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Awardee:UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND
Doing Business As Name:University of Rhode Island
PD/PI:
  • Geoffrey D Bothun
  • (401) 874-9518
  • gbothun@uri.edu
Co-PD(s)/co-PI(s):
  • Edward Hawrot
  • Charlie P Cannon
Award Date:08/13/2010
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 20,000,000
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 21,440,481
  • FY 2013=$4,000,000
  • FY 2012=$4,000,000
  • FY 2010=$8,000,000
  • FY 2014=$4,000,000
  • FY 2016=$1,440,481
Start Date:08/15/2010
End Date:12/31/2017
Transaction Type: Cooperative Agreements
Agency:NSF
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.083
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:Infrastructure to Advance Life Sciences in the Ocean State
Federal Award ID Number:1004057
DUNS ID:144017188
Parent DUNS ID:075705780
Program:EPSCoR Research Infrastructure
Program Officer:
  • Timothy VanReken
  • (703) 292-7378
  • tvanreke@nsf.gov

Awardee Location

Street:RESEARCH OFFICE
City:KINGSTON
State:RI
ZIP:02881-1967
County:Kingston
Country:US
Awardee Cong. District:02

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:University of Rhode Island
Street:RESEARCH OFFICE
City:KINGSTON
State:RI
ZIP:02881-1967
County:Kingston
Country:US
Cong. District:02

Abstract at Time of Award

Proposal Number: EPS-1004057 Proposal Title: Infrastructure to Advance Life Sciences in the Ocean State Institution: University of Rhode Island The Rhode Island Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) program focuses on cutting edge research to understand how marine biological organisms are affected by variations in their surroundings due to climate change effects. The goals of the project are to advance Rhode Island's competitiveness in marine life science, foster collaboration among researchers and educators in the state, and build diverse, well-trained workforce teams involving nine institutions of higher education across the state. This project is regionally relevant, nationally significant, takes advantage of unique Rhode Island resources including the Narragansett Bay, and aligns well with the state Science and Technology plan. Intellectual Merit A number of studies predict that with ocean warming and acidification, many single and multiple cell organisms will be under stress whereas many pathogenic microbes and parasites will thrive. The resilience of marine organisms to climate change will depend crucially on acclimation and adaptation. The Rhode Island RII program is aimed at understanding, predicting, and mitigating the impacts of environmental stresses on marine organisms and ecosystems. These studies are fundamentally important to the global biosphere (and locally to Narragansett Bay) as nutrient cycles and sustained biological production in the ocean, ultimately determine the availability of seafood. The investigations focus on key individual organisms (e.g., fish, plankton, marine pathogens), food webs, and the spread of infection and disease among marine host populations. The studies will explore how these species are affected by changes in chemical and physical parameters in the ocean such as temperature, acidity, and nutrient availability. Through these activities, the researchers at Rhode Island will be well positioned to make significant intellectual contribution to the assessment of climate change effects on marine organisms and ecosystems. Broader Impacts The infrastructure improvements for life sciences research and education and the partnership among public and private institutions of higher education including two- and four-year colleges will assist in building Rhode Island's research capacity. The Rhode Island EPSCoR Academy will coordinate efforts to foster collaboration among diverse institutions, broaden participation to increase diversity, and engage students at all levels in research and educational training. Fellowships for students and programs aimed at increasing the participation of under-represented minority groups are included in this RII project. A unique aspect of this project is the involvement of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) for interdisciplinary collaboration among scientists and RISD artists and designers. This interaction is expected to enable the development of improved tools and strategies for the visualization and communication of complex scientific information to K-12 students and non-traditional audiences. In addition, collaborations with the University of Rhode Island's Metcalf Institute will enhance science communication by strengthening interaction among scientists, students, and journalists.

Publications Produced as a Result of this Research

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Lord, Dana M and Baran, Ayse Uzgoren and Wood, Thomas K and Peti, Wolfgang and Page, Rebecca "BdcA, a Protein Important for Escherichia coli Biofilm Dispersal, Is a Short-Chain Dehydrogenase/Reductase that Binds Specifically to NADPH" PloS one, v.9, 2014, p.e105751.

