Kent Farm is located 7 miles east of Bloomington along Kent Road off of Highway 46 East. It is about 90 acres in size and consists of successional fields and more mature forest. Ellen Ketterson (Biology) and Rod Suthers (Medical Sciences) have facilities at Kent Farm. There is a rental house on the property that is typically occupied by graduate students in exchange for some maintenance and oversight. Kent Farm was the site of groundbreaking ecological work (on voles) by former IU zoologist Charles Krebs. This site has been used by IU faculty members Keith Clay, Ellen Ketterson, Vicky Meretsky, J.C. Randolph, and Don Whitehead--as well as a large number of graduate students and postdocs. Kent Farm is adjacent to Indiana DNR property, Lake Monroe, and Stillwater Marsh (an important waterfowl area).
|Driving time from
campus: 15-20 min.
||Date Acquired by IU: March
|Nearby Public Land: IN DNR, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Forest Service, Stillwater Marsh.
||Current Land Use: Early, mid, and late successional forest.
From Creek Bottom to Ridgetop
A variety of early, mid, and late successional tree species can be found at Kent Farm. The property extends from a creek bottom to a ridge top allowing for an elevation shift in species composition. The elevation also allows chance to view wet site species and drier ridgetop and south slope species making Kent Farm a very diverse site within the preserve system.
|Soils: Wetland to upland soil types
Kent Farm site is not available to the public.
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- Clay, K., A. Shelton and C. Winkle. 2008. Differential susceptibility of tree species to oviposition by periodical cicadas. Ecological Entomology 34: 277-286.
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and Ketterson, E.D. 2006. Females competing
to reproduce: dominance matters but testosterone may
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in sun-heated soils. Ph.D. Thesis, Department of Plant Sciences,
Indiana University, Bloomington.
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Keith Clay (right) and students looking down ravine at Kent Farm
Closed gentian (Gentiana andrewsii)
Class exploring young forest at Kent Farm