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
- Plan for Dissemination
- Literature Cited
- Submit the completed proposal to the Director.
- Proposal review by the Division of Natural Areas Research Committee.
- Committee's decision notification by the Director.
- Upon proposal acceptance, contact the appropriate natural areas manager for a site visit.
- A final report is due to the Director within one year of project completion.
- Submit citations and abstracts for any presentations given.
- 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.
- Submit published PDF reprint to the Director.
For further information:
Dr. Stephen Richter
Division of Natural Areas
3106 New Science Building