Understanding our environment

Kelly Kindscher

Senior Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey
Professor, Environmental Studies Program
Courtesy Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Primary office:
135A Takeru 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
  • Comer, P. J., Hak, J. C., Kindscher, K., Muldavin, E., & Singhurst, J. 2018. Continent-Scale Landscape Conservation Design for Temperate Grasslands of the Great Plains and Chihuahuan Desert. Natural Areas Journal, 38(2), 196-211.
  • Ticktin, T. and K. Kindscher, S. Souther, P. Weisberg, J. Chamberlain, S. Hummel, C. Mitchell and S. Sanders. 2018. Ecological and Human Dimensions of Nontimber Forest Product Harvest, pages 60-81 in J. L. Chamberlin, M. R. Emery, and T Patel-Weynand. Assessment of Nontimber Forest Products in the United States Under Changing Conditions. US Forest Service, Southern Research Station General Technical Report SRS-232.
  • Upton, R (Editor), K. Kindscher (Associate Editor). 2018. Oshá Root (Ligusticum porteri J.M. Coulter & Rose and related species. American Herbal Pharmacopoeia. 83 pages.
  • Kindscher, K., Martin, L., Corbett, S., & Lafond, D. 2018. Nutritional Properties of Native Plants and Traditional Foods from the Central United States. Ethnobiology Letters, 9(2), 214-227.
  • Kindscher, K., L.M. Martin and A.S. Isenburg. 2017. Floristic quality analysis and plot diversity for Cherokee and Labette County Trust Lands. Lawrence, Kansas.
  • Kindscher, K., L.M. Martin, Q. Long, R. Craft, H. Loring, M.H.M. Sharaf, and J. Yang. 2017. Harvesting and recolonization of wild populations of Oshá (Ligusticum porteri) in southern Colorado. Natural Areas Journal, 37(2), 178–187.
  • Kindscher, K. 2017. Review of Field Life: Science in the American West during the Railroad Era, Jeremy Vetter. Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains, 40(3), 224.
  • 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

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