Konza Prairie News

KNZ LTER Lead PI, Nippert, awarded NSF grant

KNZ LTER Lead PI, Jesse Nippert, received a collaborative research award from the National Science Foundation to study the interaction between climate, bedrock and vegetation.

Boyle receives award and gives plenary lecture at binational ornithology conference

KNZ LTER investigator, Dr. Alice Boyle, was one of two senior plenary speakers at the recent joint virtual meeting of the American Ornithological Society and the Society of Canadian Ornithologist. She also accepted the Katma Award for a paper written with former KNZ LTER grad student, Dr. Elise Shogren and Jeff Brawn, University of Illinois.

Prescribed burns have little effect on snake populations

A study on the impact of prescribed burns on the Konza Prairie showed that fire has minimal effect on the state’s snake populations, especially when there are adjacent unburned areas.

Long-term grasshopper research featured on NPR

KMUW, NPR Wichita, publishes article covering Ellen Welti's recent article on KNZ LTER long-term grasshopper data.

Welti paper PNAS Cozzarelli prize finalist

Ellen Welti's paper, "Nutrient dilution and climate cycles underlie declines in a dominant insect herbivore" was selected as one of the top papers featured in PNAS during 2020.

Boyle featured in local newspaper

KNZ LTER investigator, Alice Boyle, featured in Manhattan Mercury discussing research project aimed at studying how birds react to climate changes.

Dodds leads special journal issue

KNZ LTER investigator, Walter Dodds, lead a special issue in Frontiers of Ecology and the Environment. The special issue, "Macrosystems Biology -- Challenges and Successes," published February 1 by the Ecological Society of America, includes eight papers by more than 70 authors from around the world.

KNZ paper featured in LTER 2020 papers to remember

Konza Prairie LTER Researchers analyzed soil collected over a 30‐year period to assess the long‐term effects of contrasting fire and grazing regimes on soil carbon and nitrogen. The study found that long-term changes in land use are impacting fire and grazing regimes, with resultant changes to nutrient levels and species assemblages.

Horne wins Stamey award

KNZ LTER investigator, Eva Horne, was awarded one of the 2020 KSU College of Arts and Sciences Stamey Awards.

Nippert awarded Karen Ann Griffith Research Award

KNZ LTER's lead PI, Jesse Nippert, was awarded the KSU College of Arts and Sciences' 2020 Karen Ann Griffith Research Award.