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Major Projects Funded for 2014-2016

CTSG funds research through our omnibus project selection process, as well as regional competitions, national awards, development projects and external grants. Use our searchable database to find projects by start year, researcher, number, or type.

Download press release for new awards, March 2014

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Connecticut Sea Grant at the University of Connecticut announces four new grants totaling $ 491,750 to researchers in Connecticut for the years 2014-2016.

These grants will fund research projects focusing on the ecosystems and natural resources of Long Island Sound and Connecticut's shoreline communities.

Shimon Anisfeld and his colleague Andrew Kemp at Yale University will investigate the ability of salt marshes to migrate upland as sea levels rise. Healthy marshes protect shorelines from storm impacts and serve as nursery habitat for many animals. Their successful migration will depend on many factors such as elevation, hydrology, soils, plants, and animals.

Hans Dam at the University of Connecticut’s Department of Marine Sciences will examine how the zooplankton species Acartia tonsa might adapt evolutionarily to heat waves, which in the future may occur more frequently, last longer, and have higher peak temperatures. This species is a critical source of food for fish in Long Island Sound.

Chris Elphick at the University of Connecticut Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology will lead an assessment of Connecticut coastal property owners’ attitudes and intentions towards rising sea levels. Elphick and colleagues will use the results to help managers integrate conservation management goals with what is important to coastal residents.

Mark A. Beekey and Jennifer Mattei in the Sacred Heart University Department of Biology will identify juvenile horseshoe crab nursery habitats along the Connecticut coastline and evaluate them for qualities essential to the species’ growth and survival. The project will build on the educational and outreach activities of Project Limulus, an ongoing citizen monitoring effort for horseshoe crab populations. In addition to these research projects, Connecticut Sea Grant funds a variety of regional social science projects, including its recent Coastal Storm Awareness Program.

Connecticut Sea Grant, located at the UConn Avery Point campus, is a state and federal partnership through the UConn and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program. It supports aquatic and marine research, education, and outreach, with an emphasis on Long Island Sound.