Current Research

External Funding 2002 to 2020. $13,487,398
Funding as PI $4,005,634

Projects starting in 2021 ($52,702)

34. USDA- Farm Bill. PPA 7721. Field Studies to Align Emerald Ash Borer Life Stages To Parasitoid Release For Successful Biological Control in North Carolina. Kelly Oten, Co-PI. E. Guthrie Nichols. Field Studies to Align Emerald Ash Borer Life Stages To Parasitoid Release For Successful Biological Control in North Carolina. (08/2021-07/2022) $52,702.

Projects starting in 2020  ($747,632)

33. USDA McStennis Program. 2020-2024. Exploring ecological restoration of southern green ash in forest and urban ecosystems through Unmanned Aerial Systems detection, field characterization, and propagation of lingering ash trees in North Carolina. PI, K. Oten. Co-PIs: R. Jetton, Z. Leggett, E. Guthrie Nichols. $337,974

32. PPA 7721. 2019-2020. USDA Farm Bill. Field Studies to Align Emerald Ash Borer Life Stages To Parasitoid Release For Successful Biological Control in North Carolina. (08/2020-7/2021). $52,000.

31. SCAHIP Pilot Studies Program, University of Kentucky. 2020.  Does wood pellet heat reduce ammonia exposures to farm workers in poultry houses? PI. J. Richmond-Bryant, CO-PI. E. Guthrie Nichols. (01/2020-12/2020). $15,200.

30. USDA – NIFA. Higher Education National Needs Fellowships Program (NNF). 2020. Forestry of the Future: Improving student readiness and workforce participation of underrepresented minority populations in forest resources. PI Z. Leggett, Co-PI: Elizabeth Guthrie Nichols, Stacy Nelson, Sam Cook, Mark Megalos, Rajan Parajuli, Louie Rivers. (05/01/2020-04/30/2024). $246,000.

29. North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. 2020. NC Sustainable Pellet Production for Poultry. PI. S. Ghezehei, CO-PIs D. Hazel, E. Guthrie Nichols, J. Richmond-Bryant, D. Saloni, R. Gonzalez. (04/01/2020-03/31/2022). $96,458.

Projects starting in 2019  ($440,947)
28. USDA – AFRI Exploratory Research Program (ERP).  Coastal Plain Aquifer Vulnerability To Extreme Storms And Implications For Rural Prosperity, Food Security, And Water Resource Resiliency. PI. E. Guthrie Nichols. CO-PI. Dave Genereux, NCDEQ Groundwater Management Division, Statera – Dr. Damian Shea. (05/01/2019-4/30/2021). $200,000.

27. North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. 2019. The Silviculture of Populus for Veneer. PI. S. Ghezehei, CO-PIs D. Hazel, E. Guthrie Nichols (03/01/2019 – 8/31/2021). $107,757.

 

 

 

 

 

26. North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. 2019. Populus-based Production of Solid Biofuels. Saloni, D. CO-PIs S. Ghezehei, D. Hazel, E. Guthrie Nichols (03/01/2019 – 6/30/2021). $133,190.

Projects starting in 2018  ($142,512)
25. NCDA & CS. Bioenergy Research Initiative. 2018. Intercropped Bioenergy and Veneer Feedstock Co-production. PI – Ghezehei, S. Co-PI. D. Hazel and E. Guthrie Nichols. (4/11/2018-3/31-2018). $132,512.

24. Water Resource Research Institute (WRRI). 2017. A Watershed Model to Understand Groundwater and Surface Water Interactions to Support Sewer Utility Resilience at the Jacksonville N.C. Forest Water Reuse Facility. PI: E. Guthrie Nichols (01/01/2018-12/31/2018). $10,000.

Projects starting in 2017 ($3,225,234)
23. USDA – NIFA. 2016. Preparing Diverse and Rural Students and Teachers to Meet the Challenges in the Bioproducts and Bioenergy Industry. PI- Venditti, Richard, Kelley, Stephen S. Gonzalez, Ronalds Wilfredo. McConnell, Thomas Eric. Nichols, Elizabeth Guthrie Nichols. Park, Sunkyu. Jameel, Hasan. Blanchard, Margaret R. McKeand, Steven E. (09/01/2016 – 08/31/2020) $2,974,672.

22. North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. 2017. Bioenergy Research Initiative Grant Program. Predicting SWRC Productivity and Economic Feasibility. PI. E. Guthrie Nichols, CO-PI. S. Ghezehei, D. Hazel, R. Cook, L. Kurkalova (04/2016 – 03/2021). $250,562.

