KU, K-State to offer field sites for National Science Foundation studies

Two Kansas universities are going to offer some of their field sites for scientists and the National Science Foundation to study climate change, land use and invasive species, according to a prepared statement from the University of Kansas.

KU and K-State will offer biological field stations in studies lasting for possibly 30 years, the statements said.

It will amount to one of the more extensive long-term initiatives in the history of the National Science Foundation, the statement said.

The studies will include building monitoring towers, soil studies and studies of animals, insects and temperatures. The foundation funds the National Ecological Observatory Network, which studies life interacting with climate on a continental scale, according to NEON’s website.