Konza Prairie News

KSU awarded $2.65 million to study water, plant and soil microbiomes

Two KSU distinguished professors will lead an interdisciplinary university team collaborating with four other Kansas universities on a new $20 million project funded by the NSF to investigate how microbiomes of aquatic habitats, plants and soils can enhance agricultural productivity, mitigate environmental problems and conserve native grasslands.

Professor Macpherson and students featured in KU alumni magazine

Lessons for a Thirsty World - KU Hydrogeology Seeks Solutions: Among the many discoveries Macpherson and her students have made is that the amount of carbon dioxide in groundwater is increasing just as it is increasing in the atmosphere, except that carbon dioxide is increasing about seven times faster in groundwater than the atmosphere. As the amount of carbon dioxide has increased, so has...

Konza Prairie receives NSF funding to upgrade bison grazing experiment

NSF has awarded Konza Prairie Biological Station and the Division of Biology nearly $225,000 to upgrade facilities for the Long-Term Bison Grazing Experiment. The award will provide funds to replace certain section of the Konza Prairie corral area, build 8 additional working pens, provide easier access for researchers along the bison perimeter fence, and additional remote scales to increase...

Loss of 350 miles of Great Plains streams causing changes in aquatic food web

The food web in Great Plains streams could be unraveling, according to a Kansas State University ecologist.

Keith Gido, professor of biology, and Josh Perkin, a Kansas State University alumnus, recently published "Groundwater declines are linked to changes in Great Plains stream fish assemblages" in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research maps the...

Kim La Pierre interviewed in Shorelines

Kim La Pierre, a Konza LTER reseacher, was interviewed in a recent edition of Shorelines, Life and science at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

Dodds receives Society for Freshwater Science Award of Excellence

Walter Dodds, university distinguished professor in the Division of Biology, is the 2017 recipient of the Society for Freshwater Science Award of Excellence.

LTER sites featured in Discover Magazine

Numerous LTER sites, including Konza LTER, were featured recently in Discover Magazine in an article entitled, Diary of a Changing Planet. The article chronicles a plant in flux. Konza LTER is featured on slide 7.

Recent publication featured in LTER in the News

Global synthesis of the temperature sensitivity of leaf litter breakdown in streams and rivers, a recent Global Change Biology article by Konza LTER investigators, Walter Dodds and Lydia Zeglin, and others, has been featured in the May/June 2017 edition of LTER in the News.

The 26th Annual Konza Prairie LTER Workshop

The 26th annual Konza Prairie LTER workshop was held on May, 31, 2017 at Prairie Biological Station in the Cortelyou Lecture Hall. Over 65 participants attended the workshop. The day was filled with informative talks and a poster session consisting of 19 posters. 

Recent publication featured in April's LTER Science Update

Grazing by bison is stronger driver of plant ecohydrology in tallgrass prairie than fire history, a recent Plant and Soil article by Kimberly O'Keefe and Jesse Nippert, has been featured in the April 2017 edition of the LTER Science Update.

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