Principal Investigator

Yang Liu

Skin cancer, the most common type of cancer in the U.S., represents a significant and growing public health burden. Annually, skincancer costs an estimated $1.7 billion to treat and results in $3.8 billion in lost productivity. The most severe type of skin cancer,melanoma, causes over...
Principal Investigator

Steve Kelling

Birds are excellent indicators of ecosystem health. New Big Data approaches, which employ global networks of volunteers to gather data, and novel approaches to model and visualize species distributions over enormous spatial and temporal scales represent a game-changing opportunity for the conservation of bird populations...
Principal Investigator

Heather Lynch

The Adélie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) has been identified as a key indicator species of the health and status of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystem, which is currently threatened by commercial fishing, a growing tourism industry, and the effects of climate change. Despite its central...
Principal Investigator

Keith Huntington

The town of Ajax, Ontario received a report from Specialists in Energy, Nuclear and Environmental Sciences (SENES) Consultants detailing the likely changes in local weather patterns for 2040-2049. The climate model predicts an increase in the frequency and intensity of monthly rainfall, a decrease in...
Principal Investigator

Caroline Jahn

Alaska is warming twice as fast as the rest of the nation due to changes in the climate, causing shorter winters, thawing permafrost, and rapidly receding glaciers. All of these weather changes are lengthening wildfire seasons and increasing the number of wildfires experienced by the...
Principal Investigator

William Frier

Portions of Amistad National Recreation Area (NRA) are threatened by the presence of an invasive grass species known as giant cane (Arundo donax), which drastically alters riparian habitats by out-competing native vegetation and depleting vital resources. Giant cane does not provide viable habitat or food...
Principal Investigator

Neda Kasraee

Since the early 2000s, wind-deposited sediment mounds have been growing and encroaching onto the Black Rock Playa of the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area. These sedimentary structures along the edge of the playa alter the natural landscape, limit recreational activities...
Principal Investigator

Amanda Wasserman

Thirty-five million California residents live in counties where they are more susceptible to contracting an air quality-related health ailment. Particulate matter less than 2.5 µm in size (PM2.5) is an important metric of air quality and can cause significant health problems. Despite California’s policies targeted...
Principal Investigator

Andrew Shannon

In October 2015, the state of South Carolina experienced a recording-breaking precipitation event leading to detrimental flooding that caused 19 fatalities and over one billion dollars of damages, which has prompted researchers and resource managers to enhance their understanding of extreme precipitation. This project explored...
Principal Investigator

Eric White

The Fremont River in Utah provides water for wildlife, riparian habitats, and irrigation for approximately 16,000 acres of agricultural lands, which includes the historic orchards and pastures maintained by Capitol Reef National Park. Annual snowmelt is recognized as the primary water source within the Fremont...