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Dr. Laurel Salton Clark Memorial Research Fellowship Award Recipients


Elizabeth Borucki
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Research Title: Investigation of the Cooper Harbor Conglomerate Paleo-Enviroemnt through Magnetic Minerals and their Magnetic Properties
Synopsis: Magnetic mineralogy may be used to assess climate or environmental elements. The potential to interpret magnetic variability could lead to the production of tests developed to be applied in the search for habitable environments or paleo- environments beyond Earth.



 Alexandra Karambelas
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research Title: Urban Emissions and Regional Air Quality in Southeast Asia
Synopsis: The main objective of this research project is to understand and evaluate changes in urban and regional emissions from 2005-2014 in order to determine how any such changes have influenced air quality across Southeast Asia.



Brian Harvey
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research Title: Testing for wildfire feedbacks in forests of the Northern Rocky Mountains
Synopsis: Climate change is altering wildfire regimes in forested regions. I am using NASA satellites to test feedbacks among successive wildfire events and evaluate their consequences on forest ecosystems.



Aaron Olson
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research Title: The Mark IV: A Scalable Lunar Miner Prototype
Synopsis: The Mark IV (M-4) project will address how current and emerging In-Situ Resource Utilization systems can be integrated into a scalable lunar miner prototype.



Alexis Santos
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research Title: Variability of Nutrient Induction on Surface Tracers in the North Atlantic
Synopsis: In situ observations and model output will be used with hind cast modeling to determine the mechanism behind variability in physics of nutrient induction on bio-geochemistry in the North Atlantic Ocean.



Darren Pilcher
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research Title: The Carbon Cycle of Lake Michigan
Synopsis: A coupled physical and biological 3-D model will be applied to Lake Michigan to quantify the carbon budget and assess the impacts of invasive Dreissena mussel species and lake acidification.



Shawn Serbin
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research Title: Quantifying the variation in light-use efficiency of forest ecosystems
Synopsis: The project utilizes multi-sensor image data to upscale and quantify light-use efficiency, a key component in remote sensing of terrestrial productivity, based on characteristics of the vegetation.



Paul West
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research Title: The Effects of Agricultural Production on Carbon Storage and Water Balance:  Quantifying the Global Patterns and Trade-offs
Synopsis: This research uses crop data and ecosystem models to quantify the global patterns of the trade-offs between the ecosystem services of crop production, water availability, and carbon storage.



David Zaks
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research Title: No Free Lunch:  Trading Away Ecosystem Services from Agriculture in the Brazilian Amazon
Synopsis: This research combines commodity production data, global trade data, and ecosystem models to quantify the embodied resources within agricultural commodities in the Brazilian Amazon and their distribution around the world.



Jonathan Van Dyke
Medical College of Wisconsin
Research Title: The Mark IV: Optimizing Stretch for Maximal JNK Activation:  A Countermeasure Against Central Corelike Lesion and Muscle Atrophy in Mice
Synopsis: It is my goal to provide the ground work for future studies leading to muscle atrophy prevention in humans by characterizing and optimizing JNK activation in response to varying durations of daily passive stretch in a mouse model.

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