Currently Funded Projects

Last updated: October 28, 2016

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The Department of Natural History had an outstanding year in 2015-2016 with 27 faculty overseeing about $65M in total external grant support for research and collection activities, including 59 new grants this fiscal year totaling $8.3M! This per-capita funding rate is extremely high, even for a research-intensive university like the University of Florida.

National Science Foundation

AwardTitlePIEnd DateAmountCo-Pis

1206769

Digitization TCN: Collaborative Research: Digitizing Fossils to Enable New Syntheses in Biogeography - Creating a PALEONICHES-TCN

Jonathan Hendricks

06/30/2016

157,975

Roger Portell

1630276

Collaborative Research: Evolutionary Significance of Biotic Interactions: A Comparative Study Utilizing Echinoid Associated Traces

Michal Kowalewski

08/31/2019

230,022

Carrie Tyler

1410288

Collaborative Research: The Key to the Cabinets: Building and Sustaining a Research Database for a Global Biodiversity Hotspot

Norris H. Williams

07/31/2018

65,198

 

1349345

CSBR: Natural History Collections: Building a central database and curation improvements for The McGuire Center for Lepidoptera at the Florida Museum of Natural History

Akito Kawahara

06/30/2017

407,844

Jacqueline Miller, Pamela Soltis, Keith Willmott

1121739

Collaborative Research: Alternative strategies and evolutionary routes in the escalation of the bat-moth arms race: Ultrasonic stridulation in hawkmoths

Akito Kawahara

08/31/2016

318,045

 

1354585

SG: ARTS: Hawaiian Philodoria green-island leaf mining moths: Revisionary systematics, phylogenetics and biogeography of a threatened fauna

Akito Kawahara

12/31/2016

149,947

Daniel Rubinoff

1541500

Collaborative Research: ButterflyNet--an integrative framework for comparative biology

Akito Kawahara

12/31/2019

826,981

Robert Guralnick

1557007

NSF DEB-NERC: Phylogenomics and Sensory Systems Evolution in Silkmoths and Relatives

Akito Kawahara

08/31/2021

269,484

Andreas Zwick, Ian Kitching, Jamie Theobald, Jesse Breinholt

0966884

PIRE--Ancient biodiversity and global change in the New World Tropics: A once-in-a-century opportunity along the Panama Canal

Bruce MacFadden

07/31/2016

3,905,831

Douglas Jones, Gary Morgan, Carlos Jaramillo, Jonathan Bloch

1322725

Full-scale Development: FOSSIL--Fostering Opportunities for Synergistic STEM with Informal Learners

Bruce MacFadden

09/30/2017

1,440,431

Austin Hendy, Shari Ellis, Kent Crippen, Betty Dunckel

1358919

RET Site: The Great American Biotic Interchange (GABI)--The Panama Connection

Bruce MacFadden

04/30/2017

350,000

 

1560667

Collaborative Research: Biotic Surveys of Central Saharan Oases

David Blackburn

07/31/2016

87,524

 

1118369

Collaborative Research: Long-Term Dynamics and Resilience of Terrestrial Plant and Animal Communities in the Bahamas

David Steadman

02/29/2016

164,573

 

1461496

Avifauna Persistence and Vulnerabilities: Island Biogeography Across Long Time Scales

David Steadman

10/31/2018

373,914

 

1501600

DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Comparative phylogeography of three co-distributed Neotropical mangrove species

Douglas Soltis

05/31/2017

19,455

Richard Hodel

1458640

Collaborative Research: ABI Innovation: Connecting resources to enable large-scale biodiversity analyses

Douglas Soltis

06/30/2018

834,828

Jose Fortes, Pamela Soltis, Andrea Matsunaga

1501803

Dissertation Research: The evolutionary significance of autopolyploidy in Tolmiea (Saxifragaceae)

Douglas Soltis

05/31/2017

19,353

Clayton Visger

1146065

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: Genomic consequences of recent and ancient allopolyploidy: a continuum of ages in Tragopogon (Asteraceae)

Douglas Soltis

05/31/2016

361,890

Pamela Soltis, William Barbazuk

1406960

DISSERTATION RESEARCH: An integrative genomic study of multiple domestication events in squash and pumpkin (Cucurbita, Cucurbitaceae)

Douglas Soltis

05/31/2016

19,461

Pamela Soltis, Heather Kates

1406368

DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Morphological and developmental disparity dynamics associated with the emergence of commensalism and the loss of swimming in "swimming" crabs

Gustav Paulay

05/31/2016

19,487

Nathaniel Evans

1203222

CSBR: Natural History Collections: Curation and Digitization of Recently Acquired, Major Fossil Vertebrate Research Collections at the Florida Museum of Natural History

Jonathan Bloch

04/30/2016

455,330

Richard Hulbert, Bruce MacFadden

1440558

Collaborative Research: Reassessing Primate Origins through Digital Investigation of Eocene Fossils from the Bridger Basin, Wyoming

Jonathan Bloch

08/31/2017

116,499

 

1523269

Collaborative Research; The Role Of Fuelwood Resources In A Traditional Society

Karen Walker

06/30/2017

28,289

William Marquardt

1433043

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Maya State Formation

Katherine Emery

05/31/2016

21,192

Ashley Sharpe

1256742

ARTS: Phylogeny and systematic revision of the diverse and cryptic Euptychiina (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae, Satyrinae)

Keith Willmott

03/31/2018

470,604

Jacqueline Miller, Akito Kawahara

1342705

Dimensions: Collaborative Research: Connecting the proximate mechanisms responsible for organismal diversity to the ultimate causes of latitudinal gradients in species richness.

