Facebook Pixel Biodiversity Information | Western Kentucky University Skip to main content

Biodiversity Information

salamanderThe Center serves as an information clearinghouse for professionals involved in biodiversity issues. We maintain links to museum collections focused on Kentucky biota, as well as more general databases relating to biodiversity and biogeography.

If you would like to have a link to your site posted on this page, please EMail us at biodiversity@wku.edu. In the message, include a description of the web site, URL, mailing address (including EMail) and phone number of at least one contact person.


Western Kentucky University Specimen Collections (Dr. Michael Stokes, Western Kentucky University)

A searchable database of holdings in the WKU Herbarium, ichthyology, herpetology, ornithology, mammal and insect collections

SpeciesAnalyst (Dr. David A. Vieglais, University of Kansas)

A distributed biodiversity database that connects to ArcView

Kentucky Butterfly Net (Dr. Jeffrey Marcus, Western Kentucky University)

Database to facilitate Lepidoptera research and education in Kentucky.

Rubus (Rosaceae) Database (Dr. Larry Alice , WKU)

Database to facilitate Rubus spp. research and education.



Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Service Information System (Donna Covington, KDFWR)

Contains species checklists, life history and distribution information, viewable maps and interactive map queries

Kentucky GAP Analysis Program (Dr. Howard Whiteman, Murray State University)

Includes staellite images, information on vegetation and vertebrate mapping initiatives, and links to other GAP programs

Tree Web, a Natural History of Trees (Dr. Tom Kimmerer, University of Kentucky)

Includes extensive material concerning individual tree species (including range maps), as well as discussions about the evolution, biogeography, structure and function of trees

Kentucky Frogs and Toads (Dr. Kenneth Crawford, Western Kentucky University)

An in-depth description of the 20 species of frogs and toads native to Kentucky, including pictures and calls (in .wav format)

Kentucky Salamanders (Dr. Kenneth Crawford and Dr. Albert Meier, Western Kentucky University)

An in-depth description of the 30 species of salamanders native to Kentucky, including pictures.

Wildflowers of Western Kentucky (Michael W. Thompson)

A full color guide to the wildflowers of western and central Kentucky and surrounding regions, with photos and descriptions of more than 190 wildflower species

Forestry in the Appalachian Hardwoods of Kentucky (Duane Bristow)

Links to a large number of forestry-related sites and sources of information, including a 50+ page manual on forest management



BIOSIS and the Zoological Society of London (http://www.biosis.org)

An in-depth listing of many of the world's major biodiversity sites

Some of the links on this page may require additional software to view.

 Last Modified 4/24/18