Research Initiation Awards

To pursue the goal of fostering collaboration and interdisciplinary work across departments in the Water Sciences at Utah State University, the Water Initiative supports interdisciplinary pilot research studies by USU faculty in the broad area of Water Sciences. In 2006, this program was expanded to include teaching and class development in addition to the original focus of research studies. These projects are selected on the basis of them serving the common good goal of strengthening interdisciplinary water science at USU. This program is intended to stimulate interdisciplinary research and education, build cooperation and institutional aspects of an integrated water sciences research and academic program, and attract additional interdisciplinary funding to USU water programs thereby elevating the prominence of USU in water sciences.

  

2009 Water Initiative Research Initiation Awards

Investigators Title
Timothy Doyle, Scott Jones Numerical Methods for Sensing Moisture and Physical Condition of Soils
Karin Kettenring, David Rosenberg Allocating scarce water to benefit wetlands and wetland plant communities at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge: ecological experiments and optimization modeling
Tammy Rittenour, Lawrence Hipps, Robert Gillies, James Long, Justin DeRose Extending the Record of Drought and Discharge Variations in the Bear River Drainage through Tree-ring Reconstructions

2008 Water Initiative Research Initiation Awards

Investigators Title
Anhong Zhou Surveillance Sensing Waterborne Pathogen Cryptosporidium
Mevin Hooten Modeling Seasonal and Inter-Annual Dynamics of Intermountain Snow Water Storage
Scott Miller Factors affecting Bonneville cutthroat trout recovery: developing links among grazing cessation, riparian vegetation, and stream food webs
Jim Powell Constructing an Intermediate-Complexity Biological Modeling Framework for Nutrient Cycling in Lakes Based on Physical Structure
Neilson, Beth Assessing a Variable Effective Source Area (VESA) Modification of TOPMODEL for Predicting Soil Moisture
Ronald J. Ryel, Scott Jones), Tamao Kasahara, and A. Joshua Leffler Ecohydrology of quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) communities
Thomas Hauser Three dimensional unsteady geomorphology fluid flow modeling

 

2006 Water Initiative Research Initiation Awards
Investigators Title
Paul Grams, Phaedra Budy, Jack Schmidt Proposal to initiate linkages between geomorphology and fisheries ecology researh on the Cub River, Idaho and Logan River, Utah
Jeffery S. Horsburgh, David K. Stevens, Nancy O. Mesner Continuous Water Quality Monitoring of Mud Lake to Support Evaluation of Effects of Bear River Water Diverted into Bear Lake
Krishna Shenai, Scott Jones, Mac McKee Development of Cost-Effective Soil Properties Sensor for Ubiquitous Wireless Networks
Tamao Kasahara, Matthew Baker Analyzing the effect of watershed topography on water residence time and hydrologic scaling in semi-arid, alpine catchments

 

2005 Water Initiative Research Initiation Awards
Investigators Title
James Evans Geochronolgy of Carbonates to Constrain Paleohydrology of the Bear River Range, and CO 2 -charged Systems of SE Utah
David Robinson, Timothy Doyle, Scott Jones Modeling the Dielectric Properties of Granular Media to Determine Water Content
Brad Cole, Dan Davis, Bob Parson, Steve Sturgeon, Cheryl Walters Bear River Watershed Historical Bibliography Digital Collection
Phaedra Budy, Mark Vinson, Gary Thiede Factors Affecting Native Cutthroat Trout Population Dynamics, Abundance, and Distribution in the Logan and Bear River Drainages: Comparing the Effects of Varying Degrees of Anthropogenic Impact
Arthur Caplan, Terry Glover Policy Decision Modeling for Water Quality Improvement
Tom Lachmar, David Chandler, Wynn R Walker Spring Monitoring and Measurement of Non-Point Source Recharge and Canal Seepage in Cache Valley, Utah

 

2004 Water Initiative Research Initiation Awards
Investigators Title
Jeffery Horsburgh Bear River Watershed Information System
Phaedra Budy and Mark Vinson Factors Affecting Native Cutthroat Trout Population Dynamics, Abundance, and Distribution in the Logan and Bear River Drainages: Comparing the Effects of Varying Degrees of Anthropogenic Impact
Helga Van Miegroet, David Chandler, Michelle Baker, Janis Boettinger Preliminary Investigation of Climate Change Impacts on Soil Water and Carbon Dynamics
Steve Sturgeon, Dan Davis, Bob Par Bear River Watershed Historical Bibliography
Joanna Endter-Wada, Arthur Caplan, Peggy Petrzelka, Theresa Selfa Contributing to Drought Management Through Understanding Factors Influencing Human Conservation Behavior
Michael Gooseff, James Evans, Pete Kolesar, and Tom Lachmar Hydrologic Contributions from Springs on the Logan River, Utah
Douglas Jackson-Smith Collection and Analysis of Socioeconomic Data in the Bear River Basin Watershed Study Area
David Stevens and Jeffery Horsburgh Real Time Streamflow and Water Quality Monitoring Station in the Logan River at the Utah Water Research L
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