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Craig Freeman, University of Kansas


Senior Curator and Senior Scientist

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Contact Information:

R.L. McGregor Herbarium
2045 Constant Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66047-3729
Phone: (785) 864-3453
Fax: (785) 864-1534
Email: [email protected]


Manage operation of the McGregor Herbarium; coordinate Kansas Biological Survey’s Natural Heritage Inventory

Academic background:

Ph.D. and M.S. Kansas State University; B.A. Wartburg College

Research interests:

My research in the McGregor Herbarium and Kansas Biological Survey documents the diversity and distribution of plants in the grasslands of central North America, seeks explanations for those patterns, and examines related conservation issues. In parallel, I do descriptive, collection- and specimen-based taxonomic research that derives in part from my floristic and ecological studies, and I build and maintain legacy databases used to study biodiversity.

I am active in the Flora of North America project, currently serving on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and as Co-Lead Editor of Volume 17 with Dr. Richard K. Rabeler of the University of Michigan. I also serve on boards of the Kansas Nature Conservancy, Grassland Heritage Foundation, Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, and Kansas Native Plant Society.

KU affiliations:

Kansas Biodiversity Institute
Kansas Biological Survey
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology