Conn. Sea Grant announces four new grants

Groton – Connecticut Sea Grant, located at the University of Connecticut's Avery Point campus, on Thursday announced four new grants totaling $ 491,750 for four research projects that will take place over the next two years.

These grants will fund research focusing on the ecosystems and natural resources of Long Island Sound and Connecticut's shoreline communities.

    Recipients are:

  • Shimon Anisfeld and his colleague Andrew Kemp at Yale University. They will investigate the ability of salt marshes to migrate upland as sea levels rise.
  • Hans Dam at UConn's Department of Marine Sciences will examine how the zooplankton species Acartia tonsa might adapt evolutionarily to heat waves, which in the future may occur more frequently, last longer, and have higher peak temperatures. This species is a critical source of food for fish in Long Island Sound.
  • Chris Elphick at the UConn Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology will lead an assessment of Connecticut coastal property owners' attitudes and intentions towards rising sea levels. Elphick and colleagues will use the results to help managers integrate conservation management goals with what is important to coastal residents.
  • Mark A. Beekey and Jennifer Mattei in Sacred Heart University's Department of Biology will identify juvenile horseshoe crab nursery habitats along the Connecticut coastline and evaluate them for qualities essential to the species' growth and survival. The project will build on the educational and outreach activities of Project Limulus, an ongoing citizen monitoring effort for horseshoe crab populations.

In addition to these research projects, Connecticut Sea Grant funds a variety of regional social science projects, including its recent Coastal Storm Awareness Program. Connecticut Sea Grant is a state and federal partnership through the UConn and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Sea Grant College Program that supports aquatic and marine research, education, and outreach, with an emphasis on Long Island Sound.

For information, contact Syma Ebbin, research coordinator, at: syma.ebbin@uconn.edu; or Sylvain De Guise, director, at: sylvan.deguise@uconn.edu.

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