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Researchers Awarded Apple Snail Grant

Posted on | September 23, 2011 | Comments Off on Researchers Awarded Apple Snail Grant

The National Science Foundation’s International Research Experiences for Students program has awarded a $149,952 grant to a team of researchers including Assistant Researcher Kenneth Hayes and Researcher Robert Cowie of Mānoa’s Center for Conservation Research and Training.

Under the direction of Hayes and Romi Burks of Southwestern University, this IRES award will support 1 graduate and 15 undergraduate students to conduct collaborative research in Brazil and Uruguay for three years.

The goal of the project is to develop a research-training model using a group of aquatic snails commonly called apple snails. These snails are native to Uruguay and Brazil, but are invasive in Hawaiʻi, Texas and other locations throughout the world where they are an environmental and agricultural pest. The students will develop independent research projects collaboratively with established experts from museums, government research agencies, research universities and undergraduate institutions.

The IRES program gives undergraduate and graduate students from U.S. institutions the opportunity to carry out international research projects in host countries with the goal of educating a globally engaged science workforce.

Read the news release.