Awards and Leadership
Dr. Terrence G. Bensel
Allegheny College, Divisional Teacher-Scholar Award, 2005-2007
Fulbright Teaching / Research Scholarship, University of San Carlos, Cebu City, Philippines. 2001-2002. Taught a graduate seminar in Ecological Economics and conducted research on fuelwood / charcoal production and use in Cebu City and Province.
Integrating Geographic Information System Technology into Environmental Science Education at Allegheny College ($78,040). 2001-2002. Funded by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Education, IT Workforce Development Program.
Environmental and Socioeconomic Impacts of Biofuel Use in Southeast Asia: A Case Study of Cebu Province, Philippines ($10,000). 2001-2002. Funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
Developing a Geographical Information System for Regional Environmental Analysis ($9,348). 2001. Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture National Research Competitive Grants Program.
Dr. Richard D. Bowden
2004-2005 Harvard University Bullard Fellow
Allegheny College Teacher-Scholar Chair, 2000-2003
1997 Journal of Environmental Quality, Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Manuscript Review
1990 Newton Bobb Speaker, Northland College, WI
1985-1987 Yale University Research Assistantship
1980-1984 Yale University Graduate Fellowship
1978-1980 Michigan Technological University Teaching Assistantship
1974-1978 Northland College Scholarship
“Detritus input and removal treatments (DIRT): A collaborative project with the Sikfokut ILTER site, Hungary.” NSF LTER III Suplement DEB-0080592. 2004-2006. $14,292.
“Does soil have memory? Alterations in forest soils and soil nutrients following 175 years of forest regrowth” Harvard University Bullard Fellowship. 2004-2005. $24,000.
“Adaptation and Implementation of a Watershed Model: The French Creek Watershed Research Program at Allegheny College. 2002-2005. NSF-CCLI, $166,449. NSF. (with R O’Brien and S. Wissinger).
NSF-REU Supplemental support for “Collaborative Research: Dirt: A cross-continental, experimental study of forest SOM and N dynamics.” 2003. NSF. $6,000.
NSF-REU Supplemental support for “Collaborative Research: Dirt: A cross-continental, experimental study of forest SOM and N dynamics.” 2002. NSF. $10,550.
“Collaborative Research: Dirt: A cross-continental, experimental study of forest SOM and N dynamics.” 2000-2003. NSF. $295,942. (with K. Lajtha, Oregon State U. and W. McDowell, U. New Hampshire).
“Tourist Opportunities in Northwest Pennsylvania” 2001-2002. (with M. Keeley). State of Pennsylvania. Subcontract with Crawford County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. $7,000.
“Development of a web page for nature tourism in northwest PA”. 1999. Pennsylvania Center for Economic Development, with Crawford County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau $2000.
“CRUI: The impact of land-use legacies on forest soil-plant-atmosphere interactions,” 1995-2000, NSF, $853,067. (with T. W. Sipe, Franklin and Marshall College, C.A. McClaugherty, Mt. Union College).
“REU program in forest ecology at the Harvard Forest”, 1993-1996, NSF, $150,000.
“Effects of White-tail Deer (Odocoileus viginiana) densities on soil invertebrate distribution, abundance, and diversity in a temperate forest.” 1994, U.S. Forest Service, $380.
“Effects of soil moisture and temperature on fluxes of carbon dioxide and methane in a temperate forest soil”, 1993-1994, Dept. of Energy, National Institute for Global Environmental Change, $14,000.
“Factors influencing atmospheric trace gas fluxes between temperate forest soils and the atmosphere”, 1992, NSF, $11,424.50.
“Factors influencing atmospheric trace gas fluxes between temperate forest soils and the atmosphere”, 1992, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, $2,000.
“Improvement of Soil and Ecosystem Analysis Laboratory”, 1991, NSF, $41,074.
“Effects of catastrophic forest disturbance on fluxes of atmospheric trace gases between forest soils and the atmosphere”, 1991, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, $12,519.
“Influences of white-tailed deer browsing on litterfall and soil respiration in the Allegheny Plateau forests”, 1991, U.S. Forest Service, $1,461.25.
