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Kent Farm

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).


Quick Facts

Driving time from campus: 15-20 min. Date Acquired by IU: March 23, 1966
Nearby Public Land: IN DNR, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Forest Service, Stillwater Marsh. Current Land Use: Early, mid, and late successional forest.
Land Forms: From Creek Bottom to Ridgetop
Vegetation: 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
Access: The Kent Farm site is not available to the public.


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Relevant Publications
  • Clay, K., Shelton, A. L. and C. Winkle. 2009. Effects of oviposition by periodical cicadas on tree growth. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 39: 1688-1697.
  • Clay, K., A. Shelton and C. Winkle. 2008. Differential susceptibility of tree species to oviposition by periodical cicadas. Ecological Entomology 34: 277-286.
  • Jawor, J.M., Young, R., and Ketterson, E.D. 2006. Females competing to reproduce: dominance matters but testosterone may not. Hormones and Behavior 49:362-368.
  • Price, J., J. Bever and K. Clay. 2004. Genotype, environment, and genotype by environment interactions determine quantitative resistance to leaf rust (Coleosporium asterum) in Euthamia graminifolia (Asteraceae). New Phytologist 162: 729-743.
  • Cushing, B. S. and J. Michael Cawthorn. 1996. Species difference in activity patterns during oestrus. Canadian Journal of Zoology 74: 474-479.
  • Vitousek, P. 1983. Nitrogen turnover in a ragweed-dominated 1st year old field in Southern Indiana. American Midland Naturalist 110: 46-53.
  • Tansey, M.R. and M.A. Jack.> 1977, Growth of thermophilic and thermotolerant fungi in soil in situ and in vitro. Mycologia, 69:563-578.
  • Jack, Michele A. 1976. Studies on the ecology of thermophilic fungi in sun-heated soils. Ph.D. Thesis, Department of Plant Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington.
  • Tansey, M.R. and M.A. Jack. 1976, Thermophilic fungi in sun-heated soils, Mycologia, 68:1061-1075.
  • Krebs, C. J., B. L. Keller and R. H. Tamarin. 1969. Microtus population biology: Demographic changes in fluctuating populations of M. ochrogaster and M. pennsylvanicus in Southern Indiana. Ecology 50: 587-607.

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Kent Farm ravine
Keith Clay (right) and students looking down ravine at Kent Farm
closed gentian flower in bud
Closed gentian (Gentiana andrewsii)
young forest at Kent Farm
Class exploring young forest at Kent Farm



Revised: October 27, 2011


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