Dr. Jennifer Hill awarded Board of Regents RCS Funding
Dr. Hill, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, was recently awarded a highly competitive Louisiana Board of Regents Grant to support innovative research and aid newer faculty in becoming competitive for federal funding programs. This Research Competitiveness Subprogram (RCS) award provides Dr. Hill $178,140 over the course of three years.
Dr. Hill’s research examines how low levels of pesticides impact predator and prey behaviors in marine and freshwater systems and may ultimately interfere with how marine and freshwater communities function. “We have known for a long time that higher levels of pesticides can kill non-target aquatic species, such as crustaceans, but newer research is suggesting that even low pesticide levels in water (which the EPA says we can drink) result in animals being disoriented and unable to feed or defend against predators” explains Dr. Hill. If animals are differentially impacted by low levels of pesticides, the impacts that they have on their own habitats will also be affected. Dr. Hill will conduct this research with the assistance of up to two graduate students and several undergraduate research assistants.