$3.5 MILLION AWARDED FOR RESEARCH ON GLOBAL CHANGE

Suzanne Ackerman 202-564-7819/ackerman.suzanne@epa.gov

EPA has awarded research grants totaling more than $3.5 million to four universities to study the potential consequences of global climate change on U.S. ecosystems and their living organisms. The grants were awarded through Science to Achieve Results (STAR), an EPA program that funds research in environmental science and engineering and employs a competitive solicitation process and independent peer review. Grant recipients at Colorado State University will investigate whether changes in climate and ultraviolet radiation (UV) increase assimilation of metal contaminants by aquatic organisms in Rocky Mountain streams. Lehigh University scientists will study the Lehigh River watershed in northeastern Pennsylvania to determine how land and river properties interact with solar radiation and how organisms adapt to increased UV exposure. Other UV-climate change grants were awarded to University of Notre Dame and Texas Tech University.

For abstracts and contact information see:
http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/index.cfm/fuseaction/recipients.display/rfa_id/268

To learn more about EPA's STAR program, see:
http://es.epa.gov/ncer/