This project, located in Ghana, investigates the appearance of Buruli ulcer disease in populations. It is hypothesized that Buruli ulcer is caused by climatic changes and their interactions with humans, such as more stagnant water from flooding breeding Mycobacterium ulcerans.

National Science Foundation -Coupled Natural Human Systems (NSF-CNH)  Collaborative Research: Climatic Extremes, Mining, and Mycobacterium ulcerans: A Coupled Systems Approach. Co-Principal Investigator 10/09- 8/31/14 ($1,421,997) 

 





CarbonEARTH uses the interdisciplinary theme of carbon, broadly construed, as a unifying platform for investigation, discovery, training and STEM education.


Sustainable forest management under climate change requires a new approach that links human values, projections, and visualization to decision-making under uncertainty. We plan to link traditional knowledge (TK) with cutting-edge modeling and visualization techniques– including immersive virtual reality (iVR) experiences- to better understand human values and forests and to explore how forest management decisions can be made more robust under deep uncertainty.

National Science Foundation, CNH-L: Visualizing forest futures under climate uncertainty: integrating indigenous knowledge into decision support tools for collaborative decision making, 06/01/2016 - 05/31/2021, Principal Investigator, ($1,700,000)


Spatial patterns of nutrient limitation and carbon storage in South African coastal lowland landscapes



J. William Fulbright Research/Teaching Award to South Africa, Rhodes University. Measuring and monitoring forest carbon stocks and biodiversity, 1/1/2016 – 6/30/2016.  Principal Investigator

National Science Foundation-Division of Ecosystem Biology (EAGER) 7/1/09-6/31/12. Spatial patterns of nutrient limitation and carbon storage in South African coastal lowland landscapes. Principal Investigator ($150,675)

National Science Foundation-Division of Ecosystem Biology (REU-EAGER) 8/1/10 – 7/31/12. Spatial patterns of nutrient limitation and carbon storage in South African coastal lowland landscapes. Principal Investigator ($15,500)

Firescapes in the mid-Atlantic

In this project we are exploring social and management-driven perspectives of prescribed fire use across a gradient of pyrogenic to non-pyrogenic forests, individuals (e.g., beliefs, values) and communities (e.g., suburban/rural) where fire is a nascent operational tool and where prescribed fire use is established. Our goal is to assess community perceptions about fire and quantify mismatches between the factors that motivate fire management decisions and the impacts of prescribed fire activity.

USDI Joint Fire Sciences Program, Firescapes in the mid-Atlantic: Mismatches between social perceptions and prescribed fire use, 08/01/2016- 07/31/2019, Principal Investigator (Erica Smithwick) with , ($327,726)

2015/2016 Penn State Institute of Energy and Environment Seed Grant.  Landscapes of fire and people: how climate, human values, and shifting ecologies will influence mid-Atlantic forest management. 3/15/16 – 6/30/15. Principal Investigator (Erica Smithwick) ($24,737) 


Disturbance and Seasonality Impacts on Regional Carbon Flux Upscaling


NASA Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences  7/1/2011 to 6/30/2014. Influence of Disturbance and Seasonality on Regional Carbon Flux Upscaling.  Principal Investigator ($883,605)



Climate, Fire and Carbon: Tipping Points and Landscape Vulnerability in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

United States Department of the Interior Joint Fire Science Program 7/1/09- 12/31/10. Climate, Fire and Carbon: Tipping Points and Landscape Vulnerability in the Greater Yellowstone EcosystemPrincipal Investigator ($140,653)