KUERG is a consortium of researchers who seek to understand how terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems around the world function.

The University of Kansas Ecosystem Research Group comprises faculty, post-docs, and students who explore Earth’s vegetation, soil, water, and climate using a diversity of approaches. We seek to understand terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and their interactions with each other and the atmosphere, particularly in the context of climate change and land use. We work in the grasslands, rivers, and croplands of North America’s Central Plains, the temperate and boreal forests of the U.S. and Canada, and the rivers of China and Australia. Many of us conduct integrative studies across multiple systems to elucidate broad patterns of community development and nutrient, water, and carbon use, as well as Earth’s responses to climate.

Individuals interested in learning more about KUERG are welcome to browse these pages, or to contact Dr. Sharon Billings.


Our areas of expertise include plant community ecology, remote sensing, global change biology, biogeochemistry, population and ecosystem nutrient dynamics, microbial ecology, stable isotope ecology, eddy covariance, food web dynamics, aquatic ecology, and geographical information systems. Students and post-doctoral researchers in our laboratories bring additional research experience to KUERG.