2008 Projects

Results of RM-CESU (NPS) Small Grants Program



Berger, Joel, Climate Change and the Persistence of Mountain Goats

Berger, Joel, National Park Service Migratory Species Workshop and Program Design (Report #1; Report #2)

Brown, Perry, Jerry O’Neal, National Park Service Student Fellowship Program (2007 Fellowship Awardees; 2008 Fellowship Awardees; 06Report; 07Report; 08 Report)

Reports from 2008 Fellowship Awardees:
Lauren Barringer, University of Colorado-Denver, Determine the relationship between whitebark pine tree-and-stand-level health and seed dispersal by Clark’s nutcrackers: What is the Potential for Regeneration? (Brief, Thesis)

Michael Machura, Univesity of Montana, The Importance of Genetics in Understanding Global Amphibian Decline: An Application of Conservation Genetics to Boreal Toads (Bufo boreas) in Glacier National Park (Brief, Thesis)

Karin Riley, Univesity of Montana, Assessing Wildfire Effects From Microscale to Landscape Scale in the Red Eagle Fire Area, Glacier National Park, Montana (Brief, Report)

Brown, Perry, Workshops and Program Support for National Park Service, Rocky Mountains CESU
(Native American Internship in CCE on Grizzly Bears; Report)

Campbell, Greg, Ethnographic Overview and Assessment: Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site and Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

Campbell, Greg, Research with Tribes on Wickiups (Report)

Catton, Ted, Administrative History for Lassen Volcanic National Park, Phase III (Report)

Catton, Ted, Glacier National Park Resource Management History (Report)     

Catton, Ted, Timbisha Shoshone Homeland Act Administrative History,Death Valley National Park, Phases 1-3

Douglas, John, Nez Perce War of 1877: Interpretation in Yellowstone National Park (Report)

Duffield, John, Economic Values of National Park System Resources Along the Colorado River,
Phases 1-3
(White Paper and Report)

Eby, Lisa, Assessment of cutthroat survival and growth in irrigation ditches off the Gros Ventre River and population connections to the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park (Progress Report; Report)

Farr, William, Glacier National Park Centennial Symposium/Conference (Conference Agenda)

Freimund, Wayne, Chaco Culture National Historical Park:  Assessing the Visitor Experience and Value Based Management (Report)

Freimund, Wayne, Social Research in Support of Impact Mitigation on Restoration of the Going to the Sun Road, phases 1-5 (2005 Report; 2006 Report; 2007 Report; 2009 Report; Synthesis Report)

Freimund, Wayne, Winter Visitor Experiences in Yellowstone National Park: The Roles of Natural Quiet and Wildlife (Research Proposal; Report; NPS Report; Article)

Hauer, Richard, Glacier National Park and the Flathead Basin Threatened by Coal Mine Development: Environmental Assessment and Baseline Conditions and Evaluation of Water Quality and Aquatic Life Use (Report)

Hauer, Richard, Glacier National Park and the Flathead Basin Threatened by Coal Mine Development: Sediment Transport and Deposition Associated with Metals Contamination, Sequestration of Se and Hg in the Aquatic Food-web, and Riparian Habitat Evaluation (Report)

Hendricks, Paul, Terrestrial Mollusks of Glacier National Park (Progress Report; Report)

Hutto, Richard, Distribution and Status of Breeding Birds in the Sky Islands of Northern Sonora (2010 Report; 2011 Report; Report)

Keys, Christopher, Inventory of Forest Structure and Composition and the Development Site-Specific Prescriptions for Two Mechanical Treatment Units in Whiskeytown NRA (Report)

Krausman, Paul, Citizen Science in Glacier’s High Country: monitoring mountain goats, pikas, and Clark’s Nutcrackers (Report; Park Science; ; CCRLC News Article; The Journal of Wildlife Management; Wildlife Society Bulletin)

Luikart, Gordon, Conserving Genetic Diversity in Yellowstone Bison (Report)

Luikart, Gordon, Non-invasive evaluation of the genetic status and parasite loads of Teton Range bighorn sheep in comparison to adjacent sheep herds in northwest Wyoming (Report)

