SEED Grant Research

Metabolic Flux Analysis for the Biosynthesis of Fuel Hydrocarbons

Scott Strobel 2009-2011

We propose to develop the direct production of fuel hydrocarbons from cellulose-based waste feedstock using a carbon neutral fermentation process employing Gliocladium roseum (NRRL 50072), an endophytic fungus recently isolated from Northern Patagonia. The fungus produces and excretes an extensive series of straight chained and branched medium...

Land Surface Properties, Regional Climate Feedbacks and Urban Adaptations

Karen Seto, Ronald Smith 2009-2011

While the evidence of global warming continues to grow, the theory of regional climate change remains less well developed and less well accepted. Because individuals and societies experience only regional and local climates, our lack of knowledge threatens both public awareness of climate change and the design of adaptation strategies. An...

Late Holocene Paleoclimate Reconstruction and Long-Term Human Response in the Region of Timbuktu, Mali (West Africa): Interdisciplinary collaboration in the study of the Lake Faguibine region and the drought-afflicted populations

Roderick McIntosh, Peter Douglas, Ronald Smith 2009-2011

Experimental Studies of Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Mechanics of Carbonation of Ultramafic Rocks for CO2 Storage

Edward Bolton, David Bercovici, Robert Bailis 2009-2011

Of all greenhouse gases in the current atmosphere, it is well-recognized that CO2 represents the biggest radiative forcing on the earth’s climate (1.6 W/m2). Carbon sequestration thus becomes the...

Developing and Marketing Improved Cook-stoves for Rural Bangladesh

Robert Bailis, Alessandro Gomez 2009-2011

According to the World Health Organization, the leading killer of children worldwide in 2004 was acute respiratory infections (ARI). Epidemiological studies identify indoor air pollution (IAP) as a principal culprit, reporting powerful associations between IAP exposure and ARI symptoms. Biomass combustion within the household is thought to be...