Understanding our environment

William H. Busby

Associate Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey
Courtesy Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Primary office:
785-864-1530
135B Higuchi Hall

Academic degrees
Ph.D., Zoology, University of Florida, 1987
B.A., Biology, Colorado College, 1977


Program affiliation
Kansas Natural Heritage Inventory—Zoologist


Areas of specialization
Animal ecology, conservation biology, ornithology


Research interests
Bill's interests center on the ecology and conservation of natural systems in the Great Plains.  Areas of emphasis include vertebrate ecology and habitat relationships, bird population monitoring, biodiversity assessment, conservation planning and natural areas management.


Recent publications
  • Busby, W.H., and G.R. Pisani. 2014. Ecological studies of the smooth earth snake (Virginia valeriae) and Redbelly Snake (Storeria occipitomaculata) in Eastern Kansas. Open-file Report No. 179. Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence, KS. 65 pp.
  • Powell, F.L.A. and Busby, W. H. 2013. Effects of grassland management on breeding birds at the western edge of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem in Kansas. Natural Areas Journal 33(2):130-138.
  • Pisani, G. and W. H. Busby. 2012. Storeria occipitomaculata (Red-bellied Snake) Behavior [lip curling]. Collinsorum: The Journal of Kansas Herpetology 1:6.
  • Pisani, G., W. H. Busby. 2011. Ecology of the smooth earth snake (Virginia valeriae) and redbelly snake (Storeria occipitomaculata) in northeastern Kansas. Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence, KS Report No. 172:37 pp.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
  • Kindscher, K., W.H. Busby, R. Craft, J.M. Delisle, C.C. Freeman, H. Kilroy, Q. Long, H. Loring, R. Moranz, and F.J. Norman. 2010. A natural areas inventory of Anderson and Linn Counties in Kansas. Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence, KS, Open-File Report No. 158.download pdf
  • Pisani, G., W. H. Busby. 2009. Final Report: Fort Leavenworth Military Reservation Amphibian and Reptile Inventory, 2007-2009. Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence, KS Report No. 157:11 pp.
  • Dickson, T., W. H. Busby. 2009. Forb species establishment increases with decreased grass seeding density and with increased forb seeding density in a northeast Kansas, USA, experimental prairie restoration. Restoration Ecology 17(5):597-605.
  • Busby, W. H. 2009. Lesser prairie-chicken listing update. The Horned Lark 36(4):3.
  • Kettle, W.D., S. Ashworth, and W. H. Busby. 2009. Prairie Restoration and Outreach in Eastern Kansas II: # 2007-0032-000. Final grant report to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (Washington, D.C.), May 28, 2009, 17 pp.


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