John Ball Zoo has partnered with Grand Valley on several projects focusing on the conservation of at-risk species of animals.
Through multiple projects, the Zoo and GVSU work together to research and perform field work helping Eastern box turtles, freshwater mussels, Grand River Sturgeon and more.
Through a $25,000 summer research grant awarded to GVSU by the Zoo, the Zoo supported participation of five undergraduate students and one graduate student in field research. The students researched several topics, including fungal restoration, Arctic soil and wetland data collection, the Grand River ecosystem, forest health, the evolutionary ecology of Galapagos Lava Lizards and mapping tree species in Grand Haven to monitor disease prevalence.
“I am excited about this expansion of GVSU’s partnership with John Ball Zoo," said Jennifer Drake, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. "We share a commitment to being good stewards of our environment through the conservation of species and habitats, and to offering undergraduate and graduate students hands-on research opportunities. Together, we are educating the next generation of scientists.”