Aquatic Research at
Kansas State University

The goal of the Aquatic Research Group is to develop a comprehensive understanding of the major drivers of functional and structural components of prairie stream ecosystems, and to use these systems as model non-equilibrium ecosystems for general ecological research.  Climate and land use are main drivers of prairie stream function, partly mediated through their effects on hydrology and biodiversity (figure above).  Our research approach is to merge large-scale patterns with small-scale mechanistic studies. Thus, current interdisciplinary research by our group occurs at spatial scales from entire river basins to experimental stream systems.