Konza in the Fall

A Biological Field Station of Kansas State University

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Konza Prairie Biological Station (KPBS) is located on a 3,487 hectare native tallgrass prairie preserve jointly owned by The Nature Conservancy and Kansas State University. The KPBS is located in the Flint Hills of northeastern Kansas (3905 N, 9635 W), a grassland region of steep-slopes overlain by shallow limestone soils unsuitable for cultivation.

The Flint Hills region encompasses over 1.6 million hectares extending throughout much of eastern Kansas from near the Kansas-Nebraska border south into northeastern Oklahoma,  and contains the largest remaining area of unplowed tallgrass prairie in North America. 1Hence, the vast majority of Konza Prairie, and the surrounding landscape, has not been plowed and retains its native characteristics. 

KPBS is operated as a field research station by the KSU Division of Biology.  The station is dedicated to a three-fold mission of long-term ecological research, education, and prairie conservation.  It is a unique outdoor laboratory that provides opportunities for the study of tallgrass prairie ecosystems and for basic biological research on a wide range of taxa and processes.  The station is open to scientists and students from throughout the world.

23 April 2009; 3:00p--The Spring 2009 burning season is done!

2009 Spring burn details


RESEARCH FOCUS - Cattle Genes and Konza Prairie Biological Station Bison
        Almost all bison existing today descended from about 100 animals from 5 private herds and a free ranging herd of about 30 bison in Yellowstone National Park. Severe genetic bottlenecks in the late-1800s caused the loss of much genetic variation and information in all remaining bison, and the possible inclusion of cattle genes into bison genomes, bison genetics receives increased attention because of its significance to conservation efforts for rebuilding herds and protecting the genetic integrity of the species.  More

James E. Urban, Ledbetter, Texas, and his late wife, Dianne, made a gift of land valued at $95,000 to Kansas State University that will be used for the Konza Prairie Biological Station in the Division of Biology at K-State. More

Konza Alumni
Throughout the years, there have been many talented and bright researchers on Konza. However many have since spread themselves across the globe. In an effort to stay in touch, we have some of them listed here. More
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