Margot A. B. Schwalbe, Benjamin J. Sevey, Jacqueline F. Webb "Detection of artificial water flows by the lateral line system of a benthic feeding cichlid fish" Journal of Experimental Biology, v.219, 2016, p.1050. doi:doi: 10.1242/jeb.136150 

Taylor, S, Franks, P., Hulme, S., Spriggs, E., Christin, P.A., Edwards, E.J., Woodward, I., Osborne, C.P. "Photosynthetic pathway and ecological adaptation explain stomatal trait diversity amongst grasses" New Phtologyst, v.193, 2012, p.387.

Waugh, J.L., Celver, J., Sharma, M., Dufresne, R.L., Terzi, D., Risch, S.C., Fairbrother, W.G., Neve, R.L., Kane, J.P., Malloy, M.J., Pullinger, C.R., Gu, H.F., Tsatsanis, C., Hamilton, S.P., Gold, S.J., Zachariou, V., Koovor, A. "Association between regular of G protein signaling 9-2 and body weight" PLoS ONE, v., 2011, p..

Burke, Kathleen A., Abigail M. Janke, Christy L. Rhine, and Nicolas L. Fawzi "Residue-by-Residue View of In Vitro FUS Granules that Bind the C-Terminal Domain of RNA Polymerase II." Molecular cell, v.60 (2), 2015, p.231-241.

Lewis Rothstein,Liu, Qianqian; Luo, Yiyong "A periodic freshwater patch detachment process from the Block Island Sound estuarine plum" Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, v.122, 2017, p.570-586. doi:10.1002/2015JC011546 

Adl, Sina M., Alastair G. B. Simpson, Christopher E. Lane, Julius Lukes, David Bass, Samuel S. Bowser, Matthew W. Brown, Fabian Burki, Micah Dunthorn, Vladiomir Hampi, Aaron Heiss, Mona Hoppenrath, Enrique Lara, Line Gall, Denis H. Lynn, Hilklary McManus, ""The Revised Classification of Eukaryotes."" Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, v.59, 2012, p.429-514.

Rowley,D.,Spinard E, K.L., Gomez-Chiarri M, Nelson DR "Draft genome sequence of Aliiroseovarius crassostreae CV919-312TSm, the causative agent of Roseovarius Oyster Disease (formerly Juvenile Oyster Disease)" Genome Announcements, v.4.2, 2016, p..

Reid, C.W., Vinogradov, E. Li, J., Jarrell, H.C., Logan, S.N., Brisson, JR "Structural characterization of surface glycans from Clostridium difficile" Carbohydrate Research, v., 2012, p..

Hackey, M., Leitao, J., & Espinosa, A. "Entamoeba spp. as Models for the Effects of Environmental Stress in Protists" The FASEB Journal, v.30, 2016, p.1088. doi:1088.3 

Harvey, E. L. and S. Menden-Deuer. ""Predator-Influenced Fleeing Behaviors in Phytoplankton: A New Mechanism for Harmful Algal Bloom Formation?"" PLoS One, v.7, 2012, p.9.

Misner, Ian and Blouin, Nic and Leonard, Guy and Richards, Thomas A and Lane, Christopher E "The Secreted Proteins of Achlya hypogyna and Thraustotheca clavata Identify the Ancestral Oomycete Secretome and Reveal Gene Acquisitions by Horizontal Gene Transfer" Genome biology and evolution, v.7, 2015, p.120--135.

Wilcox-Freeburg E, Rhyne A, Robinson WE, Tlusty M, Bourque B, Jannigan RE "A comparison of two pH-stat carbon dioxide dosing systems for ocean acidification experiments." Limol Oceanogr Meth, v.11, 2013, p.485.

Rucevic M, Rosenquist T, Breen L, Cao L, Clifton J, Hixson D, Josic D. "?Proteome alterations in response to aristolochic acids in experimental animal model.?" J Proteomics, v.76, 2012, p.79-90.

