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Dr. Laura Jackson

Dr. Laura Jackson
Director, Tallgrass Prairie Center and Professor of Biology
(319) 273-2705
0294 Tallgrass Prairie Center

1983 BA-Biology, Grinnell College

1990 PhD Ecology, Cornell University

Teaching Interests: 
Restoration Ecology, Tallgrass Prairie Seminar, Advanced Ecology (Landscape Ecology), Fire Ecology

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

For more information, visit the Tallgrass Prairie Center website,


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. 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, 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