Fall 2012 Resident Fellows

The 11 individuals chosen as Fall 2012 IonE resident fellows were each awarded $10,000 to carry out interdisciplinary projects related to environmental grand challenges. Here's what they're doing with their fellowship funds:

Jacques C. Finlay

initiate activities to examine lentic influences on stream and river nutrients, address key research gaps, and convene interested experts to determine and apply appropriate models.

John S. Gulliver

collaborate with faculty across the University of Minnesota on the Improving Urban Vegetation for Water Quality initiative, create an annual conference on stormwater research, and instruct and develop coursework for the Acara and Peace Corps Masters International degree programs.

Randel Hanson

assemble the food system players at the University of Minnesota Duluth to instruct and model sustainable food systems of the future for higher education institutions.

Mihailo Jovanovic

provide research and development of cost-effective wind and tidal energy harvesting as well as fuel-ef´Čücient and environmentally-friendly vehicles.

Rebecca Montgomery

advance science and engagement initiatives that explore plant and animal responses to climate change and develop the cyber infrastructure and training materials needed to launch the Minnesota Phenology Network.

Laura Musacchio

cultivate the cultural dimensions of ecosystem services through knowledge brokering across academic disciplines.

Peter Seiler

research engineering challenges surrounding renewable energy policy issues and develop ways to reduce the cost of wind energy through the use of advanced sensors and algorithms.

Dominic Travis

explore the relationship between biodiversity and health, develop partnerships between the Institute on the Environment and the Academic Health Center, and distribute educational materials to global partners.

Lawrence Wackett

Inform and lead a national awareness effort on the effects of fracking, and seek environmental solutions with a specific focus on the chemicals in frack water.

Jian-Ping Wang

conduct a multifaceted project using ground-breaking Spintronic and Nano Magnetic technologies to address the major challenges of detection and quantification of waterborne pathogens and heavy metals in waste and fuels.