Small Grants Program Past Recipients

2016 Award Recipients

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Awards

David Auerbach Understanding the evolution of the Patagonian rain shadow through the Cenozoic
Katelyn Gray Reconstructing terrestrial climates using gar scales
Lan Jin Air pollution and adverse birth outcomes in Lanzhou, China
Daniel Field Origin of the modern avian locomotor apparatus across a neglected evolutionary interval
Jia Liu Effects of wildfire smoke on population health in the western U.S. under climate change
Hui Li New internal biothermometer in biomass-PO4 to study vent macrobiota at the seafloor and microbial life beneath the seafloor
Holger Petermann Influence of changes in climate on squamate growth: Implications for future biodiversity loss
Natalie Schultz Quantitative analysis of the effects of land cover change on climate extremes
Noah Sokol From plant carbon to stable soil organic carbon: Is the path travelled as important as the input itself?
Steve Whittaker Ambient air pollution per specific land use features in the Eastern Caribbean region
Michelle Young Land management practices and ecological verticality: A study of prehispanic environmental adaptation strategies at Atalla, Huancavelica, Peru
Yiqi Zheng Using relationships between photosynthesis and formaldehyde column as a probe of isoprene emission

Doctoral Pilot Awards

Janet Burke Planktonic foraminiferal morphology and porosity in a cooling ocean
Chloe Chen-Kraus Assessing impacts of anthropogenic disturbance on lemurs at Bezà Mahafaly Special Reserve, Madagascar
Devon Cole Silica cycling through the biosphere across the Permian-Triassic Extinction
Matteo Fabbri 4D dynamics of cells and tissues to revolutionize neurogenesis in Archosauria
Jessica Glass A comparison of stable isotope analytical techniques for a marine teleost predator, the Giant Trevally (Caranx ignobilis)
Michael Hanson The development and evolution of cranial kinesis in birds
Myles Lennon Diversifying the solar market from the top-down and bottom-up
Daniel MacGuigan Environmental effects on genomic signatures of hybridization
Jon Powell Establishing waste informatics to mitigate materials management impacts to the terrestrial biosphere
Peter Umunay Quantifying emissions from human-induced causes of forest degradation in the Congo Basin Region
Christopher Whalen Phylogenetic systematics of pan-Gnathostomata
Siyang Xia Oviposition preference in sylvatic and domestic populations of Aedes aegypti in Gabon

Master’s Awards

Eliabeth Creech Stream surface light availability given stream order and riparian vegetation type
Danica Doroski Techniques for natural regeneration in urban forests
Taylor Ganz Impacts of air pollutants on alpine snowpacks in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming
Juliana Hanle Relationships between bird abundance and diversity with post-harvest forest stand structure
Rachel Lowenthal Influence of land cover on phosphorus loads during storm events in Connecticut’s Farmington River watershed
Mariana Vedeveto Financial mechanisms for investments in water infrastructure in Brazil
Christine Weiss Genetic analysis of aboveground/belowground relationships between trees and other organisms
Katherine Wolf Residential racial and ethnic segregation and particulate air pollution levels in the United States
Lucia Woo Assessing potential human health impacts from wildfire smoke exposure in Alaskan communities

 

2015 Award Recipients

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Awards

Ross Anderson Environmental controls on the Neoproterozoic (1000-541 million years ago) microfossil record from shales: Implications for the record of eukaryotic crown group diversification
Colin Donihue Putting trait variation in context: Understanding the impact of lizard hunting mode switching in human contexts
Marlyse Duguid Understory plant community response to forest management in a second-growth hardwood forest of the eastern United States
Daniel Field Origin of the modern avian locomotor apparatus across a neglected evolutionary interval
Jia Liu Effects of wildfire smoke on population health in the western U.S. under climate change
Valerie Morley Tracking allele frequencies in virus populations adapting to different rates of environmental change
Brian Park Understanding the adaptive significance of sterile marginal flowers in Viburnum (Adoxaceae)
Amelia Sancillo Aging variation in women: A comparative study of reproduction, activity, and senescence
Elizabeth Spriggs Phylogeny, phylogeography, and trait evolution in North American Viburnum
Asuza Takeshi Towards understanding the aerosol-convection relationships during the PECAN field campaign
Lily Zeng Transformations of indigenous knowledge and changing meanings of sacred nature in Xishuangbanna, Southwest China

