Faculty Research & Creative Activity Grant Program spring 2019 call for applications

The Grants Development Office (GDO) is pleased to announce the spring 2019 application round of the 2019/20 Faculty/Professional Staff Research & Creative Activity Grant Program (for funding commencing July 1, 2019). The application deadline is March 18, 2019, 11:59 pm.

This program is designed to support faculty in all disciplines to conduct research or creative work. Applicants may request up to $3,000 for the funding period ending June 30, 2020. Funds awarded through this program may be used to cover costs associated with the proposed research or creative activity, such as necessary travel (to conduct the work), supplies, analysis costs, student assistants, etc.

Grant applicants must be paid employees of SUNY Oneonta at least through the fall 2019 semester. Adjunct and part-time instructors are welcome to submit applications, provided they have a contract for the fall 2019 semester. Faculty on sabbatical leave in the fall 2019 or spring 2020 semesters are eligible to apply. Priority in funding decisions will be given to junior faculty and applicants who have not received previous awards, and to interdisciplinary projects.

Guidelines and the online application link are available on the GDO website. Questions? Contact the GDO – Chris Barberio (x2434) or Kathy Meeker (x2632).

Stich, collaborators publish article on design of long-term ecological studies

Dan Stich, assistant professor in the Biology Department and Biological Field Station at Cooperstown recently published a research article with collaborators at the U.S. Geological Survey New York Water Science Center in Troy, NY.

The USGS project leads and other researchers have been studying fish community recovery from acid rain in the Adirondacks and Catskills for many years. However, naturally high variability in the numbers and types of fish makes it very difficult to detect changes in those systems using common statistical techniques. The focus of this project was to characterize how variable fish assemblage metrics actually are in these montane streams, and to provide information about how metric choice and sampling intensity can influence conclusions about recovery from acid rain.

The approach used is generalizable to a wide variety of ecological questions, and has the potential to be used for saving time and money through a priori study design. The paper was published in the open-access journal Ecological Indicators, and the full-text article is availablehere through the publisher website. Reproducible simulation code is made available through GitHub here.