GRANT THOMPSON, Ph.D., PLA, ASLA
Grant started his career with Genus in 2007 as an intern, progressed through licensure and became a project landscape architect. He played a meaningful role in several significant projects for Genus. His passion for horticulture and urban ecology led him to pursue graduate degrees at Cornell University where he was a National Science Foundation (NSF) Integrated Graduate Education and Research Trainee in the school’s cross-scale biogeochemistry and climate change initiative. He conducted field research in the NSF Baltimore Ecosystem Study Long Term Ecological Research network by assessing changes in urban soil properties resulting from urban landscape management and land-use change.
Grant has spent nearly 4 years as an assistant professor at Iowa State University in the Department of Horticulture teaching courses in landscape management, landscape construction, woody plant identification and plant propagation. He led the Sustainable Landscapes and Management (SLAM) Lab in research on post-construction soil restoration with compost and biological tillage, practices for improving root architecture in container-grown trees, urban forest diversity and climate change adaptation. His education and research experience spans site to regional scales with the goal for enhancing the establishment, growth, and function of designed landscapes. Grant enjoys life in Ames, where working in the vegetable garden and planning new native plantings are a family endeavor.