekly seminars — open to the public and available via Zoom — during the spring and fall terms. Join the mailing list for notifications and reminders of upcoming seminars. See our current schedule and visit our YouTube channel for video recordings of talks.
Upcoming & previous talks
Quick links, frequent contacts & service centers
- Make a gift
- Media inquiries
- KU Field Station nature trails
- KU Field Station public programs
- Reserve the Armitage Center
- Central Plains Center for BioAssessment
- INVAM (arbuscular mychorrizal fungi)
- Invertebrate Zoology Lab
- Kansas Applied Remote Sensing (web maps)
- KansasView website
- Lake assessment & Harmful Algal Blooms
- Mapping Kansas Ecosystems (StoryMap)
- Monarch Watch
- Native Medicinal Plant Garden
- Rare species data & project reviews
- Resources for our researchers, staff & students
- Soil Analyses Service Center
Resources for our researchers, staff & students
The full page of resources includes information and contacts on a wide of variety of office procedures, as well as KU contacts. Two direct links are provided here to help you get contact information quickly in urgent situations.