The following proposals were selected and funded. All include experiential involvement of students.
Studies of the Invasive Clinging (and Stinging) Jellyfish of Southern New England, Dr. Joseph A DeGiorgis, PhD
Placing Ecological Studies in a Larger Conservation Context: Identifying the Drivers and Extent of Southeastern New England Saltmarsh Loss, Patrick J. Ewanchuk, PhD
The Population Genetic Context for Rapid Adaptation to Industrial Pollution in Narragansett Bay, Jeffrey Markert, Ph. D.
Opossum shrimp genomics, adaptive capacity, and climate change in RI – Extension, Elisabeth Arévalo, PhD
Environment Biology Internship Program
SNEC developed three new paid internships for Environmental Biology students to be awarded annually to work in their fields of study.
Three students received SNEC support this year to pursue internships at:
- The Nature Conservancy, Providence, RI and The Northern Rhode Island Conservation District, Cumberland, RI
- Cape Elizabeth Land Trust (CELT), Cape Elizabeth, MA
The Life of Narragansett Bay: The Pictorial and DNA Barcoding Project: A Study in Environmental Conservation, Dr. Joseph A DeGiorgis, PhD
The proposal was originally submitted in 2018 but was reconsidered and approved as an equipment grant. To photo-document the species of Narragansetts Bay, to study the structural features of these organisms, and to use phylogenetic approaches to identify and classify each species the grant allows the purchase of a DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone with Smart Controller, Mini PCR DNA Discovery Systems, Sony Alpha a7R III Mirrorless Digital Camera Body with Accessories Kit and associated equipment to facilitate scientific photography. This equipment will see a high level of student involvement and use.
Salve Regina University
Art and Historic Preservation
Grills Lecture Series
SNEC funded Paul F. Miller, former chief curator for the Preservation Society of Newport, was the Richard A. Grills Keynote Speaker in Historic Preservation at the annual Cultural and Historic Preservation Conference
A grant was awarded to expand the ability to train students in architectural documentation and presentation through the purchase, two HP laptop computers, and a Canon Large Format PROGRAF PRO-4000S Printer/Plotter.
Ochre Court Historic Landscape Research and Restoration
SNEC and Salve Regina partnered to engage an expert in landscape preservation, planning, and design to evaluate Ochre Court’s distinctive landscape and develop a plan for its rejuvenation. The site’s landscape was designed by the Olmsted Brothers from 1891-1895. CHP students worked with this expert as they researched, designed, and implemented a restoration plan of the historical landscape design while allowing accommodation for its use as a modern facility. Students involved in this project gained hands-on experience of all the phases of landscape restoration under the direction of a recognized expert in the field.