Sustainable Agriculture Research in Uganda Funded by NSF SEES Grant

Sustainable Agriculture Research in Uganda Funded by NSF SEES Grant

Oct 24, 2012

Lisa Tiemann, a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, has been awarded a prestigious three-year, $520,299 fellowship through the National Science Foundation’s Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (NSF SEES) program. The grant will fund interdisciplinary research on sustainable agricultural practices in Uganda

UNH faculty members Stuart Grandy, assistant professor of soil biogeochemistry, and Joel Hartter, assistant professor of geography, will serve as her advisors and collaborate closely with Tiemann on the project.

With the grant, Tiemann will explore the socioeconomic and environmental factors that influence soil fertility and agricultural sustainability in one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, which includes Kibale National Park. Tiemann’s work will look at how agricultural productivity can be enhanced to sustain local people and offset threats to park services and wildlife.

In addition to collaborating with Makerere University (Uganda) faculty and students, Tiemann will work with the Kasiisi Project, a Cambridge, Mass.-based nonprofit organization that specializes in educational outreach around Kibale National Park. She will reach out to thousands of Ugandan school children to share information about increasing local soil fertility using sustainable agricultural practices.

Campus Journal article

UNH Today article

Bookmark and Share