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NH EPSCoR at Keene State

Ecosystems & Society

Dr. Denise Burchsted
NH EPSCoR’s state-wide Ecosystems and Society project examines the interactions among climate, land use, ecosystem services, and society. It is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Research Infrastructure Improvement Award #EPS 1101245.

Dr. Denise Burchsted (Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies) is a research scientist and professional engineer working at the intersection of aquatic ecology, water resources engineering, and fluvial geomorphology. She has designed river restoration projects such as dam removals and fish passage projects, as well as studying baseline conditions of rivers prior to modern human influence.


With a team of Keene State College students, Dr. Burchsted contributes to the overall goals of NH EPSCoR by studying key questions about natural dams (beaver dams and log jams) such as: (1) Which physical factors control the presence, size, frequency, and longevity of dams? (2) Which land use and demographic factors control the presence, size, frequency, and longevity of dams? (3) What is the range of variability of the impact of dams on transient storage and nutrient concentrations? (4) What is the net impact of these features at the river network scale?

Additionally, Dr. Sally Jean (Professor of General Science) is a key contributor to the Ecosystems & Society project’s mission of educational outreach, bringing inquiry-based learning to students across our state and inspiring those students to pursue careers in science.

New England SusTainability (NEST) Consortium

Dr. Loren Launen
The NEST project is a partnership between the Maine and New Hampshire EPSCoR programs aimed strengthening the scientific basis for how we manage our shared coastal ecosystem, including the management of beaches and shellfish harvesting and restrictions placed on them due to contamination. It is supported by the National Science Foundation’s Research Infrastructure Improvement Award # IIA-1330641.

Dr. Loren Launen (Associate Professor, Biology) is an environmental microbiologist specializing in the microbiology of contaminated sites. She and her students are contributing to the overall goals of the NEST program by investigating microbial communities that are important in beach closures - both those that are problematic as they harm human health, and those that are useful because they remediate pollutants.

Contact the Office of Sponsored Projects and Research

Please visit our staff page for a directory of contacts for various sponsored projects and research functions.

March 21, 2018 –

Thinking about applying for a Fulbright? The KSC Office of Sponsored Projects & Research is hosting a Fulbright Roundtable on Monday, May 14th, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Huntress 12. Dr. Shirley McLoughlin, who has reviewed many Fulbright applications in the past years, as well as several other…

September 26, 2017 –

We are pleased to make you aware of the following grant-writing workshops available to our faculty. OSPR workshops for faculty are listed on the Faculty Staff Training Website and you may register there unless otherwise indicated.

Faculty Workshop: Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals ; Date: Friday, December 15, 2017; Time…

September 26, 2017 –

In 2010 and 2014, CMC/DH compiled lists of priority topics that would have clinical and community health partners available to link with academic faculty and students for possible research. The backdrop of the Healthy Monadnock Initiative has us particularly interested to partner with others to pursue community-based participatory research that…

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