A SERDP funded effort led by Dr. Kristina Stinson at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, examined the functional diversity of soil fungi in lands degraded by the NIS garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata). Moreover, the research team tested the feasibility of different eradication measures for recovery of soil biological diversity and function under a range of regional anthropogenic, abiotic stresses.
ESTCP 2018 Project of the Year Award for Munitions Response
Dr. Schultz’s project began with an assessment of existing amphibious platforms and their capabilities of towing electromagnetic induction (EMI) sensors in nearshore environments. This assessment included the potential impact of each platform on the underwater environment and each system was assessed for use in environmentally sensitive areas.
ESTCP 2018 Project of the Year Award for Weapons Systems and Platforms
Cast cured, high energy, composite materials are used across the Department of Defense (DoD) in rocket motors, explosives, and pyrotechnic devices. The current state of the art for producing these materials involves mixing the components using a bowl and impeller then moving that mixture into the vessel intended to hold it. Transferring the material and cleaning the mixing apparatus both produce waste material, require the use of cleaning solvents, and expose workers to hazardous conditions. More
ESTCP 2018 Project of the Year Award for Environmental Restoration
Dr. Charles Schaefer from CDM Smith has led a number of projects under both SERDP and ESTCP addressing contamination in fractured rock. He and his project teams have studied bioaugmentation as a cost-effective treatment for dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) sources present in the fracture zones.
ESTCP 2018 Project of the Year Award for Resource Conservation and Resiliency
Dr. Jinelle Sperry from the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center and her team led an ESTCP funded project that demonstrates the use of conspecific attraction as a cost‐effective management tool for endangered and at‐risk bird and amphibian species.
ESTCP 2018 Project of the Year Award for Installation Energy and Water
While technology demonstrations are a vital part of validating new technologies’ cost and performance, ESTCP works with Principal Investigators to ensure the projects are designed to facilitate technology transition. Two recent examples of EW projects that both demonstrated and successfully transferred innovative technology to an established procurement pathway are the projects EW-201350, and EW-201410.
SERDP 2018 Project of the Year Award for Munitions Response
In situ measurements are challenging, especially in the dynamic environments close to the beach. To collect useful data requires extensive instrumentation, clever experimental design, and a measure of luck to have the instruments emplaced during high-energy weather events.
SERDP 2018 Project of the Year Award for Weapons Systems and Platforms
Developing an accurate accelerated corrosion test model in a controlled laboratory setting would improve DoD’s understanding of corrosion in the environment, providing the opportunity to improve base operation and maintenance, mitigate corrosion damage, better identify failure mode, and introduce more environmentally friendly technologies.
SERDP 2018 Project of the Year Award for Environmental Restoration
Dr. Michelle Scherer from the University of Iowa and her team led a SERDP funded project that studied the application of a new conceptual framework based on solid-state mineral chemistry to understand biologically mediated abiotic degradation (BMAD) of PCE and TCE by magnetite, iron (Fe) sulfides, and Fe-bearing clays.
SERDP 2018 Project of the Year Award for Resource Conservation and Resiliency
Dr. Elizabeth Crone from Tufts University and her team led a SERDP funded project that investigated the source-sink dynamics of species being managed on military lands using three species of endangered butterflies.
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