“Global Warming: The influence of forest ecosystems on greenhouse gases in the atmosphere”, 1991, Pew Midwest Science Cluster, $3,300.
Dr. Michael F. Maniates
2005 Pending Grant Proposal to the National Science Foundation ($63,140). “Cross-disciplinary research to support transitions to sustainable development: Next steps in the development of an action-oriented research agenda.” Co-Principal Investigator with Roger Kasperson (Clark University).
2005 Sustainable Energy Foundation Grant ($50,000) for two-year support to develop energy-organizing instructional modules for PA colleges and universities (with Kathleen Greely of the Meadville Community Energy Project).
2002 Co-Recipient, Harold and Margaret Sprout Award (International Studies Association) for the best book in International Environmental Affairs in 2002, for Confronting Consumption, The MIT Press.
2002 Co-Recipient, Governor’s Award (Pennsylvania) for Environmental Excellence, for work with the Meadville Community Energy Project.
1997-present Co-Recipient of several grants from the PennElec Sustainable Energy Fund, U.S. Department of Energy, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, R.K. Mellon Foundation, and the Heinz Endowments for the work of the Meadville Community Energy Project.
2000 Thoburn Teaching Award for Innovation and Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Allegheny College.
1999 Wye Aspen Institute Fellow, “Citizenship in the American Polity”.
1997 Allegheny College “Community Building Award” for civil-society junior seminar that led to student initiated and operated coffee house (“Grounds for Change”).
1986-1987 Fulbright-Hayes Research Fellowship to India.
1986-1987 Fellow, Institute for the Study of World Politics.
1985 Distinguished Teaching Associate Award, College of Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Eric T. Pallant
1999 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence, Winner, Center for Economic and Environmental Development
1999 Three Rivers Environmental Awards, Winner, Center for Economic and Environmental Development won for Outstanding Program in Higher Education.
1999 The Templeton Guide: Colleges that Encourage Character Development. CEED is cited as an exemplary program in Civic Education. ( click here) Templeton Foundation Press. p. 176.
1999 Council on Independent Colleges, Stories of Effective Practices describing how a community sought and received assistance from a liberal arts college or university. Engaging Communities and Campuses. p. 12.
1999 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, (forthcoming Web and Print publication), profiling the Center for Economic and Environmental Development for its work performing major institutional change in its region.
1998 Three Rivers Environmental Awards, Finalist, Department of Environmental Science for Outstanding Program in Higher Education.
1995 Thoburn Foundation Teaching Award, Allegheny College. Presented by the faculty, administration, students and alumni of the college for creative course development, innovative instruction, and general excellence as a teacher.
EUR 68,000 NATO, Environmental Security Program. 2005. Integrated Water Resources Management in the Middle East. (Project Co-Director)
$270,000 Heinz Family Endowments 2003. Operating Budget for Center for Economic and Environmental Development. (Project Director)
$240,000 Henry Luce Foundation 2002. The French Creek Watershed Environment Program (Project Director)
$25,000 RK Mellon Foundation 2001. Strategic planning for the Center for Economic and Environmental Development. (Project Director)
$150,000 RK Mellon Foundation 1998. Operating funds for the Center for Economic and Environmental Development. (Project Director)
$140,000 Eden Hall Foundation 1998. Equipment funds for the Department of Environmental Science (Project Co-Director)
$10,000 FMC 1998. Construction funds for an art and environment room at the Crawford County Industrial Park. (Project Co-Director)
$50,000 NASA 1997. A workshop series on promoting a sustainable forest industry in northwest Pennsylvania. (Co-Principal Investigator)
$10,000 Channellock 1997. Finding a non-toxic solvent replacement for methylene chloride. (Co-Principal Investigator)
$350,000 Heinz Family Endowments 1997. A sustainable community development plan for Northwest Pennsylvania. (Project Director)
$244,000 Link-2-Learn Technology Testbeds 1997. Educating community leaders of today and tomorrow for sustainability in Northwest Pennsylvania. (Project Co-Director)
$ 25,000 NSF Research Opportunity Award 1993. Ecosystems nitrogen status and trace gas fluxes. (Principal Investigator)
$ 21,650 Howard Hughes Medical Institute 1991. Exactly how many roots are there? (Co-Principal Investigator)
$ 82,149 NSF ILI 1990. Improvement of soil and ecosystems analysis laboratory. (Co-Principal Investigator) Acquisition of C:H:N Analyzer; Ion Chromatograph