MacDonald, Douglas, Inventory North Fork of the Flathead River Homestead Archeological Sites for Interpretation and Management Needs (Report)

MacDonald, Douglas, Mission 66 Historic context for Yellowstone National Park

MacDonald, Douglas, Montana-Yellowstone Archeological Project, FHWA (2009): Swan Lake Flats Horse Trailer Parking Area and Access Road Class III Archeological Block Inventory and National Register Testing

MacDonald, Douglas, Montana-Yellowstone Archeological Project, Boundary Lands, Part Two (2008)
(Newspaper Article; MAYP Newsletter #1; MAYP Newsletter #2; MAYP Newsletter #3;
MAYP Newsletter #4; MAYP Newsletter #5; Report)

MacDonald, Douglas, NPS/University of Montana Areological Field School Support Field School
(Newspaper Article; MAYP Newsletter #1; MAYP Newsletter #2; MAYP Newsletter #3;
MAYP Newsletter #4; MAYP Newsletter #5; YELL Science)

MacDonald, Douglas, Paleo-Indian land use in Glacier National Park (Report)

Mitchell, Mike, Analysis of wildlife movements in relation to Denali Park Road traffic (Park Science; Completion Report; Report)

Moisey, Neil, CESU Network 10-year Program Inventory and Evaluation, Phase II

Patterson, Mike, Interpretation and Education Interns at Glacier National Park (Report)

Rice, Peter, Cheatgrass Restoration to Native Bunchgrass at Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS (Report)

Sattler, Richard, Documenting the 1999 Buffalo Walk and Reporting on the Cultural Significance of Bison to at Least Two American Indian Tribes Associated with Yellowstone National Park (Report)

Servheen, Chris, Projecting the impacts to grizzly bears and wolverine of the proposed Lodgepole coal mine and coal bed methane development in the upper Flathead River drainage in British Columbia (ReportNPS Report)

Servheen, Christopher, Projecting the impacts to mid-size carnivores of the proposed Lodgepole coal mine and coal bed methane development in the upper Flathead River drainage in British Columbia, phase 2

Thompson, Sally, Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Tribal Legacy Curriculum – Development Plan (Report)

Thompson, Sally, Glacier National Park Ethnohistory


Albert, Stephen, Grand Canyon National Park Variable Message Sign (VMS)/Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) Pilot Deployment/Evaluation (Report)

Creel, Scott, Develop Techniques to Evaluate Effectiveness of Grizzly Bear Management Areas in Yellowstone National Park (Report)

Cripps, Cathy, Soil Microbes that sustain Yellowstone National Park Whitebark Pine Forests: Inventory of Native Mycorrhizal Fungi and their Preservation

Garrott, Robert, Collaborative Ungulate Habitat and Population Monitoring (Journal Article;Report)

Garrott, Robert, Evaluating key uncertainties regarding road grooming and bison movements (Report)

Guy, Christopher, Spawning Demographics and Early Life History of Bull Trout in Quartz Lake, Glacier National Park (Report)

Higgs, Megan, Analysis of bison disease, demographic, habitat use, and migration data from Grand Teton National Park (Report)

Kerans, Billie, Whirling Disease Infection Risk of Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout (Report)

Kipfer, Todd, Operational and technical support for Vital Signs Monitoring in the Greater Yellowstone Network Inventory and Monitoring Program (Report - BICA Soil Report; GRYN Water Quality Verification Report; GRYN Water Quality Validation Report)

Kipfer, Todd, The Yellowstone Science Agenda Workshop – May 2009 (Progress Report)

Mayer, Robert, Baseline Sound Monitoring at Grant Kohrs Ranch NHS (Report)

McGowen, Pat, Moose-Wilson Road Adaptive Management Plan Update (NPS Report; Report)

Roberts, David, Technical Support for Trail Restoration and Maintenance (Report)

Ross, Rocky, Web Management and Development for Greater Yellowstone Science Learning Center and Learning Center of the American Southwest (Report)

Sessoms, Holly, Monitoring water quality and quantity in Bighorn Canyon NRA: Seeps, springs and river and stream locations (Report)

Varley, John, Connecting Science to Visitors and Scientists to Parks: Greater Yellowstone Science Learning Center, a Centennial Challenge Project (Report)

