2004 Marvin L. Wesely Distinguished Graduate Research Environmental Fellowship Award
Steven Allison, a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University, has been selected to be awarded the second Marvin L. Wesely Distinguished Graduate Research Environmental Fellowship (GREF) by the U.S. Department of Energy's Global Change Education Program (GCEP).
Steven Allison has been a fellow in the GCEP Graduate Research Environmental Fellowship (GREF) program since September 2002. His graduate research involves the study of microbes in soils that may release enzymes affecting soil carbon and nutrient turnover rates. He is being mentored in his studies by his thesis advisor at Stanford University, Professor Peter Vitousek, and DOE mentor, Dr. Julie Jastrow, a leading soil ecologist at Argonne National Laboratory. As part of his research, Steven is developing methods for enzyme assays and has been conducting collaborative work at the prairie restoration site at Fermi National Laboratory with Dr. Jastrow and Dr. R.M. Miller on microbial enzyme effects on grassland soil aggregates. The GREF efforts of Steven Allison are yielding new insights into the stabilities of carbon in soils that should aid in possible carbon sequestration strategies in the near future.
The Global Change Education Program is funded by the