Small Grants Program Past Recipients

 

2019 Award Recipients

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Awards

Kelly Aho Controls on GHG evasion from streams and rivers
Mary Burak Spatial-Genetic Applications for Apex Predator Conservation in a Changing Ecosystem
Paul Burow Social and Cultural Impacts of Native and Nonnative Species on Great Basin Landscapes and Livelihoods
Alejandro Damian Serrano Identifying the diets of siphonophores in the Offshore Northern California Current Ecosystem
Daniel Gaskell Constraining ontogenetic controls on planktonic foraminiferal metabolism and stable isotopes by live culturing in Bermuda
Stephen Gaughran Modelling fitness effects in endangered and abundant seal species
Christopher Hebdon Swidden-fallow Agroforestry Knowledge in Ecuador: Farmer and Governmental Perspectives
Nicolas Mongiardino Koch Phylogenetics as a key to the macroevolutionary history of sea urchins
Jasmina Weimann Characterizing phylogenetic information retained in Metazoan protein fossilization products
Wen Zhou The new concessionary regimes of Gabon, Central Africa

Doctoral Pilot Awards

Kristy Barnes Identifying and Quantifying Nutrient Vectors of Rangifer Migration
Asa Cameron Crafting the nomadic state: Isotopic perspectives into pastoral practices and mobility in Mongolia from the Late Bronze Age through the Xiongnu Period.
Cassandra Clark  Evaluating the utility of spatial and activity-based exposure metrics for use in assessing exposure to carcinogens from unconventional oil and gas development in drinking water
Danica Doroski Urban Forest Stand Dynamics and Restoration Pathways
Erica Evans Investigating the influence of ice sheet substrate on accelerated melting: Faster flows on bedrock or regolith?
Ava Ghezelayagh Do Fishes Diversify Faster in Freshwater? A Comparative Analysis of Ostariophysi and Percomorpha
Chelsea Jack Hemp: An American Revival
Vanna Choo Sze Terratory Making: The Creation of Land and Social Relations in Singapore
Manon Lefevre Birth Control as an Environmental Priority: Interrogating the link between overpopulation and climate change in Madagascar
Alexie Millikin Proterozoic environmental change and drivers of early eukaryotic diversification
Katherine Orrick Theoretical Framework for Human-Wildlife Conflict
Chantal Parker Species delimitation and phylogenetic analysis of Trematomus (Notothenioidei: Nototheniidae) using restriction site associated DNA sequencing
Mansa Srivastav Testing biogeographic patterns in the Himalayan-Tibetan mountain system using the plant lineage Lonicera
Daniel Stadmauer Single-Cell Transcriptomics of Opossum Pregnancy

 

2018 Award Recipients

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Awards

Matteo Fabbri Evo-devo approach for understanding the mechanism behind encephalization in modern birds
Jessica Glass Spatial and temporal trophic variability of a marine teleost predator, the Giant Trevally (Caranx ignobilis)
Nikunj Goel The importance of dispersal in determining the resilience of alternative stable state ecosystems
Michael Hanson Embryonic development of bird cranial muscles
Amanda Leiss Paleoenvironmental context of Early Stone Age Archaeology: An analysis of the Gona fauna between ~3 and 1 Ma.
Daniel MacGuigan Testing Ecological Speciation Using Intraspecific Contrasts
Franz Simon Does diet switching of mysids generate compensatory dynamics during low productivity years in the Guadalquivir River estuary?
Siyang Xia Comparing oviposition preference for multiple environmental variables between forest and domestic Aedes aegypti, the yellow fever mosquito

