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Wyoming EPSCoR

Current Project

Microbial Ecology

This project will study microbiomes across the state of Wyoming to help predict how different regions respond to environmental disturbances. The research aims to provide policy makers with tools to better manage natural resources. Microbial organisms are ubiquitous and abundant in soil and aquatic environments. These organisms play essential roles in cycling nutrients, decomposing organic matter and determining the fate of pollutants released by human activities. Samples of microbes will be collected from thousands of sites that differ in their local climate, land use and plant life. Samples will be analyzed to better understand the environmental roles of the microbes and their responses to changes in precipitation, soil properties and land use. Species composition and ecological relationships to the ecosystem will be determined using DNA, RNA and protein sequencing. Statistical methods will be used to uncover the relationships between microbes and how the overall ecosystems function. See Press Release here.

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Track 4 Solicitation Available Now!

Full Proposal due March 12, 2019

RII Track-4 provides opportunities for non-tenured investigators to further develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative visits to the nation’s premier private, governmental, or academic research centers.  During these visits, the EPSCoR Research Fellows will be able to learn new techniques, develop new collaborations or advance existing partnerships, benefit from access to unique equipment and facilities, and/or shift their research toward potentially transformative new directions.  The experiences gained through the fellowships are intended to have lasting impacts that will enhance the Fellows’ research trajectories well beyond the award period.  These benefits to the Fellows are also expected to in turn improve the research capacity of their institutions and jurisdictions more broadly.  Those submitting proposals must either hold a non-tenured faculty appointment at an institution of higher education or an early-career career-track appointment at an eligible non-degree-granting institution.

To review the solicitation click here.

Broader Impacts

Interested in ways we reach out to the public? Take a look at the broader impacts of WY EPSCoR's work.


Microbial Ecology in the News

Summer Field Season was a big Success!

Faculty and students are spread out across the state, to learn about their current projects take a look at the recent story from Institutional Marketing.

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Who We Are and What We're Doing

The Wyoming EPSCoR Office is located on the University of Wyoming main campus in Wyoming Hall on the 4th floor. These past years have allowed EPSCoR to actively engage Wyoming residents from girl scouts through water resource managers at the city and state level in projects that address the current and future state of the region’s water. Check out how we do what we do!

Wyoming EPSCoR

WY EPSCoR has been awarded a new RII Track 1 award to study microbiomes across the state.

To learn more about the project, and other four funded in 2017 by NSF see the press release here.

Wyoming EPSCoR is a program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support researchers, students, and institutions in Wyoming by building a robust and diverse research educational infrastructure in the state by supporting and facilitating programs.

The goals of Wyoming EPSCoR are:

  • to facilitate the building of research educational infrastructure
  • to increase the diversity of participants in STEM fields
  • to administer awards from NSF EPSCoR to increase national research competitiveness
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