The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Associate Professor of Biology and Rob Fisher Endowed Chair of Environmental Science Matt Heard (Co-Principal Investigator) and a team of faculty members from across the U.S. with a grant from the Division of Environmental Biology.
The grant, titled “The macrosystems for all (MEFA) research coordination network,” is for five years and provides $499,750 in funding to support faculty members across the country who want to learn more about macrosystems ecology concepts, to update their data science skills, to design equitable and inclusive science research projects and to foster hands-on research with undergraduate students.
The grant will bring together experts from national networks including the Biological and Environmental Data Education Network (BEDE), the Ecological Research Education Network (EREN), the National Ecological Observation Network (NEON) and Project EDDIE (Environmental Data-Driven Inquiry and Exploration).
The principal investigator of this grant is Dr. Laurel Anderson (Ohio Wesleyan University). Other co-principal investigators include Dr. Kristy Hopfensperger (Northern Kentucky University), Dr. Sara Scanga (Utica College) and Dr. Mary Beth Kolozsvary (Siena College).
Senior personnel on the grant include Dr. Jose-Luis Machado (Swarthmore College), Dr. Tim McCay (Colgate University), Dr. Tracy Gartner (Carthage College) and Dr. Andrew McCall (Denison University). Additional grant affiliates include Dr. Matthew Aiello-Lammens (Pace University), Dr. Robbie Burger (University of Kentucky), Dr. Barry Logan (Bowdoin College), Dr. Claire Lunch (National Ecological Observation Network), Dr. Sparkle Malone (Florida International University) and Dr. Charles Jason Tinant (Oglala Lakota College).
For more information on this grant, please see the grant award abstract from NSF.