Nearly 1,650 ha of forests, fields, lakes, and streams are contained within the KBS boundaries. Additional state lands and preserves are located nearby and provide an enormous diversity of 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.
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, postdoc, and graduate students maintains a year-round 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. 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 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 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
1. For most work at KBS the general SURF form is available here
2. For work at the KBS Pasture Dairy Center use the Dairy SURF
3. For work at the LTER or GLBRC experimental sites obtain the LTER or GLBRC SURF
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||Steve Hamilton|
|Bird Sanctuary||Lisa Duke|
|Other Site Use||Steve Hamilton|