Bob Grese is Professor Emeritus of Environment and Sustainability. His interests include 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. He has long been fascinated by the work of early designers such as Jens Jensen and Ossian Cole Simonds who borrowed from the native landscape in their work, as there is much to be learned about their designs and their fate over time.
Grese, Robert E. 2020. “Nearby Nature: O.C. Simonds and the Nichols Arboretum.” View. 20: 14-23.
Michener, David and Robert E. Grese, editors. 2020. A Passion for Peonies:Celebrating the Culture and Conservation of Nichols Arboretum’s Beloved Flower. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
Grese, Robert E. 2017. “Nichols Arboretum, 1906-2017,” Object Lessons and the Formation of Knowledge: The University of Michigan Museums, Libraries and Collections 1817-2017, edited by Kerstin Barndt and Carla M. Sinopoli, Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
Grese, Robert E. 2015. “Engaging people in the design of landscapes.” Fostering Reasonableness: Supportive Environments for Bringing Out Our Best edited by Rachel Kaplan and Avik Basu. Ann Arbor: Maize Books (Michigan Publishing). Pp. 329-346.
Grese, Robert E. 2014. “Time and change in the landscapes of Jens Jensen.” History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes. 34:1 (January-March): 28-37.
Grese, Robert E. 2011. The Native Landscape Reader. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press in conjunction with the Library of American Landscape History.
M.S.L.A., University of Wisconsin (landscape architecture)
B.L.A. University of Georgia (landscape architecture)
Fellow, American Society of Landscape Architects
Fellow, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture
Garden Club of America, Honorary Director
Washtenaw County Natural Areas Technical Advisory Board, Member