CSUB Awarded Five-Year Grant to Continue CREST Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) with a five-year grant of as part of its Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program. This grant of $4,931,740 will continue development for the Center for Climate Science and Natural Resource Solutions for Water-Limited, Paired Mountain/Valley Systems under the CREST NSF Program, Phase II. It will focus on research topics aimed at better understanding the role of drought, evaluating potential responses, and assisting with adaptive planning in response to those changes.

“This is a great achievement for our campus, and it is an amazing opportunity for our undergraduate and graduate students to take part in transdisciplinary research focused on addressing the effects of climate variability on landscape processes, ecology, and human response,” said CREST Director, Eduardo Montoya. “The ultimate goal of this program is to help students develop the skills and experience that will aid them in future enrollment in a Ph.D. program and/or to obtain leadership positions in local industry and government.”

Research activities will be conducted by CSUB students under the guidance and mentorship of CSUB faculty and scientists at collaborating institutions. Undergraduate and graduate students will be recruited from the Bakersfield area, as well as from groups underrepresented in STEM fields. The faculty members associated with the grant are: Dr. Graham Andrews, Assistant Professor of Geology; Dr. Jan Gillespie, Professor of Geology; Dr. Junhua Guo, Geological Sciences, Lecturer; Dr. Anna Jacobsen, Assistant Professor, Biology; Dr. William Krugh, Assistant Professor, Geological Sciences; Dr. Robert Negrini, Professor of Geology; Dr. Eduardo Montoya, CREST Director; Dr. Brandon Pratt, Associate Professor, Biology; and Dr. Dayanand Saini, Associate Professor, Physics and Engineering.

The Center's approach articulates three research subprojects addressing the effects of climate variability on landscape processes, ecology, and human response. Through the involvement of

undergraduate and graduate students, the Center will conduct research leading to mitigating the effects of anticipated climate change on the people, industries, and environment.

CREST students participate in extensive academic research at CSUB, national labs and cooperating Ph.D. granting institutions. The 2017-2018 CREST student application will be posted in the spring. For more information, please visit: www.csub.edu/crest.


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