Laura Martin awarded an NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant

Laura Martin has received a National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant from the NSF Science, Technology, and Society program. The grant will be supervised by Clifford Kraft and Sara Pritchard (STS), and will support Laura’s research on the relationship between ecological science and environmental management in the postwar United States.

Ecologist taking radiation readings from a crab, Bikini Atoll, 1964.

DNR receives large grant from EPAs Great Lakes National Program Office

DNR faculty Lars Rudstam and associate Jim Watkins teamed up with the Center for Great Lakes Studies at Buffalo State College (Drs. Alexander Karatayev and Lyuba Burlakova) to study lower trophic levels (benthos, zooplankton, mysids, algae) in all of the Laurentian Great Lakes from Lake Superior to Lake Ontario.  Funding is through EPA’s Great Lakes National Program Office and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and is for five years.  In addition to monitoring lower trophic levels on annual research cruises with EPA’s Lake Guardian, the research team will study the deep chlorophyll layer that is increasing in importance in the lakes, the ecological role of mysid shrimps, the detection of invasive species, and the use of indices of biotic integrity.  Of importance is also improved connection between lower trophic level assessment and fisheries management across the basin.  Two technicians and two graduate students at Cornell and one technician and a graduate student at Buffalo State will team up with the PI in this new initiative.  This work is a continuation of DNR and the Cornell Biological Field Station’s (CBFS) leadership in assessing and researching lower trophic levels in the Great Lakes; work that started with the collaborations between Bob O’Gorman at US Geological Survey and Ed Mills at CBFS almost 30 years ago.  We are building on a firm foundation.

EPA Grant for “EECapacity” Project

The EPA’s Office of Environmental Education selected Cornell’s Civic Ecology Lab for a 5-year, $10 million grant. The “EECapacity” project links environmental educators through workshops, online courses and other means, and to create opportunities to exchange ideas, practices and resources.

Prof. Marianne Krasny is the project’s principal investigator.

“Through a series of workshops, EECapacity will bring educators together from traditional and nontraditional urban backgrounds to exchange ideas and resources, and form social networks. From there the project will see what innovative ideas emerge. ‘We are not going to dictate practices,’ said Krasny. ‘We want to create an exchange of ideas, and expect that the educators will come up with innovative practices and apply them in the world.'”

Read more about the grant and this innovative project here.