Here are research projects currently under way or scheduled for 2018:
Biomes and Species Modeling
Goals: Forecast changes in distribution of species, assess roles of climate and topography in historical changes, and evaluate effects of distant habitats on Indiana’s biomes.
Goals: Examine climate and watershed data, and collect new date to determine boundary conditions for Indiana’s weather.
Cyanobacteria Ecosystems Services
Goals: Develop cyanobacterial carbon sinks that could co-produce chemicals, renewable energy and other useful services.
Environmental Communications Research
Goals: Discover how individuals receive, understand and process environmental messages, and create stories in media that lead to understanding.
Green and Blue Bloomington
Goals: Collect residents’ stories about their relationships with Bloomington’s watersheds, engage the community on issues such as water purity and access to lakes.
This project will involve regional, then national, assessments of the goals, scope, measurement, impact and gap analysis of environmental philanthropy efforts and preferences.
Hoosier Social-Environmental Survey
Goals: Discover present-day Hoosiers’ attitudes to environmental change and examine historical data to develop a new understanding of the interdependency of social and environmental change to date.
Invasive Species: Experimental Tests of Forecast Predictions
Goals: Understand and predict species most likely to become invasive and their impact on native habitats and communities, with an overall goal to prevent biological invasions.
Isotopic Studies of Migration: Adapting to Change
Goals: Conduct experimental studies of the impact of environmental change on the dynamics of resident and invasive animal and plant populations.
Maintenance of Biodiversity
Goals: Track organisms that provide essential ecological services, such as pollination, seed dispersal and insect control, to learn more about protecting biodiversity.
Modeling Ground Water and Arsenic
Goals: Develop holistic models of environmental change to evaluate the sustainability of Indiana’s water resources through the end of the century.
Goals: Conduct social and vegetation surveys to explore feedbacks between biodiversity and citizen engagement with native plantings.
Rivers and Landscape Modeling
Goals: Reconstruct how draining of wetlands altered stream patterns and forecast how changes will continue and what impact these will have on flood risk, erosion and habitats.
Stream Monitoring in the Lower Wabash Watershed
Goals: Evaluate interactions between land management decisions, such as crops, fertilizer timing and cover crops, and climate in controlling nutrient export from the landscape.
Urban Green Infrastructure Analysis
Goal: Bring together socio-economic and biophysical data to advance understanding of urban green infrastructure functioning for community sustainability and resilience.
Goals: Examine invasive tree species to understand how invasive plant species change the way water is drawn out of the ground and released into the atmosphere.