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Dr. David Lodge speaks at the 2013 Shamrock Series Event in Dallas

University of Notre Dame professor David Lodge discusses invasive species on a special segment of CBS Sunday Morning

Dr. Jessica Hellmann on NBC's Changing Planet series discusses adaptation of butterflies.


The Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI) is tackling the interrelated problems of invasive species, land use, and climate change, focusing on their synergistic impacts on water resources. The goal of ND-ECI is to provide solutions that minimize the trade-offs between human welfare and environmental health where trade-offs are unavoidable, and to discover win-win solutions where they are possible.



"When Nature Bites Back: Solving the Budget-Busting Invasive Species Epidemic"

Dr. David Lodge speaks at the 2013 Shamrock Series Event in Dallas.


Research for a sustainable future

May 04, 2015 • Author: Dana Bakirtjy, ND Works • Categories: Asian Carp and eDNA , Land Use and Water Quality, ND-LEEF, and Transportation Networks, Climate Change, and the Spread of Invasive Species

Sustainability is often thought about strictly as an environmental issue: recycling, limiting emissions or protecting wildlife. But sustainability is more than just planting trees and driving hybrid cars. More than 140 faculty members in 36 University departments are currently conducting sustainability research on topics ranging from corporate social responsibility to the use of quantum dots in solar cells.

Jennifer Tank, biology

            Invasive species and access to fresh water are both environmental, economic and personal challenges to people across the world and in our own backyards, says Jennifer Tank, interim director of the Environmental Change Initiative, director of ND-LEEF (the Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility), and Galla Professor of Biological Sciences. Tank hopes that her research at ND-LEEF, located in northwestern St. Joseph County at St. Patrick’s County Park, can be a piece of the puzzle to solving these problems.

            Through a collaboration with Notre Dame hydrologists, Tank’s first project aims to understand how the size of the substrate on the bottom of a stream affects the biology of that stream. “Since streams influenced by agriculture or urban impacts often are filled with very fine sediments, we’re interested in seeing if coarsening the substrates will help restore damaged streams to their original function,” she says.


Indiana NRCS accepting applications for Regional Conservation Partnership Program

May 04, 2015 • Author: Indiana Natural Resources Conservation Service • Categories: Land Use and Water Quality

Indianapolis, IN, May 4, 2015 – Jane Hardisty, State Conservationist for Indiana’s USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today that NRCS is accepting applications until June 19 to be considered for funding to improve two watersheds in northern Indiana. 

NRCS is investing dollars through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) that will help improve water quality and strengthen agricultural operations.  The University of Notre Dame’s “Indiana Watershed Initiative” was one of three RCPP projects selected that impacts Indiana, out of 115 projects funded across the country.  Funding for this project will focus on the Shatto Ditch watershed located in Kosciusko County and Kirkpatrick Ditch watershed located in Newton, Jasper and Benton counties.

“We are working with partners to encourage farmers to put in conservation practices in these two small watersheds because of water quality concerns,” Hardisty said. “By targeting RCPP dollars to address critical resource concerns we can make a greater impact on the health of streams and lakes in the area.”

RCPP funding comes from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to help farmers adopt conservation practices that improve water quality.  Conservation practices reduce the amount of nutrients flowing from farm fields into waterways, curb erosion and improve the resiliency of agricultural lands during times of extreme weather.  This RCPP project will focus on promoting planting winter cover crops and installing two-stage ditches because they provide a practical solution to nutrient and sediment loss from cropland.

“This project will greatly expand the use of two important conservation practices in these two Indiana watersheds and will help us document the effect of those practices in a way that is meaningful to producers, managers and researchers,” said Hardisty.

All applications for funding consideration must be received by June 19, 2015.

Notre Dame Research announces Internal Grants Program awards

May 01, 2015 • Author: Joanne Fahey • Categories: Environmental Genomics

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Thirty-two winners of the Internal Grants Program Awards, including five faculty from the College of Science, were announced today by Notre Dame Research. The grants were awarded to faculty from five colleges and schools in three categories: Faculty Research Support (Initiation), Faculty Research Support (Regular), and Equipment Restoration and Renewal.