Jason Harmon, assistant professor of entomology in the School of Natural Resource Sciences, is a principal investigator on a five-year, $1.97 million collaborative National Science Foundation grant titled The Role of Taxonomic, Functional, Genetic and Landscape Diversity in Food Web Responses to a Changing Environment. The research is centered on aphid pests and will study food webs to understand various dimensions of biodiversity and their impacts on ecosystem resilience under the context of agricultural systems. Collaborators include scientists from the University of Wisconsin and University of Georgia.
The research in Harmons proposal is funded by National Science Foundations Division of Environmental Biology grant award No. 1241031. The NDSU portion of the grant is $320,125.
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