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Western National Parks Association is proud to support scientific research in national parks by granting research funds to qualified individuals and institutions. The funds support a wide range of projects, from archeological surveys and erosion control studies to recording oral histories and reintroducing endangered wildlife. For more information, contact research@wnpa.org.

To review current projects, click on the headings to sort by park, investigator, and subject, or use the project search function below by entering a key word or exact phrase.
Project: Name/Site
An Inventory of the Scorpions of Wupatki National Monument:
W. David Sissom
Entomology
2009
Analysis of Historic and Prehistoric Artifacts from 2004-2006 Archeological Survey and Testing on New Lands, Tumacacori National Historical Park:
Jeremy Moss
Archeology
2008
Archaeological Investigations at Mission Guevavi: For more information, view the following research file:
Barnet Pavao-Zuckerman
Archeology
2014
Baseline Ethnographic Context and Contemporary Ethnography of the Great Basin National Park, White Pine County, Nevada: For more information, view the following research file:
Sylvester L. Lahren, Jr.
Archival and Historical Studies
2013
Bobcats out of Bounds: Using citizen science to investigate the Urban limits of Bobcats living in and around the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area: For more information, view the following research file:
Erin Boydston, Seth P.D. Riley
Mammalogy
2012
Bow-Wave of Empire: Investigating Evidence of the Vasquez de Corona: For more information, view the following research file:
Clay Mathers
Archeology
2012
Characterization of bat microbiota and roost microclimate in lava cave bat roosts at El Mailpais National Monument: Implications for the New Mexico bats in the face of White Nose Syndrome: Yr. 3: For more information, view the following research file:
Debbie Buecher
Ornithology
2014
Characterization of bat microbiota and roost microclimate in lave cave bat roosts at El Malpais National Monument; Implications for new Mexico In the face of White Nose Syndrome: For more information, view the following research file:
Debbue Buecher
Mammalogy
2013
Closing the Gap at Aztec Ruins: Refining the Dating Sequence Using Corn and Pottery: For more information, view the following research file:
Lori S. Reed, Gary M. Brown
Archeology
2013
Collecting and Sharing the History of Nicodemus through site bulletins: For more information, view the following research file:
Angela Bates
Archival and Historical Studies
2012
Dendrochronological sourcing of timber from the great houses of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico: For more information, view the following research file:
Thomas Swetnam
Archeology
2013
Dendrochronology of Early Hispanic Village Settlement along The Rio Pecos: For more information, view the following research file:
Thomas Windes
Archival and Historical Studies
2012
Documentation of Flora Species at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument: For more information, view the following research file:
William Norris
Botany
2013
Documentation of Flora Species at Tavasci Marsh: For more information, view the following research file:
Patricia West
Botany
2010
Euphorbia terracina on native plants of the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area: For more information, view the following research file:
Christy Brigham
Botany
2010
Evaluating the efficacy of community engagement programs at Saguaro National Park: For more information, view the following research file:
Estee Rivera Murdock
Select a Subject
2014
Evaluation of species interactions to assess the feasibility for multi-species refuges for threatened fishes in the Mojave Desert, California: For more information, view the following research file:
Craig Stockwell, Sujan Henkanaththegedara
Select a Subject
2013
Experimental evaluation of hybridization risk between endangered Mohave Tui chub and non-native arroyo chub:
Craig Stockwell, Steve Paramenter
Select a Subject
2008
Historic Fishing Sites on Santa Rosa Island Survey: For more information, view the following research file:
Todd Braje
Archeology
2012
Identifying Technological Styles within Spanish Colonial Caramics: Investigating the Formation of Social Identity at the San Antonio Missions: For more information, view the following research file:
Steve Tomka
Archival and Historical Studies
2010
Investigating Ancient Dynamics by Studying Salado Ceramics and Obsidian:
Patrick Lyons
Archeology
2006
Lead exposure, altered stress response, and reproductive success in California Conders: For more information, view the following research file:
M. Finkelstein, D. Smith, Zeka Kuspa
Ornithology
2014
Obsidian Sourcing at Ancestral Pueblo Sites, Bandelier National Monument: For more information, view the following research file:
Rory Gauthier
Archival and Historical Studies
2010
Post Livestock Grazing Vegetation Trends: Re-establishment of Long-term Plots: For more information, view the following research file:
Ron Hiebert, Charles Schelz
Botany
2012
Recent and Historical Influence of Anthropogenic Activities in Great Basin National Park: Evidence from Lake Sediment and Water Geochemistry:
Bryan Mark, David Porinchu, Jason Box
Archival and Historical Studies
2012
Stand History, Structure and Composition of the Pygmy Forests at El Malpais Nationa Monument, New Mexico: Lessons from Research for Interpreting a Rare Forest Type: For more information, view the following research file:
Henri D. Grissino-Mayer
Select a Subject
2011
The Bryophyte Flora of the Big Thicket National Preserve, Hardin, Tyler, and Polk Counties, Texas, Yr. 2 of 3:
Dale Kruse, Paul Davison
Botany
2009
The Role of Herbivory and Competition in the Dominance of Non-Native Grass: For more information, view the following research file:
Peter Chesson, Pacifica Sommers
Select a Subject
2013

 

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