NSF's Marine Geology and Geophysics Program (MGG) in the Division of Ocean Sciences has eliminated target dates and now will accept proposals for consideration at any time, as is presently done in several other programs in NSF’s Directorate for Geosciences.
This action is being taken to enable greater flexibility for the community and reduce the burden on investigators, reviewers, and submitting institutions.
When mechanical engineering students and UNH Cycling Team Co-Captains Adam Lovell ’17 and Alec Cunningham ’17 decided to explore the dynamics of drafting — riding directly behind another cyclist to save energy — during crosswinds, they needed a place to conduct full-scale testing. Lucky for them, UNH's Flow Physics Facility — the largest boundary layer wind tunnel in the world — happens to be one of those suitable places.
“We thought that mushrooms could be a valuable indicator of responses of lawns to carbon dioxide levels in ecosystems because they feed on the dead grass and debris, or carbon, that lawns or other plants put into the ground,” says Erik Hobbie research professor of terrestrial ecology in UNH’s Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS). “Since it is challenging to measure blades of grass from grassland ecosystems over decades, we turned to mushrooms, which are widely available through previous collected specimens in labs and museums.”
Wild bees are the engine on which the world runs — as pollinators, they keep crops growing and make ecosystems function. But bees are not doing well, according to Sandra Rehan, assistant professor of biology and director of the Bee Lab at UNH. “In general, they are declining locally, nationally, and worldwide, and we do not have sufficient data to protect the remaining species and populations at risk.”
So Rehan and the Bee Lab’s team of researchers have made it their mission to collect data on bee populations, both in New Hampshire and around the world.