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Mercer Gardens

Research at Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, a Harris County Precinct 4 Parks Department facility, is offering year-round research and volunteer opportunities to University of Houston undergraduates. Located in Humble, Texas, Mercer’s 325 acres showcase the region’s largest collection of cultivated native and exotic plants. Conservation of rare and endangered plant species is a top priority at Mercer, with a focus on the flora of Texas and the Gulf Coast. Mercer also actively promotes stronger values of environment conservation and sustainability, as well as preservation of endangered exotic plant species.

Research projects may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Archival and Data Management
  • Forest Management
  • Mosquito Abatement Research and Education
  • Children’s Educational Programming
  • Creek Surveys
  • Endangered Plant Conservation
  • Herbarium Curation and Living Collections Inventory
  • Invasive Species Study
  • Native Plant/Insect/Bird Study
  • Nonprofit Development
  • Public Relations and Marketing
  • Retail/Merchandise Analysis

A position may be acquired for course credit as part of a degree program, for a SURFPURS, or Thesis project, or on a volunteer basis. To explore these opportunities it is likely you will need to find a University of Houston professor to support the project at Mercer. If you are interested in exploring this exciting opportunity, contact Karen Weber in the Office of Undergraduate Research for more information.

Research opportunities are available for all majors and minors, including:

Medicine & Society
Computer Science
Health & Human Performance

Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens Mission Statement:  

In pursuit of an enhanced quality of life through a greater appreciation of the essential value and beauty of the plant world, Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens seeks to establish and maintain a versatile botanical facility for Houston and the greater Gulf Coast region, serving the general public, the horticulture industry, and the scientific community.

Visit Mercer online at to learn more about the gardens.

photos by Scott Meadows and Anita Tiller