KBS offers opportunities for research in a variety of natural and managed environments. Visiting scientists and campus-based MSU faculty are welcomed and encouraged to establish research programs at KBS and to contribute to the stimulating research environment.
Nearly 1,650 ha of forests, fields, ponds and lakes are contained within the KBS boundaries. Additional state lands and preserves are located nearby and provide an enormous diversity of natural aquatic and terrestrial habitats. This breadth of habitats, adjacent to modern facilities including laboratories, greenhouses, a library, and computer support, creates an unparalleled environment for ecological and evolutionary research.
KBS also offers several unique opportunities for research involving agricultural ecology (LTER and GLBRC). Maps and images of the KBS lands, including existing experiments and agricultural fields, are available.
Modest site use fees are charged for use of KBS field sites, research facilities, and laboratories. The station provides a wonderful sabbatical environment for individuals 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.
This resident community of faculty, postdoctoral associates, and graduate students maintains a year-round research and seminar program.
Establishing a large research project requires a number of logistical arrangements. Contact the KBS Facilities Coordinator for specific information on availability of the following resources.
Numerous aquatic and terrestrial field sites are available for research on KBS-owned lands. Public access lands and lakes nearby require MDNR permits for research.
Use of Space and Equipment
Technology and Communication
Room and Board
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with specific questions regarding housing options and rates.
Expectations and Application Process
Before the Project Begins
If approved, researchers may then submit proposals to funding agencies for their projects. Upon approval, researchers will be informed of their 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.
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
|Subunit||Staff / Faculty Liason|
|Pond Lab||Gary Mittelbach|
|Greenhouse and Head House Lab||Jeff Conner|
|Plant Ecology Field Lab||Jen Lau|
|Agroecology Field Lab||Mark Williams|
|Farm Learning Center||Mark Williams|
|Dairy Facility (lab and crops)||Santiago Utsumi|
|Farm (cropland incl. FSC)||Brook Wilke|
|Lux Arbor Reserve, Brook Lodge||Steve Hamilton|
|Bird Sanctuary||Lisa Duke|
|Site Use||Steve Hamilton|