Profs win science grant to look at former military sites

January 29, 2010

A husband and wife team of professors from Colorado Springs have been awarded a $244,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the ecological restoration of lands formerly used by the military, Colorado College announced today.

Marion Hourdequin, an assistant professor of philosophy at CC, and David Havlick, an assistant professor of geography and environmental studies at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, will focus their research on former Defense Department lands that have been turned into National Wildlife Refuges.

The researchers, which will include students, will look at what should be restored and to what level. The grant supports three years of research.

The Defense Department has shut down numerous installations in recent decades as military forces modernized and were realigned. Many of the sites are contaminated with chemicals and unexploded ordnance, but also are ecologically rich and undeveloped.


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