Seed grants are intended to help foster new interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary sustainability and global / environmental change research. The projects below are seen as investments that are likely to lead to new publications and future external grant funding.
2019 seed grant awardees:
Funding was provided by the Global Change and Sustainability Center, the Society Water and Climate Research Group, and iNterdisciplinary EXchange for Utah Science (NEXUS).
Improving Urban Water Management by Bridging the Digital Divide between Urban Farmers and Soil Sensing. Juliet Carlisle, Political Science; Steve Burian, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Hanseup Kim, Electrical & Computer Engineering.
Climatic and Dietary Drivers of Land Cover Change in the Peruvian Andes. Brian Codding, Anthropology; Andrea Brunelle, Geography.
Understanding the Metals we Breathe. Pete Lippert, Geology & Geophysics; Gannet Hallar, Atmospheric Sciences; Kerry Kelly, Chemical Engineering.
Constraining impacts on snow water resources from a warmer climate and radiative forcing by dust on snow in the Wasatch Mountains. McKenzie Skiles, Geography; Carlos Oroza, Civil & Environmental Engineering.
Spatial and temporal variability in the rhizome microbiome in stormwater green Infrastructure for arid environments. Rose Smith, School of Biological Sciences; Ramesh Goel, Civil & Environmental Engineering; Sarah Hinners, City & Metropolitan Planning.
Evaporated: Tales from the Flats. Wendy Wischer, Art & Art History, Brenda Bowen, Geology & Geophysics.
2018 Seed Grant Awardees:
Funding was provided by the Global Change and Sustainability Center and the Society Water and Climate Research Group.Funding for projects linked to plant research was supplemented with financial support from Red Butte Garden.
Leveraging the Wasatch Environmental Observatory to improve prediction of western US forest carbon and water cycling (William Anderegg, Biology; Paul Brooks, Geology & Geophysics; John Lin, Atmospheric Sciences; David Bowling, Biology)
Why Were Prehistoric Agricultural Societies in Utah Unable to Adapt to the Medieval Megadroughts? Investigating Climate-Driven Collapse within the Contested Bears Ears National Monument (Brian Codding, Anthropology; Simon Brewer, Geography)
Utilizing mass transit networks for air quality and health research: Our lungs on the line (John Lin, Atmospheric Sciences; Ken Smith, Family & Consumer Studies and Huntsman Cancer Institute; Erik Crossman, Atmospheric Sciences)
Exploring Indigenous Lifestyles for Justice, Sustainability, and Health: Native Food Knowledge and Practice as the Basis for a Diabetes Education Program (Adrienne Cachelin, Environmental & Sustainability Studies; Brian Codding, Anthropology; Lilian Tom-Orme, Pediatrics; Marianna Di Paolo, Anthropology)
Sierra de San Pedro Interdisciplinary Research Extension (Brett Clark, Sociology; Andrea Brunelle, Geography; Jenn Watt, Environmental & Sustainability Studies and Geography)
Re-Valuing the Ocean: Perspectives from the Law, the Sciences and the Blue Humanities (Robin Craig, Law; Jeffrey McCarthy, Environmental Humanities)
Linking Local/Regional Mineral Dust Sources to Snow Hydrology in the Wasatch Mountains (Kevin Perry, Atmospheric Sciences; McKenzie Skiles, Geography)
Individual Differences in Environmental Attitudes and Behavior: Examination of Personality, Neurocognitive Mechanisms, and Malleability (Paula Williams, Psychology; Jeff Anderson, Neuroradiology; Jeanine Stefanucci, Cognition & Neural Science; Yana Suchy, Neuropsychology; David Strayer, Cognition & Neural Science)
Landscape Legacy Influence on Riparian Communities in a Changing Environment (Jennifer Follstad Shah, Geography; Zach Lundeen, Geography)