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Bryan Foster

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


Kansas Biological Survey

Senior Scientist

Contact Information

Phone 785-864-3346
Fax 785-864-1534
Office 142 Higuchi
Phone 785-864-4361
Fax 785-864-5860
Office Haworth Hall



Bryan Foster


Plant Community Ecology


Dr. Foster earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

Research Interests

Research in my lab explores how biotic interactions, resource availability, dispersal limitations and regional processes interact to govern the assembly, diversity, and functioning of plant communities. We are also interested in understanding the impacts of land management and anthropogenic global changes on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and applying this understanding to the conservation and restoration of native plant communities. Study methods employed include a combination of short- and long-term field experiments, observational studies and modeling approaches.

Current projects include: long-term studies of secondary succession, community assembly and prairie restoration; the interplay of neutral- and niche-based assembly processes in regulating plant community responses to environmental change; the influence of hay management on local and regional patterns of grassland biodiversity and ecosystem function; effects of habitat fragmentation on plant community dynamics and biodiversity; microbial diversity of grassland soils; landscape-scale restoration in Longleaf Pine Savanna.

Research Projects