Botanical Conservation with Red Butte Garden

Ecology, Plant Biology, Statistics

Red Butte Garden is Utah’s Botanical Garden, nestled between campus and the foothills at the mouth of Red Butte Canyon. Botanical gardens perform many roles beyond just creating a beautiful garden for people to enjoy. Research and conservation work at the garden includes maintaining a seed bank of Utah native rare plant seeds, conducting horticultural trials of native and water wise species for planting in our region, supporting ecological management and restoration in our natural areas, and testing the many ways in which plants can contribute to the health and wellbeing of society. Students participating in this stream will have the opportunity to participate in and conduct research across these different areas of activity, from ex situ conservation practices (rare seed collection and seed banking)/design and conduct plant trials, and collect ecological field data for restoration and monitoring projects. You’ll develop, implement, and report on your own project under the supervision of our horticultural and conservation staff.

Stream Leaders

Sarah Hinners, PhD
Director, Center for Ecological Planning and Design, College of Architecture + Planning