Facilities and field sites
KBS is recognized as a premier site for field experimental research in aquatic and terrestrial ecology that takes advantage of the diverse communities on our property and the local area, world-class laboratory facilities research, including a new Molecular Ecology and Genomics lab, and field laboratories such as the Experimental Pond Facility, Terrestrial Plant Ecology Lab, Greenhouses, and a Sustainable Agriculture Research Laboratory.
Unique field facilities for agricultural and grassland ecology research include large field experiments established by the KBS Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) program and the GLBRC Bioenergy Sustainability project as well as a more recently established large-scale prairie restoration project.
KBS supports the research of visiting scholars from MSU and around the world. Over 250 research projects were conducted at KBS from 2011-2015; 23% were established by researchers from other institutions, and 34% were led by MSU main campus researchers. Shared-use facilities are specifically designated to support the research of non-resident faculty and funding opportunities are available for graduate students to develop research and participate in educational programs.
The land base for KBS includes about 1,500 ha of diverse habitats, including forests, old fields, streams, wetlands, lakes, and agricultural lands. In addition, over 200 natural water bodies, as well as a number of streams and rivers, occur within a 30 km radius of KBS. Maps and images show the KBS lands, including existing experiments and agricultural fields.
The Station provides a wonderful environment for visiting scholars wishing to write, conduct data analysis, or simply interact with a community of scientists broadly encompassing the disciplines of evolution, population, community and ecosystem ecology. The KBS resident community of faculty, postdocs, and graduate students maintains a year-round seminar program.
Establishing a large research project requires a number of logistical arrangements well in advance. Contact the KBS Facilities Coordinator for specific information on availability of the following resources. Modest site use fees are charged for use of KBS field sites, research facilities, and laboratories.
Use of Field Sites
Research on KBS-owned lands requires submission of a Site Use Request Form. Public access lands and lakes nearby require MDNR and/or MDEQ permits for research; KBS staff can help you secure these.
Use of Space and Equipment
Billing and Purchasing Arrangements
Technology and Communication
Room and Board
Housing is available on site for summer and visiting researchers and students. Housing options at KBS include cabins, dorms, and apartments, as well as communal and rental houses. See the W.K. Kellogg Conference Center Room and Board webpage for details on meal plans, various housing options and to complete a Housing Reservation Form
Contact the Conference Center at (269)671-2400 or email@example.com with specific questions regarding housing options and rates.
Information for visiting researchers
Site Use Request Forms to conduct research at KBS
Upon approval, researchers will be informed of any anticipated fees, which are due at the end of the first month of on-site research at KBS or with the annual report if it is a multiple year study. Researchers are strongly advised to solicit preliminary approval for site use prior to submitting to funding agencies proposals to work at KBS; a funded proposal does not guarantee site access.
During and after the project
Students who conduct research at KBS should provide the KBS library with a copy of their thesis or dissertation. All publications from research conducted at KBS should acknowledge KBS and include a contribution number.
Contacts for Information on Specific KBS Facilities & Field Sites
|Facility||Staff / Faculty Liason|
|Pond Lab||Gary Mittelbach|
|Greenhouse and Head House Lab||Jeff Conner|
|Plant Ecology Field Lab||Jen Lau|
|Sustainable Agriculture Lab||Brook Wilke|
|Dairy Facility (lab and crops)||Santiago Utsumi|
|Farm (cropland incl. FSC)||Brook Wilke|
|LTER Site and Field Lab||Neville Millar|
|Lux Arbor Reserve, Brook Lodge||Mark Manuszak|
|Bird Sanctuary||Lisa Duke|
|Other Site Use||Steve Hamilton|