HUCE Associates Awarded EPA Funding for Climate Research
HUCE Faculty Associate and Harvard Forest director David Foster has received EPA funding for the project, "Predicting Regional Allergy Hotspots in Future Climate Scenarios–Putting the Where & When on Wheezing." The project, to be undertaken at Harvard and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will study how regional climate conditions may be linked to the production, strength, and distribution of asthma-producing pollens from weeds, grasses and trees. According to the team, “this work forges new collaborations with public health professionals and creates unique opportunities to elucidate the links between global change ecology and human health."
Also receiving EPA funding is HUCE Associate Jennifer Logan, a senior research fellow in atmospheric chemistry. Logan's project, to be undertaken with NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, will examine the effects of changing climate on wildfires and the consequences for air quality and public health implications in the United States. The researchers will refine a fire prediction model focusing on fires in shrub and grasslands in California, the Southwest, and boreal North American forests.