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Research in the Natural Areas

The Division of Natural Areas encourages researchers, both students and professional, to consider Maywoods, Lilley Cornett Woods, and Taylor Fork as research sites. There are a wide variety of research and support opportunities at each of the natural areas. For more information, contact the Director, Dr. Stephen Richter.

Funding for EKU and non-EKU student research projects at any of the three natural areas is available through the Student Grant-in-Aid Program.

Additionally, the Division administers the Paul John Kalisz Conservation Award. This award is available to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors of any major at EKU with at least a 3.25 GPA. Click the link for details!

In order to conduct research at any of the sites, a proposal must be submitted, prior to the research, to the Director.  If the research requires the collection of living or nonliving specimens, the proposal should state this.  If approved, a collecting permit will be issued with specific guidelines regarding collection and deposition of specimens.  Otherwise, collection of living and nonliving specimens is prohibited.

 In the proposal, include the following:

  • Introduction and Rationale
  • Statement of Objectives
  • Methodology
  • Plan for Dissemination
  • Literature Cited


  1. Submit the completed proposal to the Director.
  2. Proposal review by the Division of Natural Areas Research Committee.
  3. Committee's decision notification by the Director.
  4. Upon proposal acceptance, contact the appropriate natural areas manager for a site visit.

Reporting Requirements:

  1. A final report is due to the Director within one year of project completion.
  2. Submit citations and abstracts for any presentations given.
  3. Submit a copy of the accepted manuscript for publication to the Director. Published research is assigned a contribution number that we ask be included in the Acknowledgments.
  4. Submit published PDF reprint to the Director.

For further information:

Dr. Stephen Richter
Division of Natural Areas
3106 New Science Building

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