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Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Rebecca Barnes has received an $849,234 CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled “The Legacy of Wildfire on Carbon Watershed Biogeochemistry.” The highly prestigious award, from NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development Program, is CC’s first CAREER grant. Her project aims to understand how severe fire alters the movement and fate of carbon from land to water over multiple timescales and forest types. The five-year award, which begins in May, will provide a multitude of research opportunities for students both within and outside the classroom.