Research Funding Updates

Moving mountains: timing and emplacement of the Marysvale gravity slide complex

Investigator: David Hacker, 2021-2024, $210,394, National Science Foundation

How the Surface Roughness Contributes to Wettability and its Alteration of Geologic Minerals

Investigator Kuldeep Singh, 2021-2022, $110,000, ACS PRF

Mapping of the Spry Intrusion and Associated Volcanic Rocks Within the Markagunt Mega-Scale Gravity Slide, Utah

Investigator: David Hacker, 2020-2022, $16,665, United States Geological Society

Remote sensing validation of benthic cover in Biscayne Bay

Investigator: Joseph Ortiz, 2021, $60,380 Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Field-scale estimates of soil carbon based on modeling and soil optical properties

Investigator: Joseph Ortiz, 2021, $175,000, Herbert W. Hoover Foundation

Dynamics of plastic pollution in Lake Erie urban tributaries and beaches

Investigator: Anne Jefferson, 2020-2021, $10,000, The Ohio State University

Capacity building for ocean color remote sensing in support of fisheries management in the northern Benguela Current

Investigator: Joseph Ortiz, 2020, $30,000, National Geographic Society 2020 Explorer Travel Grant

Science for Community Change

Investigators: Bridget Mulvey (KSU Education) and David Singer (KSU Geology); 2020-2021, $24,108, Martha Holden Jennings Foundation

Collaborative Research: Neotoma Paleoecology Database, a Multi-Proxy, International, Community-Curated Data Resource for Global Change Research

Investigator: Alison Smith, 2020-2023, $14,599, National Science Foundation

Geomorphic Effects and Distribution of Anthropogenic Debris in Urban Streams

Investigator: Anne Jefferson, 2020-2023, $339,063, National Science Foundation

PoreStudio: First Cloud-Based Reactive Flow Simulator

Investigator: Babak Shafei, Co-Director: Kuldeep Singh, 2019-2021, $1,100,000, Department of Energy, DOE-SBIR

Data-Driven Module for Prediction of Materials Physical-Chemical Properties Using Machine Learning

Investigator: Babak Shafei, Co-Director: Kuldeep Singh, 2019-2021, $225,000, National Science Foundation

Collaborative Research: Connecting local stormwater decision-making to environmental outcomes

Investigator: Anne Jefferson, Co-Directors: David Costello (Kent State U.), Aditi Bhaskar (Colorado State U.), V. Kelly Turner (UCLA), 2018-2021, $300,000, National Science Foundation, Environmental Sustainability

Local Environment-based Authentic Discovery Research and Outreach on Lead (Project LEAD)

Investigators: Bridget Mulvey (KSU Education) and David Singer (KSU Geology); 2019-2020, $12,000, KSU Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative

Despite recent high-profile cases of lead (Pb)-contaminated drinking water, ingestion and/or inhalation of Pb from soil and dust are potentially more significant exposure pathways. Although scientists know Pb is a problem in urban areas, the scope of the problem in Akron is unknown. Participating students are making substantial contributions to the development of new scientific knowledge. Akron Public Schools (APS), our high-need urban school district partner, requested that we develop a curriculum to support students' authentic STEM research on the Akron community. This project involves students doing soil science research on Pb in Akron. The long-term goal is to develop an Akron exposure risk map and continue design of a soil Pb curriculum for middle and high school. Students will develop and implement action plans to improve their own health and the health of the Akron community.

Geology of Parts of the Cow Creek and Deep Creek 7.5 Minute Quadrangles, Garfield County, Utah: Structural and Deformational History of the Mega-Scale Sevier Gravity Slide

Investigator: David Hacker, 2019-2020, $29,724, U.S. Geological Survey EDMAP Program

Monitoring Lake Okeechobee Toxic Blooms: Google Earth Engine and KSU spectral Decomposition Method

Investigator: Joseph Ortiz, Co-Director: J. Amos (SkyTruth), 2018-2020, $180,000, Herbert W. Hoover Foundation

Science in Support of Management and Restoration in Biscayne National Park

Investigator: Joseph Ortiz, 2018-2020, $140,000, Herbert W. Hoover Foundation

Hydrology and Water Quality Performance of Green Infrastructure, Watershed Stewardship Center, West Creek Reservation

Investigator: Anne Jefferson, Co-Directors: Lauren Kinsman-Costello, Reid Coffman, 2014-2020, $135,436, Cleveland Metroparks

Remote Sensing Research for Harmful Algal Blooms in Inland Waters

Investigator: Joseph Ortiz, 2018-2019, $59,000, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Acquisition of an X-ray diffractometer for environmental mineralogy and geochemistry

Investigator: David Singer, Co-Directors: Elizabeth Herndon, Jeremy Williams, 2017-2018, $126,459, National Science Foundation

Interactions between minerals, water, and biota shape the “Critical Zone”, the thin surface of the Earth’s crust that extends from groundwater to canopy and supports life. Anthropogenic perturbations of the Critical Zone (e.g., land use, contamination, climate change) impact soil geochemistry and influence the transport of nutrients and contaminants from soils into vegetation and river systems. Our objective is to establish analytical facilities that will support research and education in Environmental Mineralogy and Geochemistry in order to better evaluate human impacts on Critical Zone processes. NSF funds will facilitate ongoing research into 1. mineral weathering and metal cycling in ecosystems developed on coal mine waste and; 2. impacts of permafrost-thaw on metal and nutrient cycling in climate-sensitive tundra and boreal ecosystems.