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About Us

The Morofsky Memorial Library (commonly known as the Gull Lake Branch Library), is located at the Kellogg Biological Station: Opens in a New Tab (KBS) in Hickory Corners, Michigan.  Located between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, Michigan (about 65 miles or 105 km from the main campus).

The Gull Lake Branch Library

Dr. Walter F. Morofsky

Summer programs in field biology were taught for many years at the station. The first director of the station, Dr. Walter F. Morofsky, was an entomologist with MSU. The library has a strong historical entomology collection. Early Bird Sanctuary research and teaching led to a good waterfowl collection. Once the year round research station was established in 1965, and the branch library was established, a strong research program in limnology was begun, which continues to this day. Currently, there are strong research programs in limnology, microbial ecology, plant ecology, agricultural ecology, fish ecology and vertebrate behavioral ecology.

The Gull Lake Library contains over 15,00 volumes, many of which are bound journal volumes. Nearly 150 current serial titles are received. The collection supports the research interests of KBS faculty, staff, students and visiting scientists in aquatic and terrestrial ecology, evolution, behavior and agro-ecology.

The Kellogg Biological Station

Located on the shore of Gull Lake, KBS is Michigan State University's largest off-campus education complex and one of North America's premier inland field stations.  KBS's mission is focused on research and education in ecology and evolutionary biology and its application to sustainable agriculture and conservation.

The station is named for cereal magnate W. K. Kellogg, an early 20th century entrepreneur who believed that people should use their gifts and knowledge to help others. He was also an environmentalist who understood the importance of preserving the land and its resources.  Kellogg established, and later donated to Michigan State College, several important facilities that became part of what is now Michigan State University's Kellogg Biological Station.  World renowned for its contributions to ecological science and evolutionary biology, the Station is home to one of the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research sites, and is committed to science and ecology education, conservation of natural resources and sustainable agriculture research and demonstration.

Aerial view of Kellogg Biological Station

The 4,065-acre station includes Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, Kellogg Farm, the Kellogg Biological Laboratories, the KBS Conference Center, Extension and Outreach offices and the Lux Arbor Reserve. The nearby Kellogg Experimental Forest is closely affiliated with KBS.