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Kansas lakes contain hidden pollution with unknown health impacts, study finds

Two researchers from the University of Kansas are shedding light on the presence of microplastics in Kansas lakes and reservoirs alongside more than 70 other researchers in a global study, according to KU. Ted Harris, an associate research professor for the Kansas Biological Survey & Center for…

More plastic found in some lakes than in ocean ‘garbage patches,’ study finds

A recent study found that some lakes around the world contain as much, if not more, plastic than polluted ocean gyres, also known as "garbage patches." Researchers tested samples from 38 lakes and reservoirs on every continent except Antarctica.

Global study details microplastics contamination in lakes and reservoirs

Around 14 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year. But that is not the only water source where plastic represents a significant intrusion. “We found microplastics in every lake we sampled,” said Ted Harris, associate research professor at the Kansas Biological Survey & Center for…

Professor spreads the gospel of "good fire" through an eco-cultural lens

KU faculty member Melinda Adams extols the benefits of cultural or ceremonial fire in a new paper she has co-written for the journal Ecopsychology. Adams, who joined the KU community in spring 2023, led her first ceremonial burn at the KU Field Station in March.

Kansas science teachers visit KU Field Station this week

This week, 16 middle school science teachers from Kansas have converged at the KU Field Station, just north of Lawrence. They are spending three days together working with University of Kansas scientists to explore resources and gain new ideas to take into their classrooms.

The Alien Seagrass

Christopher Rogers, associate research professor, is a collaborator on this study of the Virgin Islands seagrass beds ecosystem, filmed for this video by Virgin Islands NSF EPSCoR. For the project, Christopher is doing all the crustacean identifications and the statistical analyses of invertebrate…

Annual summer tour of KU medicinal garden set for June 21

The public is invited to the summer semiannual tour of the University of Kansas Native Medicinal Plant Garden at 6:30 p.m. June 21, on the summer solstice. The garden, situated just east of the Lawrence Municipal Airport, includes research plantings, a large native plant demonstration garden and…

Manipulating plant microbiomes in the field

In this episode of the British Ecological Society's "Applied in 5" podcast, Lydia Groves of the Journal of Applied Ecology interviews Assistant Research Pro. Liz Koziol about her recent article that was shortlisted for the Southwood Prize 2022, which celebrates early career ecologists.

Lawrence High students growing milkweed to help monarchs

In this column contributed to the Lawrence Times, Allie Lippe-Mackey, who teaches biology, astronomy and geology at Lawrence High School, describes a daylong school event with Monarch Watch staff, who taught students about monarchs and the role of milkweed in their life cycle.

Native fungi amendment shows promising results in organic crops

Can fungi used in restoring native landscapes boost organic crop production, too? Over the past two growing seasons, University of Kansas researcher Liz Koziol has measured the harvest of tomatoes, peppers and other crops to see if adding locally native mycorrhizal fungi to the soil makes a…

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