Fred Short Receives Nature Conservancy Grant for Eelgrass Genetics Research
By Beth Potier, Media Relations
April 7, 2010
Fred Short, research professor in the department of natural resources and the environment, received a $425,000 grant from The Nature Conservancy’s Southern New England Seagrass Research and Restoration Initiative. With the grant, Short will work with UNH colleagues Anita Klein (associate professor of biological sciences), David Burdick (research associate professor of natural resources and the environment) and Gregg Moore (research assistant professor of biological sciences), as well as scientists and coastal managers across New England to do genetics work on eelgrass to identify populations that have the best potential for restoration success.
Eelgrass, a type of seagrass, is an underwater estuarine flowering plant that provides nursery, shelter, and food for a variety of important species and filters waters of nutrients, contaminants, and sediments. Short has been researching seagrasses for more than 20 years and is the founder and director of the global monitoring program SeagrassNet (www.seagrassnet.org).