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Graduate Grant Recipients

2020

Brittany Allen
Research project: Urban Heat Island Effect and Rodent Body Condition

Aaron Grade
Research project: Do human-provided resources buffer the effects of drought on bird abundances in residential neighborhoods?

Florian Schneider
Research project: Project MaRTiny: Data analysis and validation of low-cost sensors measuring thermal conditions and space use

Kayla Tarr
Research project: Long-Term Monitoring of Urban Ecological Infrastructure for Stormwater Management at ASU

Amanda Trakas
Research project: Where the Water Flows: Plant Selection for Rapid Infiltration in Biodetention Basins in Maricopa County

Eric Vahid
Research project: The Impacts of Residential Flood Irrigation and Yard Management on Gaseous Nitrogen Losses in the Phoenix Metro Area, AZ

Emily Webb
Research project: Life-history variation in carotenoid profiles of an urban songbird

2019

Anthony Basile
Research project: Effect of Anthropogenic, Western Diet Foods on Avian Abundance, Richness, and Metabolic Physiology

Ryan Clark
Research project: A Field Comparison of Western Black Widows: Does Behavior Differ Between Urban and Desert Habitats?

Jessica Dwyer
Research project: Bat habitat use along the graident of urbanization in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area

Stephen Elser and Michelle Stuhlmacher
Research project: Ecosystem services provided by green infrastructure: expanding knowledge on the Phoenix metropolitan area

Jeffrey Haight
Research project: Biophysical and Socioeconomic Influences on Spatial Patterns of Urban Mammal Communities

Timothy Ohlert
Research project: Drought impacts on desert ecosystems

Sarah Polekoff
Research project: Adapting to city life: physiology and behavior of urban and desert House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)

Zhaocheng Wang
Research project: Understanding Urban Irrigation Impact by Coupling Machine Learning and Physical Based Model in a Desert Urban Environment

Megan Wheeler
Research project: Land managers drive long-term and annual plant community dynamics: A case study of change over time in Phoenix residential yards

Mary Wright and Peter Crank
Research project: A comprehensive assessment of the thermal environment of two PASS neighborhoods

2018

Riley Andrade
Research project: Linking human-environment interactions with community ecology in urban ecosystems

Alicia Hinterlong
Research project: The effects of urbanization on the wildlife community across the CAP LTER in the Phoenix Valley

Marina Lauck
Research project: Effects of Variable Inundation Patterns on Wetland Plant Communities and Nitrogen Uptake in the Salt River Wetlands

Christopher Sanchez
Research project: Design process and outcomes of designed experiments using Urban Ecological Infrastructure (UEI): a case-study

Michelle Stuhlmacher
Research project: Quantifying Landscape Architecture Dynamics in Tempe’s Rio Salado

Kate Weiss
Research project: Assessing Mammalian Functional Diversity Across a Gradient of Urbanization in the Phoenix Valley

Nicholas Weller
Research project: Extreme Heat Public Forums: Perspectives of participants and policy makers in Phoenix, AZ, Portland, OR, and St. Paul, MN

2017

Melissa Davidson and Yeowon Kim
Research project: Alternative Futures for Phoenix Neighborhoods: A downscaling approach to scenario development

Cyrus Hester
Research project: Developing a Novel Paleoecological Approach for Studying Long-term, Heavy Metal Pollution in the Greater Phoenix Area

Pierce Hutton and Emily Webb
Research project: Urban Impacts on Life History Strategy in a Common Desert Songbird

Ivan Lopez-Castrillo
Research project: Regional Urban Ecohydrological Assessment of Rainfall-Runoff Relations and their Hydrologic Modeling

Eli Perez-Ruiz
Research project: Evaluation of the Net Ecosystem Exchange across different landscapes in Phoenix, Arizona

Jazmine Russell
Research project: Utilizing remotely sensed data to monitor algal blooms and water quality in Arizona reservoirs

