Biological Sciences Professor Awarded NSF Grant to Study Hawaiian Ecosystem

Dr. Scott Santos, of the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Sciences and Mathematics, was recently awarded a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation. The award of $240,000 will fund a project titled Microbial biodiversity of the Hawaiian anchialine ecosystem. The funded project will allow Santos to study one of Hawaii’s potentially most endangered ecosystems, anchialine environments, which are coastal land-locked bodies of water exhibiting tidal fluctuations and are rapidly disappearing. This is especially true in the Hawaiian Islands, which has the only natural anchialine environments in the U.S. Additionally, the project will contribute to education in Alabama high school classrooms by working with the Alabama Science in Motion Program to implement long-term, hands-on, classroom experiments in local area schools.