Graduate Student Wins EPA Fellowship

UC Riverside’s Jennifer Rae Eberwein studies the effects of anthropogenic nitrogen deposition in the Colorado Desert

Jennifer Rae Eberwein, a Ph.D. graduate student in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, has been awarded a graduate fellowship by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.Photo courtesy of J. Eberwein, UC Riverside.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Jennifer Rae Eberwein, a Ph.D. graduate student in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, has been awarded a graduate fellowship of $84,000 for two years by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Eberwein, who works with Darrel Jenerette, an associate professor of landscape ecology, is studying the effects of anthropogenic nitrogen deposition (from air pollution) on soil trace gas emissions of carbon dioxide, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide and nitrous oxide in the Colorado Desert.  The fellowship will support this research.

“Nitrogen inputs from air pollution exceed those from natural sources, and the consequences to soil processes are not well understood,” Eberwein said.  “Soil microorganisms regulate important feedbacks to global change drivers such as climate change and air pollution through production of gases of carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides.  This research aims to investigate these soil feedbacks and explore the microbial physiology responsible to better predict interactions between multiple global change drivers.”

Eberwein completed her undergraduate education at the University of Texas San Antonio, and joined UCR in 2010. After she graduates from UCR with a doctoral degree in plant biology, she plans to focus on the mitigation of anthropogenic influences such as climate change and air pollution.

“Jennifer has excelled at UCR and is a leader in my lab,” Jenerette said.  “She has both a strong understanding of the key gaps in current theory and excels in working with new real-time environmental sensors.   Even more, her work is inspired by a strong interest in providing research results that can help manage our natural resources.  Jennifer is helping us better understand important biogeochemical dynamics and reduce the potential effects of pollution.”

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