Professor; Theodore Roosevelt Chair of Ecosystem Management; Director, Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
Bob Grese serves as Director of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. His teaching and research involve ecologically-based landscape design and management that respects the cultural and natural history of a region. Grese is particularly interested in the restoration and on-going management of urban wilds and the role such lands can play in re-connecting children and families with nature.
Associate Professor Hunter's specialty, ecological design, is premised in the integration of art and science. Hunter aims to create a built environment that is ecologically functional, contextually meaningful and personally engaging. She is a licensed professional landscape architect and have worked as a research ecologist. She presently does translational research that allows me to bring scientific discovery into design applications. Her teaching includes ecological planting design studio, sustainable site design, urban agriculture, and civil engineering for designers.
Associate Professor Jones' work focuses upon the issues of inclusive design and social justice and how they impact both design processes and the physical places we help to create. Through his teaching, research and writing, Jones works to clarify how issues pertaining to landscape construction, technology, sustainability, process and form can and should be impacted by a deeper understanding of how the decisions we make as design and planning professionals impact the ability of people to take part in the life of vibrant, healthy landscapes, be they urban, rural, or wild.
Mark's research investigates the impact of digital media in general, and 3D visualization in particular, on the design and perception of environments. Research interests are rooted in landscape architecture and informed by experiences in professional design practice. One of his current research focuses is the empirical evaluation of multisensory spatial perception, with the aim of foregrounding human experience in the design and planning of environments for more ecologically, socially and culturally sustainable outcomes.
Joan Iverson Nassauer is Professor of Landscape Architecture in the School of Natural Resources and Environment. She was named Fellow by the American Society of Landscape Architects (1992), Fellow of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (2007), and Distinguished Practitioner of Landscape Ecology in the US (1998) and Distinguished Scholar (2007) by the International Association of Landscape Ecology. She focuses on the cultural sustainability of ecological design in human-dominated landscapes.