Director: Edward A. Martinko, Ph.D.
The Kansas Biological Survey, established in 1911 at KU, is a nexus for natural sciences research, environmental mapping, conservation and education. Its group of more than 40 faculty and staff scientists—working with graduate and undergraduate students, as well as visiting scholars—conducts research that affects our health, our state and our world. This research covers a broad spectrum and includes subjects such as water, air and soil quality; land use; threatened and endangered species; global change biology; environmental engineering; and aquatic ecology and watersheds.
Because of its strong focus on water issues in Kansas and beyond, the Biological Survey is a key contributor to KU’s Water Research initiatives. The Survey also manages the 3,700-acre KU Field Station, which has four primary sites in eastern Kansas. In addition to being a KU research unit, the Survey is an agency of the State of Kansas and works to meet mission-oriented goals of statewide importance.
The KU Ecosystems Research Group
This group seeks to understand how terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems function in the context of land use and climate change.
The Kansas Applied Remote Sensing (KARS) Program
KARS conducts basic and applied research on data derived from satellite and air remote sensing systems as well as geographic information systems (GIS) with a focus on land use change, vegetation land cover, wildlife habitat, etc.
The Kansas Natural Heritage Inventory
The Heritage program collects, manages, and disseminates information about the biological diversity of the state and enters this information into the national Natural Heritage Network. It also provide scientific information on Kansas Biota to scientists, governmental officials, and the public.
The Field Station provides nearly 3,700 acres of diverse native and managed habitats as well as laboratory support facilities to facilitate field-based environmental research and education.