Faculty & Student Research & Projects

    at Matthaei-Nichols

Amanda Meier Hunter Lab project

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.

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.

Please contact Catriona Mortell-Windecker to discuss how we can assist you further with your public outreach requirements: 734-615-9474; catriona@umich.edu; and Mike Palmer: 734-756-5098; mdpalmer@umich.edu to discuss your research requirements. Or click on the “Learn more” button 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.


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.