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Doing Business As Name:Ohio State University
  • Andrea G Grottoli
  • (614) 292-0069
Award Date:12/18/2018
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 499,828
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 499,828
  • FY 2019=$499,828
Start Date:01/01/2019
End Date:12/31/2022
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.050
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:RCN: Coral Bleaching Research Coordination Network
Federal Award ID Number:1838667
DUNS ID:832127323
Parent DUNS ID:001964634
Program Officer:
  • Daniel J. Thornhill
  • (703) 292-8143

Awardee Location

Street:Office of Sponsored Programs
Awardee Cong. District:03

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Ohio State University
Cong. District:03

Abstract at Time of Award

Researchers at the National Science Foundation U.S. Investigator Workshop on Coral Bleaching in 2016 determined that advancing coral bleaching research required new efficiencies in research and sample archiving methods across a large multi-disciplinary network in order to facilitate comparisons among studies and reduce the time to discovery. It was determined that a Coral Bleaching Research Coordination Network (Coral Bleaching RCN) was the most effective way of addressing this problem. The goals of this Coral Bleaching RCN are to 1) develop experimental design, sample archiving, and data synthesis protocols, through three workshops and 2) facilitate the formation of interdisciplinary collaborative teams. Workshop findings will be disseminated through live cyber-seminars, publications, conference presentations, and archived on the Coral Bleaching RCN website. To foster interdisciplinary training of early career scientists, an Early Career Training program will make available, on a competitive basis, funds for individuals to spend time in another lab to learn new skills, methods, or analytical approaches, thus furthering interdisciplinary training. Two graduate students and sixteen early career scientists will be supported by this grant. Efforts will be made to select a diverse group of individuals for the workshops and early career program, with representation across gender, race, and country of origin, as well as research expertise. Diversity among career stages will also be considered for workshop participants. The Steering Committee members include two women and one individual from a historically underrepresented group with research expertise ranging from geochemistry to ecology to genomics. The goals of this Coral Bleaching RCN are to 1) develop experimental design, sample archiving, and data synthesis protocols, through three workshops and 2) facilitate the formation of interdisciplinary collaborative teams. These goals will be addressed through four activity nodes: workshops, cyberseminars, student and Early Career Training, and RCN activity dissemination. The workshops will be the centerpiece of the Coral Bleaching RCN and focus on three topics: 1) experimental design protocol recommendations, 2) sample archiving protocol recommendations, and 3) data assimilation protocol recommendations. The first two days of each workshop will focus on developing the protocol recommendations. The last day of each workshop will focus on building and/or expanding interdisciplinary collaborative research teams. Each workshop will consist of 27 participants (5 Steering Committee members, 2 graduate students, 10 invited participants, and 10 selected participants through a competitive application process). This strategy will allow for a large number of individuals to participate in one or more workshop(s). Pre- and post-workshop activities will ensure active participation of all parties and allow for ongoing improvement to the workshop workflow. The outcomes of the workshops will help to guide coral bleaching research by enhancing research efficiency, the rate of discovery, the capacity for multi-study comparisons, and stimulating new and unique collaborations. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

Publications Produced as a Result of this Research

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McLachlan, Rowan H. and Price, James T. and Solomon, Sarah L. and Grottoli, Andréa G. "Thirty years of coral heat-stress experiments: a review of methods" Coral Reefs, v.39, 2020, p.. doi: Citation details  

Grottoli, A.G. and Toonen, R.J. and van Woesik, R. and Vega Thurber, R. and Warner, M.E. and McLachlan, R.H. and Price, J.T. and Bahr, K.D. and Baums, I.B. and Castillo, K. and Coffroth, M.A. and Cunning, R. and Dobson, K. and Donahue, M. and Hench, J.L. "Increasing comparability among coral bleaching experiments" Ecological Applications, v., 2020, p.. doi: Citation details  

Parkinson, John Everett and Baker, Andrew C. and Baums, Iliana B. and Davies, Sarah W. and Grottoli, Andréa G. and Kitchen, Sheila A. and Matz, Mikhail V. and Miller, Margaret W. and Shantz, Andrew A. and Kenkel, Carly D. "Molecular tools for coral reef restoration: Beyond biomarker discovery" Conservation Letters, v.13, 2020, p.. doi: Citation details  

Baums, Iliana B. and Baker, Andrew C. and Davies, Sarah W. and Grottoli, Andréa G. and Kenkel, Carly D. and Kitchen, Sheila A. and Kuffner, Ilsa B. and LaJeunesse, Todd C. and Matz, Mikhail V. and Miller, Margaret W. and Parkinson, John E. and Shantz, And "Considerations for maximizing the adaptive potential of restored coral populations in the western Atlantic" Ecological Applications, v.29, 2019, p.. doi: Citation details  

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