Lim, K.H., Fairbrother, W. "A computational web server that predicts sequence variations in pre-mRNA splicing" Bioinformatics, v., 2012, p..

de Gouvenain, R.C., Delgadillo, J, "Geographical variation in population demography and life history traits of tecate cypress (Hesperocyparis forbesii) suggests a fire regime gradient across the USA-Mexico border" Plant Ecology, v., 2012, p.. doi:10.1007/s11258-012-003503 

Koveal D, Schuh-Nuhfer N, Ritt D, Page R, Morrison DK, Peti W. "?A CC-SAM, for coiled coil-sterile ? motif, domain targets the scaffold KSR-1 to specific sites in the plasma membrane.?" Sci Signal, v.18, 2012, p.ra94. doi:10.1126/scisignal.2003289 

Wang,Zimeng; Gupta, Sweta K.; Meenach, Samantha A. "Development and physicochemical characterization of acetalated dextran aerosol particle systems for deep lung delivery" International Journal of Pharmaceutics, v.525 (1), 2017, p.264-274. doi:10.1016/j.ijpharm.2017.04.052 

Sutherby, J., Giardini, J-L., Nguyen, J., Wessel, G., Leguia, M., Heyland, A. "Histamine is a modulator of metamorphic competence is Strongylocentrotus purpuratus (Echinodermata: Echinoidea)" BMC Developmental Biology, v.12, 2012, p.14. doi:10.1186/1471-213X-12-14 

Sage, R.F., Christin, P.A., Edwards, E.J. "C4 plant lineages of planet Earth" Special issue of Journal of Experimental Botany, v.62, 2011, p.3155.

Edward G. Durbin, Maria C. Casas, and Tatiana A. Rynearson "Copepod feeding and digestion rates using prey DNA and qPCR" Journal of Plankton Research, v., 2011, p.. doi:10.1093/plankt/fbr082 

Christin, P.A., Osborne, C.P., Sage, R.F., Arakaki, M., Edwards, E.J. "C4 eudicots are not younger than c4 monocots" Special issue of Journal of Experimental Botany, v.62, 2011, p.3717.

Menden-Deuer S. "Structure-dependent phytoplankton photosynthesis and production: implications for the formation, maintenance and decline of plankton patches." Marine Ecology Progress Series, v.468, 2012, p.15-30.

Malekar, S. A., Sarode, A. L., Bach II, A. C., & Worthen, D. R. "The Localization of Phenolic Compounds in Liposomal Bilayers and Their Effects on Surface Characteristics and Colloidal Stability." AAPS PharmSciTech, v., 2016, p.1. doi:0.?1208/?s12249-016-0483-5 

Li Y, Nie Y, Helou Y, Ding G, Feng B, Xu G, Salomon A, Xu H "Identification of sucrose non-fermenting-related kinase (SNRK) as a suppressor of adipocyte inflammation" Diabetes, v.62, 2013, p.2396.

Leslie M. Smith, Celine M. Silver, and Candace A. Oviatt "Quantifying variation in water column photosynthetic quotient with changing field conditions in Narragansett Bay, RI, USA" Journal of Plankton Research, v.34, 2012, p.437. doi:10.1093/plankt/fbs011 

Graff, Jason and Rynearson, Tatiana "Extraction method influences the recovery of phytoplankton pigments from natural assemblages" Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, v.9, 2011, p.129.

Matthew Bertin,Alexandre F. Roduit, Jiadong Sun, Gabriella E. Alves, Christopher W. Via, Miguel A. Gonzalez, Paul V. Zimba, Peter D. R. Moeller "Tricholides A and B and Unnarmicin D: New Hybrid PKS-NRPS Macrocycles Isolated from an Environmental Collection of Trichodesmium thiebautii" Marine Drugs, v.15(7), 2017, p.. doi:10.3390/md15070206 

Keith Dufualt-Thompson,Ying Zhang,Jian, Huahua;Cheng, Ruixue; Li, Jiefu, Wang, Fengping "A Genome-Scale Model of Shewanella piezotolerans Simulates Mechanisms of Metabolic Diversity and Energy Conservation" mSystems, v., 2017, p.. doi:10.1128/mSystems.00165-16 

Arakaki, M., Christin, P.A., Lendel, A., Nyffeler, R., Eggli, U., Ogburn, R.M., Spriggs, E., Moore, M., Edwards, E.J. "Recent and contemporaneous reductions of the world's succulent plant lineages" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, v.108, 2011, p.8379.

Nelson, D.R. "H-NS Is a Negative Regulator of the Two Hemolysin/Cytotoxin Gene Clusters in Vibrio anguillarum" Infection and Immunity, v.81, 2013, p.3566. doi:10.1128/IAI.00506-13 

Wessel, Gary M. "The ?first? material effect gene" Molecular Reproduction and Development., v.79, 2012, p.1.

Thornber,C.,Potter,E.,Swanson,J.D., McFarland, M. "Ploidy distribution of the harmful bloom forming macroalgae Ulva spp. in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, USA, using flow cytometry methods" PLOS ONE, v., 2016, p..

Tomoko Shigechi, Junya Tomida, Koichi Sato, Masahiko Kobayashi, John K. Eykelenboom, Fabio Pessina, Yanbin Zhang, Emi Uchida, Masamichi Ishiai, Noel F. Lowndes, Kenichi Yamamoto, Hitoshi Kurumizaka, Yoshihiko Maehara, and Minoru Takata "Molecular and Cellular Pathobiology ATR-ATRIP Kinase Complex Triggers Activation of the Fanconi Anemia DNA Repair Pathway" Cancer Research, v.72, 2012, p.1149. doi:10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-11-2904 

Brown BL, Lord DM, Grigoriu S, Peti W, Page R "The Escherichia coli toxin MqsR destabilizes the transcriptional repression complex formed between the antitoxin MqsA and the mqsRA operon promoter." J Biol Chem, v.288, 2013, p.1286-1294.

Ekaterina V. Bobkova, Wallace H. Liu, Sharon Colayco, Justin Rascon, Stefan Vasile, Carlton Gasior, David A. Critton, Xochella Chan, Russell Dahl, Ying Su, Eduard Sergienko, Thomas D. Y. Chung, Tomas Mustelin, Rebecca Page, and Lutz Tautz "Inhibition of the Hematopoietic Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase by Phenoxyacetic Acids" ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, v.2, 2011, p.113.

Stephen A. Smith, Nerida G. Wilson, Freya E. Goetz, Caitlin Feehery, Sonia C.S. Andradae. Greg W. Rouse, Conzalo Giribet, And Casey W. Dunn "Resolving the evolutionary relationships of mollusks with phylogenomic tools" Nature, v.480, 2011, p.364. doi:10.1038/nature10526 

Whalen, Kristen E and Poulson-Ellestad, Kelsey L and Deering, Robert W and Rowley, David C and Mincer, Tracy J "Enhancement of Antibiotic Activity against Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria by the Efflux Pump Inhibitor 3, 4-Dibromopyrrole-2, 5-dione Isolated from a Pseudoalteromonas sp." Journal of natural products, v., 2015, p..

Piecuch, Christopher G. and Tatiana A. Rynearson ""Quantifying Dispersal and Connectivity of Surface Waters Using Observational Lagrangian Measurements."" Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology., v.29, 2012, p.1127-1138.

McKinnell, Zoe, Wessel, Gary. "?Ligers and tigons and ?..what? ?..oh my!?" Molecular Reproduction and Development., v.79, 2012, p.2002.

McDowell, Ian C and Nikapitiya, Chamilani and Aguiar, Derek and Lane, Christopher E and Istrail, Sorin and Gomez-Chiarri, Marta "Transcriptome of american oysters, Crassostrea virginica, in response to bacterial challenge: insights into potential mechanisms of disease resistance" PloS one, v.9, 2014, p.e105097.

Thornber, C. "Utilization of the invasive alga Gracilaria vermiculophylla by the native mud snail Ilyanassa obsoleta" Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, v.452, 2013, p.119.