Megan Wheeler
Research project: Effects of nutrient enrichment on annual plant community composition in the northern Sonoran Desert

Qunshan Zhao
Research project: Impact of tree locations and arrangements on outdoor microclimate and human thermal comfort in a compact urban residential environment

2016

Riley Burnette
Research project: Social-spatial analyses of environmental attitudes in Phoenix, Arizona: 2006, 2011, and beyond

Christine DeMeyers
Research project: The intersection of ecosystem services, homelessness, and water insecurity in Phoenix

Nicole Pierini
Research project: Evaluating water, energy, and carbon fluxes across four distinct land cover types in a desert urban environment

Ruby Upreti
Research project: Modeling the impact of urban trees on regional hydroclimate

Shelley Valle
Research project: Effect of the Phoenix urban heat island on metabolic and reproductive physiology of a resident songbird

2015

Chao Fan
Research project: Compact or sprawl? Impacts of urban form on climate change

Benjamin MacNeille
Research project: Building an understanding of the urban phyllosphere in Phoenix: The next steps

Julie Ripplinger
Research project: Survey 200: A powerful tool for examining urban vegetation change under the great recession

Melinda Weaver
Research project: Stress in the city: Correlation between behavior and stress hormone levels in house finches (Haemorhous mexicanus)

Qunshan Zhao
Research project: Rooftop surface temperature analysis in urban residential environment

2014

Benjamin MacNeille
Research project: Building an understanding of the urban phyllosphere in Phoenix: The first steps

Christy Rose
Research project: Chloroform from swimming pools, a significant source of atmospheric chloroform in Phoenix?

Sisi Gao
Research project: Are all stressors equally disturbing? A study on how different urban disturbances affect a common urban bird

Greg Gryniewicz
Research project: Variation in wood specific gravity of Sonoran desert trees growing in irrigated urban landscapes and non-developed arid desert landscapes

Hannah Heavenrich
Research project: Hidden pools of nitrate in emerging ‘sustainable’ landscapes

Edgar Cardenas
Research project: Understanding collaboration patterns in artists-scientists teams

Aurelie Marcotte
Research project: Characterization of trace metals and inorganic species in time resolved haboob particulate matter in Phoenix, AZ

Amalia Handler and Amanda Suchy
Research project: Nitrogen cycling in urban wetlands: influence of vegetation and soil resources

Jorge Ramos
Research project: A new gas chamber to investigate the role of acrophytes in the greenhouse gas emissions from the Tres Rios constructed wetland in Phoenix, AZ

2013

John Connors and Kevin Kane
Research project: Shaping the City: Institutions and land system architecture in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area

Scott Davies
Research project: Sex in the city: how do birds adapt seasonal reproduction in response to urbanization?

Juan Declet-Barreto
Research project: Assessment of neighborhood and household adaptive capacity to heat-related vulnerability in Maricopa County, Arizona

Chao Fan
Research project: Impacts of vegetation cover on urban warming: Does spatial arrangement matter?

Chris Galletti and Shai Kaplan
Research project: Modeling broadband albedo with high resolution imagery

Heather Kropp and Michael Fell
Research project: Plant carbon status and hydraulic traits along an aridity/urbanization gradient

Israel Leinbach
Research project: Scorpion profiling in the city

Yevgeniy Marusenko
Research project: Ammonia-oxidizing microbial communities and their functional response to environmental change

Janet Reyna
Research project: Life cycle assessment of ecosystem service impacts from Phoenix buildings

Jiyun Song
Research project: Interfacing an urban land surface model with a single-column atmospheric model

Amanda Suchy
Research project: Denitrification in urban wetlands: The relative importance of hydrologic regime and soil resources for shaping patterns of denitrification

Jiachuan Yang
Research project: Enhancing urban hydroclimate modeling by coupling an advanced urban canopy model into WRF

Yujia Zhang
Research project: Linking land configuration to human wellbeing from the household to neighborhood level in Central Arizona Phoenix