Friends of Nachusa Grasslands PrairiE-Update
2015 Science Research Grant Awards
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To encourage science and education at Nachusa Grasslands, the Friends of Nachusa Grasslands award monetary grants to qualified candidates conducting scientific research significant to restoration and management practices at Nachusa Grasslands.
Thanks to the generosity of Friends' supporters and the group's commitment to the advancement of research-based knowledge, total annual award amounts have increased from $1,000 in 2011 to $15,000 in 2015.

The 2015 grant recipients, a brief description of their projects, and their award amounts are:

1)  Tom Anton, et al - Survey of Blanding's Turtles and other reptiles, $1,000
2)  Heather Herakovich - Continuation of work on grassland birds pre- and post-bison, $1,500
3)  Elizabeth Bach - Seasonal shifts in prairie fungal communities and carbon and nitrogen cycling, $2,200
4)  Nicholas Barber - Dung beetle community formation in bison areas, $750
5)  Pati Vitt - Continuation of Prairie Bush Clover study, $1,600
6)  Angela Burke - Effect of bison and fire on small mammal populations, $1,200
7)  Bethanne Bruninga-Socolar - Continuing study of effects of restoration on bee communities, $2,000
8)  Julia Brockman - Bison habitat selection study, $2,000
9)  Mark Wetzel  - Earthworm inventory, $1,800
10)  Sarah Smith - Soil studies, $950
Bethanne Bruninga-Socolar researches a bee community
Photo by Jacob Socolar
Angela Burke collects data from a deer mouse with her field assistant, Kevin Burke, at a Nachusa Grasslands sampling site
Photo by Bryan Burke
Elizabeth Bach studies prairie fungi at the Illinois Natural History Survey
Photo by Fan Yang
Julia Brockman observes bison bull behavior at a TNC Preserve
Photo by Jess Schulz
Nick Barber leads NIU Ecology class students on a tour of Nachusa Grasslands
Photo by Ted Burgess
Please join us in congratulating these scientists when you see them at Nachusa.

For more information, on current and past Scientific Research Grants, see the Friends of Nachusa Grasslands web page (   Direct questions to
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