News from the University of Michigan’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology:

EEB graduate student Thomas Jenkinson has been named a Dow Sustainability Fellow for his project “Exposing the anthropogenic threat to a global center of frog diversity in the Atlantic rainforest of Brazil: A multi-faceted education and awareness campaign.”

The Dow Sustainability Fellows Program’s first cohort of interdisciplinary Ph.D. fellows comprises 10 doctoral students from six schools and colleges at U-M. The program seeks to cultivate future leaders by bringing together a select group of the most promising U-M graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, who learn from one another and integrate the power of their respective disciplines to help solve global sustainability challenges – from energy, climate change and transportation to water, food, housing and health.

Each doctoral fellow will receive $50,000 over two years to support interdisciplinary research related to sustainability, with additional support provided by their home units at U-M .

In addition to receiving funding, Dow fellows participate in an ongoing seminar and engage in a series of co-curricular activities designed to expand capacity for interdisciplinary thinking and leadership. For example, fellows conduct a project of their choosing with partners from different disciplines as a required part of the program.

On the same research topic, Jenkinson won best oral presentation award from the Mycological Society of America at their annual meeting. So, it’s double congrats!

Read the full announcement on the University of Michigan’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology website.