Please join us for a special event in association with This Green Space
Kelly Kindscher, Senior Scientist at the Kansas Biological Survey
Bringing Back Wildness and a Green Space to Downtown
Prairie Restoration for the Corner of 9th & New Hampshire
Saturday, March 10th
1 pm (limited seating - please arrive at least 15 minutes early)
at the Lawrence Percolator
Kelly Kindscher is best known as a passionate advocate for native
plants, native landscapes and wild places. His research is focused on
native prairies, prairie plants and plant communities. He is a
conservationist, teacher, mentor and environmental problem solver, and
the author of books on edible and medicinal plants.
He was born in Syracuse, Kansas, and grew up in Newton, Kansas, and
on his family’s homesteaded farm near Guide Rock, Nebraska. It was on
the farm that he was first exposed to and learned about the prairie
plants growing on the meadows used for pasture.
College took him to the University of Kansas, which has become his
professional home. He graduated with honors in environmental studies and
earned the Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology in 1991. His
master’s thesis became the basis for his first book, and his
dissertation research examined the groupings and importance of plant
guilds in tallgrass prairie ecosystems.
He took a position at KU, and his work has evolved over the years.
Today, his primary responsibilities are as a plant ecologist for the
Kansas Biological Survey, where he conducts research on plant
communities throughout Kansas, the Midwest, and the Great Plains and
Rocky Mountain states; and in the Environmental Studies Program, where
he mentors students and has taught a variety of classes, including
ethnobotany and the program’s capstone course, formerly known as
Environmental Impact Assessment.
Prof. Kindscher (most just know him as Kelly) is well-known for his study of prairie plants. He is the author of two books: Edible Wild Plants of the Prairie (1987) and Medicinal Wild Plants of the Prairie (1992),
both published by the University Press of Kansas. He also has published
many scholarly articles and technical reports on:
* prairie plants;
* prairie and wetland ecology and restoration;
* cultural uses of edible and medicinal plants in the Great Plains and western U.S.;
* plant community ecology, conservation of Midwest/Great Plains/Rocky Mountain habitats and ecosystems;
* and management of native plant communities and other lands.
Currently he is focusing much of his attention on collecting medicinal
plants and searching for ethnobotanical and field data that help support
the use of native plants for the KU Native Medicine Plant Research Program.
He is one of the founders of the Kansas Land Trust and a current
board member. He also is a board member of the Prairie Plains Resource
Institute, based in Aurora, Nebraska. He lives near Lawrence, Kansas,
where he is an active gardener and conservationist.