KBS LTER Main Cropping System Experiment aerial view

Long Term Research at Kellogg Biological Station

We study diversity of species and habitats in agricultural landscapes. We work in decades-long experiments where we vary the intensity of land use, from business as usual agriculture in corn-soy-wheat row crops to grassland conservation areas. In some treatments, we restore areas, called prairie strips, with diverse plantings of grasses and forbs and study their effects on the diversity of other species including pollinators, natural insect predators, and ants. In the broader landscape, we study how habitat area and connectivity affect biodiversity and the ecosystem services provided to croplands and beyond.

We work in three long-term experiments:

  • KBS Long Term Ecological Research (KBS LTER)
  • KBS Long Term Agroecosystem Research (KBS LTAR)
  • Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC)

Some of recent results:

More about KBS LTER:

  • Search publications at our website and on Google Scholar

  • Check out our activities at photo gallery

  • There is a great overview of KBS LTER in this book that synthesizes our contributions over the first two decades of research here.  Fifteen chapters, open access, provide overviews of the many components of agricultural ecosystems and landscapes that intersect to provide a rich variety of ecosystem services in addition to agronomic yield. Understanding these components is key to designing future production systems that meet society’s needs for abundant food and a clean environment.