Assistant Professor Robert Hollister receives NSF grant

Date: October 2, 2009

Biology's Dr. Robert Hollister was awarded $502,600 over the next five years to document ongoing changes in tundra vegetation in Alaska as part of the Arctic Observatory Network.  The project is in collaboration with the Florida International University, the University of Alaska at Anchorage, and the University of Texas at El Paso.  Ultimately the goal of the project is to understand the changes in vegetation occurring in the Arctic to make more accurate forecasts.  The project will also study the amount of carbon dioxide released by the soils, the amount of energy absorbed by the vegetation, and the nutrient content of the plants.

The project will take at least four students to Alaska each summer to collect field data.  For more information see
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Assistant Professor Robert               The Barrow Arctic Research Center
Hollister                                          (BARC)