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About Laura L. Jackson

Laura Jackson joined the Tallgrass Prairie Center at the University of Northern Iowa in October 2013. She received her Bachelor's degree from Grinnell College, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. She has been a Biology faculty member of the University of Northern Iowa since 1993, teaching courses in conservation biology, applied ecology and environmental studies. Her research has focused on the restoration of biological diversity in agriculture landscapes, and the dynamics of seeds and seedling establishment in tallgrass prairie restoration. Laura has served on the Advisory Board for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture (2001-2012), and the State Preserves Advisory Board, and currently serves on the boards of the Society for Ecological Restoration Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter, Wild Farm Alliance, and Monarch Joint Venture.


Present Director, Tallgrass Prairie Center, University of Northern Iowa Tallgrass Prairie Center
Present Professor, Biology, University of Northern Iowa Department of Biology
Grant Recipient, Iowa Department of Transportation (multiple grants), U.S. Department of Agriculture, Iowa State University (multiple grants), University of Minnesota (multiple grants), Iowa Economic Development Authority, U.S. Department of Interior, University of Northern Iowa External Funding


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  • Restoration Ecology
  • Tallgrass Prairie Seminar
  • Advanced Ecology (Landscape Ecology)
  • Fire Ecology

Contact Information

University of Northern Iowa
Tallgrass Prairie Center 2
2412 West 27th Street
Cedar Falls, IA 50613-0294

Office: Tallgrass Prairie Center 2
Phone: (319) 273-2705


Articles (22)

Books (1)

Contributions to Books (2)