John’s current research focuses on the effects of climate change on the nutritional ecology, habitat-use behavior, and demographics of moose in northeastern Minnesota. Specifically, he is investigating the phytochemical response of important forage species to increasing temperatures, and how these changes may be impacting animal movement, individual body condition, and ultimately, population-wide demographic trends.
Majory Silisyene majored in Wildlife Management Sciences as an undergraduate at Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania. After successfully completing her bachelor’s degree in 2007, she immediately started working as a field research assistant for a non-profit organization in Tanzania. In 2011, Majory began the interdisciplinary doctoral program in Natural Resources, Science, and Management at the University of Minnesota. Majory’s dissertation focuses on understanding informed decision making on natural resources management. Specifically, her research is testing the impacts of two innovative environmental education strategies in rural areas of Tanzania – the use of text messaging and satellite imagery as environmental education tools.
Stemig is researching the role of nanoparticle accessible surface area in the degradation of environmental pollutants, with an emphasis on pesticides, in simulated groundwater systems.
Jung’s research investigates the role of agricultural multinationals and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to help mitigate deforestation and improve provisioning of ecosystem services in the Brazilian Amazon.
Yakub is focusing on understanding plant evolutionary responses to environmental change, to identify whether adaptation to complex environments is ongoing or are other evolutionary forces stronger.
Henning is combining economics, geography, cultural anthropology and ecosystem science to investigate the socioeconomic impact of scientific research on tribal landowners who face choices between preservation and logging royalties.
Eddy’s research will examine how much CO2 boreal forests will release to the atmoshpere under different scenarios of warming, disturbance and management and provide this information to stakeholders in a relevant form.
McClellan is intrigued by the links between society and environment, which serve as the umbrella under which she guides her research questions. More specifically, she is interested in how forest ecology and forest ecosystem services are affected by human decisions.
Quinnell’s interests include distributed solar energy, building efficiency, energy conservation and sustainable development. He is currently working on compact, long-term thermochemical energy storage for residential solar thermal applications. Previously, Josh helped design and model the University of Minnesota’s 2009 Solar Decathlon ICON house.
Brandon Jay Hathaway
Hathaway’s research aims to develop and advance technology for the sustainable production of synthesis gas via solar thermochemical gasification of cellulosic biomass and carbonaceous waste materials.
Bonnie Keeler studied the assessment and valuation of ecosystem services, with a focus on water quality in agricultural landscapes.
Joey Reid experimentally manipulated rainfall and mycorrhizal fungi to determine how changing rainfall patterns affect nitrogen runoff. He also analyzed long-term precipitation and stream nitrogen records to identify the relationship between precipitation variability and nitrogen fluxes.
Bael’s research straddles the disciplines of economics and ecology. For his Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship he will examine ecological regime shifts and restoration decisions to rehabilitate ecosystem services and will look at the dynamic reserve site selection problem to conserve biodiversity.
Ganti’s research is to challenge existing thinking by putting forward a new calss of tranport models able to account for the extreme heterogeneity of the involved processes over a large range of scales, consider the presence of extreme fluctuations due to flood and debris floes and the spatial heterogeneity of landscapes which affets sediment storage, release and delivery.
Haltiwanger’s research will explore the technical, economic and political viability of the high temperature Zn/ZnO thermochemical water-splitting cycle, a new approch for the efficient harvest and storage of solar energy.