University Designated Centers and Institutes

Biodiversity InstituteLink to website

Director: Leonard Krishtalka, Ph.D.

Biodiversity InstituteBiodiversity Institute researchers study the life of the planet, including animals, plants, ecosystems and past cultures, to better understand biodiversity patterns and processes and to predict environmental phenomena, such as the status of threatened and endangered species, the spread of animal-borne diseases and pest species, and the effects of climate change on global biodiversity.

The Biodiversity Institute includes 10 research divisions and 120 scientists, graduate students and staff, as well as research collections of more than 9 million specimens of animals, plants and fossils and 1.2 million archaeological artifacts. The Biodiversity Institute includes the KU Natural History Museum, a department of Informatics, and the Paleontological Institute. In addition, along with the Hall Center for the Humanities and the Spencer Museum of Arts, the Biodiversity Institute is a partner in The Commons.

Collaborates with scientists in museums, herbaria and biodiversity centers around the world to build cyber infrastructure to mobilize and apply data from biological specimens amassed from over 400 years of species discovery and documentation.

Natural History Museum
The KU Natural History Museum studies the life of the planet for the benefit of the earth and its inhabitants. 

Paleontological Institute
The institute publishes the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology and The University of Kansas Paleontological Contributions.

Leonard Krishtalka, Director
1345 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7575
Phone: 785-864-4540

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