Varley, John, Convene an expert panel to scientifically evaluate Yellowstone Lake cutthroat trout preservation strategies (Progress Report; Report)

Varley, John, Creating Information Products for the Greater Yellowstone Science Learning Center

Varley, John, Environmental Stewardship through Discovery: A Molecular ATBI for Yellowstone Lake

Varley, John, Implementation of westslope cutthroat trout restoration in Specimen Creek and interagency project development for Grayling Creek fluvial Arctic grayling and westslope cutthroat trout restoration

Varley, John, Preparation for westslope cutthroat trout restoration in East Fork Specimen Creek (Report)

Varley, John, Yellowstone Wildlife Health Program (Report and Website; Ecological Applications Article)

Varley, John, Yellowstone Wildlife Health Program- Brucellosis Meetings 2008 (Report)

Varley, John, Yellowstone Wildlife Health Program – Assessment of Brucellosis Transmission among Bison, Elk, and Cattle in the northern Greater Yellowstone area, phase 1 & 2 (Yellowstone Science; Journal of Applied Ecology; Ecological Applications)

Willey, David, Determine Recreational Impacts on Threatened Mexican Spotted Owls on the Northern Colorado Plateau (Report)

Willey, David, Surveys for Threatened and Special Status Raptor Species for Grand Canyon National Park Fire and Aviation Program (Report)

Zale, Al, Destruction of Lake Trout Embryos in Yellowstone Lake (Report)


Hollenhorst, Steven, National Park Service, Visitor Services Project (Reports: Blue Ridge Parkway; Yosemite NP; Everglades NP; Horseshoe Bend National Military Park; Carl Sandburg Home NHS; Fire Island National Seashore Resident; Fire Island National Seashore Visitor; Capitol Reef NP; Great Smoky NP Summer; Great Smoky NP Fall; Grand Teton NP; Herbert Hoover NHS; City of Rocks National Reserve; VSP Online Database)

Scott, J. Michael, Evaluating and reporting landscape context and condition of parks (Report; NPS Report)

Wright, Gerald, Monitoring assistance for the Upper Columbia Basin Network including protocol design, database development, and field testing of protocols (UCBN Newletter;Report)

Wright, Gerald, Technical Support for Sierra Nevada I&M Network Monitoring Program, Vegetation Map Completion, and Data Management projects (Report)


Drexler, John, Testing Mineral Licks Used by Bighorn Sheep in Rocky Mountain National Park (Report)

Janke, Jason, Field Investigation of Permafrost Distribution along Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO (Report; Park Science)

Lee, Craig, Reconnaissance for Ice Patch Archeology (Report)

Lekson, Stephen, Catalog NPS Resource Management Archives (Reports: Fire and Security System Installation; Facility Management Records; Special Events-One Time; Conservation of Horse Stocks and Jenkins Stacker)

Lekson, Stephen, NAGPRA: Work in partnership with the University of Colorado, Boulder Museum to facilitate on-going NAGPRA consultation meetings at Dinosaur National Monument

Manley, William, Inventory and Monitoring of Coastal Erosion for Alaska's Arctic Network of Parks (Resource Brief, Report)

Nydick, Koren, Sources of Mercury Deposition to Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado (Report)

Smith, Dena, Excavation of Fossils from the Florissant Formation to Investigate the Response of Insects to Climate Change during the Eocene-Oligocene Transition (Report; Thesis; Abstract)

Wilkinson, Charles, Joint National Park Service/Forest Service Indian Law Course (course announcement; Report)


Burton, Lloyd, Place and Native Voice (2009 Interim Report; PNV intern - Luis Garcia)

Clark, Tom, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program – Technical Assistance

Marlow, Michael, Classroom implementation and evaluation of the Spanish version of the wilderness module from the “Views of the National Parks” program (Wilderness Lesson Plan- Spanish Version; Wilderness Worksheet-Spanish Version; Timeline-Spanish Version)

Marlow, Michael, Developing Education Resources, “Views of the National Parks” (Status Report; Views Website, Report)

Marlow, Michael, New Model Diversity Training, and IMR Relevance and Diversity Executive Steering Committee Action Plan

