Dr. Diego Sustaita of Cal State San Marcos has been awarded a five-year research grant from the National Science Foundation. The $544,000 grant is an Early Career Development Award that is only handed out to 500 recipients per year. Dr. Sustaita will use this award to fund his research into how the salt marsh harvest mouse has adapted to its environment in the San Francisco Bay estuary. This work was developed in-part with funding from COAST’s Grant Development Program.
For the past two years, under the mentorship of Dr. Misty Paig-Tran, Madison Wilson has been researching whether baleen whales use their lower jaws to amplify sounds like their toothed relatives. She is collaborating with scientists at San Diego State University and UC San Diego to tackle this research question.
North American beavers are important ecosystem engineers that play a critical role in mitigating the effects of climate change. In her latest paper, “Beaver: The North American Freshwater Climate Action Plan”, Dr. Emily Fairfax of CSU Channel Islands explains how beavers create habitat that benefits watersheds and protects against the impacts of climate change, including flooding and wildfire.
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