Good science is needed to make good decisions about how we use our natural resources. I have made efforts to educate people about native prairies, especially the biological gems that are native prairie hay meadows, and I have been involved in protecting and planning open space projects. Native prairie remnants and landscapes are important for protection of our biodiversity and serve many important ecological and economic functions. My research projects have focused on inventory of remaining remnants and their biological and ecological attributes.

My service has included membership on the Executive Committee of the University of Kansas Field Station; providing land management advice to the Kansas Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy; and as conservation easement chair for the Tallgrass Legacy Alliance, a Kansas Flint Hills rancher agency group dedicated to the conservation of tallgrass prairie. I am a board member of the Kansas Land Trust and the Prairie Plains Resource Institute.

County Inventory Projects:

A natural areas inventory of Douglas County in northeast Kansas

Inventory of Natural Areas in Anderson and Linn Counties, Kansas

Inventory of Natural Areas in Douglas, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte Counties, Kansas

Miami County Open Space Plan

Other Projects:

Native Prairie Hay Meadow Brochure

Vegetation Classification and Mapping of National Park units in the Great Plains

Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range tallgrass prairie data

Northeast Kansas Grassland Biodiversity Research Project

Great Plains tallgrass prairie maps