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BSU geosciences professor receives NSF award

Alejandro Flores, Geosciences, studio portraitBoise State University assistant professor, Alejandro “Lejo” Flores, received the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development award. He will be explore the role land management plays in regional climate and hydrologic change by studying how forest thinning, prescribed burns and fire restoration affect regional precipitation, snow storage, soil moisture and runoff in Idaho.

The $457,205 five-year grant is titled “Citizens, Conservation, and Climate: Research and Education for Climate Literacy in Managed Landscapes.” The grant includes a K-12 teacher pilot program, meant to engage students in science by creating low-cost weather stations and defray the travel costs for training teachers who serve students in rural areas, refugee populations and Title I schools.

Flores received his doctorate in hydrology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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