A collaboratory to sense and model ecological change in the Kansas River Basin

This project addresses one of the grand challenges of the 21st century—evaluating, modeling and forecasting the biological and ecological consequences of accelerating global changes. These global change phenomena are critical for grasslands, an ecosystem of worldwide importance that provides resources and services to human societies worldwide, and an area of particular significance to the Kansas and regional economy. more...

NEON and Kansas Ecoforecasting?.

Konza Prairie Biological Station has been recommended as one of the 20 potential Core Sites that will comprise the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). This continental scale network of ecological research and monitoring sites is currently completing the Final Design Review, which will lead to additional funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation for full development of the network. more...

Dynamics of rabies in skunks in Kansas

Dr. Samantha Wisely (KSU) is receiving funding from the Ecoforecasting EPSCoR to study the influence of anthropogenic habitat disturbance on the evolutionary ecology and epidemiology of rabies. more...

Responses to the Challenge

Establish a research collaboratory across disciplinary domains and institutions: ideas, people, tools

  • Biodiversity, biogeochemistry, hydrology, aquatic systems, climate/landuse/ landcover/social systems, cyberinferastructure, informatics, modeling
  • Establish research infrastructure: people, sensors, data transmission, web servers, etc.
  • Collect/capture existing biotic, environmental, social data in common, interoperable framework for analysis
  • Develop first generation predictive models for testing and to develop future research
  • Joint Center for Ecological Forecasting: KU, KSU, FHSU