Faculty Seed Grants

Purpose

The IWER Faculty Seed Grant program is to support faculty-led pilot projects that align with the Institute's four focus areas: Florida Spring, Indian River Lagoon, Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Management. Applications can be found Here.

Projects

C. de Bodisco, J. Evans and E. Stover, "Estimating the Impact of Flood Risk on Housing Values in the Florida Keys"

Dr. de Bodisco and Dr. Evans collaborated with Stetson senior Emily Stover who was an Environmental Science and Economics double major on an economic analysis about coastal resilience in the Florida Keys

B. Tanner and K. McGee, "Sh.O.R.E. 2018: Sharing Our Research with Everyone on the Indian River Lagoon"

Dr. Tanner and Ms. McGee requested sponsorship for the Sh.O.R.E. 2018 conference, a very important element of our supporting research and community outreach around the Indian River Lagoon.

M. Gibbs and H. Brown, "Circadian Rhythms in Fish Utilizing High Oxygen Algal Beds in Hypoxic Springs"

Dr. Gibbs with her student Hunter Brown conducted a study at Volusia Blue Spring in summer 2018 to investigate the behavior of fish that may be using algal beds as an oxygen source. Aligning with our priority to support research in springs ecosystems, this study showed how fish communities in springs with enhanced nutrient loading and algal growth may be shifting their behavior or physiology in response to this alternative ecosystem state.

N. Wolek and C. Underriner, "Florida Springs Soundscape"

Wolek and Underriner proposed an investigation of the acoustic ecology of Blue Spring State Park and DeLeon Springs State Park to explore the role of sound in the natural and human experience of the springs. The collection and presentation of these digital sound studies expand how visitors to these springs, both on the ground and through digital media understand the landscape and underwater environment of the springs.

M. Roberts and T. Witek, "Walking the Wrack Line"

Roberts, a digital media artist and Witek, a poet proposed to document the experience of walking along the wrack line for the length of Canaveral National Seashore through visual media and text. In support of coastal resilience, the presentations of their collaborative work expanded our understanding and experience of the importance of the natural processes occurring in the wrack line and the ways that human additions and interference in the wrack line modify its role in coastline stability.