Research Projects

ARE faculty are national and global leaders in their respective research areas. Externally funded research grants support a large portion of ARE research, and provide unique research opportunities for ARE students.

Examples of Faculty Grant-Funded Research

Water Related 

“Productivity Growth, Irrigation Efficiency and Climatic Variability in U.S. Agriculture: Empirical Analyses with Emerging Methodologies.” USDA-NIFA.  2016-2019 (Boris E. Bravo-Ureta, P.I.).

“Evaluating Alternative Water Institution Performance in Snow-Dominated Basins: Are Food Production Systems at Risk from Changing Snow Water Availability?” 2018 – 2022. USDA-NIFA (Kimberly Rollins, Co-PI).

“Financial Considerations on the Annual per Unit Value of Water in Irrigated Agriculture: Agricultural Production Models for the Humboldt River Basin.” 2018-2019 State of Nevada Division of Water Resources. (Kimberly Rollins, Co-PI).

“Evaluating Truckee Meadows Water Authority’s Conservation Messaging.” Truckee Meadows Water Authority, Reno, NV.  2015 – 2018 (Kimberly Rollins, Co-PI).

“Rural to Urban Water Transfers, Climate Change and the Future of Rural Agricultural Economies in the Semi-Arid West: A Comparative Regional Analysis.” 2015-18. USDA-NIFA (Kimberly Rollins, Co-PI)

“Evaluating the Economic Returns of Fuel Treatments at Multiple Spatial Scales: Accounting for Treatment, Timing and Ecological Conditions.” BLM AND JOINT FIRE SCIENCE PROGRAM: 2014 – 2018 (Kimberly Rollins, PI).


Agriculture, Land Management, and Ecosystems

“NEWIR Manure: Nutrients, Energy, and Water Innovations for Resource Recovery.” 2019 -2024. NSF. (Kimberly Rollins, Co-PI).

“Integrating Markets and non-Market Benefits to Value Ecological Change in Agroecoystems.” 2010 – 2016. USDA-NIFA and EPA STAR Program (Kimberly Rollins, Co-PI).


Food and Agriculture

“Measuring the Food and Agriculture Economy.” 2016-2020 USDA-NIFA. (Richard A. Dunn, PI).

“New Geographies for Understanding US Rural Business Dynamics.” USDA-NIFA. 2019-2022 (Richard A. Dunn, PI).

“Interaction between Productivity Growth and Environmental Factors for Multi-Output Farms with a Dairy Focus”. USDA-NIFA. 2011-2016 (Boris E. Bravo-Ureta, P.I.).


Health

“Drunk Driving with Children: Putting the Brakes on a Disturbing Trend.” 2018-2020. HIH: NATIONAL INSTITUTE on ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM. (Richard A. Dunn, Co-Investigator).


Marine Resources and Coastal Communities

Rising Waters: the Thames River Watershed Resilience Project, NOAA BWET. (Syma Ebbin, co-PI) 2019.

National Park Service National Maritime Heritage Grants, Blue Heritage Trail, (Syma Ebbin, co-PI) 2018/20.

CT Maritime Waterways Corridor Project, UConn Office of Public Engagement, (Syma Ebbin, co-PI) 2015/20


International Development

“Taming Water in Ethiopia: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Improve Human Security in a Water-Dependent Emerging Region”, funded by  NSF. 2016-2020 (Boris E. Bravo-Ureta, Sr. Researcher).

“Cost Benefit Analysis of Technology Interventions to Increase Productivity and Profitability in Groundnut and Soybean Farming Systems in Malawi.” USAID through University of Georgia. 2017-2019 (Boris E. Bravo-Ureta, P.I.).

“Agricultural Productivity and Farm Size in Southern African Countries:  Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi.” USDA ERS. 2015-2017 (Boris E. Bravo-Ureta, P.I.).

“Productivity and Profitability Growth in Peanut Production: A Farm Level Analysis in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.” USAID -PMIL. 2014- 2017 (Boris E. Bravo-Ureta, P.I.).

“An Integrated Global Breeding and Genomics Approach to Intensifying Peanut Production and Quality: An Econometric Analysis of the Impact of Improved Seed Varieties.” USAID -PMIL via U of Georgia. 2014-2017 (Boris E. Bravo-Ureta, Co-PI).

“Using Applied Research and Technology Transfer to Minimize Aflatoxin Contamination and Increase Production, Quality and Marketing of Peanut in Ghana.”  USAID -PMIL via NC State.  2013-2017 (Boris E. Bravo-Ureta, Co-PI).


Climate Change

“Agricultural Productivity and Climatic Variability: A Meta-Analysis and Empirical Assessment.” Awarded by the UCONN-CAHNR Storrs Agricultural Experiment Station, Competitive Capacity Grants Program — 2018-2021(Boris E. Bravo-Ureta, P.I.).