Keith Willmott

12/31/2018

425,528

 

1115210

Digitization HUB: A Collections Digitization Framework for the 21st Century

Lawrence Page

06/30/2017

12,611,986

Gregory Riccardi, Bruce MacFadden, Jose Fortes, Pamela Soltis

1203120

Collaborative Research: CSBR: Natural History Collections: Georeferencing U.S. Fish Collections: a community-based model to georeferencing natural history collections

Lawrence Page

07/31/2016

138,663

Robert Robins

1022720

Collaborative PBI: ALL CYPRINIFORMES SPECIES - PHASE II of an Inventory of the Otophysi

Lawrence Page

08/31/2016

1,181,600

 

1455572

Doctoral Dissertation Research: Documenting differences in gene expression during human tooth development to understand the evolution of the primate dentition

Martin Cohn

01/31/2017

29,966

Emily Woodruff

1559196

Stratigraphic Paleobiology and Historical Ecology of Po Basin

Michal Kowalewski

01/31/2019

363,329

 

1458151

CSBR: Natural History Collections: Curation, Digitization, Integration, and On-Line Access of Two Exceptional Invertebrate Fossil Research Collections

Michal Kowalewski

06/30/2017

184,557

Douglas Jones, Roger Portell

1356961

Understanding the Development of Hierarchical Social Organization

Neill Wallis

08/31/2017

222,903

John Krigbaum

0953677

CAREER: Evolution in the Eastern Mediterranean Campanulaceae - Integrating Information Management and Scientific Workflows in Daily Research and Teaching

Nico Cellinese

09/30/2016

865,251

 

1458604

Collaborative Research: ABI Innovation: An Ontology-Based System for Querying Life in a Post-Taxonomic Age

Nico Cellinese

04/30/2018

696,202

 

0956371

Collaborative Research: BiSciCol Tracker: Towards a tagging and tracking infrastructure for biodiversity science collections

Nico Cellinese

09/30/2016

475,238

Norris Williams, Steven Manchester, Gustav Paulay

1501676

DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Integrating Biogeography, Cytology, Niche Modeling and Phylogenetics to Understand the Evolutionary History of Endemic Campanula Species in the Mediterranean

Nico Cellinese

05/31/2017

18,026

Andrew Crowl

1206394

Digitization PEN: Digitization of North American Bryophyte and Lichen Specimens from Florida Herbaria

Norris Williams

06/30/2016

92,757

 

1442280

Dimensions US-China: Collaborative Research: How historical constraints, local adaptation, and species interactions shape biodiversity across an ancient floristic disjunction

Pamela Soltis

12/31/2019

1,203,836

Eric Triplett, Douglas Soltis, Michelle Mack, Jeremy Lichstein

1406650

DISSERTATION RESEARCH: The developmental genetics of floral size variation in Saltugilia (Polemoniaceae): Linking cellular phenotypes, genetics, floral size, and pollinator shifts

Pamela Soltis

05/31/2016

19,291

Jacob Landis

1510410

iDigFossils: Engaging K-12 Students in Integrated STEM via 3D Digitization, Printing and Exploration of Fossils

Pasha Antonenko

01/31/2019

1,194,054

Bruce MacFadden, Aaron Wood, Corey Toler-Franklin

1458527

Collaborative Research: ABI DEVELOPMENT: Notes from Nature: Advancing a Next Generation Citizen Science Platform For Biocollection Transcription

Robert Guralnick

06/30/2018

594,428

Walter Jetz, Laura Whyte, Julia Allen

1535793

Collaborative Research: ABI Development: Advancing Map of Life's Impact and Capacity for Sharing, Integrating, and Using Global Spatial Biodiversity Knowledge

Robert Guralnick

02/28/2018

221,418

 

1536140

Dimensions US-BIOTA-Sao Paulo: Assembly and evolution of the Amazonian biota and its environment: an integrated approach

Robert Guralnick

08/31/2017

107,437

 

1441628

Collaborative Research: VertLife Terrestrial: A Complete, Global Assembly of Phylogenetic, Trait, Spatial, and Environment Characteristics for a Model Clade

Robert Guralnick

09/30/2018

179,987

 

1404895

DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Documenting Early Eocene environmental and climatic change in southwestern Wyoming from a paleobotanical perspective

Steven Manchester

05/31/2017

19,467

Sarah Allen

1338285

ELT: Collaborative Research: Stratigraphic refinement, systematic and biogeographic relationships of the late Cretaceous-Paleocene Deccan biota of India

Steven Manchester

02/28/2018

280,000

 

1310805

DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Integrating genomic and paleobotanical data for phylogenetic and biogeographic reconstruction in the basal lamiid family Icacinaceae

Steven Manchester

05/31/2016

19,386

Pamela Soltis, Gregory Stull

1240035

STEM EduGators: UF Noyce Scholars Program

Thomas Dana

08/31/2017

1,199,165

Bruce MacFadden, Thomasenia Adams, Anne Donnelly, Dimple Flesner

1550900

Collaborative Research: The Role of Surplus Production in the Emergence of a Complex Coastal Society

William Marquardt

02/28/2019

69,830

Karen Walker