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NSF awards grants for research on coupled natural and human systems
Date:10/21/2010

examine how seed rain, soil fertility, tree species, and foraging influence the spread of trees in pastures, as well as how biodiversity, carbon storage, and biogeochemical cycling change with more trees in pastures.

Title: Strengthening Resilience of Arid Region Riparian Corridors: Ecohydrology and Decision Making in the Sonora and San Pedro Watersheds
PI: Christopher Scott, University of Arizona

Summary: Scientists will study how changes in social and natural processes affect the resilience of riparian systems, and the ecosystem services these systems provide. The researchers will focus on two adjacent river systems: the Upper San Pedro River, which flows from the state of Sonora in Mexico into Arizona in the U.S., and the Upper Sonora River, which flows south within Sonora. They will develop a model to explore interactions among environmental conditions, societal rules, and human practices in these riparian corridors.

Title: Fishscape: Complex Dynamics of the Eastern Pacific Tuna Fishery
PI: D.G Webster, Dartmouth College

Summary: This project will identify the major sources of stability and instability that lead to wide variation across otherwise similar fisheries systems. The researchers will develop a geospatial model of the international fishery, focusing on tropical tunas in the eastern Pacific Ocean and linking oceanographic conditions, fish population dynamics, and fisher behavior.


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Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
703-292-7734
National Science Foundation
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