Robert E. Grese

Robert E. Grese, FASLA, is professor of landscape architecture and Theodore Roosevelt Chair of Ecosystem Management at the School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Grese also serves as director of the university’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. His work has included the restoration of prairie and savanna habitat, social research into the benefits of volunteer stewardship efforts, and programs that connect children with nature, as well as studies of early landscape architects, including Ossian Cole Simonds and Jens Jensen, who focused on conservation and used native vegetation in their designs. He is author of Jens Jensen: Maker of Natural Parks and Garden and The Native Landscape Reader, a compilation of writings about land conservation and stewardship from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Grese holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Georgia and an MSLA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.