Where life begins...

Dr. Laura Jackson

Dr. Laura Jackson
Professor & Director of the Tallgrass Prairie Center
(319) 273-2705
0294 Tallgrass Prairie Center

1983 BA-Biology, Grinnell College

1990 PhD Ecology, Cornell University

Teaching Interests: 
Restoration Ecology and Environmental Studies for non-majors

Ecological restoration of agricultural landscapes; forb establishment dynamics in tallgrass prairie reconstruction.

For more information, visit the Tallgrass Prairie Center website,


Riebkes, J. L., M. E. Sherrard, and L. L. Jackson.  2018. Supplemental seed increases native seedling establishment in roadside prairie restoration. Restoration Ecology.  DOI: 10.1111/rec.12699

Pellish, C.A., M. E. Sherrard, P. A. Leytem* and L. L. Jackson. 2018. Small vertebrate granivores reduce seedling emergence in native tallgrass prairie restoration. Restoration Ecology DOI 10.1111/rec.12557

Thogmartin, WE, L. López-Hoffman, J. Rohweder, J. Diffendorfer, R. Drum, D. Semmens, S. Black, I. Caldwell, D. Cotter, P. Drobney, L. L. Jackson, M. Gale, D. Helmers, S. Hilburger, E. Howard, K. Oberhauser, J. Pleasants, O. Taylor, P. Ward, J. Weltzin, B. Semmens, M. Steele, and R. Wiederholt.  2017. Restoring monarch butterfly habitat in the Midwestern US: ‘all hands on deck.’ Environmental Research Letters 12 (2017) 074005.

Jackson, L.L. and D. D. Keeney. 2010. Perennial farming systems that resist flooding. Pages 215-225 in Mutel, Cornelia, editor. A Watershed Year: Anatomy of the Iowa Floods of 2008. University of Iowa Press, Iowa City.

Jackson, L. L. 2008. Who "designs" the agricultural landscape? Landscapes Journal 27:23-40. Special Theme Issue on Metropolitan Design.

Williams, D. W., L. L. Jackson and D. D. Smith. 2007. Effects of mowing on survival and persistence of forbs seeded into a species-poor grassland. Restoration Ecology 15:24-33.

Jackson, D. L. and L. L. Jackson, Editors. 2002. The Farm as Natural Habitat: Reconnecting Food Systems with Ecosystems. Island Press, Covelo, California.

Jackson, L. L., D. Keeney and E. Gilbert. 2000. Swine manure management plans in North-Central Iowa: nutrient loading and policy implications. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 55:205-212