The Center for the Environment (CFE) opened in 2004 to assist the region with addressing environmental science questions through research, education and collaboration. Working with students, faculty, and off-campus partners, our goal is to define, acquire, and provide science-based knowledge that can be used to make informed decisions. After five years as associate director, Brian Eisenhauer is currently interim director of the Center and June Hammond Rowan is serving as interim associate director.
This fall we welcomed five new graduate students to PSU’s MS in Environmental Science and Policy program which we coordinate with the College of Graduate Studies. Since 2005, thirteen students have completed their degree and many remain in New Hampshire in a variety of positions related to their work at CFE. Our program is small providing meaningful courses, individualized instruction, and research experiences for these students.
Lisa Doner, research assistant professor, was recently awarded a $600,000 National Science Foundation grant to study the deposits in the bottom of lakes in Iceland and how the North Atlantic Oscillation affects the process of deposition. And research assistant professor Doug Earick, in collaboration with PSU’s Department of Education’s Program, received a Mathematics & Science Partnership $75,000 grant from the NH Department of Education for a project on Teacher as Researcher: The role of inquiry, and learning progressions through environmental science studies. Mark Green continues working on hydrologic research projects in the region and at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. He has several projects funded in cooperation with the US Forest Service, US Geologic Survey, and Hubbard Brook Research Foundation.
Aaron Johnson, senior laboratory technician, is working with NH Department of Environmental Services on expanding the state’s Volunteer Lake Assessment Program in the North Country. The efforts have paid off and this year, volunteers have brought samples from eight new lakes to the Center’s Environmental Research Laboratory resulting in more monitoring data that is used by the state in meeting its requirements of the Clean Water Act. This work will continue in 2011 with support from DES and the Davis Conservation Foundation.
Angela Uhlman organized a successful series of talks for our Fall Environmental Science Colloquium and a new series will be held this spring. Also this spring, CFE is hosting the New Hampshire Water and Watershed Conference on March 25 and 26, 2011 at PSU. Mark your calendar for this event!
Please explore our Web site to learn more about all the members of CFE and the work we all do on behalf of Plymouth State University’s mission to serve the region.
We wish you a happy holiday season and new year.