Research

The Arkansas Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Studies is dedicated to funding research projects that help fulfill it's mission.

Announcements regarding funding opportunities are put on the Academic Affairs Research Site. Please go to the announcement page here. For more information on any of these reports, please contact the ACENRES Director, Dr. Jason Patton, (479)968-0676, jpatton@atu.edu.

 

Recently Funded Research Projects and Equipment Grants:

2015-16 (Ongoing):
  • Project Title: Piezolectric Nanofibers for Energy Scavenger Application. Principal Investigators: Dr. Dan Bullock and Dr. Jim Steuber
  • Project Title: Photocatalytic Water Decontamination. Principal Investigator: Dr. Mariusz Gajewski
  • Project Title: Survival and Genetic Structure of Prairie Lizards in Rocky and Forested Habitats in Central Arkansas. Principal Investigators: Dr. Chris Kellner and Dr. Ty Yamashita.
  • Project Title: Carbon Dioxide Fixation via Non-Photosynthetic Electron Transfer. Principal Investigator: Dr. Newt Hilliard.
  • Project Title: Survival and Genetic Structure of Two Thermally Distinct Populations of Prairie Lizards (in conjunction with ATU Office of Undergraduate Research). Principal Investigators: Dr. Chris Kellner and Dr. Ty Yamashita.
  • Project Title: Evaluation of Coliforms in Swimming Pools (in conjunction with ATU Office of Undergraduate Research). Principal Investigator: Dr. Scott Kirkconnell.
  • Project Title: Windmill Design in PowerWorld (in conjunction with ATU Office of Undergraduate Research). Principal Investigator: Dr. Zhi Chen.
2014-2015:
  • Project Title: Precision and Bias of Citizen Science Taxonomic Surveys within Arkansas State Parks. Principal Investigator: Dr. Rachel Urbanek
  • Project Title: Electron Transfer in the Moderately Halophilic Purple Sulfur Bacterium Halothiobacillus Neapolitanus. Principal Investigator: Dr. Newt Hilliard
  • Project Title: Hydrogenase Models with Bipyridyl Ligands. Principal Investigator: Dr. Charles Mebi
  • Project Title: Assessing the Role of Prey Fish Abundance on Least Tern Colony Site Selection on the Red River in Arkansas. Principal Investigator: Dr. Tom Nupp
  • Project Title: Mulberry River Watershed Water Quality Project: Phase I. Principal Investigator: Dr. Jason Patton
  • Project Title: Equipment Grant for Purchase of Krugelrohr Apparatus. Principal Investigator: Dr. Stewart Hart
2013-2014
  • Project Title: An Integrated Joint Economic Lot Size Model with Carbon Emissions for a Coordinated Supply Chain. Principal Investigator: Dr. Zhi Tao
  • Project Title: Fall and Winter Activity Patterns of Eastern Fence Lizards in Two Thermally Different Environments. Principal Investigator: Dr. Chris Kellner
  • Project Title: Daytime Resting Behavior of Feral Cats. Principal Investigator: Dr. Rachel Urbanek
  • Project Title: Development of Photosensitized Water Splitting Catalysts. Principal Investigator: Dr. Mariusz Gajewski
  • Project Title: Hydrogenase Models: Exploring the Effect of Metallocyclic Ring Size. Principal Investigator: Dr. Charles Mebi
  • Project Title: Establishing an Invertebrate Biological Monitoring Baseline for Streams in Lake Maumelle Watershed. Principal Investigator: Dr. Rosemary Burk
2012-2013
  • Project Title: Exploring the effect of hydrogen bonding in hydrogenase model.Principal Investigator: Dr. Charles Mebi
  • Project Title: Synthesis and Characterization of Photocatalyst for Solar Energy Conversion Principal Investigator: Dr. Anwar Bhuiyan
  • Project Title: Voltage Stability Assessment Using Probabilistic Dependence between Load and Wind Power Outputs Principal Investigator: Dr. Jung-Uk Lim
  • Project Title: Ecology of exurban feral cats Principal Investigator: Dr. Rachel Urbanek
  • Project Title: Shovelnose sturgeon habitat and movements Principal Investigator: Dr. Joe Stoeckel
  • Project Title: Thermal ecology of fence lizards in open and forested habitats Principal Investigator: Dr. Chris Kellner
  • Project Title: An Evaluation of Crappie Supplemental Stocking in Arkansas Reservoirs Principal Investigator: Dr. John Jackson
2011-2012
  • Project Title: Monitoring Wilderness Use, Big Piney Ranger District, Arkansas Principal Investigator: Dr. Glen Bishop
  • Project Title: Ultrasonic Telemetry Projects Principal Investigator: Dr. Joe Stoeckel
  • Project Title: Lake Ouachita Sedimentation, Phase II Principal Investigator: Dr. Jason Patton
  • Project Title: Rare Ouachita River Darters Principal Investigator: Dr. Joe Stoeckel
  • Project Title: An Evaluation of Crappie Supplemental Stocking in Arkansas Reservoirs Principal Investigator: Dr. John Jackson
  • Project Title: Habitat Related Differences in Sex Ratios and Size Class Distributions of Fence Lizards Principal Investigator: Dr. Chris Kellner
  • Project Title: Arkansas Lepidoptera Survey Principal Investigator: Dr. Eric Lovely
  • Project Title: Using Personal GPS Locators and LoCATor Pet Collars to Study Wild Mammals Principal Investigator: Dr. Tom Nupp
  • Project Title: Iron-Carbonyl Containing Fluorothiolphenols: Electrocatalyst for Hydrogen Production Conversion Principal Investigator: Dr. Charles Mebi
  • Project Title: Synthesis and Characterization of Photocatalyst for Solar Energy Conversion Principal Investigator: Dr. Anwar Bhuiyan
2010-2011
  • Project Title: Iron-hexacarbonyl coordinated to coumarin: Catalyst for solar energy conversion. Principal Investigator: Dr. Charles Mebi
  • Project Title: Synthesis and Characterization of Photocatalyst for Solar Energy Conversion. Principal Investigator: Dr. Anwar Bhuiyan
  • Project Title: Use of Carbon Sequestration Plots by Bell's Vireos and Willow Flycatchers. Principal Investigator: Dr. Chris Kellner
  • Project Title: Sedimentation in Lake Ouachita. Principal Investigator: Dr. Jason Patton
  • Project Title: Seismic Analysis of the Arkansas River Terrace at Army Corps of Engineers Old Post Road Park. Principal Investigator: Dr. Cathy Baker
  • Equipment Purchase: Magnetic Susceptibility Balance for use with Photocatalysts.* Principal Investigator: Dr. Anwar Bhuiyan
  • Equipment Purchase: Purchase of All-Sky Camera to Study Sky Visibility and Transparency. Principal Investigator: Dr. Jeff Robertson
  • Equipment Purchase: Freeze-Drier for Specimen Preparation.* Principal Investigator: Dr. Chris Kellner
  • Equipment Purchase: Generator for use with Electrofishing Projects.* Principal Investigator: Dr. John Jackson

