New director joins Kellogg Biological Station (KBS)
June 1, 2020
Janzen comes to MSU from Iowa State University (ISU), where he most recently served as a professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology. Previously, he chaired ISU’s Interdepartmental Genetics Graduate Program.
A renowned researcher, Janzen has been internationally recognized for his work in the fields of ecology and evolution. Using reptiles, particularly turtles, as a study organism, Janzen’s research examines the environmental and genetic factors that determine the expression of physiological, behavioral and life-history traits.
“I’m very excited to join the KBS community in 2020,” Janzen said. “I greatly look forward to meeting staff, students, faculty and other KBS supporters and to jumping on board to lead KBS to continued excellence in the future.”
KBS is MSU’s largest off-campus education complex, offering an array of undergraduate and graduate field courses and workshops.
The station is also home to research for many MSU faculty members studying agriculture, ecology, evolutionary biology and conservation biology. KBS is one of 28 National Science Foundation-funded Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program sites. Starting in 1980, the LTER Program has focused on the ecology of field crop ecosystems and the environment in an effort to make agriculture more sustainable.
KBS is jointly administered by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) and the College of Natural Science (CNS).