David Markman (Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, 2011) Wins NSF I-WATER Grant.
The I-Water (Integrated Water, Atmosphere, Ecosystems, Education and Research Program) grant is part of a broader NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship program designed to:
- meet the challenges of educating U.S. scientists and engineers with the interdisciplinary background, deep knowledge in a chosen discipline, and the technical, professional, and personal skills needed for the career demands of the future, and
- catalyze a cultural change in graduate education by establishing innovative new models for graduate education and training through collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries.
The award funds 3 years of research and provides a generous stipend, which will allow David to study the the disease ecology of plague (Yersinia pestis) and how it persists in soils to cause future epidemics. Prior to enrolling in Colorado State University's Zoology Ph.D. program, David worked with Vector and Parasite Biologists at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.