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FEWSTERN stands for “Food-Energy-Water Systems Transdisciplinary Environmental Research Network”

FEWSTERN is funded by the US National Science Foundation. The grant, awarded to faculty and scientists at the University of Tennessee (UT) and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), supports the development of a Research Coordination Network (RCN), designed to identify transdisciplinary research opportunities for scientists in the US and China focusing on the nexus of food, energy and water systems (FEWS).

We partner with three NSF-China awards to three teams of Chinese institutions, led by Nanjing University, South China University of Science and Technology, and Remin University of China, respectively, to develop research priorities transcending US and Chinese grand challenges.

FEWSTERN continues many years of collaborative work by the US-China Joint Research Center for Ecological and Environmental Change (JRCEEC), which was established in 2006.

FEWSTERN Committees

The FEWSTERN Program is administered by the UT Institute of Agriculture (UTIA). Dr. Frank Löffler serves as Principal Investigator (PI) and directs FEWSTERN. Dr. Joe (Joe) Zhuang is the Program Manager and Co-PI. Dr. Gary Sayler is the Science Coordinator and Co-PI. Dr. Virginia Dale is a Co-PI and serves as liaison for engaging the National Laboratory Complex in FEWSTERN activities. Dr. Bill Brown (Co-PI) will chair the UT Steering Committee, and he and Dr. Sayler will advise Drs. Löffler and Zhuang on meeting program goals and objectives. 

Frank Löffler, Ph.D.

Position: Governor’s Chair Professor in Microbiology Institution: University of Tennessee Oak Ridge National Laboratory Bio: The Loeffler Lab studies relevant biogeochemical processes in soil, sediment,

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Gary Sayler, Ph.D.

Gary Sayler’s research focuses on the interaction of anthropogenic disturbances of the environment and microbial process and community response, which can ameliorate environmental effects and potential health risks.

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