Student Grant Opportunity
Aimlee Laderman Student Grant
The New England Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER-NE) offers biennial student grants to support research and studies in the field of ecological restoration. These grants are offered in odd-numbered years. The Aimlee Laderman Student Grant is dedicated in honor of Aimlee Laderman, ecologist, life-long educator, and founding member of SER-NE.
2019 Laderman Student Grant Winners
Grant McKown: Living Shorelines in New Hampshire: If You Build It, Will They Come?
MS student in Marine Biology, University of New Hampshire
Living Shorelines have been lauded over the past decade as a solution to the degradation of salt marsh ecosystems and the need for resilient shorelines. Despite recent documented successes in the Gulf of Mexico and the Southeast, living shorelines have yet to be thoroughly studied in New England. Recently, the first three living shoreline projects were completed in New Hampshire, providing an excellent opportunity to investigate the initial restoration trajectory of the biotic communities and biogeochemistry of this restoration tool. My project will investigate the restoration potential of living shorelines in Northern New England by conducting a rigorous monitoring program of the vegetation, nekton, and macroinvertebrate communities and the porewater chemistry. The monitoring data will be compared to armored shorelines, local reference shorelines, and a pristine salt marsh to provide greater context of the restoration success of the living shorelines. With a thorough analysis of the first few years post-restoration of this restoration tool, state agencies and coastal communities will be able to make more informed coastal management decisions.
Sara Wigginton: Quantifying Denitrification in Soils Treating Wastewater
PhD student in Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Rhode Island
Katherine Abbot: Sublethal effects of small dams on the diet and body condition of invertivorous stream fishes
PhD student in Environmental Conservation Program, UMass Amherst
Past Grant Winners