Grant: $1,147,782 - National Science Foundation - Jun. 10, 2009
No votes have been cast for this award yet
Award Description: ARRA - TRANS-NSF RECOVERY ACT RESEARCH Experience for Undergraduates including fieldwork in Barbuda, West Indies
Project Description: The mission of this three-year project is to engage New York City undergraduates in cutting-edge interdisciplinary investigations exploring human ecodynamics, biodiversity, and global climate change through international fieldwork in Barbuda West Indies, and intensive coursework, seminars, and laboratory research at the City University of New York (CUNY). The aim of this project is to provide undergraduate students with access to international researchers, an immersive experience in international scientific research in order to jump start their careers in science, and to broaden their understanding of both human and natural dimensions of rapid human and environmental change, therefore we are seeking funds to support the international component of this program. The project will expose students to a broad spectrum of careers in science and provide opportunities for them to understand the relevance of international research to their futures. The program will connect cutting edge interdisciplinary science with innovative approaches to science education and heritage outreach on the small rural island community of Barbuda, West Indies. The island presents strong contrasts in scale, history, ethnicity, and natural environment, to what the largely urban student body experiences in their daily lives. The island today faces challenges associated with rapid global change- climate change, sea level rise, changes in plant and animal life, and the social and economic disruptions caused by dramatic shifts in the world economy. Aside from the pioneering archaeological work conducted by Watters in the 1980?s, Barbuda remains uncharted territory for Caribbean archaeology and paleoecology. Fieldwork in Barbuda will provide fresh data allowing a systems-science interdisciplinary approach to the complex dynamics of long term human interaction with island ecosystems.
Jobs Summary: No jobs yet created (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
This award's data was last updated on Jun. 10, 2009. Help expand these official descriptions using the wiki below.