Charlotte Haberstroh, University of South Florida
The Pathfinder Fellowship allowed me to extend the scope of my work and field experience to Cambodia and the Mekong River. This added a completely different dimension and persepctive to our research.
Joseph Wasswa, Syracuse University
" The CUAHSI Pathfinder Fellowship enabled me to perform analyses on an alternate site that is in the developing world."
" Without the Pathfinder Fellowship, I am very sure it was a "mission impossible" for me to carry out studies at an alternative site."
Jeremy Reiman, Louisiana State University
Fellowship funding supported international collaboration between two large research institutions on an issue reaching global magnitude. In a world that continues to become more globalized, this opportunity to collaborate in scientific research with a foreign research group not only supported the exchange of fresh ideas, perspectives, and solutions, but it has also been an opportunity to promote successful future scientific collaborations between the United States and China.
Jeremy traveled to Yangtze River, China.
Jason S. Alexander, University of Wyoming
It is difficult to put into words how important my travels to India have been to me scientifically, professionally, and personally...In addition, my time spent in the field on these rivers helped me validate current geologic and sedimentological models of large transverse sandbars in continental-scale braided rivers. This type of field validation added substantially to my confidence in these models while allowing me to develop professionally by making my own unique field observations. Likewise, river ecosystem-management is a strong personal interest of mine, and my exposure to the suite of human-induced stresses on rivers of India gave me a profound respect for the challenges humans face in balancing economies and river ecosystems. Perhaps most important, three weeks of fieldwork witht eh ATREE group introduced me to lifelong colleagues and friends. It is my hope to continue working with these exceptional scientists through my career.
Jason S. Alexander traveled to India.
Peter Regier, University of New Mexico
Receiving the Pathfinder fellowship towards the end of my dissertation research was vital in setting me up for my current research position. The Pathfinder provided me with an opportunity to take the skills and tools I had been developing in the Everglades, and adapt these abilities to an entirely new type of ecosystem. Through this experience, I have learned to better contextualize my research questions within a broader context, both in terms of geographic scale and interdisciplinary scope. In my current appointment, I rely on experiences and tools gained during my Pathfinder every day. My collaborators and I are currently working on data collected in 2017 during my Pathfinder, and formulating a manuscript comparing and contrasting the dynamics and drivers of organic carbon and nitrate patterns between low and high permafrost catchments.
Kristen Welsh Unwala, University of Idaho
I feel that the Pathfinder Fellowship was one of the most positive experiences of my Ph.D...This project provided me with a unique opportunity to work at a different university with faculty outside of my specific discipline.
Kristen traveled to the University of Wyoming.
Alia Khan, University of Colorado, Boulder
Overall, I am so thankful for the Pathfinder fellowship support because without it I would not have been able to collect complementary data from the Arctic to compare to my base site in the Antarctic. Furthermore, along with collecting complimentary data, I was also able to gain valuable teaching experience.
Alia traveled to Longyearbyen, Svalbard (island in Arctic Circle)
Scott Jasechko, University of New Mexico
This project allowed me to lead a hydrological investigation at a new field site, that would not have been accessible to me without the support of CUAHSI's Pathfinder Fellowship program, that has enhanced my leadership and hydrological skillset as well as my overall PhD experience and education.
Scott traveled to Uganda.
Hal Voepel, Desert Research Institute
I specifically chose …to work with internationally recognized sediment transport expert Dr Marwan Hassan. His flume lab and detailed field monitoring site at East Creek were vital to my research… My PhD dissertation has greatly improved as a direct result of this research. Without this funding I would never have been able to conduct research with Professor Hassan nor conduct experiments vital to my thesis. Thank you.
Hal traveled to the University of British Columbia
Jeffery Muehlbauer, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
This summer’s research has exposed me to several entirely new ecosystems and watersheds. This exposure has broadened my understanding of rivers and floodplains and their interactions and given me a better appreciation for how these interactions vary from stream-to-stream, watershed-to-watershed, and worldwide.
Jeffery traveled to Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) in Berlin, Germany
Cody Hale, Oregon State University
My CUAHSI Pathfinder-funded trip to the University of Aberdeen was an amazing learning experience as a PhD candidate in the later stages of my degree. The opportunity to pick up and move in with another research group for an extended visit was quite stimulating from both professional and personal perspectives. The skills I learned and relationships I developed are certainly an incredible asset to my graduate experience and future career.
Cody traveled to the Northern Rivers Institute at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.