The Kansas State University fellows have received national and international recognition for their work.
* Blair is a terrestrial ecosystem ecologist with expertise in grassland ecosystems. He leads the National Science Foundation-funded Long-Term Ecological Research program at the university's Konza Prairie Biological Station. Blair's research focuses on biogeochemistry and plant productivity in grasslands and the ecological consequences of global changes, including climate change, land-use/land-cover change and elevated nutrient deposition. His research also includes grassland restoration ecology and the application of ecological theory to restoration.
Blair's research has been supported by more than $30 million in grants -- $13 million as principal investigator and $17 million as a co-principal investigator -- from many agencies such as the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture. He also has served on multiple committees charged with guiding the nation's ecological research priorities.
Blair is the author of more than 100 journal articles, proceedings papers and book chapters. He has served on the editorial board of Ecology, the flagship journal of the Ecological Society of America, and on other international soil ecology journals. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, the Ecological Society of America and the Soil Ecology Society.
* Welti studies the chemistry and biochemistry of lipids. She is director and co-founder of the Kansas Lipidomics Research Center, which is used by scientists around the world as a resource for lipid analysis by mass spectrometry. She has been influential in introducing mass spect
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