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The Environmental Science Institute was founded in 2012 in the recognition that solving complex environmental problems requires the knowledge and expertise from multiple traditional disciplines.  Its mission is to promote interdisciplinary research and graduate education in the environmental sciences.  Members come primarily from the departments of Anthropology, Biology, Geological Sciences, and Geography.  Research of the faculty and graduate students spans the gamut from the geophysical to the organismal, from microbial to global spatial scales, and from contemporary to geological temporal scales.

 

 

Recent grants in the ESI:

Principal Investigator:  Daniel Gavin
Project Title
: “Holocene Fire History and the Vulnerability of a Primary Rainforest to Fire Encroachment”
Funding Source
:National Science Foundation
Project Date
s:  9/1/2016 to 8/31/2019
Total Funding
:  $300,000

Principal Investigator:  Patrick Bartlein
Project Title
: “Collaborative Research: Testing hypotheses about human and climate impacts on fire over the past millennium using paleodata syntheses and global fire modeling”
Funding Source
:National Science Foundation
Project Date
s:  9/1/2014 to 2/28/2018
Total Funding
:  $27,370

Principal Investigator:  Daniel Gavin
Project Title
: “Climate Change, Fire History and Redwood Abundance Across Space and Time”
Funding Source
: Bureau of Land Management
Project Date
s:  6/10/2015 to 6/9/2018
Total Funding
:  $7,931 (UO portion)

Principal Investigator:  Patricia McDowell
Project Title: “2015-16 Effectiveness Monitoring for Physical Habitat and Geomorphology at Restoration Projects in the Middle Fork John Day River Mainstem”
Funding Source: NOAA/Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
Project Dates:  10/1/2015 to 10/31/2016
Total Funding:  $67,419

Principal Investigators:  Scott Bridgham, Bart Johnson, Laurel Pfeifer-Meister, and Bitty Roy
Project Title: “Collaborative Research: Scaling to Regional Controls Over Prairie Plant Range Distributions under Future Climate Change
Funding Source:  MacroSystems Biology, National Science Foundation
Project Dates:  2/1/2014 to 1/31/2016
Total Funding:  $2,340,575

Principal Investigators:  Dave Sutherland, Daniel Gavin, and Josh Roering
Project Title: “Understanding oceanic and terrestrial controls on dissolved oxygen variability in the Coos Bay estuary”
Funding Source:  Oregon Sea Grant
Project Dates:  2/1/2014 to 1/31/2017
Total Funding:  $156,528