Reid, C. "The effects of fungal volatile organic compounds on bone marrow stromal cells" Canadian Journal of Microbiology, v.60, 2014, p..

Christin, P.A., Sage, T. Edwards, E.J. Ogburn, R.M., Khoshravish, R., Sage, R.F. "Complex evolutionary transitions and the significance of C3-C4 intermediate forms of photosynthesis in Molluginacea" Evolution 60(5):1050-1065., v.65, 2011, p.643.

Rowley,D., Liu W, S.J., Ma H, Marais JP,J, Khoo C, Dain J, Seeram NP "Inhibition of advanced glycation end-products formation and antioxidant effects of cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) oligosaccharides" Journal of Berry Research, v.Preprin, 2016, p..

Schaeffer, Robert N.;Wilson, Claire M.;Radville, Laura; Barrett, Mauri; Whitney, Elizabeth; Roitman, Sofia: Miller, Esther R.; Wolfe, Benjamin E.; Thornber, Carol S.;Orians, Colin M. Preisser, Evan L "Individual and non-additive effects of exotic sap-feeders on root functional and mycorrhizal traits of a shared conifer host" Functional Ecology, v., 2017, p.. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12910 

Menden-Deur, S. "Going ballistic in the plankton - anisotropic swimming behavior of marine protists" Limnology & Oceanography: Fluids & Environments, v.4, 2014, p..

Menden-Deuer, S.; Rubin, C. "Traces: Plankton on the Move (in Japanese)" DIVA (Digital, Interactive and Visual Arts), v.35, 2014, p.11.

Ogburn, R.M., and Edwards, E.J. "The ecological water use strategies of succulent plants" Invited review, Advances in Botanical Research, v.55, 2010, p.179.

Mulvaney,K.K., Gottschalk Druschke, C. "Using diverse expertise to advance climate change fisheries science" Ocean and Coastal Management, v.149, 2017, p.175-185. doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2017.10.006 

Mohammed A. Khairy and Rainer Lohmann "Field Validation of Polyethylene Passive Air Samplers for Parent and Alkylated PAHs in Alexandria, Egypt" Environmental Science and Technology, v.46, 2012, p.3990.

Susanne Menden-Deuer,Ochard, M. J.;Humphries, S.;Schuech, R.; "The influence of viscosity on the motility and sensory ability of the dinoflagellate Heterocapsa triquetra" Journal of Plankton Research, v., 2016, p.. doi:10.1093/plankt/fbw004 

Foulk, Michael S and Urban, John M and Casella, Cinzia and Gerbi, Susan A "Characterizing and controlling intrinsic biases of lambda exonuclease in nascent strand sequencing reveals phasing between nucleosomes and G-quadruplex motifs around a subset of human replication origins" Genome research, v., 2015, p..

Ling Li, Xiangyu Mou, and David R Nelson "HlyU is a Positive Regulator of Hemolysin Expression in Vibrio anguillarum" Journal of Bacteriology, v.193, 2011, p.4779. doi:10.1128/JB.01033-10 

Cox A and Gomez-Chiarri M. "Vibrio parahaemolyticus in Rhode Island (USA) coastal ponds and the estuarine environment of Narragansett Bay." Applied and Environmental Microbiology, v.78, 2012, p.996-999.

Reid, C.W. "Methods for the analysis of lipid-linked oligosaccharides by mass spectrometry" Bacterial Glycomis. Horizon Scientific Press, v., 2012, p..

Ahmed, S., Savarala, S., Chen, Y.Bothun, G. and Wunder, S.L. "Formation of Lipid Sheaths around Nanoparticle-Supported Lipid Bilayers" Small, v., 2012, p.. doi:10.1002/smll.201101833 

Rowley,D.,JChen, J., Sun, J., Deering, R.W. DaSilva, N., Seeram,N.P., Wang, H. "Rhizoleucinoside, a Rhamnolipid?Amino Alcohol Hybrid from the Rhizobial Symbiont Bradyrhizobium sp. BTAi1" Organic Letters, v.18 (6), 2016, p.1490?1493.

