Prairie Research Institute

15 Years.
15 Stories.

To celebrate our 15th anniversary, we’ll be writing 15 stories about PRI’s collaborative research that impacts the lives of the people of Illinois—and beyond—every day.

Public Health & Wellbeing

cars parked along a flooded street

Environmental Justice

Examining disparities in outcomes from weather, climate, and water-related hazards

Full Storyabout Environmental Justice
water being poured into glass

Examining Contaminants

Pinpointing threats to our health & safety

Full Storyabout contaminants
dark thunderstorm over corn field

Hidden Dangers

An exploration of Illinois’ hazards

Full Storyabout hazards in Illinois
Satellite imagery of Joliet, a city in Illinois

Diving In

A close-up look at Illinois’ water resources


Resilient Environment

brown and white duck swimming in blue water

Balancing Act

Managing limited resources for outdoor recreation

Full Storyabout Outdoor Recreation
brown and white bird perched on a branch

Kick-starting Conservation

Detecting rare species across a dynamic landscape

Full Storyabout Conservation

Investigating Invasive Species

Exotic insects that threaten agriculture and human health

Full Storyabout Invasive Insects

Planning our Paths

Research and monitoring inform statewide land-use decisions

Full Storyabout Land-Use Planning
Illinois River with dam and bridge

Sustainable Economy

panoramic cornfield

Cultivating Innovation

The Intersection of Geography, Climate, and Agricultural Research in Illinois

Full Storyabout Cultivating Innovation
surveying site for highway

Preventing Roadblocks

PRI Keeps Illinois on the Straight and Narrow

Full Storyabout Preventing Roadblocks

Propelling Innovation

PRI and Illinois’ Industrial Evolution

Full Storyabout Propelling Innovation

Evolving Energy

From Coal to Critical Minerals

Full Storyabout Evolving Energy
soybean field