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Billings awarded grant to establish Calhoun CZO

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Congratulations to Sharon Billings, associate professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and associate scientist for the Kansas Biological Survey has recently been awarded a five-year, $545,520 grant from NSF to participate in the establishment of a “Critical Zone Observatory” in Union, S.C. to study how an ecosystem that once was transformed for agricultural production continues to be influenced by that usage long after the activity has ceased.  The work will take place at the Calhoun Experimental Forest.  The Calhoun CZO will be one in a larger network established by NSF to coordinate study of the interaction of water, ecosystems, and the atmosphere between the top of the bedrock underground to the treetops aboveground.  Billings’  will lead KU’s contribution to the project focusing on how a forested ecosystem recovers from human induced disturbance, and putting it into a context of continual ecological change over the past two centuries. For more information see KU news story about the award.

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