The close proximity of natural and managed habitats at KBS creates an ideal setting for education, research and training programs in ecology and evolutionary biology.
An interdisciplinary resident faculty and support staff maintain year-round research activities at KBS supporting a diversity of programs. Our modern research facilities also host seasonal use by visiting researchers and graduate students.
Laboratory research facilities at KBS are based mainly in the Academic-Stack Building, located at the main academic complex on the shores of Gull Lake. Facilities include research labs for resident faculty and visiting researchers; common-use instruments; faculty, student and administrative offices; and classrooms, teaching labs, computer workrooms and the Gull Lake Library branch of the MSU library system. A research greenhouse is adjacent to the Academic-Stack Building.
Field research facilities include:
- the Experimental Pond Laboratory, a series of eighteen 30m diameter ponds with an associated field laboratory;
- Terrestrial Ecology Field Laboratory, adjacent to successional fields and a fenced common garden;
- Long-term Ecological Research and Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center sites supporting long-term experiments on the ecology of row-crops and successional communities, and ecological processes in cellulosic biofuels.
- The Farming Systems Center supports field-scale and small plot research on cropping systems.
- A Pasture-based Dairy Research and Education Facility at the Kellogg Farm provides a unique facility for integrating research and outreach programs on dairy production and rural communities. In 2010, the KBS Pasture Dairy Barn became the first livestock facility in the US to receive silver level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
- Research laboratory space is also available at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary.