2019 Annual Small Research Grant Recipients (pending federal appropriations)

Improving denitrifying woodchip bioreactor design and management through denitrification potential testing – Dr. Laura Christianson and Ms. Mary Foltz; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Assessment of floating gardens to improve the water quality of the Chicago River – Dr. Eric W. Peterson and Mr. Emmett Spooner; Illinois State University.

Estimating Residential Hot Water Use from Smart Electricity Data – Dr. Ashlynn Stillwell and Mr. Joseph Bongungu; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Electrochemically-mediated adsorption systems for selective nitrate recovery: agriculture and the water-energy nexus – Dr. Xiao Su and Mr. Stephen R. Cotty; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2019 Sponsorships

ArcSWAT Workshop attendance at Auburn University, Alabama, February, 5-6, 2019, in support of Master’s research on: Impacts of Climate Change on Streamflow and Water Quality in the Cahokia Creek Watershed, Madison County, Illinois – Dr. Sharon M. Locke and Ms. Omolola Badmus; Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.

Sponsor of the 2019 Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Conference

2018 Annual Small Research Grant Recipients (Award dates: June 18, 2018 to June 17, 2019)

An experimental evaluation of the contribution of rain barrels to mosquito production – Dr. Brian Allan and Ms. Allison Parker; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Redefine Droughts in the U.S. Corn Belt: Stomatal conductance constraints attributable to atmospheric demand and/or soil water supply – Dr. Kaiyu Guan and Mr. Hyungsuk Kim(m); University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Characterization of harmful algal blooms using small unmanned aircraft systems and watershed analysis in southern Illinois – Dr. Ruopu Li and Ms. Di Wu; Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Groundwater phytoremediation and biofules production for Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge – Dr. Jia Liu and Mr. Md Hadiuzzaman; Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

2017 Annual Small Research Grant Recipients (Award dates: March 1, 2017 to February 28, 2019)

Evaluating the ability of wetland mitigation banks in the Chicago region to replace plant species lost to impacts to natural wetlands – Dr. Jeffery Matthes and Mr. Stephen Tilman; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Impacts of stormwater-induced road salt runoff on soil and water quality in urban greenspaces – Dr. Aaron Packman and Ms. Vivien Rivera; Northwestern University.

Diurnal and Seasonal Variation in Groundwater Nitrate-N Concentration in a Riparian Buffer Zone – Dr. Eric W. Peterson and Mr. Joseph Miller; Illinois State University.

Identifying nitrogen removal limitations in constructed wetlands treating agricultural tile drainage – Dr. Karl J. Rockne and Mahsa Izadmehr; University of Illinois, Chicago.

Modeling the integration of green infrastructure into urban landscapes using a reliability-based framework – Dr. Ashlynn Stillwell and Ms. Reshmina William; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2017 National Competitive Grant Recipient (Award dates: September 15, 2015 to December 31, 2018)

Using Bioavailability to Assess Pyrethroid Insecticide Toxicity in Urban Sediments – Dr. Michael Lydy; Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.