A grant from the National Science Foundation will boost NAU’s Global Science and Engineering Program and a partnership with the National University of Tierra del Fuego in Ushuaia, Argentina. NAU’s Global Science and Engineering Program recently provided the foundation with an ambitious proposal to train NAU student researchers in international sustainability science, leading to a $250,000 grant awarded by the National Science Foundation.
Eck Doerry, professor of electrical engineering and computer science and principal investigator, anticipates the three-year International Research Experiences for Students grant will support 14 undergraduate and six graduate students. Most of the undergraduate students that participate in the Patagonian Research Experiences in Sustainability Science initiative will be Global Science and Engineering Program participants.
The grant will connect students with research mentors in the Patagonian region of Argentina to examine climate change in forests and grasslands, interaction of invasive and native species, and policy issues like forestry and ranching land use and economic development associated with ecological tourism. Students are expected to present findings to local scientists and land managers, through outreach events and during the annual Undergraduate Research and Design Symposium.