Facilities

Facilities

Departmental physical facilities include laboratories, natural history collections, and field-study sites near the university. Most laboratory facilities are in Dyche Hall, Higuchi Hall, McGregor Herbarium, Haworth Hall, and the Public Safety Building. Special facilities in Haworth include controlled-environment rooms, greenhouses, and various instrument rooms, including an excellent electron microscope laboratory.

The natural history collections are housed by the Biodiversity Institute and include approximately 8 million specimens, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, arthropods and other invertebrates, parasites, and plants, as well as fossils of vertebrates, arthropods, other invertebrates, and plants. Collections support diverse research in evolutionary biology, paleobiology, and ecology including systematics, phylogenetics, biogeography, morphology, behavior, biodiversity informatics, and biotic surveys and inventories. The BI also has leading facilities for diverse analyses of biodiversity information, including well-equipped spatial analysis laboratories, and extensive facilities for molecular systematics.

The Kansas Biological Survey is a KU research and service unit and a nonregulatory state agency, whose mission is to gather information on the kinds, distribution, and abundance of plants and animals in Kansas, and to compile, analyze, interpret, and distribute this information broadly. KBS is a nationally recognized leader in several fields of environmental research and maintains a strong tradition of natural history studies. Scientists at KBS study terrestrial ecosystem ecology, aquatic ecology, water quality, biodiversity, ecology and population biology of animals and plants, and conservation and restoration of natural communities. KBS researchers routinely use technologies such as satellite and airborne remote sensing, aerial photography, and Geographic Information Systems.

KBS administers the University of Kansas Field Station, 3,400 acres of field-sites dedicated to environmental research and education. KUFS sites are in the transition zone between the Eastern Deciduous Forest and Tallgrass Prairie biomes and include woodland, prairie, old fields, and wetlands. The Fitch Natural History Reservation and Baldwin Woods are used primarily to study unmanipulated ecological processes in undisturbed habitats. The John H. Nelson Environmental Study Area is used for experimental ecological studies and has experimental ponds, a dedicated lake and watershed, a common garden, small-mammal enclosures, and a succession facility.

Contact Info

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Haworth Hall
1200 Sunnyside Ave., Room 2041
Lawrence, KS 66045-7566
785-864-5887
http://www2.ku.edu/~eeb/
Christopher Haufler, Chair
785-864-3255
vulgare@ku.edu
Maria Orive, Associate Chair for Faculty Affairs
785-864-3763

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Haworth Hall
1200 Sunnyside Ave., Room 2041C
Lawrence, KS 66045-7566
785-864-5887
http://www2.ku.edu/~eeb/
Sharon Billings, Associate Chair for Graduate Studies
785-864-1560
sharonb@ku.edu
A. Townsend Peterson, Graduate Program Advisor
785-864-3926
town@ku.edu
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