COLUMBIA, Mo. The National Science Foundation has awarded a $20 million grant to fund a five-year, multi-institutional project to study climate variability and its potential agricultural, ecological and social impacts in Missouri. "The Missouri Transect: Climate, Plants and Community" project received funding from the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), a program initiated by the U.S. Congress to support fundamental research, education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and workforce development in areas relevant to the economy.
"Missouri's economy is driven by our diverse natural and agricultural ecosystems, which are affected by climate variability," said John Walker, Curators Professor of Biological Sciences and director of the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri and principal investigator of the project. "The Missouri Transect project, which capitalizes on our state's core research strength in the plant sciences, will model and predict short- and long-term changes in climate and determine the impact on these important plant ecosystems, as well as on the communities that rely on them."
The institutions that are participating in the project include all four University of Missouri System campusesMU, Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and University of Missouri-St. Louisthe Donald Danforth Plant Sciences Center, Washington University, Lincoln University, the St. Louis Science Center and St. Louis University. The project will draw on each institution's research expertise in plant sciences, atmospheric and environmental sciences, bioinformatics engineering, social sciences, and or science outreach and education. The project is made up of four interdisciplinary teams in the areas of climate, plant biology, community resilience and education/outreach.
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