Mueller, Brian, Geographic Resources Program (GRP) Project Support for Bent’s Old Fort NHS, Sand Creek Massacre NHS and Capulin Volcano NM

Noel, Tom, Historic American Building Survey (HABS) Documentation. HABS, HAER, HALS and NHL Histories

Noel, Tom, List of Classified Structures Technical Assistance

Tomback, Diana, Establishing permanent transects for monitoring seed dispersal by Clark’s nutcrackers in relation to whitebark pine health in Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Glacier National Park (Progress Report; Report)


Aldridge, Cameron, Develop Landscape-scale Gunnison Sage-grouse Habitat Map Predicting Sagebrush, Herbaceous, & Bare Ground Cover (Progress Report; Article; Report)

Alexander, Ruth, Resource and Impact Study of Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park (Progress Report; Report)

Azimi-Sadjadi, Mahmood R., Engineering research, development, and testing to advance acoustical monitoring of protected natural areas

Bell, Paul, Metrics of human responses to natural sound environments (Report)

Burke, Indy, Soil Resources Inventory Project (Report)


Collett, Jr., Jeffrey, Characterizing Wildland Fire Particulate Matter Emissions and Their Air Quality/Visibility Impacts (Report #1; Report #2; Publications: Lee et al 2008a; Lee et al 2008b; Levin et al 2009)

Collett, Jeffrey and Kreidenweis, Sonia, Transport and Deposition of Airborne Nitrogen and Sulfur in Rocky Mountain National Park (Report; Article #1; Article #2; Rocky Mountain Atmospheric Nitrogen and Sulfur Study: Volume 1, Volume 2, Appendix 1, Appendix 2, Appendix 3)

Cooper, David, Data Collection and Modeling to Support Restoration Design In the Lulu City Wetland, Colorado River and Lulu Creek Corridors, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (Report; Appendix 1; Appendix 2; Appendix 3)

Cooper, David, Data Collection and Wetland Mitigation Design for Two Rodeo Lagoon Wetlands, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California (Report)

Cooper, David, Developing a Restoration Plan for the rare saltgrass, Puccinellia howellii, at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area (Report)

Cooper, David, Evaluate Reference Meadows and Develop Restoration Concepts for Halstead Meadow, Sequoia National Park, California(Report #1; Report #2Report)

Cooper, David, Meadow Ecological Integrity Protocol Development (Report)

Cooper, David, Protocol Development for Wetland Monitoring, and Implementation of Wetland Monitoring for ROMN National Parks

Cooper, David, Remove Artificial Levee and Connect Glorieta Creek to its Recently Restored Floodplain at Pecos National Historical Park, NM (Report- Earthmoving and Erosional Control; Report-Wetland and Riparian Plant Propagation, Delivery and Istallation)

Cooper, David, Rodeo Beach Wetland Complex Final Restoration Design, Golden Gate National Recreation Area (Report)

Cooper, David, The role of herbivory and hydrologic condition in cottonwood establishment: Determining barriers to establishment and persistence in Yellowstone’s northern range (Year 1 Report)

Cooper, David, Water Rights at Rocky Mountain National Park - Technical Assistance on a Diversity of Issues

Cooper, David, Wetland Monitoring Protocol and Survey – Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Cooper, David, Wetland Restoration Planning and Monitoring for Death Valley National Park, CA

Crooks, Kevin, Effects of pathway activities on behavior and distribution of Rocky Mountain elk and pronghorn antelope in Grand Teton National Park, year 4 (Report; Article)

Crooks, Kevin, Field studies of the masking effects of anthropogenic noise on interactions between predators and prey (2013 Article; 2011 Article; 2009 Article)

Decker, Karin, Editing and writing assistance with vegetation mapping reports (Report)

Doherty, Paul, Bison Demographic Analysis at Badlands National Park (Report)

Fiege, Mark, Environmental History of Pecos National Historic Park (Report; NPS Video)

Fiege, Mark, NPS Administrative History of Grazing

Fiege, Mark, Popular Environmental History of Sand Creek National Historic Site (Report)

Hand, Jenny, Assistance for Visibility Data Analysis and Image Display Techniques (Report; Article)