Projects starting in 2016 ($642,313)
21. USDA /USEPA Water for Agriculture National Challenge Program. 2016. Municipal Wastewater Application To Forests: Participatory Science To Understand Human Exposure And Risks To Chemical Contaminants Of Concern.  PI. E. Guthrie Nichols, J. Delborne, D. Shea, and D. Rashash. (05/2016-12/2020). $484,890.

20. North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  Bioenergy Research Initiative Grant Program. Western North Carolina Bioenergy Forest Demonstration. P.I. D. Hazel, Co-PI. E. Guthrie Nichols, Solomon Ghezehei. (April 2016 – March 2018). $120,400

19. National Science Foundation. 2016. RAPID: Collaborative Research: Impacts of Extreme Flooding on Hydrologic Connectivity and Water Quality in the Atlantic Coastal Plain and Implications for Vulnerable Populations. Emanuel E. (PI), Co-PI. E. Guthrie Nichols, J. Gray, K. Martin. (12/2016 – 11/2017). $29,023.

18. Soil PAH and Tree Biomass Inventory at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Facility Fuel Farm.  PI – E. Guthrie Nichols. ARCADIS, U.S. Inc.  (6/2016-12/2016). $8,000.

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Projects starting in 2015.
17. NCSU Subcontract – Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems. PI – Kelley, Stephen. Forest Biomaterials. University of Tennessee (Prime – US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA)).  08/01/2011 through 07/31/2016.  $3,940,212

Projects starting in 2014.
16. NC Department of Agriculture. NCDA & CS Bioenergy Research Initiative. 2014. Fertilization Trials to Evaluate Populus Productivity. P.I. E. Guthrie Nichols, and Co-PI D. Hazel.  (July 2014 – May 2017). $89,958

15. NC Sea Grant/Water Resources Research Institute. 2014. Land Application of Aquaculture Effluents To Prevent Surface Water Eutrophication and Promote Groundwater Re-Infiltration in Coastal North Carolina.. PI – Daniels, Harry; Co-PI. Nichols, E.G. and Hazel, D. W. (July 2014 – June 2015).  $39,719

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Projects starting in 2013.
14. USDA NIFA. Higher Education Challenge (HEC). 2013-2017. A Collaborative Renewable Energy Assessment Curriculum to Engage Science and Non-Science Majors in Sustainable Energy Production on Agricultural Landscapes. P.I. E. Guthrie Nichols, J. Banks, T. Cleveland, L Taylor, D. Hazel, M. Elahi, J. Rousch, J. Wojiescheski, R. Sutton. $365,294.

13. NC Department of Agriculture. NCDA & CS Bioenergy Research Initiative. 2012-2018. Hybrid Poplar and Cottonwood Trials for Biofuel Feedstock Production in North Carolina. P.I. E. Guthrie Nichols, and Co-PI D. Hazel. $324,775. 

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12. NC Department of Agriculture. NCDA & CS Bioenergy Research Initiative.  Populus Trials for Biofuels Production in Western North Carolina. P.I. Dennis Hazel and Co-PI E. Guthrie Nichols. (March 2013-March 2016). $149,998

    Past External Projects (2012 to 2002).
11. Biofuels Center of North Carolina. 2011. Environmental Protection and Biofuel Production on Waste Application Fields. #2011-108. P.I. E. Guthrie Nichols, Co-PI’s  D. Hazel and K. Tungate. (June 2011-Dec 2012). $150,908.

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10. Environmental Protection Agency/North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources/Division of Water Quality 319 Program. January 2010-January 2013.  Is It Too Good To Be True?  “Phyto” Protects the Pasquotank from Pollution. # DWQ 2862  P.I. E. Guthrie Nichols.  $136,216.

9. Development of protocols to assess and manage groundwater vulnerability in watersheds: Phase I: Cost-Effective Tools to Characterize Nitrogen Export to Waterways.  P.I. – Kathleen Farrell (NC Geological Survey), # DWQ 1580.  P.I. E. Guthrie Nichol, Co-PI’s, D. Hazel (NCSU), M. Megalos (NCSU). $117,835.

8. Environmental Protection Agency/North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources/Division of Water Quality 319 Program.  (October 2005-September 2008)  Phytoremediation to Prevent the Non-Point Source Discharge of Gasoline-Contaminated Ground Water to the Pasquotank River. #EW 060208  P.I. – E. Guthrie Nichols, Co-PI’s, Atkinson, B. (NCDENR), Landmeyer, J. (USGS). (EW06028) $240,584.

