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Division of Biology

John M. Briggs, Professor

briggsDirector, Konza Prairie Biological Station

Contact information

218 Bushnell Hall
(785) 532-0140


Ph.D. 1985, University of Arkansas.

Area(s) of Specialization

Plant Ecology especially the role of fire and grazing in grasslands; The expansion of woody vegetation into grasslands; Landscape Ecology; Influence of humans on ecosystems; The use of Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems in Ecosystem Research; Ecological Data Management.

Research Focus



(† = graduate student; * = undergraduate student)

Raynor EJ†, A Joern, JM Briggs. 2015. Bison foraging responds to fire frequency in nutritionally heterogeneous grassland. Ecology 96:1586–1597.

Ratajczak Z†, JB Nippert, JM Briggs, JM Blair. 2014. Fire dynamics distinguish grasslands, shrublands and woodlands as alternative attractors in the Central Great Plains of North America. Journal of Ecology 102(6), 1374-1385.

J Blair, J Nippert, J Briggs. 2014. Grassland Ecology. Ecology and the Environment, 389-423.

Hall, S., J. Trujillo†, D. Nakase†, C. Strawhacker†, M. Kruse-Peeples†, H. Schaafsma†, J.M. Briggs. 2013. Legacies of prehistoric agricultural practices within plant and soil properties across an arid ecosystem. Ecosystems 16(7), 1273-1293.

Ungerer, M.C., Heatherington,* C.A., Joern, A., Towne, E.G., Briggs, J.M.  2012. Genetic variation and mating success in managed American plains bisonJournal of Heredity 104(2):182-91.

Knapp, A.K., J. M. Briggs and M.D. Smith. 2012. Community stability does not preclude ecosystem sensitivity to chronic resource alterationFunctional Ecology 26:1231-1233.

Butterfield†, B.J. and J.M. Briggs. 2011. Regeneration niche differentiates functional strategies of desert woody plant speciesOecologia 165:477-487.

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