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When a Kansas county wants people to plant milkweed but a city makes them rip it out

Across the Midwest, some city codes threaten people with fines for having milkweed on their property. But experts say many places have dropped those rules to support monarchs with urban and suburban butterfly gardens.

Kansas Biological Survey to host public forms about native grazing lands

In April, the Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research will host two free public forums in Douglas County about native grazing lands.

Jim Bever named a Fellow of Ecological Society of America

Jim Bever, University of Kansas Foundation Distinguished Professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and a senior scientist at the Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research, is one of seven scientists across the U.S. who have been named fellows of the…

Plant Health 101: How To Improve Crops Using Genomics & Genetics

In this episode of Finding Genius, Maggie Wagner, an assistant scientist at our research center and an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, discusses plant genetics and microbiome science, including her research on the genetic basis of plants' interactions with their environment…

All over the map: KU project highlights "incredible variety" of Kansas environment

This article, published in the "Rock Chalk Review" section of the Winter 2023 issue (paper and online to subscribers) of Kansas Alumni Magazine, is a version of the Nov. 16, 2022, KU News release on the Mapping Kansas Ecosystems website developed by Dana Peterson and Jennifer Moody.

Monarch butterfly numbers plummet despite recovery last winter, but 1 year never tells the whole story

The number of monarch butterflies that have survived the migration to Mexico this fall appears to have plummeted.

Postdoc honored with KU achievement award

Vadim Karatayev studies ecosystem resilience, including land management strategies. His most recent work reveals that warmer climates trigger the collapse of giant kelp forests all across California.

Keystone pipeline spills in Kansas, dirtying creek and causing oil prices to spike

Comments by one of our scientists added to coverage of the spill: more specific info is needed to understand the effect of oil in local waters.

Couple establishes professorship in support of Monarch Watch with $1.4M gift, encourages others to support the cause

Orley “Chip” Taylor, KU professor emeritus of ecology & evolutionary biology, and his wife, Toni, have made a $1.4 million gift to establish the Chip and Toni Taylor Professorship in support of Monarch Watch.

Kansas scientists are testing jacuzzi-like water jets to save a reservoir

All Things Considered aired this version of a recent Kansas News Service story on silted-in reservoirs, water injection dredging at Tuttle Creek, and concerns about the plan.

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