*Purchase of this piece of equipment included funds from other sources.

2009-2010
  • Project Title: Synthesis and Characterization of Photocatalyst for Solar Energy Conversion. Principal Investigator: Dr. Anwar Bhuiyan
  • Project Title: AFM Study of Quantum Dot Structures for Solar Cell Applications for Solar Cells. Principal Investigator: Dr. Daniel Bullock
  • Project Title: Research Opportunities for Undergraduate Fisheries Students. Principal Investigator: Dr. John Jackson
  • Project Title: Influence of a Major Ice storm on cerulean warbler abundance in the Ozark National Forest. Principal Investigator: Dr. Chris Kellner
  • Project Title: New Bifunctional Models for the Active Site of Hydrogenase Enzyme. Principal Investigator: Dr. Charles Mebi
  • Project Title: Using Remotely Triggered Videography to Study Mammal Behavior. Principal Investigator:Dr. Tom Nupp
  • Project Title: A Prototype System for Environmental Surveillance Using Aerial Robotics Vehicles. Principal Investigator: Dr. Carlos Castillo
  • Project Title: Geochemical Characterization of Lake Conway Sediments. Principal Investigator: Dr. Jason Patton
  • Project Title:Effect of Management Strategy on Waterfowl Food Availability and Selection at Wetland Reserve Program Sites in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. Principal Investigator: Dr. Lisa Webb
  • Project Title: Water Line Installation for Quantum Dot Growth. Principal Investigator: Dr. Dan Bullock
2008-2009
  • Project Title: Synthesis and Characterization of Photocatalyst for Solar Energy Conversion. Principal Investigator: Dr. Anwar Bhuiyan
  • Project Title: Understanding Environmental Factors Influencing Tornado Loss Estimate Models. Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael Garner
  • Project Title: Optical Characterization of Epitaxically Grown Nanostructures for Solar Cell Applications. Principal Investigator: Dr. Dan Bullock