PhD candidate, Stephen Decina, of the Templer Lab was the recent recipient of the Thomas H. Kunz Award for 2017. Steve studies cycles of urban nitrogen, carbon and phosphorus, exploring the ways that urban form and human decision making influence these cycles with the goal to inform policies that will lead to more sustainable cities and resilient socio-ecological communities.

This award provides support for Ecology, Behavior & Evolution (EBE) Ph.D. candidates who have completed the qualifying exam, with a preference for those conducting field research in the award year. The award was established in 2015 in recognition and appreciation of Professor Thomas H. Kunz’s mentorship. His current and former graduate students established this award to serve as a lasting legacy of Tom’s contributions at BU and beyond. Learn more about Dr. Kunz and how you can support this award.