W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) is a year-round research facility of Michigan State University located in southwest Michigan, approximately 65 miles from the main campus in East Lansing. KBS includes over 1600 ha of land providing researchers with a variety of natural and managed systems in which to conduct ecological research.
KBS is also home to several major research programs that support research, education, and outreach in sustainable agricultural practices.
Since 1988, the KBS Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) Program studies the ecology of intensive cropping systems. We also study the natural, unmanaged ecosystems that occur in agricultural landscapes.
As part of our long-term research efforts we have partnered with the University of Wisconsin-Madison through the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC). Our focus is on understanding the ecosystem services provided by alternative biofuel cropping systems – services that include both the fuel itself as well as environmental assets such as habitat for beneficial insects and soil carbon sequestration.
In 2009 our LEED Certified Pasture Dairy Center opened to support research on animal welfare, ecosystem processes and social issues associated with animal production.
KBS is home to 13 MSU Faculty serving in both the College of Natural Science and the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources. See their individual faculty websites to learn more about on-going research.
|Basso Lab||Crop modeling and land use sustainability, focusing on water, nutrient cycling and modeling, impact of climate variability and change on agricultural production systems, and precision agriculture.||Webpage|
|Conner Lab||Mechanisms of adaptive phenotypic evolution, including natural selection, genetics, and genomics, as well as constraints on this adaptation.||Webpage|
|Evans Lab||Microbial ecology, especially how climatic factors like rainfall alter microbial community composition and function, and effects on nutrient cycling, decomposition, and plant growth.||Webpage|
|Getty Lab||Ecology and evolution of behavior, in general, and on communication and social interactions, in particular.||Webpage|
|Gross Lab||Plant community ecology; causes and consequences of species diversity with focus on effects of nutrient and environmental perturbations on species composition and plant-soil interactions.||Webpage|
|Hamilton Lab||Ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry with particular attention to the movement of water and nutrients through landscapes, and how wetlands and streams affect water quality.||Webpage|
|Klausmeier Lab||Theoretical population, community, ecosystem and evolutionary ecology, particularly aquatic systems.||Webpage|
|Litchman Lab||Aquatic and microbial community ecology, with an emphasis on freshwater and marine phytoplankton ecology and evolution.||Webpage|
|Lau Lab||Community ecology and evolutionary ecology, focusing on how plant populations respond to human-caused environmental change, the ecology and evolution of species interactions, and natural selection in the wild.||Webpage|
|Mittelbach Lab||Community ecology, with an emphasis on understanding the factors that generate and maintain biodiversity at local to global spatial scales.||Webpage|
|Robertson Lab||Ecosystem ecology with an emphasis on the biogeochemistry of agricultural soils, cropping systems, and landscapes undergoing change.||Webpage
|Utsumi Lab||Agricultural ecology/dairy science, with a focus on plant-animal interactions, pasture utilization, feed efficiency, ruminant gas emissions, and biogeochemical processes in pasture-based dairy systems.||Webpage