Hannah, Judith, Inventorying and Monitoring Natural Resources Status and Trends in the National Park System – Geologic Resources Evaluation

Hobbs, Thomas, Bison ecology in the San Luis Valley, Colorado (Report)

Kondratieff, Boris, Integrated Pest Management Plan and Educational Powerpoint for Bent’s Old Fort: Focus on Invertebrate Pests (Progress Report; Aquatic Insects -SAND)

Knapp, Alan, Plant Community and Soil Nitrogen Responses to Nitrogen Deposition in Two Northern Great Plains National Parks (Report)

Loftis, Jim, Acoustical Monitoring in Mount Rainier National Park and Northern Great Plains Network

Loftis, Jim, Clean Water Act Impairments and Use Designations for National Park System Water Resources; Status and Trends of Impaired, Threatened, and Outstanding National/State Resource Waters (Report)

Loftis, Jim, Development of Natural Resource Education and Public Outreach Programs and Techniques (Report)

Loftis, Jim, Digital Information Services Research and Development for the NPS Resource Information Management Program, GIS Division (Report)

Loftis, Jim, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Global Positioning Systems, and Mobile Mapping Research and Development for the NPS GIS Program (2009 Progress Report; Report)

Loftis, Jim, GIS technical support for NPS Intermountain Region Geographic Resources Program

Loftis, Jim, Guidance and technical support to the Natural Resource Program Center (NRPC) of the National Park Service, making the latest Design technology available to the NRPC (Report)

Loftis, Jim, Research and development of processes and tools for the NPS National Information Services Center (NISC) Portfolio and Project Management (PPM) and Information Technology Information Library (ITIL) project

Loftis, Jim, Clean Water Act Impairments and Use Designations for National Park System Water Resources; Status and Trends of Impaired, Threatened, and Outstanding National/State Resource Waters (Report)

Nett, Terry, Evaluation of the Effects of Fertility Control on the Reproductive Behaviors and Activity Budgets of Feral Horses at Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Newman, Peter, Modeling the Effects of Alternative Transportation on Resource Protection and Visitor Experiences in Rocky Mountain National Park (Report)

Ore, Janet, Catalog Museum Objects and Improved Collection Storage/Exhibit Areas

Ore, Janet, Mission 66 Historic Context for Rocky Mountain National Park (Report)

Rathburn, Sara, Channel Restoration Planning and Preparation for the Colorado River and Lulu Creek in Rocky Mountain National Park (Report)

Rocca, Monique, Assessing an alternative to mechanical fuel reduction and pile burning

Rocca, Monique, Imagining landscapes of the future: predicting the impacts of climate change, insect outbreaks, and fire on Colorado lodgepole pine forests (Report; Article 1; Article 2; Article 3)

Sanders, Thomas, Intergration of NPS/USGS Water Resources Science Applicable to Management of Protected Areas, year 2

Sanders, Thomas, Preservation, Protection, and Management of Water and Aquatic Resources in Units of the National Park System

Spraker, Terry, Technical Assistance to the National Park Service Wildlife Health Team
(Progress Report; Journal of Wildlife Diseases)

Sprouse, William, Develop, verify, maintain, and document information in support of the National Park Service’s natural resource-related data and information systems (Report)

Stevens, Joe, Biological Resource Management in National Parks- Vegetation Mapping Information Management and Delivery in support of the NPS Vegetation Mapping Inventory, the National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program

Stevens, Joe, Vascular Plant Inventory and Voucher Collection for Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (Report)

Sutton, Sally, Biological Resource Management in National Parks- Invasive Species Information Management and Delivery

Swift, David, Investigation of Nitrogen Deposition into Loch Vale, Rocky Mountain National Park (Report; Phase 2 Report)

Thompson, Jessica, Charting a Course for Parks to Effectively Respond to the Challenge of Climate Change (Report)

Thompson, Jessica, Develop communications materials for social science, natural and cultural resource topics, management activities, and issues (Report)

Thompson, Jessica, Identifying Multi-jurisdictional Adaptation Strategies for Responding to Climate Change on Federal Lands in the Desert Southwest (Report)

Thompson, Jessica, Using Climate Change Scenario Planning to Promote Resource Stewardship in the National Park Service

