National Science Foundation Awards Grants for Research on Coupled Natural and Human Systems

October 1, 2012 – Mile-a-minute weed or forest killer, it’s called. Mikania micranthais an exotic, invasive species that spreads quickly, covering crops, smothering trees and rapidly altering the environment. Researchers funded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) program will explore the factors that led to an invasion of M. micrantha in Chitwan National Park in Nepal. The project is one of 18 funded this year by the CNH program, which addresses how humans and the environment interact. Total funding for the 2012 awards is $17.6 million.…

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