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Idaho NSF EPSCoR Seed Funding

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Proposals are due:  May 13, 2019

GEM3 Seed Funding allows project leadership and the Idaho research community to respond quickly and effectively to new opportunities as well as pursue high impact, potentially transformative research. Its principal objective is to catalyze new research on focal species, species interactions, ecosystems, genomics/phenomics, and other emerging areas related to the scope of the GEM3 award. It is aimed at groups or individuals that emphasize the collaborative development and testing of important ideas and theories, cutting-edge analysis of recent or existing data and information, and/or investigation of social ecological systems issues.

Seed Funding is not intended to support or supplement ongoing activities of the GEM3 award, nor is it intended to substitute for NSF individual investigator funding.

Results of Seed Funding should enable the submission of proposals to NSF and other funding agencies, and/or result in conference presentations and publication of papers in peer reviewed journals, and/or other data products or innovations. It is also an important mechanism to broaden participation of institutions, faculty, and students from underrepresented groups.

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GEM3 Biologists Make Surprising Discovery

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ISU fish ecologists Ernest Keeley and Janet Loxterman have identified some of the last remaining native, genetically pure populations of Cutthroat Trout, including distinct subspecies variations, in the areas around Pocatello.

Recently, Keeley found a genetically pure population of cutthroat trout right under his nose, in a tributary of the Portneuf River that dumps into that stream within the city limits of one of the largest cities in Idaho, Pocatello. That tributary, City Creek, also features one of the most popular trails in the area and where it dumps into the Portneuf, the river is severely degraded.

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ISU researchers study trout on the lower Portneuf River

BSU’s Kelly Hopping adapts science research for kids

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This paper explores how a caterpillar fungus is being affected by climate change and human use/management activities. Results suggest this species does not seem to be adapting well to these pressures, which leads to the next research question (currently underway) of how humans can adapt their management practices to prevent it from declining further. Hopping and her collaborators integrated local knowledge and mapping to reach these conclusions. The kids' version introduces these ideas at a level appropriate for lower-level high school classes and includes study questions and an answer key for teachers so that they can think about and discuss these topics in more depth.

Kelly Hopping is assistant professor in Human-Environment Systems at Boise State University. She was hired through the Idaho EPSCoR MILES award and is currently involved with GEM3.

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