Funding

2012

Climate effects on ANPP of saltmarshes of the North American Atlantic coast—a hierarchical model approach. Postdoctoral proposal for Kazik Wieski. $37,648. 2012-2013.

 

2011

Collaborative Research: Biophysical alteration of wetland geomorphology in response to rising sea level. National Science Foundation. Steven Pennings, $105,854; with parallel award to Duncan FitzGerald at Boston University. 2011-2014.

Mangroves invading Texas salt marshes: does it matter? Texas Sea Grant. $176,603 to UH, with parallel award to Anna Armitage at Texas A&M Galveston. 2012-2014.

 

2010

RAPID Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Insights into salt marsh food webs from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. National Science Foundation. $131,115. 2010-2011.

 

2009   

Marsh platform dissection as a response to sea level rise: physical mechanisms of erosion.  DOE National Institute for Climatic Change Research. $28,000.

Elucidating the mechanisms linking crab herbivory to salt marsh dieback.  University of Houston Coastal Center.  $14,940.

Global warming and the interaction between mangroves and salt marshes in Texas.  Environmental Institute of Houston.  $14,995.

 

2008

Geographic variation in top-down control of Solidago sempervirens, University of Houston Coastal Center. $5,700. 1 year.

Tidal forcing and geographic variation in top-down and bottom-up control of a salt marsh food web. Environmental Institute of Houston. $14,750. 1 year.

 

2007

Collaborative proposal: Latitudinal variation in top-down and bottom-up control of salt marsh herbivores. National Science Foundation. Steven Pennings. $267,743, with parallel proposal at UMD by Bob Denno. 2007-2010.

Dissection of Platform Marshes by Ecophysical Processes in Response to Sea-Level Rise. Duncan FitzGerald et al. National Institute for Coastal Climate Research. $56,000 subcontract to UH. 2007-2008.

Dissertation Research: Preference and performance in plant-herbivore interactions across latitude. National Science Foundation. Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for Chuan-Kai Ho. 2007-2008.

Anthropogenic effects on top-down and bottom-up regulation of community structure: eutrophication and salinity stress. NOAA. National Estuarine Research Reserve fellowship for Juan Jimenez. $40,000. 2007-2009.

Plant species richness and productivity in Texas tidal marshes.  Environmental Institute of Houston. $14,990.  1 year.

Does overwintering success of a parasitic plant determine its host range?  Houston Coastal Center.  $14,987.50. 1 year.

 

2006

GCE II: Georgia coastal ecosystems. National Science Foundation. Merryl Alber (PI), Steve Pennings (Co-PI). $4,920,000. 2007-2012.

Interactive effects of nutrients and habitat complexity on the structure and dynamics of arthropod communities in Texas salt marshes. Environmental Institute of Houston. $15,000. 1 year.

Diet mixing in a parasitic plant: a choice or a constraint? Houston Coastal Center. $14,875. 1 year.

 

2005

Effects of sea level rise and climate variability on ecosystem services of tidal marshes, south Atlantic Coast.  USEPA.  Craft, C. (PI), Joy, S. (Co-PI), Pennings, S. C. (Co-PI), Park, D. (Co-PI) and Ehman, J. (Co-PI).  $749,974.  January 2005-December 2007.

Interactive effects of nutrients and stress on the strength of top-down and bottom-up forces in Texas salt marshes.  Environmental Institute of Houston.  $14,940.  1 year.

Multiple symbionts: interactions between mycorrhizal fungi and parasitic plants colonizing the same host.  Houston Coastal Center.  $14,500.  1 year.

 

2004

Constraints on host use by a parasitic plant.  Houston Coastal Center.  $14,537.  1 year.

Diversity patterns in Texas salt marsh plant communities.  Environmental Institute of Houston.  $14,880.  1 year.

 

2003

Latitudinal differences in plant-herbivore interactions in Europe.  National Geographic Society.  $16,500.  1 year.

Do plant stress models predict foraging by parasitic plants?  Houston Coastal Center.  $14,875.  1 year.

Environmental variation and the diversity of Texas salt marsh plant communities.  Environmental Institute of Houston.  $12,875.  1 year.

 

2002

Latitudinal gradients in plant palatability in Atlantic coast salt marshes.  National Science Foundation.  $314, 125.  3 years.

Human activities and the dynamics of coastal salt marsh vegetation.  Houston Coastal Center.  $7,195.  1 year.

Local and geographic variation in palatability of coastal salt marsh plants.  Environmental Institute of Houston.  $9,950.  1 year.

 

2001

A geographic comparison of ecosystem processes in salt marshes.  Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst.  D.M. 3700.  1 month.  (Travel grant to fund collaborative research in Germany). 

 

2000

LTER--Georgia land/ocean margin ecosystem.  National Science Foundation.  Tim Hollibaugh (PI), Steve Pennings (Co-PI).  $4,200,000.  2000-2006.

 

1998

Effects of eutrophication on marsh plant community structure in four sea grant states.  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Georgia Sea Grant College Program, Project Development.  Steven Pennings (PI), J. Stephen Brewer (Co-PI) and Steven Y. Newell (Co-PI).  $78,210.  4 years.

 

1997

Latitudinal variation in plant-animal interactions:  an experimental test of a biogeographic paradigm.  National Geographic Society.  1 year.

 

1996

Climate-driven process and pattern in coastal salt marsh plant communities.  Steven Pennings (PI) and Mark Bertness (PI).  National Institute for Global Environmental Change, 3 years.

Health indicators for salt marsh estuaries of the South Atlantic Bight. J. Alberts (PI), R. Kneib (Co-PI), S. Newell (Co-PI), S. Pennings (Co-PI).  USEPA, 3 years.

 

1992

Interspecific variation in chemical defenses of sea hares.  Lerner Gray Fund for Marine Research, 1 year.

 

1991

Mediation of algal-opisthobranch-predator interactions by algal secondary metabolites. V.J. Paul (PI), S. Pennings (postdoc). NSF, 2 years.

 

1986-1990

Five small grants to support PhD research.

 

Last updated 3/2012