7. Environmental Protection Agency/North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources/Division of Water Quality 319 Program.  (January 2006-December 2008)  Black Creek Watershed Assessment, Monitoring, and Restoration Planning Program.  P.I. – Christy Perrin, Co-PI’s, Nelson, S., Gregory, J., E. Guthrie Nichols.  $175,996.

6. National Science Foundation/EAR – Instrumentation and Facilities.  (June 2005)  Acquisition of Multi-use Isotopic Ratio Mass Spectrometry, Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry, and Particle Size Analysis Systems: Upgrade of Isotope Biogeochemistry Laboratory.  P.I. – Blair, Co-PI’s, E. Guthrie Nichols, Fountain, Leithold, Schwietzer. (EAR-0447095) $211,126.

5. British Petroleum, Inc. (BP). (Sept. 2004-September 2008). Phytoremediation to Prevent Petroleum Hydrocarbon Discharge to the Intercoastal Waterway. P.I. – E. Guthrie Nichols. $15,000.

4. National Science Foundation/BES. (Dec. 2003- April 2009). Applications of 13C tracer studies and stable isotope geochemistry to determine rhizosphere alteration of PAH bioavailability in contaminated geomedia. P.I.- E. Guthrie Nichols, Co-P.I. – B. Goldfarb, N. Blair. (BES-0337453) $434,103.

3. National Science Foundation – EMSI. (Sept. 2003-May 2005). Role of Environmental Molecular Interfaces on the Chemical and Biological Reactivity of Pollutants. (P.I. Patrick Hatcher and S. Traina, OSU, Co-PI’s, E. Guthrie Nichols), (5,800,000 total, CHE-0089147, NCSU $174,023.

2. USDA.  (Sept. 2003-Dec. 2005). Sediment Toxicity and Chemical Speciation Screening for the Conasauga River. (P.I.- E. Guthrie Nichols, E., Co-P.I. – C. Hofelt, P. Johnson).  $3,000.

1. The Nature Conservancy.  (March 2003-August 2005).  Sediment Toxicity and Chemical Speciation Screening for the Conasauga River. (P.I.- E. Guthrie Nichols, E., Co-P.I. – C. Hofelt, P. Johnson).  $100,000.


Past Internal Projects.

NC STATE DELTA.  2017.  Expanding graduate certificates for the Environmental Assessment Program in Renewable Energy Assessment.  PIS, Goldfarb, Nichols, and Taylor.  (July 2017 to June 2018). $90,000

NC STATE DELTA.  2016.  Online Undergraduate Certification in Renewable Energy Assessment. P.I., E. Guthrie Nichols.  P.I. E. Guthrie Nichols,  (July 2016 to June 2017). $65,000

NC STATE DELTA.  2015.  Online Undergraduate Certification in Renewable Energy Assessment. P.I., E. Guthrie Nichols.  P.I. E. Guthrie Nichols,  (July 2015 to June 2016). $81,000

NC STATE DELTA.  2014.  Online Undergraduate Certification in Renewable Energy Assessment. P.I. E. Guthrie Nichols. (July 2014 to June 2015) $60,000.

NC STATE DELTA.  2013.  Online Undergraduate Certification in Renewable Energy Assessment. P.I., E. Guthrie Nichols. $48,000 (July 2013 to June 2014).

NC STATE DELTA.  2012.  Online Undergraduate Certification in Renewable Energy Assessment. P.I., E. Guthrie Nichols. $48,620 (January to June 2013).

NCSU Student Educational Technology Funds. 2013. Acquisition of a Freeze Dryer. P.I. E Guthrie Nichols. $22,000.

NC STATE Internationalization Seed Grant. 2011. Understanding Better How Trees Use Water to Benefit Coupled Natural Human Systems in South Africa. P.I., E. Guthrie Nichols. (January 2012-June 2012). $5,000.

NC STATE DELTA IDEA Grant. 2011. “Phytotechnologies for the Practioner.”  Funded on 8/30/2011 but deferred due to sabbatical for E. Nichols in Fall 2012. P.I. E. Guthrie Nichols. $8,000.

NCSU Student Educational Technology Funds. 2011. Acquisition of a Picarro Thermal Module for the Analysis of H and O Isotopes in Tree Tissues. P.I. Nichols and Emanuel. $25,000.