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Curriculum in Environment and Ecology (ENEC) graduate students Bianca Lopez and Adam Gold as well as recent doctoral graduate Sierra Woodruff have been selected as recipients of 2017 GEAB Impact Awards.  The award recognizes excellent graduate research that is of significant value to North Carolina.

View each of ENEC’s award winning students by clicking the links below:

Adam Gold - graduate student in UNC's Curriculum in Environtment and EcologyAdam Gold
Stormwater Ponds and Their Connections to Coastal Water Quality
“Adam’s project provides actionable information for coastal water quality managers and improves our understanding of the role of stormwater control measures in coastal nutrient cycling,” said adviser Michael Piehler, Ph.D.


UNC Curriculum in Environment and Ecology (ENEC) graduate student Bianca LopezBianca Lopez
The Changing Nature of Urban Forests
“Other studies focus on larger urban areas such as New York City, Baltimore and Phoenix, meaning that Bianca’s focus on the Research Triangle area will document a new kind of situation. Her work will inform land-use and land management decisions in our area,” said adviser Peter White, Ph.D.


UNC Curriculum in Environment and Ecology (ENEC) doctoral graduate Sierra WoodruffSierra Woodruff
Helping N.C. Communities Plan for Climate Change
“Sierra has created an entirely new way of evaluating the quality of climate adaptation plans, which can focus on the unique needs and situation of a community. Her ideas have been translated into a handbook for North Carolina communities that are hoping to plan for climate change,” said adviser Todd BenDor, Ph.D.


For the entire list of 2017 GEAB Impact Awards visit this gallery:

2017 GEAB Impact Awards will be presented at the 19th Annual Graduate Student Recognition Celebration. That event will be from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on April 20 – the program will be 4-4:30 p.m., followed by research poster presentations and a reception from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Location is the Carolina Club at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center.


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