Harvey, Elizabeth and Menden-Deuer, Susanne "Avoidance, movement, and mortality: The interactions between a protistan grazer and Heterosigma akashiwo, a harmful algal bloom species" Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, v., 2011, p.371.

Rose Martin,Serena Moseman-Valtierra, "Effects of transient Phragmites australis removal on brackish marsh greenhouse gas fluxes" Atmospheric Environment, v.158 Jun, 2017, p.51-59. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2017.03.025 

Edwards, E.J., Osborne, C.P., Stromberg, C.A.E., Smith, S.A. and the C4 Grasses Consortium "The origins of C4 grasslands: integrating evolutionary and ecosystem science" Science, v.328, 2010, p.587.

Catherine G. McNally, Emi Uchida, and Arthur Gold "The effect of a protected area on the tradeoffs between short-run and long-run benefits from mangrove ecosystems" Proceedings to the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), v., 2011, p..

James Gagnon and Kimberly Mowry "Visualization of mRNA Localization in Oocytes" Methods in Molecular Biology, v.714, 2011, p.71. doi:10.1007/978-1-61779-005-8_5 

Newton, C., and Thornber, C.S. ""Ecological impacts of macroalgal blooms on salt marsh communities"." Estuaries and Coasts, v.36, 2012, p.365-376.

Preiss, Matthew R. and Cournoyer, Eily and Paquin, Karissa L. and Vuono, Elizabeth A. and Belanger, Kayla and Walsh, Edward and Howlett, Niall G. and Bothun, Geoffrey D. "Tuning the Multifunctionality of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles Using Self-Assembled Mixed Lipid Layers" Bioconjugate Chemistry, v.28, 2017, p.. doi:10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.7b00483 Citation details  

Edwards, Erika J., Ogburn, R. Matthew "?Angiosperm responses to a low-CO2 world: CAM and C-4 photosynthesis as parallel evolutionary trajectories.?" International Journal of Plant Sciences., v.173, 2012, p.724-733.

Guidone M, Thornber C, Wysor B, O'Kelly CJ "Molecular and morphological diversity of Narragansett Bay (RI, USA) Ulva (Ulvales, Chlorophyta) populations" J Phycol, v.49, 2013, p..

Lohmann, Rainer, Kees Booij, Foppe Smedes and Branislav Vrana. "Use of Passive Sampling Devices for Monitoring and Compliance Checking of POP Concentrations in Water" Environmental Science & Pollution Research International, v.19, 2012, p.885-895.

Thomas Sproul, David Zilberman, David Roland-Holst, Joachim Otte "The Cost of Saving a Statistical Life: A case for Influenza Prevention and Control" Natural Resource Management and Policy, v.36, 2012, p.135. doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-7077-0_8 

Brown BL, Lord DM, Grigoriu S, Peti W, Page R "The Escherichia coli toxin MqsR destabilizes the transcriptional repression complex formed between the antitoxin MqsA and the mqsRA operon promoter" J Biol Chem, v.288, 2013, p.. doi:10.1074/jbc.M112.421008 

King, A.L., Jenkins, B.D., Wallace, J. R., Liu, Y., Wikfors, G.H., Milke,L., Meseck, S.L. "Effects of CO2 on Growth Rate, C:N:P, and Fatty Acid Composition of Seven Marine Phytoplankton Species" Marine Ecology Progress Series, v.537, 2015, p.. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps11458 

Victoria P. Sacks and Rainer Lohmann "Freely dissolved PBDEs in water and porewater of an urban estuary" Environmental Pollution, v.162, 2012, p.287. doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2011.11.028 

Françoise Morison andSusanne Menden-Deuer "Early spring phytoplankton dynamics in the subpolar North Atlantic: The influence of protistan herbivory" Limnology and Oceanography, v., 2015, p.. doi:10.1002/lno.10099 

Taras, J., Baier, D., Clark, J. "Variation in the deltopectoral crest in birds" Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, v.203, 2011, p..

Alexander, H., Jenkins, B.D., Rynearson, T.A., Saito, M.A., Mercier, M.L., Dhyrman, S.T. "Identifying reference genes with stable expression from high throughput sequence data." Frontiers in Aquatic Microbiology, v.3, 2012, p.385.

