Funded Proposals

Below is a select list of funded proposals, demonstrating how MILES research is building capacity to study complex social-ecological processes.


Year 3

Advancing Resilience to Compounding Disasters: An Integrated Natural-Human Systems Assessment of Wildfire Vulnerability, Hazards NSF-SEES: National Science Foundation. Kolden, C., Abatzoglou, J., Adam, J., Alessa, L., Anderson, J.W., J., Hicke, J., Kliskey, A., Paveglio, T., Yoder, J. $2,965,170. 2015-2019

Building STEM Identity and Career Interests in Native American Students By Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and Remote Sensing Technologies, National Science Foundation Award #1513349. Eitel, Karla (PI), Eitel, Jan (Co-PI), Cohn, Teresa (Co-PI), Vierling, Lee (Co-PI). $1,101,523. January 2016

Forest-atmosphere interactions in an era of fire and drought, NSF CAREER DEB Ecosystem Sciences. Award #1553049. Tara Hudiburg (PI). $664,235. 2016 – 2021

Serving local and regional markets in the intermountain west: identifying and overcoming constrains in a vast geography, USDA. Haifeng (Felix) Liao, replacement Co-I. $500,000. 2014-2017

How vegetation recovery and fuel conditions in past fires influences fuels and future fire management in five western U.S. ecosystems, JFSP. Collaborator Alistair Smith with PI Hudak. $450,000. 2015

Modeling the long-term effects of fuel reduction and seeding treatments on fuel loads and fire regimes in the Great Basin, Joint Fire Sciences Program. Nancy Glenn. $268,810. November 2015-October 2018

Multi-hazard Risk Assessment and Ecosystem Restoration in Idaho: Nez Perce County and Tribe and Clearwater Watershed, USGS 3DEP. Nancy Glenn. $245,000. February 2016

FireEarth Modeling System for Wildfire Mitigation, USDA-SEES. $3M, $218K to Erin Brooks. June 2015-May 2018

Expanding Precision Agriculture Market Opportunities with UAS Sensors, FY15 IGEM Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission. Donna Delparte (PI) and S. Rasmussen (co-PI). $179,755. May 2015 - Dec 2016

A Web Based Site Suitability and Visualization Tool to Support Idaho's Growing Wine Industry, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Flores, L., Glenn, N. $139,487. July 1, 2015-June 30, 2017

Training in Scientific Discoveries with NEON's AOP, Workshops-NEON: NSF. Glenn, N., Flores, L. $100,000. Dec 1, 2015-Nov 30, 2017

River-floodplain food web and fish population responses to restoration in the Methow River, WA, U.S. Geological Survey and Bureau of Reclamation. PI Colden Baxter. $80,000. February 2016

Assessment of Sources of Suspended Sediment, Marsh Creek, ID, City of Pocatello. Benjamin Crosby (Graduate and undergraduate research supervision). $60,000. 2015 – 2017

Enhancing Forest Watershed Modeling Performance, USFS-Research Joint Venture. $70K, $48K to Erin Brooks. October 2015-December 2016

Integrating TLS and ALS to Describe Riparian Vegetation Structure, Sound Science, Bureau of Reclamation, US Dept of Interior. Nancy Glenn and Lucas Spaete. $45,592. August 1, 2015-July 31, 2016

Linking Agronomic Soil-P with Water Quality in Palouse Cropping Systems, USGS 104. $92K, $45K to Erin Brooks/Dan Strawn. March 2015-February 2016

Exploratory analysis of drought impacts on forest ecosystem respiration, NASA ISGC Seed Grant. Tara Hudiburg (PI). $40,000. August 2015-August 2016

3D Documentation and Visualization Techniques for Cultural Resources and Museum Collections, NPS PTT grant Sponsored by National Park Service, National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, External to Idaho State University Co-PI D. Delparte with Yolonda Younds (PI). $39,999.00. August 10, 2015 - September 30, 2016.

Proposal submitted to the American Society for Plant Biologists to develop the field guide to Idaho's grasses and grass-like plants including a phone app and K-12 lesson plan. Eva Strand. $33,692. September 2015

Toward advancing drought monitoring and water management for western agriculture using Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (SFFP). Jae Ryu. $32,000. June 2015


Year 2

Monitoring Earth’s Hydrosphere: Integrating Remote Sensing, Modeling and Verification, NASA EPSCoR program. Joe Law (Idaho Space Grant Consortium, Administrative PI), Alejandro Flores (Science PI), Nancy Glenn (Co-I), Jim McNamara (Co-I), HP Marshall (Co-I). $750,000. November 1, 2014-October 31, 2017.

Reducing logging fatality and non-fatal trauma incidence rates with new real-time operational GPS-VHF communications, recommended safety procedures, and education, CDC. Co-PI Alistair Smith with PI Keefe. $823,000. 2015-2019

Prototyping a methodology to develop regional-scale forest aboveground biomass carbon maps predicted from Landsat time series, trained from field and lidar data collections, and independently validated with FIA data. NASA – carbon monitoring systems. Alistair Smith. $678,984.

Community-based Hazards’ Planning and Mitigation: Planning, Legal, and Policy Implications in the WUI, Primary Sponsor: Idaho Department of Lands. Originating sponsor: Forest Service/USDA. Funding Source: Federal Flow-Through. Department: Community and Regional Planning. OSP number: 6239. Wuerzer, T. (PI), Lindquist, E. (Co-I), Vos, J. (Co-I). $239,263.

Modeling the Long Term Effects of Fuel Reduction and Seeding Treatments on Fuel Loads & Fire Regimes in the Great Basin, Bureau of Land Management/US Department of the Interior. Nancy Glenn (BSU). $231,084. October 1, 2015-September 30, 2018.

Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation in the Great Basin: a Policy Perspective on Resource Managers and the Use of Science in Decision Making, USGS Pacific Northwest Climate Science Center grant. PI Eric Lindquist. $110,510. 2014-2016.

An investigation to evaluate factors limiting Yellowstone cutthroat trout and inform monitoring and adaptive management of the Snake River floodplain, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. PI Colden Baxter. $100.000. 2014-present.

The MOSS Climate Fellowship Program: A collaborative partnership between the NWCSC and MOSS to advance climate science, education, and communication, USGS Northwest Climate Center. PI L. Vierling with Co-PI K. Eitel. $50,000.