Konza Prairie LTER

The Konza Prairie Biological Station (KPBS) was one of the initial six Long-Term Ecological Research sites established through the National Science Foundation in 1981 and has been supported through continuous funding ever since. Konza Prairie is located in the Flint Hills of Kansas, an area that encompasses the largest remaining tracts of native tallgrass prairie in North America. One of the most intensely studied grasslands on Earth, Konza Prairie is key to the development of a deep scientific understanding of tallgrass prairie ecosystems and to monitoring the impacts of global change. As well, it offers excellent opportunities for artistic and scholarly explorations through the humanities.

In addition to more than 120 scientists from multiple academic units at Kansas State University and other institutions around the world for whom the site’s 8600 acres constitute a field station/outdoor lab, a growing number of artists and writers have been granted research status for ongoing participation in Long-Term Ecological Reflections.


Brad Mangas  http://www.bradmangasphotography.com/

Kevin Sink  http://www.kevinsink.com/

Ed Sturr  http://www.prairielight.com/

Margo Kren  http://www-personal.ksu.edu/~mkren/

Judd Patterson – http://www.juddpatterson.com/index.htm

Will Baldwin

Paul Hotreot

Martin Puntney



Lisa Grossman http://www.strecker-nelsongallery.com/Artists_nu/l_grossman.htm

Oscar Larmer

Lorin Friesen

Gary Niswonger http://garyniswongerpaintings.com/home



Elizabeth Dodd http://www.elizabethdodd.com/


Projects and Programs

 Lisa Grossman was a featured speaker at the recent international Grasslands Symposium held on the Kansas State University campus, joining researchers from Mongolia, South Africa, and throughout the Long-Term Ecological Research community.

Konza Prairie Biological Station has also begun collaboration with the Kansas State University English Department in support of the Visiting Writers Series.  Authors whose work addresses the relationship between the human and more-than-human worlds may be housed in the research cottages during their stay, surrounded by the prairie hills and draws.  Irish poet Moya Cannon and Nebraska essayist John T. Price have been the first such residents.


Contact Person


Elizabeth Dodd

Department of English / ECS Building 108

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS  66506-6501

(785) 532-0384




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