$ 23,700 Howard Hughes Medical Institute 1989. Do organic farms grow more corn roots? (Principal Investigator)
$ 81,046 NSF ILI 1989. Restoration of Geochemical/Analytical Chemistry Components in Geology, Chemistry and Environmental Science Programs. (Co-Principal Investigator) Acquisition of X-Ray Fluorescence
$ 23,800 NSF ILI 1988. Improvement of Water Analysis Lab. (Co-Principal Investigator) Acquisition of Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer
Dr. James O. Palmer
1996 Finalist, Award of Excellence in Education, Consolidated Natural Gas Foundation ($1000)
1997 Conservation Educator of the Year, Pennsylvania Wildlife Federation
1997 Third Place Nationally, Pledge and a Promise Environmental Award, Sea World and Busch Gardens ($2500)
1998 Allegheny College Julian Ross Award for Teaching Excellence
1998 French Creek Environmental Education Project. Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence
1998 French Creek Environmental Education Project. Citation for Environmental Excellence, House of Representatives, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
1998 French Creek Environmental Education Project. Citation for Environmental Excellence, Senate, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
1998 French Creek Environmental Education Project. Certificate of National Awards for Sustainability, Renew America and Presidents Council on Sustainable Development
1999 French Creek Environmental Education Project. Finalist, Three Rivers Environmental Awards
2004 Friend of French Creek Environmental Educator of the Year Award, French Creek Project
1987 Ecology and genetics of boll weevil diapause in Texas. USDA/CSRS No. 87-CRSR-2-3051 ($66,905). (Co-Principal Investigator with J.R. Cate)
1995 French Creek Environmental Education Project. Toyota USA Foundation. ($87,000) (Project Director)
1997 French Creek Environmental Education Project. PA Dept. of Environmental Protection ($9,920) (Project Director)
1997 French Creek Environmental Education Project. PPG Industries Foundation ($5000) (Project Director)
1997 French Creek Environmental Education Project. The Nature Conservancy. ($1200) (Project Director)
1998 French Creek Environmental Education Project. The Nature Conservancy. ($1800) (Project Director)
1998 Ecological Field Studies and Student Research, Eden Hall Foundation ($140,000) (Project Co-Director with CEED, ES Dept., Biology Dept)
1998 French Creek Environmental Education Project: Pittsburgh Connection. R.K. Mellon Foundation ($150,000) (Project Co-Director with CEED)
1999 French Creek Environmental Education Project: Watershed Activity Modules. Frick Educational Fund of the Buhl Foundation ($10,000) (Project Director).
1999 French Creek Environmental Education Project. The Nature Conservancy. ($1800) (Project Director)
2000 French Creek Environmental Education Project: Pittsburgh School District Expansion. Grable Foundation. ($110,000) (Project Director)
2000 French Creek Environmental Education Project. The Nature Conservancy. ($1800) (Project Director)
2000 Creek Connections: Watershed Activity Modules. Frick Educational Fund of the Buhl Foundation ($5,000) (Project Director)
2000 Connecting Kids through Creeks. PA Dept. of Environmental Protection ($24,000) (Project Director)
2000 Allegheny Water-on-Wheels. Arthur Vining Davis Foundations ($150,000) (Project Director)
2001 Teaching Scholar Partnership. Independent Colleges Office-National Science Foundation ($30,000) (Project Director)
2001 Creek Connections. The Nature Conservancy. ($1800) (Project Director)
2002 Creek Connections: Pittsburgh School District Connections. Grable Foundation. ($55,000) (Project Director)
2002 Creek Connections. The Nature Conservancy. ($1800) (Project Director)
2003 Creek Connections. The Nature Conservancy. ($1800) (Project Director)
2004 Creek Connections French Creek Educational Outreach. PPG Industries Foundation. ($6,000) (Project Director)
2004 Creek Connections Pittsburgh Field Educator. McKenzie Foundation. ($12,000) (Project Director)
2004 Creek Connections Pittsburgh Student Research Symposium. Henry C. Frick Fund of the Buhl Foundation. ($5,000) (Project Director)
2004 Creek Connections. The Nature Conservancy. ($1,800) (Project Director)
2005 Creek Connections. The Alcoa Foundation. ($15,000) (Project Director)
2005 Creek Connections. Rhe Richard King Mellon Foundation ($180,000) Project Director
Dr. Caryl E. Waggett
1999 Teaching Effectiveness Award, University of California at Berkeley, Awarded to a small number of outstanding graduate student instructors who identified a concern in their classes, then implemented and assessed an effective response. I submitted the results of a program to improve public presentations of year-long environmental thesis projects.
