Understanding our environment

Kelly Kindscher

Senior Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey
Professor, Environmental Studies Program
Courtesy Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Primary office:
785-864-1529
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)


Awards
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 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
  • 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., 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.
  • Cao, C.M., K. Kindscher, R.J. Gallagher, H. Zhang, and B.N. Timmermann. 2015. Analysis of major with anolides in Physalis longifolia Nutt. by HPLC-PDA. Journal of Chromatographic Science 53(7):1044-7.


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