New Biological Field Station Opens

Wichita State University’s newest research and classroom center focuses on original, environmentally based research in an undisturbed natural setting.

| October 1, 2010

  • Alumnus Curt Gridley, WSU President Donald Beggs and Bill Bischoff, dean of the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, cut the ribbon for the new Biological Field Station.
    Alumnus Curt Gridley, WSU President Donald Beggs and Bill Bischoff, dean of the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, cut the ribbon for the new Biological Field Station.
    courtesy Jillian Blackburn/WSU
  • The new Biological Field Station Ninnescah Reserve opened recently as part of the Wichita State University experience.
    The new Biological Field Station Ninnescah Reserve opened recently as part of the Wichita State University experience.
    courtesy Jillian Blackburn/WSU
  • Kansas sunflowers grace the landscape around Wichita State University's new Biological Field Station, Ninnescah Reserve.
    Kansas sunflowers grace the landscape around Wichita State University's new Biological Field Station, Ninnescah Reserve.
    courtesy Jillian Blackburn/WSU
  • Students and instructors at Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, search for butterflies and insects near the new Biological Field Station, Ninnescah Reserve.
    Students and instructors at Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, search for butterflies and insects near the new Biological Field Station, Ninnescah Reserve.
    courtesy Jillian Blackburn/WSU
  • Two of the display cases at Wichita State Unviersity's Biological Field Station, Ninnescah Reserve.
    Two of the display cases at Wichita State University's Biological Field Station, Ninnescah Reserve.
    courtesy Jillian Blackburn/WSU

  • Alumnus Curt Gridley, WSU President Donald Beggs and Bill Bischoff, dean of the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, cut the ribbon for the new Biological Field Station.
  • The new Biological Field Station Ninnescah Reserve opened recently as part of the Wichita State University experience.
  • Kansas sunflowers grace the landscape around Wichita State University's new Biological Field Station, Ninnescah Reserve.
  • Students and instructors at Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, search for butterflies and insects near the new Biological Field Station, Ninnescah Reserve.
  • Two of the display cases at Wichita State Unviersity's Biological Field Station, Ninnescah Reserve.

Construction of the research and classroom center at the Wichita State University Biological Field Station: Ninnescah Reserve near Viola, Kansas, is complete. Wichita State and the Wichita State University Foundation celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by tours of the facility and prairie, student poster presentations and ecology slide shows Sept. 24. 

The four-prong mission of the field station – research, teaching, conservation and outreach – provided the focus for the activities. Its primary function is to conduct original, environmentally based research in an undisturbed natural setting. 

"The field station will not only promote increased research and types of research," says Gary Miller, provost and vice president of academic affairs and research, "but it will also provide opportunities for collaboration with scientists at other institutions." 

Funding for the project included a $240,000 National Science Foundation grant and matching dollars from generous donors to build a research and classroom center. 



The approximately half-million-dollar center serves as headquarters for three parcels of land totaling more than 500 acres: the Ninnescah Reserve, the nearby Sellers Reserve and the recently acquired Gerber Reserve in Kingman County. 

"The generous support of our donors and the interest and participation of our community affirms our belief and dedication that research, teaching and public outreach regarding conservation and all aspects of science and nature are needed to preserve and restore our environment and those around us," says Elizabeth King, president and CEO of the WSU Foundation. 






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