Study Environments

Baker Wetlands

Located on the south edge of Lawrence, the Baker Wetlands is more than 900 acres of restored habitat. The Baker Wetlands is one of the most diverse habitats in Douglas County, home to many birds, flowers, plants and insects.

University of Kansas Field Station, National Ecological Observatory Network Site

The 3,400-acre KU Field Station is a NEON site and is only 15 miles from Baker and offers diverse mature native oak and hickory forest adjacent to tall grass prairie. A maintained trail system provides access to many examples of the proposed research trees. The station facilities with will allow us to use remote sensing. 

Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

The 300-acre Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens was founded to keep the city at the forefront of environmental and ecological issues. The team will conduct both basic research in tall trees and hold a water bear hunt for the patrons of the arboretum. website

KSU, KONZA Prairie, Long-Term Environmental Research & National Ecological Observatory Network Site

The Konza Prairie is 8,613 acres of native tall grass prairie with islands of tall trees near water and along streams. These isolated habitats may house unique species of tardigrades. The Konza Prairie LTER and NEON Site has the history of remote sensing data available to be correlated with current collections.

Harvard Forest Biological Station, Long-Term Environmental Research & National Ecological Observatory Network Site

The team will travel to Petersham, Massachusetts, and the Harvard Forest LTER and NEON Site to explore the canopy of oak, pine and hemlock forest typical of southern New England. The station, which comprises more than 3,700 acres, is a NEON site and will provide a great contrast of forest type.

KU Microscopy & Analytic Imaging Lab

Students will spend a week learning SEM, TEM and elemental analysis at the KU Microscopy and Analytical Imagery Lab. They will produce images and data for analysis and their presentations and publications.

California Academy of Sciences

The CAS offers both interactions with the public and professional research into the biodiversity of the planet. Based on their collections and exhibits, the academy reaches out to people from all walks of life to educate and inform. In addition to a water bear hunt, the students will present the results of their research to the science staff and the public.

Tree Climbing Kansas City

Tree Climbing Kansas City is staffed by professional tree climbers with more than 50 years of tree-climbing and teaching experience. They will train the students in SRT and double rope climbing techniques. Tree Climbing Kansas City will train and qualify our students to climb safely and make good decisions as part of the program. 

Ivan L. Boyd Center for Collaborative Science Education

Completely renovated and expanded with new labs, classrooms and offices in 2012, the Boyd Center houses a dedicated tardigrade research lab in addition to new ecology and chemistry labs to be used by the project. ADA accessible, the building is a showcase of practical and usable science teaching and research spaces. Our REU will be the first summer program to use the new facilities.