Kansas Biological Survey


Kansas Biological Survey

2101 Constant Ave.
Lawrence Kansas


Kansas Biological Survey (KBS) was established in the late 19th century, one of a dozen state-supported biological surveys in the United States. KBS has become a nationally recognized leader in several fields of environmental research, while maintaining a strong and active tradition of natural history study. KBS has more than 35 scientists, analysts, and support staff.

KBS’s mission is “to gather information on the kinds, distribution, and abundance of plants and animals across the State of Kansas, and to compile, analyze, interpret, and distribute this information”. Specific activities include:

  • bringing in hundreds of thousands of grant dollars to KU
  • reviewing hundreds of development proposals for environmental impacts
  • educating thousands of people through exhibits, field forays, public lectures, seminars, and informal talks
  • running an ambitious research agenda including aquatic ecology, environmental science, landscape ecology, terrestrial ecology, and geography

KBS has three main divisions:

  • Water Resources Division
  • Land and Wildlife Resources Division
  • Information and Geospatial Technologies Division

KBS has four main research units:

Activity relevant to prairies occurs in all divisions and research units. (The FQA data and algorithms we use here were developed by Craig Freeman, PhD, and others at KBS.)


  • Government
  • Academic
  • Research
  • Education
  • Kansas


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