2010 Proposal Solicitation Package Invests in New Scientific Knowledge

Thirteen research grants totaling $7,095,185 will be awarded through the Delta Science Program’s 2010 Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP). The goal of this recent PSP is to invest in new scientific knowledge that will effectively advance understanding of the complex environments/systems within the Delta Stewardship Council’s purview to aid policy-makers and managers.

The proposals span four focused topic areas: Native Fish Biology and Ecology; Food Webs of Key Delta Species and their Relationship to Water Quality and Other Drivers; Coupled Hydrologic and Ecosystem Models; and Water and Ecosystem Management Decision Support System Development.

2010 Delta Science Program PSP Research Grant Awards

Katharyn Boyer - Habitat Values of the Native Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Stuckenia pectinata in the Low Salinity Zone of San Francisco Estuary. San Francisco State University, $160,000.

Richard Connon - Physiological Mechanisms of Environmental Tolerance in Delta Smelt (Hypomesus transpacificus) from Molecules to Adverse Outcomes. University of California, Davis, $450,000.

Fred Feyrer - Understanding the Scale and Mechanisms of Connectivity between Splittail Populations and the Implications for Management. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, $600,000.

Patricia Glibert - Understanding the Effect of Nutrient Forms, Nutrient Ratios and Light Availability on the Lower Food Web of the Delta. University of Maryland, Center for Environmental Science, $489,418.

Ray Hilborn - A Multistock Population Dynamics Framework for the Recovery of Sacramento River Chinook Salmon. University of Washington, $700,000.

Noah Knowles - CASCaDE II: Computational Assessments of Scenarios of Change for the Delta Ecosystem. U.S. Geological Survey, $1,498,771.

Jay Lund - Integrating Ecosystem, Flood Control, Agricultural and Water Supply Benefits: An Application to the Yolo Bypass. University of California, Davis, $267,050.

Stephen Monismith - An Open-Source Three-Dimensional Model of the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta: Model Construction and Application to Delta Hydrodynamics and the Prediction of Temperature Variability in the Delta. Stanford University, $723,731.

Peter Moyle - Linking Trophic Ecology with Slough and Wetland Hydrodynamics, Food Web Production and Fish Abundance in Suisun Marsh. University of California, Davis, $178,546.

Alexander Parker - The Role of Microcystis Blooms in the Delta Foodweb: A Functional Approach. San Francisco State University, $900,000.

Russell Perry - Quantifying Factors Affecting Migration Routing and Survival of Juvenile Late Fall Chinook Salmon in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. U.S. Geological Survey, $215,103.

Donald Weston - Impact of Urbanization on Chinook Salmon, Steelhead Trout, and their Prey: A Case Study of the American River. University of California, Berkeley, $600,000.

Monika Winder - Nutritional Quality of Zooplankton as Prey for Fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. University of California, Davis, $312,566.

Total funding: $7,095,185

A total of 49 proposals requesting $30,843,088 in funding were received by the June 30, 2010 PSP deadline. Each proposal went through several levels of review, an administrative review, a minimum of two independent external scientific reviews, multiple reviews by the Final Review Panel (FRP), and a summary review by the FRP. The FRP consisted of 13 independent scientific experts from across the country.

Delta Science Program Lead Scientist Cliff Dahm reviewed the panel’s recommendations and developed his initial funding recommendations based on the FRP summary results, the proposals, and the external and individual panelist reviews. Those recommendations were made available for public comment, then presented to the Delta Stewardship Council and approved during the Council’s March 24-25 meeting.

For more detailed information on the grant awards and PSP please click here.