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Jacqualine Grant

Associate Professor of Biology / Museum Curator


Conservation biologist whose work focuses on green infrastructure and organismal biology.



Dr. Jackie Grant is associate professor of biology and director of the Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History at Southern Utah University’s Walter Maxwell Gibson College of Science and Engineering. A conservation biologist, her work focuses on green infrastructure and organismal biology related to insects, mammals, and amphibians.

In 2017, Dr. Grant received a first-of-its-kind release time award from iUTAH (innovative Urban Transitions and Aridregion Hydro-sustainability) for funding water conservation research as it relates to native plants, pollinator habitat improvement, and wildfire restoration. As director of the Frehner Museum, she engages in collections management and collaborating with the Southern Utah Museum of Art to bring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) educational programming to thousands of K-12 students throughout southern Utah.

Additionally, Dr. Grant serves as vice president for education and outreach for the Society for Conservation Biology and teaches for the SUU Semester in the Parks program. Her academic degrees include a ​Ph.D. in neurobiology and behavior and an M.S. in animal science from Cornell University. From Texas A&M University, she earned a B.S. degree in biochemistry.


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Industry Expertise

  • Biotechnology
  • Education/Learning
  • Forestry/Forest Products
  • Renewables and Environmental

Areas of Expertise

GeneticsWildlife ConservationWildfire RestorationWildfireWater Conservation Southern Utah PlantsRenewables and EnvironmentPollinatorsNative PlantsMammalogyGreen InfrastructureEducational OutreachEcological RestorationConservation Biology


Trustees Award of Excellence | professional

Southern Utah Unversity, 2018

Volunteer Recognition Certificate | professional

Office of the Lieutenant Governor in partnership with the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism, 2018

Professor of the Year | professional

Southern Utah University, 2018

Achievement in Experiential Learning | professional

Incorporating project-based, hands-on learning into the classroom

SUU Service Learning Award | professional

Commitment to Service at SUU

Outstanding Faculty Member | professional

School of Forest Resources at Penn State University


Cornell University

Ph. D., Neurobiology and Behaviour

Cornell University

M. Sc., Animal Science


  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • Southwest Wildlife Foundation
  • Cedar City Trails Commission

Media Appearances

Southern Utah Museum of Art open to the public

ABC 4 News Utah  online


If you are a parent looking for something fun and free to do for your kids after school on early out days, Southern Utah Museum of Art is open for the public to help people get out in the community. Jackie Grant, director of Natural History Museum, mentions how each kid will learn how to recognize animals from their bones, fecal matter, and tracks. With interactions with seeds, wildfires, and fossils kids will have an unlimited fun time learning about all tons of significant facts, and Utah's ecology.

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The 2017 Brian Head Fire Site Serves As Community Classroom

Utah Public Radio  radio


Residents living in the southern Utah community of Cedar City watched as flames fueled a fire and filled the air with smoke beginning in June 2017. The Brian Head fire damaged more than 72,000 acres of Dixie National Forest and Bureau of Land Management land.

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Help Restore Public Lands Destroyed by Brian Head Fire While Learning

St. George News  online


Experience the public lands surrounding Cedar City like never before with Southern Utah University and Jacqualine Grant. Make your summer meaningful by helping restore lands damaged in the 2017 Brian Head fire.

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ICCB 2017 Student Award Winners

Society for Conservation Biology  online


“Our student winners represented the diversity and strength of SCB,” said Grant, an assistant professor of biology at Southern Utah University and the director of the Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History. “Every region of the Society was represented in the student competition by students who are from or work in those regions. The new structure of this year’s competition fostered participation from students through a variety of venues, and moves SCB into new spaces for communicating science at our meetings.”

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Brian Head Fire: From containment to restoration

Spectrum  print


Dr. Jackie Grant, a biology professor at Southern Utah University, is tasked with collecting seeds and native plants for research and restoration following a devastating event, such as a wildfire. Before the damage even occurs, Grant and her team find native seeds for farmers, who will then grow the plant to identify the most efficient and economical options for harvesting. This way, enough seeds are ready to go for re-planting after the damage occurs.

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SUU museums partner for unique education experiences

Spectrum  print


For three years the Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History and the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery on the campus of Southern Utah University have been partnering to offer science and art in a unique way to K-12 students in Cedar City. “Scientists are far more creative than most people assume,” said Jackie Grant, museum curator and professor at SUU. “When we pair science with art it is more engaging to general audiences such as elementary school children.”

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Science Pups Learn from Biology Students

USA Today  online


Students from East Elementary teamed up with biology students from Southern Utah University and hit the Coal Creek trail armed with cookie sheets and peanut butter to learn what types of mammals live along the stream. Jaqualine Grant teaches a mammalogy course at the university and paired her students with East Elementary’s Science and Engineering Club, also known as Science Pups, for the experiential learning opportunity.

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‘Evening for Educators’ creates Museum-in-a-Box

St George News  online


The Department of Art & Design at Southern Utah University will host an “Evening for Educators” at the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 6-9 p.m. This evening will focus on the importance of preservation, investigate the artwork of Joseph Cornell, and talk about pocket galleries, collecting, documenting, and saving important artifacts.

