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UW Biodiversity Institute Announces Research, Art Grant Awardees


May 13, 2013 — The Biodiversity Institute, a division of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, has selected recipients of its first annual call for proposals for three initiatives this spring. The winners will receive a combined total of $51,000 for their projects.

The three grant categories, Biodiversity Research, Biodiversity in Art and International/Field Course grants, received a combined 47 applications from UW students, faculty and staff in 12 departments in three colleges.

“Nine were selected from this strong pool of competitive applications, but many more were worthy,” says Carlos Martinez del Rio, Biodiversity Institute director. “Grant recipients are encouraged to share their projects with the public during the next year, and at the end of funding.”

Updates, results and announcements about the projects will be available at www.uwyo.edu/biodiversity/about/research.html.

Biodiversity Research Grant Awardees

The Biodiversity Research Grants provide support for students conducting independent, innovative and high-impact research projects on any aspect of biodiversity science. Proposals were evaluated by a committee of faculty representing three departments in two colleges. The awardees are:

Jessica Dugan, Department of Zoology and Physiology, for “Approaches for Enhancing Fish Biodiversity in Prairie Streams.”

Morgan Ford, Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, for “Assessing the Impacts of Mosquito Control on Non-target Invertebrates in Spring Creek, Wyoming.”

Caroline Ng’Weno, Department of Zoology and Physiology, for “Spatial Dynamics of Predator-Prey Interactions and Livestock Production in a Semi-Arid Rangeland.”

Victoria Zero, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, for “Effects of Ecosystem Engineering on Amphibian Diversity across Wetland Stress Gradients.”

Biodiversity in Art Grant Awardees

The Biodiversity in Art Grants provide support for communication of scientific ideas and cultural values through artistic interpretations of the natural world. Submissions were accepted from students, staff and faculty of any department, and were evaluated by faculty members from five departments. The awardees are:

Bob Belser, Department of Music, for “Composition for Symphonic Band and Pre-Recorded Soundscape of Wyoming Bio-/Eco-/Geo-Sounds.”

David Jones and Patrick Kikut, Department of Art, for “Visualizing the Life Zones of Wyoming’s Red Desert Region.”

The summaries of each research project are available on the Biodiversity Institute’s website.

International/Field Course Grant Awardees

The International and Field Course Grants provide support for courses designed to facilitate student exploration of biodiversity science and conservation around the world. Submissions were accepted from faculty and academic professionals in any department, and were evaluated by faculty members from two departments in two colleges. The awardees are:

Craig Benkman, Department of Zoology and Physiology, for the course, “Darwin and the Galapagos.”

Ann Hild and Larry Munn, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, for the course, “Biodiversity in Shrubland Ecosystems.”

Jake Goheen, Department of Zoology and Physiology, for the course, “Field Course in Ecology and Conservation of African Savannas.”

Course instructors are required to submit photos, lessons, stories and other information upon completion of the course. Learn more at www.uwyo.edu/biodiversity/about/education.html.

For more information, contact Brenna Marsicek at (307)766-6240 or email brenna.marsicek@uwyo.edu.

Photo:
Music Professor Bob Belser received a grant in the Biodiversity in Art category. (UW Photo)

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