In the Spring of 2017, the R3C awarded five minigrants to support research by Rutgers faculty, staff and post-doctoral researchers on Raritan River, basin and bay resource issues. All five mini-grants involve partnerships with Raritan stakeholders. The five recipients and their projects are:
- Nicole Fahrenfield, PhD (Dept. Civil & Environmental Engineering, RU-ENG) and Kristi MacDonald, PhD (Raritan Headwaters), “Controls on the Fate and Ecotoxicity of Microplastics in the Raritan River“
- Olaf Jensen, PhD (Dept. Marine and Coastal Sciences, RU-SEBS), with NJDEP and New Jersey American Water Company, “Monitoring Fish Migration on the Raritan River: A Live Stream of Fish Ladder Passage“
- Josh Kohut, PhD (Dept. Marine & Coastal Sciences, RU-SEBS), and Robert Schuster (NJDEP Marine Water Monitoring Bureau), “2017 Raritan River Water Quality Sampling: Introducing Rutgers Students to NJDEP Sampling and Quality Control Standards“
- Max Häggblom, PhD (Dept. Biochemistry & Microbiology, RU-SEBS), and wastewater treatment plants discharging to the Raritan, “Anaerobic Biodegradability of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Raritan River Sediments”
- Beth Ravit, PhD (Dept. Environmental Sciences, RU-SEBS), and Keith Cooper, PhD (Dept. Biochemistry & Microbiology, RU-SEBS), with NY/NJ Baykeeper, “Microplastic Pollution in the Raritan River“
In addition, the R3C funded several internship projects.
The mini-grants were made possible with funding from Chancellor Richard Edwards, Dean James Hughes (Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy), Executive Dean Robert Goodman (School of Environmental and Biological Sciences), and the Johnson Family Chair in Water Resources and Watershed Ecology.
To learn more about the FY17 mini-grant recipients and their projects click on the links above or click here for a summary of their original proposals.