© Jin Hong


Donations to the Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative help support research into the unique biodiversity of Nantucket, Tuckernuck and Muskeget as well as our annual Biodiversity events.

Donations at all levels are highly appreciated. Please contact:

Andrew McKenna-Foster, Director of Natural Science, Maria Mitchell Association

Checks can be made out to: Maria Mitchell Assocation, Subject line: NBI Contribution

and mailed to:

Maria Mitchell Association
ATTN: Andrew Mckenna-Foster
4 Vestal St.
Nantucket, MA 02554


Henry Bancel "Bam" LaFarge Biodiversity Science Grant

A grant in memory of Bam LaFarge has been established with the intention to support research and exploration on Tuckernuck Island, a place dear to Bam's heart. If you are making a donation in Bam's name, please follow the instructions above and include a subject line:

NBI - Bam LaFarge

Mile-A-Minute Vine Alert!

A new weed has been detected on Nantucket, and we want to know if you've seen it!

Printable ID Card

Nantucket Chronicle: Mile-A-Minute Weed

If you think you see this weed - contact either of these IPSC reps:

Sarah Bois

Kelly Omand


NBI is working with the Nantucket DPW in a Cooperative Weed Management Project to control invasive species along Nantucket road sides and bike paths.


Visit our Invasive Species Committee website to learn more about this new initiative and to see a list of invasive species on Nantucket


© James Hinson







The Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative (NBI) seeks to conserve the native biodiversity of Nantucket through collaborative research, monitoring and education.

NBI is a collaborative effort between many local, state and federal conservation, science and research organizations.




The 6th Biennial Nantucket Biodiversity Conference:

November 13th - 15th 2015

A full day of talks and posters related to biodiversity research on Nantucket, Tuckernuck, and surrounding areas. Field Trips to explore the unique habitats and species found on the island and a Keynote Lecture by Dr. Elizabeth Farnsworth!


Registration is Now OPEN!!!

Please register to attend the conference, a field trip and/or a workshop by November 6th to reserve your spot.


See our conference website for a full schedule.


NBI Research Grants

The Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative supports biodiversity related research on Nantucket, Tuckernuck, and Muskeget Islands through and annual Small Grants program. This program awards grants of $1,500 or less to researchers from all areas of the sciences. Funding is available for the purchase of research equipment, travel to the Islands for research, field supplies, sample processing, etc necessary to complete a specific research project.

The 2015 grant review period has ended. Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal. Please check back in December 2015 for our next review period.

More information can be found on our NBI Research Page






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