Zeidler, James, Mission 66 Historic context for Yellowstone National Park

Zimmerman, Don, Assessing Backcountry Campers' Adoption of Leave No Trace Technologies, Rocky Mountain National Park (Report)

Zimmerman, Don, Exploring Rocky Mountain National Park visitors’ information sources, communications, and perception of wildlife management practices (Report)


Hurley, Patricia, Summer 2009 Restoration Intern at Glacier National Park (Report from Intern 08)

Hurley, Patricia, Restoration Intern at Glacier National Park 2006-2008


Baldwin, Ben, Tehabi Internship – Glen Canyon NRA 2008 (Report)

Baldwin, Ben, Vital Signs Communication (Report)

Baldwin, Ben, Write Methodology to Determine the Long-Term Effectiveness of the 2004 Cattle Behavior Modification Project to Manage Noxious Weeds and for Training of Additional Cattle at Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS, and Provide Background Information for Future Management of Cattle for Weed Control (Progress Report; Report)

Baldwin,Ben, Writing and Editing of Scopes of Work, Research Project Fact Sheets, and Newsletter Articles for Rocky Mountain National Park (Report)

Brunson, Mark, Science Communication Assistance at Yellowstone National Park (Report)

Brunson, Mark, Workplace Implementation of Innovation/Adoption Strategies to Improve the Use of Science in Management Decisions (Report)

Middleton, Barbara, No Jr. Rangers Left Behind! (Progress Report; Report)

Monz, Christopher, Campsite Monitoring at Kenai Fjords: Protocol Development and Analysis (AK Park Science Article; Report)

Monz, Christopher, Modeling the Effects of Alternative Transportation on Resource Protection and Visitor Experiences in Rocky Mountain National Park (Report)

Neale, Christopher, Mapping of Thermal Springs and Features in the Upper, Middle and Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park (Abstract; Article; Report)

Ramsey, Doug, Assessment of Natural Resources and Watershed Conditions for Grand Teton National Park and John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway (Report)

Schupp, Eugene, Restoring Natural Fire Regimes at Golden Spike National Historic Site by Developing a Healthy Sagebrush/Grassland Vegetation Community to Prevent the Cheatgrass-Wildfire Cycle (Progress Report 2007; Progress 2010 Report; Progress 2011 Report; Progress Report 2012; Report)


Carrol, Matthew, Study of Ranch Management at George Lane’s Bar U: Transmission of Practices from Conrad Kohrs of Montana (Report; Poster)

Dybdahl, Mark, The invasive New Zealand mud snail versus the candidate threatened Jackson Lake spring snail in Grand Teton National Park

Lamb, Brian, AIRPACT Pollutant Deposition Maps and Analysis (Report)


Chalfoun, Anna, Effects of pathways within Grand Teton National Park on avian abundance, distribution, diversity, and productivity of focal species (Report)

Eckels, David, Class III Inventory and Site Documentation of the Indian Creek Drainage (Report)

Eckels, David, Inventory of the Nez Perce Trail (2008) (Report)

Eckels, David, Phase 1 Archeological Data Recovery of Site 48YE357, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Gerow, Ken, Biostatistics Support for NPS Fire Ecology Program

Gray, Stephen, Climate Summary Reports for the Greater Yellowstone Network Inventory and Monitoring Program (Report; Fact Sheet)

Harlow, Hank, Aquatic Nuisance Species Educational Workshop (Report)

Harlow, Hank, UW-NPS Grand Teton Research Center, Small Grants Program 2008

Harlow, Hank, UW-NPS Grand Teton Research Center, Research Program 2009

Kelly, Robert, Intermountain Region ASMIS Condition Assessment Assistance (Report)

Kelly, Robert, Emergency ASMIS Field Documentation Project FY2008

Tootle, Glenn, Glacial Change in Grand Teton National Park (Interim Report; Report; Article)

Walker, Danny, Evaluative Archeological Testing of the 1866 Infantry Barracks to Develop a Treatment Plan for Foundation Stabilization (Report)


Quinn, Michael, Integrated Ecosystem Management in the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem- a Centennial Challenge Project (Interim Report; Report)