Graduate Students Receive Support from EESI, CGS, to Conduct International Research


The Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) in partnership with the Center for Global Studies (CGS) is helping six EMS graduate students expand their research to international settings.

The students, who submitted proposals, will each receive $1,000 to support research-related activities including field work, visits to key research facilities and visits to collections to be undertaken in 2011.

“By including an international setting in their research, these students have the opportunity to increase the impact of their thesis or dissertation research,” said Alan Taylor, EESI associate director.

The six selected to receive funding include:

  • Maureen Biermann (geography), "The framing of climate change adaptation in global funding mechanisms," South Africa;
  • Knut Christianson (geosciences), "The importance of basal sliding in glacier dynamics: empirical studies at Engabreen Norway," Norway;
  • Ashlee Dere (geosciences), "Shale weathering rates and watershed mass balance at the Plynlimon Forest," Wales;
  • Katie Dietrich (geography), "Learning through uncertainties: processes and arenas for envisioning the future in rural Ghanian communities," Ghana;
  • Julianne Hagarty (geosciences), "Land use, soil chemistry, water quality and Buruli ulcer in gold mining areas in west Africa," Ghana;
  • Cassandra Knight (geosciences), "Gondwanan rainforest biogeography: insights from rare Eocene fossils of the Monimiaceae and Atherospermataceae (Laurales)," Argentina.

The students will present their work at a CGS-sponsored event.