Projects and Publications

On-going Research at ESU's Natural Areas

Anatomical and physiological traits as indicators of drought tolerance in tallgrass prairie plants.  Ross Natural History Reservation, 2009.  Principal investigators:  Sally Tucker, Jesse Nippert, Division of Biology, Kansas State University.

Neva Marsh:  springs and seeps from fractured sedimentary rock formations.  Neva Marsh, 2009.  Principal Investigator:  Darrel Drake and Marcia Schulmeister, Department of Earth Science, Emporia State University.

Temporal response of the soil microbial community to prescribed fire in tallgrass prairie.  Ross Natural History Reservation, 2009- .  Principal Investigators:  Amanda M. Anderson (MS graduate student), Brenda Koerner, Department of Biological Sciences, Emporia State University.

The impact of shrub encroachment in a tallgrass prairie on soil carbon using an isotopic approach.  Ross Natural History Reservation, 2009- .  Principal Investigators:  Alexander J. Lyon (MS graduate student), Brenda Koerner, Department of Biological Sciences, Emporia State University.

Experimental Disturbance Plots at the Ross Natural History Reservation, 2007-.  Principal Investigator:  Bill Jensen, Department of Biological Sciences, Emporia State University.

Demography of pond-dwelling turtles.  The Ross Natural History Reservation is included, 2007.  Principal investigator:  Brent Thomas, Department of Biological Sciences, Emporia State University.  Dr. Thomas's graduate students, Bill House and Ian Nall, began sampling turtle populations on the Ross and surrounding sites in the spring of 2007.

Long-term Herpetological Survey at the Ross Natural History Reservation, 1999-.  Neva Marsh, 2008-.   Principal Investigator:  Gregory Sievert, Department of Biological Sciences, Emporia State University.

Mid-continent Magnetoseismic Chain Project.  Ross Natural History Reservation, 2006-2010.  Principal Investigator:  Peter Chi, University of California, Los Angeles.

 

General Field Station Publications

An Operations Manual for Field Stations and Marine Laboratories

[Document prepared by the Organization of Biological Field Stations for individual station use.]

The Role of Biological Field Stations in Education and Recruitment into the Biological Sciences

[Report of the NSF-sponsored workshop, "Education and Recruitment in the Biological Sciences: Potential Role of Field Stations and Marine Laboratories," Washington, D.C., February 11-12, 2002.]

 

Publications Pertaining to ESU's Natural Areas (listed in chronological order)

House, W. J., I. M. Nall, and R. B. Thomas.  2011.  Selected aspects of semi-aquatic turtle assemblages in east-central Kansas ponds (reprinted with permission from Kansas Academy of Sciences).  Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 114:239-244.

House, W. J., I. M. Nall, and R. B. Thomas.  2010.  Interpond movements of western painted turtles (Chrysemys picta) in east-central Kansas.  Southwestern Naturalist 55:403-410.

Nall, I. M. and R. B. Thomas.  2009.  Does method of bait presentation within funnel traps influence capture rates of semi-aquatic turtles?  Herpetological Conservation and Biology 4:161-163.

Thomas, R. B., I. M. Nall, and W. J. House.  2008.  Relative efficacy of three different baits for trapping pond-dwelling turtles in east-central Kansas.  Herpetological Review 39:186-188.

Harrell, K., J. S. Aber, and R. O. Sleezer.  2007.  Ross Natural History Reservation: Six decades of changing land cover and management documented by aerial photography.  Emporia State Research Studies 43:53-63.

Gillette, D. P., J. S. Tiemann, D. R. Edds, and M. L. Wildhaber.  2006.  Habitat use by a Midwestern U.S.A. riverine fish assemblage: effects of season, water temperature and river discharge.  Journal of Fish Biology 68: 1494-1512. 

Gillette, D. P., J. S. Tiemann, D. R. Edds, and M. L. Wildhaber.  2005.  Spatiotemporal patterns of fish assemblage structure in a river impounded by low-head dams.  Copeia 2005(3): 539–549.

Tiemann, J.S., D.P. Gillette, M.L. Wildhaber, and D.R. Edds. 2005.  Effects of lowhead dams on the ephemeropterans, plecopterans, and trichopterans group in a North American river.  Journal of Freshwater Ecology 20(3): 519-525.

 

Tiemann, J.S., D.P. Gillette, M.L. Wildhaber, and D.R. Edds. 2004.  Correlations among densities of stream fishes in the upper Neosho River, with focus on the Neosho madtom.  Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 107(1-2): 17-24.

Tiemann, J. S., D. P. Gillette, M. L. Wildhaber, and D. R. Edds.  2004.  Effects of lowhead dams on riffle-dwelling fishes and macroinvertebrates in a Midwestern river.  Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 133: 705–717.

Dean, J., D. Edds, D. Gillette, J. Howard, S. Sherraden, and J. Tiemann.  2002.  Effects of lowhead dams on freshwater mussels in the Neosho River, Kansas.  Transaction of the Kansas Academy of Science 105(3–4): 232–240.

Baker, R. J., R. J. Gress, and D. L. Spencer.  1983.  Mortality and population density of cottontail rabbits at Ross Natural History Reservation, Lyon County, Kansas.  Emporia State Research Studies (Vol. 31, No. 4), Emporia State University, Emporia, KS.

Breukelman, J., T. A. Eddy, and E. L. Hartman.  1961.  The F. B. and Rena G. Ross Natural History Reservation.  The Kansas School Naturalist (Vol. 7, No. 4), Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, KS.

Hartman, E. L.  1960.  The F. B. and Rena G. Ross Natural History Reservation.  Emporia State Research Studies (Vol. 8, No. 4), Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, KS.

Spencer, D.  1980.  Ross Natural History Reservation:  the first twenty years, 1959 to 1979.  Emporia State University, Emporia, KS.

Wilson, J. S.  1963.  Flowering plants of the Ross Natural History Reservation, Lyon and Chase Counties, Kansas.  Emporia State Research Studies (Vol. 11, No. 4), Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, KS.

Special thanks to Tobin Cataldo and the William Allen White Library at ESU for scanning some of these materials. 

More publications will be added as they are available.