Edwards, E.J., and Smith, S.A. "Phylogenetic analyses reveal the shady history of C4 grasses" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, v.107, 2012, p.2532.

Thornber, C.; Wysor, B. "MOLECULAR AND MORPHOLOGICAL DIVERSITY OF NARRAGANSETT BAY (RI, USA) ULVA (ULVALES, CHLOROPHYTA) POPULATIONS" Journal of Phycology, v.49, 2013, p.979.

Green, L., Thornber, C. "Biomass decay rates and tissue nutrient loss in bloom and non-bloom-forming macroalgal species" Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, v.178, 2016, p.. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2016.05.018 

Salomaki, Eric D and Lane, Christopher E "Are all red algal parasites cut from the same cloth?" Acta Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae, v.83, 2014, p.369--375.

Sacks, V.P., Lohmann, R. "Freely dissolved PBDEs in water and porewater of an urban estuary" Environmental Pollution, v., 2012, p..

Rose Martin,Serena Moseman-Valtierra, "Plant manipulations and diel cycle measurements test drivers of carbon dioxide and methane fluxes in a Phragmites australis-invaded coastal marsh" Aquatic Botany, v.137, 2016, p.16-23. doi:10.1016/j.aquabot.2016.11.003 

Gollner, Sabine and Govenar, Breea and Fisher, Charles R and Bright, Monika "Size matters at deep-sea hydrothermal vents: different diversity and habitat fidelity patterns of meio-and macrofauna" Mar Ecol Prog Ser, v.520, 2015, p.57--66.

Davis JR, Brown BL, Page R, Sello JK "Study of PcaV from Streptomyces coelicolor yields new insights into ligand-responsive MarR family transcription factors" Nucleic Acids Res, v.41, 2013, p.3888. doi:10.1093/nar/gkt009 

Ryan Kuehl,Jeffrey Markert, "Development and evaluation of a cichlid SNP panel using the Fluidigm EP-1 system" Conservation Genetics Resources, v., 2017, p.1-3. doi:10.1007/s12686-017-0766-5 

Bertin, Matthew J.;Zimba, Paul V.; He, Haiyin, Moeller, Peter D.R. "Structure revision of trichotoxin, a chlorinated polyketide isolated from a Trichodesmium thiebautii bloom" Tetrahedron Letters, v., 2016, p.. doi:10.3390/md15070206 

Conti, Joseph;Viola, Marissa;Camberg,Jodi "FtsA reshapes membrane architecture and remodels the Z-ring in Escherichia coli" Molecular Microbiology, v., 2017, p.. doi:10.1111/mmi.13902 

Akst, Jef "From Simple to Complex" The Scientist, v.25, 2011, p.38.

Li L, Mou X, Nelson DR "Characterization of Plp, a phosphatidylcholine-specific phospholipase and hemolysin of Vibrio anguillarum" BMC Microbiol, v.13, 2013, p..

Morales, Melita "Creating the Transdisciplinary Individual: Guiding Principles Rooted in Studio Pedagogy" Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, v.6, 2017, p..

Kairy, Mohammad A. and Rainer Lohmann ""Source Apportionment and Risk Assessment of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in the Atmosphere of Alexandria, Egypt."" Chemosphere, v.91, 2013, p.895-903.

Flight, P.A "Phylogenetic Comparative Methods Strengthen Evidence for Reduced Genetic Diversity among Endangered Tetrapods" Conservation Biology, v.24, 2010, p.1307. doi:10.1111/j.1523-1739.2010.01498.x. 

Emoto A., Uchida E., Fukuda T. "Optical and Physical Applications of Photocontrollable Materials: Azobenzene-Containing and Liquid Crystalline Polymers" Polymers, v.4, 2012, p.150.