1999 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of California at Berkeley, Awarded to graduate student instructors nominated by faculty and based on faculty recommendation and student course evaluations.
The Heinz Endowments. $100,000. Development of a Program to Evaluate and Improve Environmental Health and Justice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 2006-2007.
US EPA. $57,591. Incidence of Childhood Lead Poisoning in Rural Low-Income Communities. 2005-2008.
STUDENT-FACULTY COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH GRANTS:
Harold M State Fellowship. 2004. Seth Wilmore. Identification of Habitats at High Risk for Lyme Disease Transmission using Satellite Imagery in Northern California.
Shanbrom Family Foundation. 2004. Seth Wilmore, Suzanne Young. Crawford County Household Lead Assessment Study.
Shanbrom Family Foundation. 2005. Evan Sheppard. Crawford County Household Lead Assessment Study.
Wells Foundation. 2005. David Cass. Crawford County Household Lead Assessment Study.
Harold M State Fellowship. 2006. Lindsay Herendeen. Mapping Environmental Justice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Shanbrom Family Foundation. 2006. Tara Fortier, Caroline Lewis. Crawford County Household Lead Assessment Study.
Dr. Scott A. Wissinger
2006-2009 Divisional Teacher Scholar Professorship, Allegheny College.
2002-2006 National Science Foundation RUI: “Collaborative Research on Mechanisms Underlying Salamander Population Fluctuations.” $515,732. (with Howard Whiteman).
2002-2005 National Science Foundation CCLI. Adaptation and implementation of a watershed model: The French Creek Watershed Research Program at Allegheny College $166,000. Rachel O’Brien, P. and R. Bowden, Co-PI.
2001-2002 Fulbright Scholar Program, Nov. 2001-April 2002. Impacts of Introduced Salmonid Fishes on Native Biota on New Zealand Lakes (Host; Angus McIntosh, University of Canterbury).
1998-1999 National Science Foundation. REU Supplement for Erika Bilger. “Tradeoffs Between Rapid Growth Temporary Habitats and Predator Avoidance in Permanent Subalpine Wetlands.” $5000.
1994-1999 National Science Foundation. RUI: “Intraguild Predation and Cannibalism among Caddisfly Larvae in High Elevation Ponds” DEB 9407856. $208,000.
1993-1996. National Science Foundation. Undergraduate Curriculum and Course Development Award: Reducing roadblocks to Learning in Introductory biology: A Computer-Module Development Project (Co-Pi) $101,000.
1992-1995 USDA Forest Service, Water Quality Monitoring Laboratory “Monitoring acidification in the Mexican Cut Watershed in central Colorado”. $6000.
1992-1993 Colorado Division of Wildlife. “Effects of acidification on a unique population of high altitude salamanders in Colorado”. Co-Pi with Howard Whiteman. $3500.
1990-1995 The Nature Conservancy, Colorado Field Office. “Long-term studies of the aquatic fauna in the Mexican Cut Nature Reserve” $10,000.
1990-1994 Pennsylvania Electric Company Research Fund. “Amphibians as early warning indicators of regional acidification” $35,000.
1990-1991 Pew Charitable Trust Midwest Science Cluster: “Support for summer field assistants at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory”. $4000.
1989-1991 Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Allegheny College: “Direct and indirect effects of acidification on the benthic invertebrates in a subalpine watershed in central Colorado. $18,000.
1989-1994 Presidential Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation: “Benthic food webs in ponds” BSR-8958253. $243,000.