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Stanford's Woods Institute awards new round of Environmental Venture Projects
Date:5/27/2009

), Tadashi Fukami (Biology).

Biophysical Interactions in a Near-Shore Kelp Ecosystem: Observations and Implications for Monitoring and Design of Marine Protected Areas: To accurately assess the efficacy of marine protected areas, scientists will need a better understanding of how biophysical processes operate at small scales in marine protected areas. By establishing a kelp forest observatory in the marine protected area adjacent to Stanford's Hopkins Marine Station, the EVP team will be able to monitor small-scale physical, chemical and biological processes that affect near-shore fish assemblages within the marine protected area.

PI: Stephen Monismith (Civil and Environmental Engineering). Co-PIs: Mark Denny and Fiorenza Micheli (Biology, Hopkins Marine Station).

Northern California Water Supply: Meadow Restoration for Adaptation to Climate Change: In an average year in Northern California, the Feather River watershed provides flow equal to 40 percent of reservoir storage in the State Water Project system, which supplies water to 20 million people and 660,000 acres of irrigated farmland. At the headwaters of the watershed are mountain meadows that buffer floodwaters and store and release groundwater, but over the past 150 years virtually all of the meadows have dried up due to human activities. Using airborne and satellite remote sensing, field data analysis and ecosystem service modeling, researchers will evaluate meadow restoration as an effective adaptation tool to combat climate change, develop a method to screen meadows as candidates for restoration and quantify changes in ecosystem services.

PI: Steven Gorelick (Environmental Earth System Science). Co-PI: Gretchen Daily (Biology).

High-Rate Microbial Production of Nitrous Oxide for Energy Production: This project joins the fields of space propulsion and environmental biotechnology to develop a bioreactor that converts waste nitrogen in
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Contact: Mark Shwartz
mshwartz@stanford.edu
650-723-9296
Stanford University
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