NBI Research Mission Statement
The goal of the Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative (NBI) research program is to increase knowledge of understudied taxonomic groups and of the overall biodiversity of Nantucket, Tuckernuck, Muskeget and surrounding waters. The NBI facilitates collaboration, research, data storage, and sharing between on and off-island researchers, conservation interests and the general public.
There are many opportunities to participate in the research efforts of the Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative. Please see below for more information on the ways you can participate as a researcher, student, teacher, interested citizen.
NBI 6th Biennial Biodiversity Assessment
Every other year, scientists and naturalist converge on Nantucket for a week of biodiversity related inventory work, research and public education. Experts in plant identification, insects, reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals and many more spend a week leading walks, conducting research and networking. Anyone interested in learning about the biodiversity of Nantucket is welcome to participate.
Please visit our NBI
Biodiversity Assessment Week page for more information.
NBI Annual Research Grants
Each year, the NBI funds research projects designed to increase understanding of the unique bioversity present on Nantucket, Tuckernuck, and Muskeget. The
NBI program awards grants of $1,500 or less
to researchers from all areas of the sciences.
Researchers can use the funding to pay for
the purchase of equipment necessary to complete
a specific research project. Grant recipients are encouraged to participate in our biennial Research Conferences and Biodiversity Assessment Weeks, held in alternate years.
Please visit our NBI Research Grants page for more information on the application process and to read reports from past grant recipients.
NBI Biennial Research Conference
A full day conference, offered every other year, featuring oral presentations and posters relating to biodiversity research on Nantucket, its surrounding waters, and coastal New England. This conference is free to register and open to anyone intersted in learning about the biodiversity present on Nantucket.
Please visit our NBI Research Conference page for more information on the conference.