Prof. Dana Bauer awarded NSF Grant
Assistant Professor Dana Bauer and colleagues at the University of Maine and Bowdoin College received funding from the National Science Foundation’s Couple Natural and Human Systems program to study the role and management of vernal pools in urbanizing landscapes. Vernal pools are small natural features that are far more important for maintaining biodiversity and providing ecosystem services than one would expect based on their size. The interdisciplinary project team will explore the biophysical and socioeconomic components of vernal pool ecology and management as a coupled-systems model and develop strategies that improve management of these resources and other analogous systems around the globe, from prairie potholes in mid-western North America to desert springs in southern Africa.
For more information on Dana Bauer and her work, visit her website.