Upcoming Events

Digging In: Plant Soil Microbiomes in Perennial Agriculture
A Science on Tap Event
with Ben Sikes
Free State Brewing
7:30 pm Feb. 15

Winter Table 2016: 
An exclusive ornithological evening
6:30 pm Feb. 23
$50 per person
Tickets here.


On Thursday, Feb. 23, the KU Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum will offer a special evening dedicated to celebrating our collections and research. Winter Table 2017: An Ornithological Evening will begin with our science salon at 6:30 pm. Explore our bird collections and enjoy appetizers and drinks. View John Gould’s book, The Birds of Great Britain, Vol. 1, and a hand-colored lithographic print of The Snowy Owl, presented by the KU Spencer Research Library.

Dinner will be served at 7:30 in the Panorama Gallery with KU ornithology scientists and graduate students who are conducting research across the globe. Dinner also includes a talk by one of our ornithologists. Tickets for this exclusive event are $50.

 Tickets can be purchased online or you may call 785.864.4450 to order tickets by phone.

If you are not yet a museum member and would like to join, you may become a member today by giving online or by calling or visiting the museum.



Digging In: Plant Soil Microbiomes in Perennial Agriculture

Wednesday, February 15
Free State Brewing Company, 636 Massachusetts St.
With Ben Sikes, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Assistant Scientist at Kansas Biological Survey

 Switching from an annual agriculture system to a perennial agriculture system that most closely resembles natural prairies will include changes to the way we manage soil, the lifespan of the plants, and the diversity of the crops there. KU Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Ben Sikes will talk about how each of these changes will influence diseases and the beneficial partners that live in the soil.