Here are the research projects we are working on to develop the forecasts, strategies and means of communication necessary to enhance resilience to environmental change.
Development of Technology for Tracking Wildlife
Downscaling Climate for Indiana
Goals: Examine climate and watershed data, and collect new date to determine boundary conditions for Indiana’s weather.
Evaluating Hydrological Effects Following Wildfire
Farm Fertilizer Use and Climate Change: A Social-Ecological Systems Approach
Impact of Climate Change on the Seasonal Distribution of Agricultural Pests
Impact of Light Pollution on Wildlife
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.
Kellogg Biological Station Long Term Ecological Research Farmer Panel Survey
Maintenance of Bird Biodiversity
Goals: Track organisms that provide essential ecological services, such as pollination, seed dispersal and insect control, to learn more about protecting biodiversity.
Project Vector Shield
Protecting Migratory Animals: Identifying Constraints to Reproduction
Residential Tick Exposure Prevention Project
STREAMS: Spatial and Temporal River Evolution and Modeling Study
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.
Sustainable Water Resources in Indiana in a Changing World
Anthropogenic Impacts on the Indiana Hydroscape and Landscape, 1700 to Present
Biome—History of Indiana Landscapes
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.
Climate Takings: The Tensions Between Private Property and the Need to Adapt to Environmental Change
Collaborative Partnerships for Conservation
Collective Action and Invasive Species Management
This project will involve regional, then national, assessments of the goals, scope, measurement, impact and gap analysis of environmental philanthropy efforts and preferences.
Nutrient Management in the Wabash River Basin
Pleasant Run Waterway Project
Goals: Conduct social and vegetation surveys to explore feedbacks between biodiversity and citizen engagement with native plantings.
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.
Using Voluntary Programs to Change Behavior
Communicating with Impact
Goals: Discover how individuals receive, understand and process environmental messages, and create stories in media that lead to understanding.
Deep Ecology and Climate Change
ERI and WonderLab Summer Science Institute: Educating for Environmental Change
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.
Mathers Museum 800 Seasons Exhibit
Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survival (MAPS)
Picturing Indiana Biodiversity
Cyanobacteria Ecosystems Services
Goals: Develop cyanobacterial carbon sinks that could co-produce chemicals, renewable energy and other useful services.
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.
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.
Landscape Development and the Impacts of European Land Use Practices
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.
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.
Web Scraping - Green Inventory of Environmental Entrepreneurs in Indiana
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.