David Lansing, Assistant Professor in Geography and Environmental
Systems, has received a notification of a grant award in collaboration
with UMD College Park from USDA entitled "Watershed Diagnostics for
improved Adoption of Management Practices: Integrating Biophysical and
1/2/13 Garth Lindner and Molly Van Appledorn,, PhD students in
Geography and Environmental Systems, have received funding from
Maryland Sea Grant toward their PhD research.
10/1/12 Dr. Dawn Biehler, Assistant Professor in Geography and
Environmental Systems, is a co-PI on a NSF Coupled Natural and
Human Systems grant entitled "Urban Disamenities and Pests: Coupled
Dynamics of Urban Mosquito Ecology and Human Systems Across
Socioeconomically Diverse Communities". This project will test whether
urban social and economic decay and urban infestations of mosquitoes
feedback upon one another and, if so, how to break this vicious
cycle. A link to the complete project summary can be found here http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1211797
10/1/12 The Baltimore Ecosystem Annual Science meeting will be held on
October 24-25. Details can be found on the project web site. http://www.beslter.org/bes_am_asp_2012/bes_am_reg_intro.html
Dr. Chris Hennigan has joined the Department of Chemical, Biochemical,
and Environmental Engineering as an Assistant Professor. He holds
a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Tech and recently
completed a post-doctoral position at Carnegie Mellon in the Center for
Atmospheric Particle Studies. Dr. Hennigan's research interests include
air quality, atmospheric chemistry, and climate change. More detail can
be found at his web site http://userpages.umbc.edu/~hennigan/
7/1/12 Dr. Andrew Miller (GES) and Dr. Upal Ghosh (CBEE) have both received promotion to the rank of full professor.
12/2/11 CUERE welccomes new staff members Corrine Mohnansky (Accounting Associate) and Mike Barnes (Research Assistant).
Dr. Upal Ghosh, Associate Professor of Chemical, Biochemical, and
Enviromental Engineering, has received a new NIH award entitled
"Combining bioavailability assays with modeling to predict PCBs in fish
after remediation". This research will advance the assessment of
remediation effectiveness at Superfund sediment sites through a
combination of improving the science of passive sampling,
experimentally establishing the link between passive sampling
measurement and human health risk drivers such as contaminants in fish,
and developing and testing contaminant fate and bioaccumulation models
that can use passive sampling measurements for decision making.
Dr. Melanie Harrison, recent UMBC/MEES/IGERT graduate, has just had
another paper accepted from her dissertation work: Harrison, M.D.,
P.M. Groffman, P.M. Mayer, and S.S. Kaushal. 2011. Microbial biomass
and activity in geomorphic features in forested, urban restored and degraded streams. Ecological Engineering (in press).
Stu Schwartz, Senior Scientist with CUERE, has received a new grant
from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation on "Restoring Hydrologic
Function in the Urban Landscape".
Bernadette Hanlon. Research Analyst at CUERE, has accepted a position
at Ohio State University as a visiting faculty member in City and
Regional Planning. Bernadette was with CUERE since its founding,
contributed greatly to the scholarly activity of the unit, and will be
missed! We wish her all the best in her new position.
Stu Schwartz and his team are working with Blue Water Baltimore to
measure soil properties of lawns in the Baltimore region. Read
about it here at http://www.bluewaterbaltimore.org/soil-assessment
CUERE welcomes Joshua Cole, our new Environmental Data Manager. Josh
comes to us from U MD College Park, where he was the Technology
Development and Training Analyst for the School of Architecture,
Planning, and Preservation. Josh holds a BS degree in Computer
Information Systems from Indiana University and a Masters of GIS from
University of Maryland, Office of Professional Studies - Geography.
Mike McGuire, Geopatial Data Services Manager and Assistant Research
Scientist with CUERE, has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of
Computer and Information Sciences at Towson University, effective Fall
2011. WE are very proud of Mike's accompishment and wish him well
in his new career trajectory.
Congratulations to Roxanne Sanderson, undergraduate research
assistant with CUERE, who has received an EPA GRO Fellowship to support
her junior and senior years at UMBC.
Brian Reed has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar to go to the Dublin
Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland for the 2011-2012 academic
year. The subject of his Fulbright is environmental
CUERE has published a new technical report documenting experiences with
deployment of real-time nitrate sensors in subwatersheds of Dead Run,
Baltimore. The report can be downloaded from http://www.umbc.edu/cuere/BaltimoreWTB/pdf/TR_2011_001.pdf
Upal Ghosh and collaborators' work was highlighted this week in a
feature article and on the cover of Environmental Science and
Technology. The article can be viewed here: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/es102694h
The USDA Forest Service unit located in Baltimore on UMBC's
campus has relocated to spacious new offices in UMBC's Research Park.
The Forest Service will continue to maintain a field office in
the TRC as well as utilize labs in CUERE for sample processing and
staging for field work.
12/1/10 Recent journal articles by UMBC IGERT trainees include:
P. M. Groffman, P. M. Mayer, S. Kaushal, T. Newcomer, "Denitrification
in Alluvial Wetlands in an Urban Landscape", Accepted, 11/26/10, Journal of Environmental Quality.
Sivirichi, Gwen, S.
S. Kaushal, P. M. Mayer, C. Welty, K. T. Belt, T. A. Newcomer, K. D.
Newcomb and M. M. Grese. 2010. "Longitudinal variability in streamwater
chemistry and carbon and nitrogen fluxes in restored and degraded urban
stream networks", Journal of Environmental Monitoring, DOI: 10.1039/c0em00055h.
Dandois, Jonathan P. and E. C. Ellis. 2010. Remote sensing of vegetation structure using computer vision. Remote Sensing 2(4):1157-1176.
A. B. Brand, J. W. Snodgrass, M. T. Gallagher, R. E. Casey, and R. Van Meter,
2010. Lethal and Sublethal Effects of Embryonic and Larval Exposure of
Hyla versicolor to Stormwater Pond Sediments, Arch Environ Contam
Toxicol., 58:325–331, DOI 10.1007/s00244-009-9373-0.
UMBC, in collaboration with Cary Intitute of Ecosystem Studies,
USDA Forest Service, Princeton University, U. MD College Park, Ohio
State, Penn State, USGS, and U Rhode Island, has received a NSF Water
Sustainability and Climate grant entitled: "Regional Climate Variability and Patterns of Urban Development - Impacts on the Urban Water Cycle and Nutrient Export". The NSF press release can be found here.
Steward Pickett, PI, has received word that NSF will continue to
fund the Baltimore Ecosystem Study LTER for another six years.
The title of the project is "Baltimore Ecosystem Study, Long-Term
Ecological Research:Phase III – Adaptive Processes in the Baltimore
Socio-Ecological System: From the Sanitary to the Sustainable City";
the submitted proposal can be viewed here. UMBC is pleased to host the field headquarters for another six years.
7/19/10 Claire Welty served as technical chair of the 2010 CUAHSI Biennial Science Meeting held in Boulder, Colorado.