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EOS Faculty Awarded Several Grants for Research

Story posted October 25, 2010

Bowdoin’s Earth and Oceanographic Science (EOS) faculty are making news with a number of newly funded research initiatives.

Phil Camill and Collin Roesler, in collaboration with faculty at Bowdoin (John Lichter—Biology and ES), USGS, Michigan Tech., and the University of New Brunswick, were awarded a NASA grant to study how changes in land use and climate change affect the delivery of carbon and nutrients from Maine watersheds to the coastal ocean via the major river systems (Androscoggin/Kennebec, Penobscot, and St. John).  Check out the full story.

Rachel Beane, along with colleagues from Carleton, William and Mary, Montana State University, Hamilton College, North Carolina State University, City College of San Francisco, and Washington University, received a grant from the National Science Foundation titled "On the Cutting Edge: A Community Resource Transforming Geoscience Education." The ongoing project is attempting to engage, through participation in face-to-face or online experiences, about half of the total number of geoscience faculty in the United States through workshops and professional development opportunities.

Peter Lea was awarded a grant from the US Department of the Interior to support an undergraduate research fellowship in his lab for a project titled Phosphorus Dynamics in Androscoggin Lake, Wayne and Leeds.

Collin Roesler was awarded a three-year grant from NASA, along with colleagues from Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science, to study widespread algal blooms in the Gulf of Oman and western Arabian Sea. Roesler and her team will carry out a targeted program aimed at developing the capacity to identify and quantify these blooms from space using satellite ocean color data. They seek gather data on how ocean ecosystems and the biodiversity they support are influenced by climate and environmental variability and change.

Collin Roesler and Ed Laine were awarded a three-year grant from NASA, along with colleagues from Saint Joseph’s College Maine and the University of Maine to study the dynamics of Alexandrium fundyense, the causative phytoplankter for paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) in the Gulf of Maine. Their work is focused in Harpswell Sound, the sentinel site for detecting annual PSP events, and integrates real time meteorological, physical, biological and chemical observations obtained from Bowdoin’s own moored oceanographic buoy with observations obtained from satellites to elucidate conditions responsible for the distribution and concentration of A. fundyense populations.

Phil Camill was awarded a supplement from the National Science Foundation to his 2007 grant titled REU: Collaborative Research: Landscape-Level Controls on Terrestrial, Aquatic and Wetland Responses to Climate Change in the Southern Canadian Arctic to support one undergraduate research fellowship in his lab. Camill's collaborators on this project are St. Olaf, Trinity College, and the Science Museum of Minnesota.

"Bowdoin faculty have a long and distinguished record of support for their outstanding work," notes Dean for Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd. "The level of interest from federal and state organizations confirms that Bowdoin is increasingly seen as an incubator for new and collaborative research on some of the most pressing issues of the day.