Current Projects

1. The Nexus of Agricultural and Urban Trade-offs: Enhancing interdisciplinary education and research to create emerging opportunities in urban agriculture: 10/1/2018 - 9/30/021
In this USDA-funded project, the overall goal of this grant will be to improve Arizona State University's (ASUs) capacity to perform agricultural research and education to address challenges and identify emerging opportunities at the urban-agriculture nexus in the desert Southwest. As urban areas expand into previously agricultural areas, they have the potential to constrain food supply systems and diminish food security, and can be further exacerbated in water-limited areas. Therefore, more research is needed to create synergies between urban and agricultural resource demands, rather than competition. This grant is a collaboration with partners at the USDA Arid Lands Agricultural Research Center and Mesa Community College. 

2. Recycled Fertilizer Landscape Analysis: 1/1/2018 - 10/1/2018
With funding and partnership from the Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance, the Muenich Lab is collecting, organizing, and analyzing state regulations with respect to land applications of organic residuals (biosolids and animal manures). An industry advisory board (the Biosolids and Manure Task Force) provides feedback and information to this project to ensure it's applicability beyond the project life.

3. Enhancing Sustainability In Coastal Communities Threatened By Harmful Algal Blooms: 9/1/2016 -8/31/2019
In this NSF-funded project we focus on advancing understanding of (1) the coupled human-natural system and (2) knowledge co-production, using harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the Great Lakes as a test case.  As HAB events have been increasing globally over the past decade and directly impact ecosystem services for coastal communities (e.g., drinking water provision, fishing and recreation), understanding, predicting and alleviating this water quality issue is a problem of great societal relevance.  We will study the Western Lake Erie because of our ability to build upon previous research and existing datasets and our previous involvement the region’s policy networks. 

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4.Nutrient Loading Forecasting for Western Lake Erie: 3/1/2018 - 2/28/2019
This USGS project will forecast phosphorus, nitrogen, and sediment loading from the River Raisin watershed of southeast Michigan into western Lake Erie. Scientists from the Institute of Water Research at Michigan State University (IWR-MSU) will collaborate with hydrology researchers from Arizona State University (ASU) and Ohio State University (OSU) to build upon past and on-going nutrient modeling efforts for the River Raisin watershed.

5. Evaluating Ecosystem Service Change in  Future Climate in the Himalayas: 4/1/2018 - 12/31/2018
This work funded by a CRDF Global Catalyzing New Reserach Partership Grants is aimed at developing new reserach projects and collaborations between the Muenich Lab and partners in India, including the Central Himalayan Rural Action Group (CHIRAG) and the Indian Institute of Technology at Roorkee. Our focus is on identifying stakeholder-informed reserach projects in rural communities in India affected by the impacts of climate change. 

6. Agricultural Nutrient Reduction in the Huron River Watershed: 7/1/2017 - 6/30/2020
The Huron River Watershed Council in Ann Arbor, Michigan is developoing a three-year "pay for performance" program targeted at agricultural producers in critical source areas in the Huron River Watershed. The goal is to establish conservation practices to reduce sediment and nutrient loads downstream to Lake Erie. The Muenich Lab will be providing modeling support along with collaborators at Ohio State Unviersity to develop the system.