Bryan Foster

Bryan Foster
  • Senior Scientist
  • Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Director, KU Field Station

Contact Info

142 Takeru Higuchi Hall


B.S. in Range Science, Texas A&M University, 1989
M.S. in Zoology, Michigan State University, 1992
Ph.D. in Botany and Plant Pathology, Michigan State University, 1996


Research in Bryan's lab explores how biotic interactions, resource availability, dispersal limitations and regional processes interact to govern the assembly, diversity and functioning of plant communities. The group also is interested in understanding the impacts of land management and anthropogenic global changes on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and applying this understanding to the conservation and restoration of native plant communities. Study methods employed include a combination of short- and long-term field experiments, observational studies and modeling approaches.

Research interests:

  • Plant community ecology, restoration ecology