Two Great Locations, One Organization

Faculty & Student Research & Projects

    at Matthaei-Nichols

From our founding over a century ago research has played a key role here. Today, ecological themes take center stage in much of the research carried out at the Gardens and Arboretum, but we also support studies into the role of plants and nature in human health and physical well-being, the testing of ideas/devices used to support sustainability, and the role of art and performance in sharing ideas about nature. Whenever possible we share research conducted on our properties with the general public throughout lectures, presentations, or exhibits. And we work with faculty and students from all over campus to bring nature-based performances, readings, structures, or temporary installations to the public.

View 2016-2017 faculty and student research projects at Matthaei-Nichols

Please contact Catriona Mortell-Windecker to discuss how we can assist you further with your research or public outreach requirements: 734-615-9474; catriona@umich.edu. Or click on the button to the right to apply for a research project at Matthaei-Nichols.

For information on using our spaces to display an installation or conduct a performance, read our Project Installation Guidelines.

Free Transportation

Limited transportation funding to the Gardens is provided for University of Michigan students, classes and researchers.

In one of the greenhouses at Matthaei, PhD student Amanda Meier works on a project involving milkweed.

Apply to Conduct Research

If interested in conducting research at Matthaei-Nichols click the button below to begin the application process.

University of Michigan doctoral student Omid Oliyan Torghabehi installed Reciprocal Shades, above, at Matthaei Botanical Gardens in spring 2018. Omid’s research studies the potential of adapting reciprocal frames to create new lightweight material configurations as multi-performance architectural systems.

Affiliated Research

See some of the research projects that are related to our institution or sites.

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