The grants were awarded by the NET board last month, part of 113 projects receiving more than $18.35 million.
Russo, a professor who heads a research team focused on community ecology, is principal investigator of "Effects of redcedar on the diversity and ecosystem services of Nebraska’s forests".
Garbisch, associate director of Cedar Point Biological Station, is principal investigator of "Student-integrated forest and prairie management at Cedar Point Biological Station".
The Nebraska Legislature created the Nebraska Environmental Trust in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the trust has provided more than $349 million in grants to more than 2,400 projects across the state. Anyone—citizens, organizations, communities, farmers and businesses—can apply for funding to protect habitat, improve water quality, and establish recycling programs in Nebraska. The Nebraska Environmental Trust works to preserve, protect, and restore natural resources for future generations.
The School of Biological Sciences is a science area of the College of Arts and Sciences.