Friday Ecology Seminars

Tiny five-petaled spring ephemeral wildflowers, called spring beauties, on forest floor

Seminars resume in fall 2023

Please check back in late August for the list of scheduled talks.

Ecology Seminars hosted by the Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research are held on most Fridays during the spring and fall semesters at 12:15 p.m. in 130 Takeru Higuchi Hall on KU's West Campus (please note that KU parking permits are required). All talks will be hybrid unless otherwise noted.

Access to Zoom info is provided via two mailing lists:

  • The current "KBS" list (our research center's current and retired faculty scientists, researchers, staff and students); if you are on this list, you will receive a message (usually on the Wednesday prior to each Friday's talk) to your email address ending in (only KU email addresses are included on this list).
  • A special mailing list created specifically to announce these seminars and open to the public; if you would like to join this mailing list for notifications and reminders of upcoming seminars, share your name and email address using our quick webform. Note: If you use Gmail and do not receive an email within a week of requesting to join, please check your Promotions tab and move any emails from us to your Primary tab.

We will use the same Zoom link and passcode each week. Please do NOT share the link and passcode on social media or elsewhere.

Recordings of some seminars will be posted on our YouTube channel.

Our seminars are hosted by researchers and staff at our research center. They will coordinate introductions at the beginning of each talk as well as the question-and-answer session at the end of the talk.

Seminars cover a wide range of topics that broadly relate to ecology and/or conservation issues. Often presentations are given by KU faculty, staff or students, but we also host talks by people at other colleges, universities and organizations in the region and beyond, as well as state agencies and environmental organizations. Most talks are research-oriented, but this seminar series also has proven to be a good forum for sharing information about nonprofits and government agencies.

The Friday Ecology Seminar series was created by Helen Alexander, KU professor emerita of ecology and evolutionary biology and a very close associate of the KU Field Station.