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News from W.K. Kellogg Biological Station

April 4, 2016
April 2016

A Letter from the Director

KBS alumni and friends,

The winter ‘quiet season’ at KBS is behind us and work is in full gear for another busy summer. Over the winter we launched a new website, received funding for a new faculty position funded by the Global Impact Initiative, and received funding for a new undergraduate scholarship.  And there are more exciting opportunities ahead!

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Summer academic programs at KBS continue to grow. With support from campus advisors we are attracting more MSU undergraduates to our courses, including a growing number from the Honors College.

For the first time we have waiting lists for KBS summer courses and several students have enrolled in 12-16 credits. Word is out that KBS is a great way to both launch your major and get field and research experience.


As always, let us hear from you.

Kay Gross
KBS Director and Alumna (PhD, 1980)

KBS launches a new website!

January not only launched a new year, but a new KBS website. We are thrilled to showcase areas of the website that celebrate you, KBS alumni.

The website now includes a KBS Alumni page with a quick form to keep us up-to-date on your endeavors and to access previous KBS Alumni e-newsletters.

The Blogs & News section is the perfect spot to keep up to date on the day-to-day happenings at KBS and other KBS Alumni. Our first guest blogger was KBS REU Alumna Dr. Steph Januchowski-Hartley, who shared her KBS experience in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.

Visit the website and let us know what you think! Be sure to check out the video on our home page, created by Lucas Hamilton (son of Steve Hamilton and Suzanne Sippel). The video celebrates the unique experiences of undergraduates at KBS. In the next year, we plan to create more videos that highlight research at KBS - stay tuned!

Eminent Ecologists Series

The Summer 2016 lineup of Eminent Ecologist continues the legacy of bringing outstanding researchers to KBS.  The lineup for this year’s includes experts in ecological and evolutionary processes that drive adaptation and speciation, community and ecosystem response to climate change (including urban environments) and theoretical approaches to the management of communities and ecosystem processes. The speakers and course details can be found here.

May 23-25, 2016

Hopi Hoekstra, Ph.D.
Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology

Harvard University

June 13, 2016

Sarah Hobbie, Ph.D.

University of Minnesota

Department of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior

June 15, 2016

Jacques Finlay, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

University of Minnesota
Department of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior

July 25-27, 2016

Alan Hastings, Ph.D.


University of California-Davis

Department of Environmental Science and Policy

Enduring Legacy of the Lauff Scholarship

KBS Graduate Student and Lauff Scholarship Receiptent Jake Nalley

The Lauff Scholarship, the first endowed scholarship at KBS was established by KBS Director Emeritus Dr. George H. Lauff for undergraduate and graduate students at KBS. This scholarship celebrates the commitment of Dr. Lauff to fostering the next generation of ecologists. Awarded to both undergraduate and graduate students, the scholarship can be awarded in the form of a tuition award, research scholar award, or research award.

Many thanks to the generous donors who contributed over $62,000 to the scholarship this past year, allowing the investment to grow. Almost $39,000 will be available this year to support both undergraduate and graduate students at KBS. The remaining balance of the endowment is reinvested, creating a permanent legacy of support for KBS students and researchers.

Visit the KBS Support Page to learn more about endowed giving

Adding some "STEAM" to STEM with poetry


This summer KBS alumni, Art Stewart (Ph.D., 1980; Wetzel) will be here for a weeklong visit as a Writer in Residence.

Art is currently a Senior Scientist and Project Manager at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he conducts research on aquatic ecology/ecotoxicology and coordinates science education programs. 

He is also an accomplished poet, and has published several books of poetry ( that are inspired by science.

During his week at KBS he will conduct a workshop about science communication through poetry, and lead a Poetry Nature Walk at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary on July 12. Join us if you can!

  Summer students at KBS

Recent Publications

Edwards, KF, Thomas, MK,  Klausmeier, CA, Litchman, E.  Light and growth in marine phytoplankton: allometric, taxonomic, and environmental variation. Limnology and Oceanography   Volume: 60 Issue: 2   Pages: 540-552 Published: MAR 2015


Geddes, P. Experimental evidence that subsidy quality affects the temporal variability of recipient zooplankton communities. Aquatic Sciences. Vol 77(4)  Pages: 609-621 Published: OCT 2015


Grman, E, Bassett, T, Zirbel, CR, Brudvig, LA.  Dispersal and establishment filters influence the assembly of restored prairie plant communities. Restoration Ecology Volume: 23   Issue: 6  Pages: 892-899   Published: NOV 2015


Kinsman-Costello, LE, O'Brien, JM, Hamilton, SK. 2015.  Natural stressors in uncontaminated sediments of shallow freshwaters: The prevalence of sulfide, ammonia, and reduced iron. Environmental toxicology and Chemistry  34(3):467-479   Published: MAR 2015


Litchman, E, Pinto, PD,  Edwards, KF,  Klausmeier, CA, Kremer, CT, Thomas, MK. Global biogeochemical impacts of phytoplankton: a trait-based perspective.  Journal of Ecology Volume: 103   Issue: 6   Pages: 1384-1396   Published: NOV 2015


Rocca, JD, Hall, EK, Lennon, JT, Evans, SE, Waldrop, MP, Cotner, JB, Nemergut, DR, Graham, EB, Wallenstein, MD. Relationships between protein-encoding gene abundance and corresponding process are commonly assumed yet rarely observed.  ISME Journal  Volume: 9   Issue: 8 Pages: 1693-1699   Published: AUG 2015


Tenhumberg, B, Suwa, T, Tyre, AJ, Russell, FL, Louda, SM.

Integral projection models show exotic thistle is more limited than native thistle by ambient competition and herbivory. Ecoshpere. Vol.6(4) Article Number: 69   Published: APR 2015


Weese, DJ, Heath, KD, Dentinger, BTM, Lau, JA. Long-term nitrogen addition causes the evolution of less-cooperative mutualists. Evolution Volume: 69   Issue: 3 Pages: 631-642   Published: MAR 2015


Zhao, ZG, Liu, ZJ, Conner, JK. Plasticity of floral sex allocation within inflorescences of hermaphrodite Aconitum gymnandrum. Journal of Plant Ecology Vol. 8(2) Special Issue: SI   Pages: 130-135   Published: APR 2015  


Find additional publications on our website.

Upcoming Events

Dessert with Discussion: Historical and projected future climate in Michigan and the Great Lakes Region
May 3, 2016
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Free, register here.

Poetry Nature Walk with Art Stewart
July 12, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary

Undergraduate Summer Symposium

August 3, 2016, time TBA
KBS Academic Auditorium

Dessert with Discussion with Jack Liu
October 2016, date & time TBA

The W.K. Kellogg Biological Station is administered through the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the College of Natural Science.
3700 E. Gull Lake Dr., Hickory Corners MI 49060
Tel: (269) 671-2015
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