Research & Education
When Kleinstuck Preserve was deeded by Caroline Kleinstuck in 1922 she stipulated that the property be "used for education and research purposes". WMU has encouraged academic involvement throughout the history of the property.
If you would like to conduct research at Kleinstuck Preserve, please fill out the Research & Education Application.
Western Normal Students studying botany at Kleinstuck
A Western Normal student project to identify plants
Kazoo School student planting a tree
Earth Day 2008 education
MSU Student Research Project 2010
Monitoring of Purple Loosestrife at Kleinstuck Preserve
Biology 312 Population & Community Ecology
2009 Project Papers:
MSU Grad Student Research Project
WMU Geoscience Department Research Project
Dr. Carla M. Koretsky, assistant professor of geosciences, was awarded $471,000 by the National Science Foundation to fund a five-year research project beginning in December of 2004. Koretsky's research focus is on the effects of invasive organisms (such as marsh grasses, shrimps, crabs, and worms) on metals like cadmium, lead or copper that are introduced into marsh habitats. Her work includes labratory analysis, as well as a comparison of real-world systems in a saltwater marsh in Sapelo Island along the Georgia coast as well as the freshwater marsh in Kleinstuck Preserve.
Dr. Koretsky recently received an extension of her grant from the NSF to research the soil chemistry surrounding the invasive wetland plant, purple loosestrife. Western Herald article.
Dr. Koretsky has published the following journal articles on her work in Kleinstuck:
Koretsky C.M., Haas J.R., Ndenga N.T., and Miller D. 2006. Seasonal variations in vertical redox stratification and potential influence on trace metal speciation in minerotrophic peat sediments. Water, Air, and Soil Pollut.
Koretsky C.M, Haveman M., Beuving L., Cuellar A., Shattuck T., and Wagner M. 2007. Spatial variation of redox and trace metal geochemistry in a mineratrophic fen. Biogeochemistry.
Buechler R.J. (1996)
The Effects of the Kalamazoo Station No. 4 on the Nearby Kleinstuck Nature Preserve. Department of Geology.
WMU. Located at Waldo Library, WMU Call Number: GB 9999 .B82x
Tumusiime N.N. (2005)
Seasonal variability in trace metal speciation and vertical redox stratification of freshwater lake and marsh sediments in the Kalamazoo River Watershed (MI, USA).
Located at Waldo Library, WMU Call Number TD 9999 .N346
Past Research Projects:
(Courtesy of WMU Library of Archives and Regional History)
Aquatic Survey Report - Kleinstuck Preserve. E and J Aquatics. by Timothy Ervin. 1973 (unable to locate report at this time)
Animals Among Us - Matt Clysdale produced and directed this documentary film shot primarily in Kleinstuck Preserve that showcases the variety of wildlife present in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Check out his website: Animals Among Us