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Episode 35: Sowing Seeds for the Future

Solutions for Higher Education  online

Dr. Jackie Grant from SUU's Biology department joins the podcast this week as we discuss how forest fires impact the environment and changes the landscape, as well as how seed collection can help in restoring forests.

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Research Grants

Colorado Plateau Native Plant Program (CPNPP)

Bureau of Land Management $ 67,949


Funding provided to collect seeds from native plants for research and restoration. These seeds are used to restore plant life after wildfires destroy forests and seeds in the underlying soil.

iUTAH EPSCoR Research Catalyst Grant

iUtah $ 5,000


Faculty release program

NSF iUTAH EPSCoR Research Catalyst Grant

iUtah $ 15,807


Enhancing biodiversity, water conservation, and urban agriculture through green roof infrastructure.

NSF iUTAH EPSCoR EOD Catalyst Grant

iUtah $ 8,223


Green roof agriculture exhibit and outreach at the Frehner Museum


Innovative Arts Programs Require Innovative Partnerships: A Case Study of STEAM Partnering between an Art Gallery and a Natural History Museum | The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas

Jacqualine Grant & Delaney Patterson


The arts animate learning because they are inherently experiential and because of their potential to develop creative and critical thinking skills in students. These same skills are valued in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, but the arts have not been consistently included in STEM lessons. We transformed our STEM programming into STEAM programming (STEM plus arts) by creating an innovative partnership between two informal learning environments, the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery and the Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History at Southern Utah University...

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A reliable, non-invasive technique for measuring growth in tadpoles exposed to salt | Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology

MS Weeg, JB Grant


The use of chemical de-icers raises salt levels in roadside streams and ponds, which has adverse effects on tadpole development. Experiments on the effects of de-icers on tadpole development are often hampered by difficulties measuring body size without introducing handling stress that may skew results or cause unintended mortality. We have found a linear relationship between surface area and body mass in tadpoles that is unaffected by exposure to salt. Measuring surface area is therefore a suitable technique ...

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iSAW: Integrating Structure, Actors, and Water to Study Socio-Hydro-Ecological Systems | Earth's Future

Jacqualine Grant


Urbanization, climate, and ecosystem change represent major challenges for managing water resources. Although water systems are complex, a need exists for a generalized representation of these systems to identify important components and linkages to guide scientific inquiry and aid water management. We developed an integrated Structure-Actor-Water framework (iSAW) to facilitate the understanding of and transitions to sustainable water systems. Our goal was to produce an interdisciplinary framework for ...

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Integrating Water, Actors, and Structure to Study Socio-Hydro-Ecological Systems | AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts

RL Hale, A Armstrong, MA Baker, S Bedingfield, D Betts, CA Buahin, M Buchert, T Crowl, R Dupont, J Endter-Wada, C Flint, J Grant, S Hinners, D Horns, JS Horsburgh, D Jackson-Smith, AS Jones, C Licon, SE Null, A Odame, DE Pataki, DE Rosenberg, M Runburg, P Stoker, C Strong


Urbanization, climate uncertainty, and ecosystem change represent major challenges for managing water resources. Water systems and the forces acting upon them are complex, and there is a need to understand and generically represent the most important system components and linkages. We developed a framework to facilitate understanding of water systems including potential vulnerabilities and opportunities for sustainability. Our goal was to produce an interdisciplinary framework for water resources ...

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Effects of six chemical deicers on larval wood frogs (Rana sylvatica) | Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Meagan L Harless, Casey J Huckins, Jacqualine B Grant, Thomas G Pypker


Widespread and intensive application of road deicers, primarily road salt (NaCl), in North America threatens water quality and the health of freshwater ecosystems. Intensive use of NaCl can be harmful to sensitive members of freshwater ecosystems such as amphibians. Detection of negative effects of NaCl application has prompted the search for alternative chemical deicers with lower environmental impacts. We conducted a series of 96-h acute toxicity tests to determine the negative sensitivity of larval wood frogs...

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BIOL 1620 General Biology II, BIOL 1625 General Biology II Lab

This course introduces Science Majors to the study of biology and the diversity of life. It provides fundamental knowledge of morphological complexity, physiology, development, environmental adaptation, and the evolutionary history of life on Earth. Three hours of lecture per week.

BIOL 2500 Environmental Biology

Course investigates diverse ecosystems found in southern Utah. Ecosystems will be used to learn about cycling of matter/energy, patterns, scale, proportion, the link between structure/function, cause/effect, and evidence of stability and change.

BIOL 3060 Genetics, BIOL 3065 Genetics Lab

Transmission and expression of genetic information, organisms, and populations. Topics include basic transmission and molecular genetics, regulation of gene expression, developmental genetics, genetics of cancer, the immune response and behavior, and population genetics and evolution.

BIOL 3390 Mammalogy, BIOL 3395 Mammalogy Lab

Structure, classification, life histories and distribution of mammals; introduction to methods of field investigation.

BIOL 4650 Capstone: Conservation Biology

Principles and concepts of conservation biology with emphasis on management of biodiversity (including genetic diversity), ecosystems, and populations and on socio-economic and political factors related to conservation.