Research at Nachusa
Scientific investigation occurs all year at Nachusa Grasslands, ranging from informal restoration experiments by stewards in their units to Friends-supported academic studies throughout the preserve. The Nature Conservancy, foundations, colleges, and universities may also provide funding for various projects. All scientists must obtain permission to conduct research at Nachusa Grasslands. (Download Word permit application/liability waiver.)
Nachusa Science Symposium
The next Nachusa Grasslands Science Symposium, co-sponsored by Friends of Nachusa Grasslands and The Nature Conservancy, will take place on April 24, 2021. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and share more information as we begin planning after the new year. It is likely the Symposium will have a strong virtual component or be entirely virtual. Contact Elizabeth Bach for information on the event.
2019 Nachusa Science Symposium Poster and Speaker Abstracts
2018 Nachusa Science Symposium Poster and Speaker Abstracts
2017 Nachusa Science Symposium Poster and Speaker Abstracts
2016 Nachusa Science Symposium Poster and Speaker Abstracts
Friends of Nachusa Grasslands Scientific Research Grants
To encourage scientific research at Nachusa, Friends of Nachusa Grasslands awards monetary grants to qualified academic scholars, graduate students, and independent researchers who are interested in studying topics relevant to the preserve.
Funded research projects focus primarily on prairie, savanna, wetland, woodland, and stream flora and faunal populations and/or habitat management such as prescribed fire, seed collection, weed control, and natural areas restoration.
See Potential Research Topics for a compilation of research topics and questions pondered by stewards and staff at Nachusa Grasslands.
Friends 2021 Science Grants
Thanks to our supporters' generous donations and matching grants, the annual award amounts have increased from $1,000 when we began the program in 2011 to a maximum of $49,000 in 2021.
For grant guidelines and the application, see Friends of Nachusa Grasslands 2021 Scientific Research Grants.
Join Us in Supporting Science at Nachusa Grasslands
Donations to Friends of Nachusa Grasslands may be designated for Scientific Research Grants.
Friends 2020 Science Grants
For 2020-2021, Friends of Nachusa Grasslands Friends has awarded $47,782, divided in varying amounts among twelve qualified researchers.
The 2020 grant recipients, projects, and amounts are posted on the Science Grants 2020 page.
For summaries of previous years’ grant award projects, visit: