Summer Research Opportunity
Five ECU professors were selected for the inaugural Summer Research Opportunity. They developed proposals that are consistent with the Oka’ Institute’s research projects of enhancing aquifer recharge and groundwater and surface water interaction.The five were selected by virtue of their close alignment with the Oka’ Institute’s goals of education, research, information and policy development.
In order to be considered for the Summer Research Opportunity, ECU faculty had to first apply to become a research professor with the Oka’ Institute. Once their application was received, they were invited to submit a one-two page proposal outlining their research project, their goals/outputs and the supply and equipment budget of their project.
Each research professor selected will receive supplemental pay for the eight-week research period and must include 1-2 undergraduate research study positions in their project. Research students will receive a stipend for their work and have the unique opportunity to participate in research on ECU’s campus as an undergraduate.
The five professors and their projects are:
Dr. Randall Maples
Research project: Quantitation of the movement of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles through porous media. Maples and students will conduct research into the use of nanoparticles as tracers for groundwater flow in subsurface environments. They will create and study the characteristics of dye linked, magnetically recoverable nanoparticles under a variety of environmental conditions, including those that could be representative of the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer.
Dr. J. Bruce Moring
Research project: Synoptic Survey of the Ecological Status of Streams in the Upper Blue River Basin, Oklahoma. Moring and students will conduct a low-flow synoptic survey of the ecological status of perennial streams within the Upper Blue River Basin. The study will provide stream ecological data and associated interpretation that will support sustainable ecological management of streams in a river basin that is hydrologically dependent on groundwater inflows (base flow) from the Eastern Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer.
Dr. Terrie Becerra and Dr. Erick Ananga
Research project: Mapping attitudes and behaviors regarding household water use in Ada, Oklahoma. Becerra, Ananga and students will conduct research to identify water consumption behavior, attitudes, perceptions and beliefs of Ada area water consumers. Collection and interpretation of this information will be beneficial for initiating proactive, sustainable water management practices for the greater Ada community.
Dr. Nicholas Jacob
Research project: Economic Impact of Clean Water in Oklahoma. Jacob and students will examine the correlation between water resourced and economics in the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer of Oklahoma. This research group will use a hedonic pricing model in an attempt to look at how changes in water quality and quantity affect the price of homes, agricultural land, companies and any other industry with direct relation to the aquifer.