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Simon A. Levin - Research Grants
I. Title: Resource-Based Green Growth Under Climate Change: Ecological and Socio-Economic Constraints
Source of Support: University of Oslo/NordForsk
Major Goals: The GreenMAR project brings together an interdisciplinary research team of Nordic, US, Russian and Dutch researchers and a leading Nordic fish company to produce knowledge necessary to achieve green growth.
PI: Simon A. Levin (with Nils Stenseth, University of Oslo, Norway)
II. Title: Coastal SEES Collaborative Research: Adaptations of Fish and Fishing Communities to Rapid Climate Velocities
Source of Support: National Science Foundation
Major Goals: Use dynamic range and statistical models with four decades of geo-referenced data on fisheries catch and fish biogeography to determine how fish populations are affected by the cumulative impacts of fishing, climate, and changing species interactions.
PI: Simon A. Levin (with Malin Pinsky, Rutgers University)
III. Title: EDT: Mathematical Methods for Water Problems
Source of Support: National Science Foundation
Major Goals: To expose students to societal problems related to water, and to the mathematical challenges related to modeling and analyzing them.
PI: Simon A. Levin (with Peter Constantin, Princeton University)
IV. Title: Conservation Implications of Community-Supported Fishery (CSF) Programs: A Multdisciplinary Analysis of Ecological, Economic and Social Outcomes
Source of Support: David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship, Society for Conservation Biology
Major Goals: A two-part, multidisciplinary approach to examining ecological, economic, and social ramifications of CSFs. Part I: Work with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and, a North American network of CSFs, to assess ecological and economic effects on social capital of a pilot CSF targeting low- and middle-income urban consumers of color.
PI: Simon A. Levin (with Talia Young, Postdoctoral Researcher, Princeton University)
V. Title: A New Framework for Ecological Kinetics in Natural Environments
Source of Support: Simons Foundation
Major Goals: To better understand the dynamics of microbial commmunities in Earth's oceans by jointly developing new ecological theory alongside a powerful experimental system for re-creating realistic marine micro-environments in the laboratory; to learn what drives population dynamics of ocean microbes, which play a critical role in marine ecosystems and the global carbon cycle; to provide new theoretical tools that can be applied to other complex ecological systems.
PI: Simon A. Levin (with Andrew Hein, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz; NOAA)
VI. Title: The Statistical Mechanics of Crowds: Tools for Predictive Modeling in the Social Sciences
Source of Support: DARPA (through the University of Pennsylvania)
Major Goals: Building a bottom-up, reductionist scientific framework for generating, testing, and falsifying hypotheses about individual and group behavior in the social sciences.
PI: Simon A. Levin (with Joshua Plotkin, University of Pennsylvania)
VII. Title: Collaborative Research: The Role of Spatial Interactions in Determining the Distribution of Savanna and Forest
Source of Support: National Science Foundation
Major Goals: To conduct empirical work and perform modeling to help understand the spatial dynamics of the forest-savanna boundary in semi-arid regions of the world.
PI: Simon A. Levin (with Carla Staver, Yale University)
VIII. Title: Resilience and Robustness in Ecological Distributed Decision-Making Dynamics
Source of Support: Army Research Office
Major Goals: To understand how consensus is achieved in multi-agent systems, and implications for resilience and robustness of those systems.
PI: Naomi Leonard (Princeton University) and Simon A. Levin
IX. Title: Individual Behavior and Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Source of Support: JS McDonnell Foundation
Major Goals: To use framing of vaccine underuse and antiobiotic overuse (relative to their socially optimal levels) to understand better how best to harness infectious disease epidemiology and social science to the service of pubic health.
PI: Ramanan Laxminarayan (Princeton University) and Simon A. Levin
X. Title: Evolutionary Dynamics of Parochial Social Norms
Source of Support: JS McDonnell Foundation
Major Goals: To study (theoretically and through online experiments) the behavioral dynamics of selfish individuals, potentiated by social norms that may distinguish between in and out-group members, in order to better understand the patterns of cooperation and conflict observed across societies.
PI: PI with Fernando Santos (Postdoctoral Researcher, Princeton University)
XI, Title: Developing and Implementing a Model for a Diverse, Urban, School-Based Community-Supported Fishery Program
Source of Support: NFI/USDA
Major Goals: Dr. Talia Young will continue her work assessing the effects of alternative seafood supply chains by continuing to implement and conduct a qualitative case study analysis of an alternative seafood supply chain connecting seafood harvesters in NJ with diverse consumers in Philadelphia.
PI: PI with Talia Young (Postdoctoral Researcher, Princeton University)
XII. Title: RAISE: Linking the Adaptive Dynamics of Plankton with Emergent Global Ocean Biogeochemistry
Source of Support: UC Irvine/National Science Foundation
Major Goals: Levin and postdoc will lead in the development and analysis of trait-based models of Synechococcus and the marine ecosystems in which it is embedded..