Doctoral Pilot Awards

Eric Bellefroid Linking terrestrial geochemical cycles into global biogeochemical systems
Larry Bowman Characterizing intraspecific variation in freshwater foodwebs
Madelon Case Implications of changing rainfall intensity for tree-grass dynamics in savannas
Elizabeth Clark 3D locomotion modeling of an enigmatic echinoderm body plan
Elise Elliott Evaluation of residential proximity to shale gas development and concentrations of drinking water contaminants
Lan Jin Traffic pollution and congenital heart defects in Lanzhou city, China: a land use regression modeling study
Zachary McGraw Refining wind speed variability in a global climate model: the construction of a dynamic statistical framework for near-surface winds
Andrew Muehleisen Interspecific sensitivity to experimental drought of Neotropical tree seedling
Katherine Owers Using GPS to quantify human movement and risk of environmental exposure to leptospirosis in an urban slum setting
Carlos Penagos Zuluaga Ecology and evolution of the gynodioecious breeding system in early-divergent flowering plants

Master’s Awards

Lara Iwanicki Marine protected areas effectiveness – Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands
Gina LaCerva Wild and toxic: Perceptions of purity in Arctic subsistence foods
Amber Roman Understanding natural amphibian sex ratios through field and museum specimens
Kyra Prats Relating drought to spatial and temporal changes in Quercus suber leaf morphology in Spain
Alexandra Todorovic-Jones Banj oak’s susceptibility to climate change
Meredith VanAcker The role of predation and parasitism in grassland food webs
Agnes Walton Planting adaptation in Peru: A study of farmer decision-making for risk management and climate adaptation
Katherine Weber Nutrient and sediment modeling in the Connecticut River Basin: A comparison of two models

 

2014 Award Recipients

Doctoral Discovery Awards

Timothy Webster Genomics of primate radiation: Speciation and diversification in the macaques

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Awards

Colin Donihue What drives context dependent trait variability in a Greek lizard
Jessamy Doman The environmental backdrop to early homonid evolution: Paleontology in the Tugen Hills, Kenya
Anobha Gurung Understanding exposure to traffic related air pollution in urban areas in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
Sarah Randle Making water and remaking space in Los Angeles
Meredith Atwood Unraveling the ecosystem dynamics of temporary ponds
Elizabeth Christeleit Late cenozoic glaciation and topographic evolution in the central Patagonian Andes
Kate Hacker Rodent population dynamics and leptospirosis in urban slum environments
Coco Liu Effects of wildfire smoke on community population health in the western US under climate change

Doctoral Pilot Awards

Ross Anderson Investigating the influence of clay minerals on Neoproterozoic microfossil preservation in the Zavkhan terrane, southwestern Mongolia
Kendall Arslanian Effects of disease burden on reproductive maturity in the Toba population of Argentina
Katelyn Gray Reconstructing terrestrial climates using gar scales
Elaine Guevara Genetic and environmental contributions to population-level phenotypic variation in Verraux’s sifaka
Chris Hebdon Development imaginaries in Ecuador’s “Energy Transition”
Lan Jin Proximity to heavy traffic and congenital heart defects in Lanzhou, China
Max Lambert Ontogenetic timing of amphibian sex ratio bias
Dan Maynard Linking fungal traits to ecosystem function
Fjodor Melnikov Predicting toxicity of organic by products formed during the conversion of sustainable carbohydrates to y-valerolactone green liquid
Alexandria Moore Wetland restoration and trophic interactions: Impacts on ecosystem structure and function
Amrutasri Nori-Sarma Understanding the impacts of air pollution and temperature on public health in Pondicherry, India
Holger Petermann Sexual dimorphism in growth rates of the Teeid lizard: implications for assessment of growth and age in extinct squamates
Ignacio Quintero Speciation and range limits in the Andes: origin and maintenance of biodiversity
Samuel Snow Evolution of male social structure and lek breeding: a new paradigm for sexual conflict
Noah Sokol Ecosystem impacts of plant invasions: the underground story
Elizabeth Spriggs Intraspecific trait variation in North American Viburnum and its consequences for macroevolution

Master’s Awards

Kelly Aho Aqueous greenhouse gas flux in the Salmon river watershed
Mikael Cejtin Fear and foraging: Vicuna responses to puma predation risk in the high Andes
Catherine Kuhn Improving water resource resilience for arid ranchlands
Hale Morrell Bird species diversity and abundance in multi-aged shelterwood stands in southern New England
Madeleine Rubenstein Decoupling direct and indirect effects of atmospheric warming on respiration and decomposition rates of wood-decay fungi
Jeffrey Smith Cascading ecological effects of landscape moderated biodiversity
Colby Tucker Dissolved organic carbon cycling in a glacial estuary

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