Jia L. Song, Marlon Stoeckius, Jonas Maaskola, Marc Friedlander, Nadezda Stepicheve, Celina Juliano, Svetlana Lebedeva, William Thompson, Nikolaus Rajewsky, Gary M. Wessel "Select microRNAs are essential for early development in the sea urchin" Developmental Biology, v.362, 2012, p.104. doi:10.1016/j.ydbio.2011.11.015 

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The Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR Track-I award “Infrastructure to Advance Life Sciences in the Ocean State” addressed the impacts of climate change on coastal environments through research, workforce development, and outreach. Rhode Island is defined physically, culturally and economically by Narragansett Bay. Its extensive coastline, varied marine and estuarine environments, diversity of organisms, and location at the juncture of two distinct marine climatic regions make the Bay a natural laboratory for marine life sciences research.

The University of Rhode Island was the lead institution, partnering with Brown University, the Community College of Rhode Island, and the primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs) Bryant University, Rhode Island College, the Rhode Island School of Design, Roger Williams University, and Salve Regina University. Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR enhanced research capacity and workforce development within the state by supporting research and education teams in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM); building core instrument facilities across partner institutions; training undergraduate and graduate students in science and science communication; and engaging K-12 students in discovery and learning. 

The vision that drove Rhode Island’s NSF EPSCoR program was the desire to become, and be recognized as, an international leader in understanding and predicting the response of marine organisms and marine ecosystems to climate variability. With the ongoing state and federal investments, Rhode Island used molecular and cellular techniques, cyber infrastructure, computational biology, pioneering visualization techniques, and interdisciplinary approaches to advance knowledge about the interaction of climate variability with the evolution of marine communities and their connection to the watersheds. Our mission was to provide a platform to promote collaboration and cooperation among the Rhode Island’s institutions of higher education, to interconnect research and the student learning experience, and to enable alignment of our efforts with the needs of the state to increase research competitiveness nationally, especially in marine life science and affiliated fields of study.

This $21.4 million Track-I award, coupled with state investments exceeding $5.4 million, were used to build interdisciplinary teams that bridged multiple Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR institutions to addressing the following research questions. What are the stress responses and evolutionary potentials of marine organisms in response to climate change? How are the structure and function of coastal marine food webs and biogeochemical cycling being redirected in response to climate change? How does global climate change affect the ecology of marine pathogens and parasites? The intellectual merit of our achievements are showcased by the more than 200 publications in scientific journals and 24 graduate student dissertations. Communities, businesses and industries across the state benefitted from RI EPSCoR research on carbon sequestration of wetlands, the value of shoreline restoration, proliferation of algal blooms, and development of new tools to combat aquaculture disease. Going forward, this body of work contributed to the framework to inform policy makers as they prepare for the impact of climate change.

Research, education, and outreach activities were supported by Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR core facilities, which continue to operate. At the University of Rhode Island, the Genomics and Sequencing Center facilitates interdisciplinary genomics research and student training opportunities by providing researchers access to cutting-edge technologies in the field of genomics. The Marine Science Research Facility provides state-of-the-art laboratories for rearing and maintaining a variety of marine organisms and for performing chemical, physical and molecular analysis of samples. At Brown University, the Center for Computational Visualization provides scientific and technical computing expertise to advance computational research. The Proteomics Shared Resource Facility provides state-of-the-art instrumentation and fundamental proteomics expertise. And at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Nature Lab offers advanced imaging systems that give users access to living and non-living specimens. The facilities have been acknowledged by 421 publications over the lifetime of the award.

Our Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) provided scientific and career development training to 237 students from Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR institutions. Training and mentoring was also provided to 34 graduate students through our Graduate Fellowship program. Many of our undergraduate SURF students continued their education in graduate programs at Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR institutions, providing a pipeline to advanced training that supports our state economy through a STEAM-skilled workforce. Our hope is that this pipeline becomes further seeded in the future through our K-12 outreach efforts, where K-12 students were exposed to research activities throughout Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR through hands-on field trips and classroom activities.

This award has led to transformational changes across the state that continue to build research capacity. This includes STEM workforce development at Rhode Island PUIs; partnerships between Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR and the Rhode Island National Institutes of Health Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) to support student training and career development, and to expand core research infrastructure; and collaboration with the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting to build science literacy and communication skills.

 


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