PSU Professor Mark Green Receives Fulbright Research Scholarship

June 12th, 2012 by blyndes

Plymouth, N.H. – A Plymouth State University Assistant Professor has been awarded a Fulbright Researcher position  to study in Japan later this year. Mark Green was chosen to conduct research at the University of Tokyo, Department of Forest Science. Green noted the Fulbright program is very competitive, and he’s honored to be chosen.

Dr. Julie Bernier, PSU’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, said Green’s Fulbright research will benefit the University’s educational mission.

Dr. Green is an exceptional researcher and teacher with a strong national reputation, said Bernier. “ His Fulbright will assist him in making important international connections.  I am very pleased for Mark and for what it will mean for the future of PSU’s graduate program in Environmental Science and Policy.  One of Mark’s graduate students will be able to travel to Japan to spend a few weeks with him doing research and research collaborations will likely continue with the University of Tokyo long in to the future.”

Green will study hydrologic data from Japanese and U.S. temperate forested watersheds to see how resilient the areas are to events that change their natural properties.

“If a forest is disturbed, whether it’s clear cutting, storm damage or acid rain, then the quality of the water that flows through that area is impacted, so we need to know how quickly the forest bounces back,” Green said. “We need to understand how much of the watershed can be disturbed without degrading water quality too much; is it a two-year, or four-year window? If we know the answer, we can make preparations to protect the watershed. This goes far beyond Plymouth, the northeast and even the U.S.; the analysis of these watershed areas will have international applicability.”

Green, a hydrologist at PSU’s Center for the Environment (CFE), has been conducting research with Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest thanks to funding from the Northern Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service. He earned a bachelor’s in Biology from Minnesota State University, Mankato, a master’s in Hydrology from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a doctorate in Water Resources Science from the University of Minnesota.

Green’s past research and teaching centers around water transport as an integrator of environmental systems. His research focuses on hydrologic control of terrestrial to aquatic biogeochemical interactions. More recently, he has played a leading role in a national hydrologic synthesis effort focused on quantifying human-water interactions in the Northeast U.S. from 1600 to 2100 A.D. This research brings a greater emphasis on (1) understanding past modifications of the land- and waterscapes to understand current hydrological, biogeochemical, and ecological legacies, and (2) be able to make meaningful statements about how to manage water resources into the future.

Green is also working on a water quality test program through a five-year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation involving the University of New Hampshire, Dartmouth College, St. Anselm College and Plymouth State University. The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) funded project will bring together researchers from around the state to better understand the complex interactions of the climate-ecological-human system as well as provide critical information for state decision makers. Green is leading a CFE team in the development of a network of 100 water quality sensors around New Hampshire’s streams and rivers.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu

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