East Alton research center receives grant to improve wildlife habitat

The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center’s Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station.

Join the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center for a Neighbor Nights virtual presentation on the purpose of the Critical Interface Network project.

CINet is funded by the National Science Foundation to study critical interfaces in the environment that affect the transport and transformation of materials such as water, sediment, carbon and nutrients.

CINet Junior Scientist Council members Esther Lee and Leila Hernandez Rodriguez, both doctoral students in the Civil and Environmental Engineering program at the University of Illinois, will present information on the basics of the grant project and why this multiyear program is important for the scientific, agricultural and restoration ecology communities.

“In the CINet project, researchers from many different backgrounds are coming together to study the critical zones strongly affected by human influence, including the near land-surface, the active root zone, and the river corridor,” Hernandez Rodriguez said. “We will show some of the sites where the work is ongoing and share with you the available channels to contact us and follow our work.”

Lee explains how the critical interfaces will play an important role in the sustainability of the agricultural environment.

“We will share the main aspects of our research, which will help to inform restoration ecologists of the long-term responses in soil function in agro-ecosystems to guide their future work,” she said.

The center has been granted $375,000 over the next five years to provide educational and outreach services designed to educate the public on how to implement the study’s findings. This information will be incorporated into science courses at L&C as well as distributed among educators in area school districts.

This virtual event will be 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Those interested can sign up at https://bit.ly/NNJan2021.

For more information, contact Director of Environmental Education Sarah Fisher at saafisher@lc.edu.

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