Zirbel Awarded the New GRIP Fellowship from NSF

Zirbel Awarded the New GRIP Fellowship from NSF

Chad Zirbel, a fifth year Ph.D. student in the Plant Biology Department and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior Program, is the recipient of a $5000 award through the Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP) at the National Science Foundation.

GRIP Fellows build research and professional skills through collaboration with U.S. federal agencies and laboratories, as they prepare for a wide array of career options. 

As a GRIP Fellow, Zirbel will work with scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey in Lafayette, LA, to develop statistical tools for analyzing data from complex ecological systems.  They will focus on data generated from experiments Zirbel has been conducting in southern Michigan to understand the restoration of native prairie grasslands onto former agricultural fields.

“I’m excited", says Zirbel "to have the opportunity to collaborate with USGS scientists to advance my dissertation research and explore research careers outside of academia. I also look forward to creating tutorials to make graphical causal models more accessible to ecologists”