Doctoral Pilot Awards

Alyssa Arre Investigating the effects of early life stress on social competence development in rhesus macaques
Emily Briggs Assessing the effects of land-use change and forest cover loss on the demography of black-and-gold howler monkeys (Alouatta caraya) and owl monkeys (Aotus azarai) in the South American Gran Chaco
Paul Burrow Ecologies of Belonging: Piñon-Juniper Woodlands and the Cultural Politics of Nature in North America’s Great Basin
Alejandro Damian Serrano  Characterizing the functional morphology of siphonophore tentilla
Matthew Dougherty The Influence of Ecosystem Size on Eco-Evolutionary Feedbacks in Alewife (Alosa Psuedoharengus)
Hanna Ehrlich Understanding the Role of Mosquitos as Reservoirs of Antimalarial Drug Resistance
Sappho Gilbert Arctic climatic extremes and country food security: a qualitative study in two Inuit communities in Nunavut, Canada
Dae-Min Kim Invasive Genetics of Lepomis auritus (Teleostei, Centrarchidae)
Morgan Moeglein Leaf developmental plasticity recapitulates worldwide leaf shape trends in Viburnum
Kyra Prats Embolism vulnerability in Australian ferns, using recently developed methods
Daniel Smith Paredes The wing muscles development and the embryological basis for flight evolution and loss in birds
Mario Soriano Jr. Towards a quantitative framework for evaluating the vulnerability of drinking water wells to contamination from unconventional shale gas development
Sophie Westacott Does radiolarian morphology reflect seawater silicon concentration? A geographical approach
Wen Zhou Chinese forestry investments in Central Africa

 

2017 Award Recipients

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Awards

Erica Barth-Naftilan Spatial and Temporal Trends in Methane and Ethane Surrounding Shale Gas Development
Janet Burke Exploring metabolism and morphology of live planktonic foraminifera in Bermuda
Madelon Case Root-niche partitioning by trees and grasses across rainfall and soil gradients in an African savanna
Elaine Gomez Guevara Epigenetics of Primate Longevity
Emily Oldfield Quantifying the relationship between soil organic matter and fertility
Katie Owers  Urban slum leptospirosis: Environmental determinants of infection and the effect of previous exposure on reinfection risk
Juan Penagos Zuluaga Ecology and evolution of breeding systems in the Lauraceae
Jon Powell Enabling and Enhancing Sustainable Materials Management through Waste Informatics
Miranda Sinnott-Armstrong Evolution of structural color in Viburnum fruits

Doctoral Pilot Awards

Mary Burak A landscape genetics approach to assessing human-lion coexistence in the Maasai Steppe, Tanzania
TC Chakraborty Investigating the impact of different levels of air pollution on the coupling between surface and canopy urban heat islands
Christopher Dutton Frequent hypoxic floods of the Mara River: the role of hippo pools and microbes in structuring the aquatic ecosystem
Yufang Gao Monitoring livestock depredation by large carnivores in Nyanpo Yutse on the eastern Tibetan Plateau
Stephen Gaughran Investigating the Genetics of Extinction: a case study in monk seals
Juri Miyamae Knowing the Nose:  Comparative Anatomy of Mammalian Proboscis Musculature
Nicolas Mongiardino Koch Resolving the backbone of the sea urchin tree of life with a transcriptomic approach
Julia Monk Puma predation, scavenging, and the fate of nutrients in the High Andes
Megan Sullivan Effects of selective logging on Afro-tropical forests and implications for sustainability
Anna Vinton Evolutionary Rescue in Nature: A modeling approach

Master’s Awards

Kevin Dahms Short Term Sediment Dynamics of Estuaries Under Altered Tidal Conditions
Adam Eichenwald Consumptive and non-consumptive effects on grouse and indirect effects on primary producers from predation by Alaskan gyrfalcons
Cameron Musser Synchrotron X-ray microtomography analysis of Pinus ponderosa needle plasticity in response to drought
Elisabeth Ward Restoring New York’s urban forests: Effects of invasive vines on tree growth and carbon and nitrogen dynamics
Weiyang Zhao Assessing the effects of herbivory, elevation and microclimatic conditions on the regeneration of transitional forests of Cen Wang Lao Shan, Guangxi, southern China

 

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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