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New Student Publication!

We are proud to announce that Frontiers Abroad Alumni Karina Greater’s New Zealand based research was just accepted into the journal American Mineralogist. The publication is entitled “Formation of rhyolite at the Okataina Volcanic Complex, New Zealand: New insights from analysis of quartz clusters in plutonic lithics” and co-authors include Professor Rachel Beane of Bowdoin College (currently an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury), Dr. Chad Deering of Michigan Tech University (visiting academic on the Frontiers Abroad programme in 2014) and Dr. Darren Gravley of Frontiers Abroad and the University of Canterbury.

Karina began her research while a Frontiers Abroad student and continued to work on the topic for a Senior Thesis at Bowdoin College. After graduating from Bowdoin last May, Karina joined Frontiers Abroad as a TA for the 2015 field camp – and even found time to finish the manuscript edits while on field camp. Karina’s efforts exemplify what we are trying to achieve with FA – create strong research, teaching and cultural bonds with US institutions.

Brian Peacock – Another Student Publication!

Frontiers Abroad and Lafayette College Student Brian Peacock recently published a journal article on his Frontiers Abroad research. The article entitled “Watershed-scale prioritization of habitat restoration sites for non-point source pollution management” was published in Ecological Engineering, 2012. Click here to download the article. Abstract follows.

Habitat restoration is a low cost solution to water quality and runoff management issues. When planning a watershed scale restoration project, the choice of sites must be optimized to minimize financial and social cost whilst maximizing environmental benefits such as nutrient removal. This project has developed a land score system for prioritizing habitat restoration sites using the cost-benefit analysis framework. Benefits were assessed using a combination of two quantitative metrics: terrain-landuse analysis to identify areas of high areal pollutant flux and the Mauri Model decision-making framework to account for social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. The result is a simple, flexible restoration site prioritization tool that utilizes readily available data and can easily be implemented by land planners in a variety of watersheds. This decision making tool was applied as a case study to the Tarawera Watershed in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand with the objective of decreasing nutrient pollution in the watershed. The metrics used in this tool proved effective in anticipating hydrological, environmental and anthropologic constraints that were used to pick sites for restoration. The final result was an ordinally ranked map of potential restoration sites. It is anticipated that this technique will prove useful in a variety of watersheds
despite variation in management goals and geographic location.