Discovery Pool

The Discovery Pool research grant program was established by CNHA to encourage and provide funding for research partnerships between qualified scientists and our federal NPS, BLM, and USFS partners in southeastern Utah and southwestern Colorado.

Since its inception in 2007, CNHA’s Discovery Pool has awarded more than $500,000 in grants.

Apply

If you are interested in applying for a Discovery Pool Grant, applications must be received no later than 5 P.M. on November 15th, 2020. Download the guidelines and application (.pdf)

Public Lands Partnership AwardGoals

The goals for the Discovery Pool grants are:

  • Encourage the scientific research that makes up the backbone of interpretive and educational programs. Our definition of scientific research also includes resource management or protection surveys and monitoring.
  • Provide funds directly to the federal partners so all monies apply directly to the granting project and none are absorbed by a third party for administrative costs.
  • Provide matching funds that may assist public-land partners in obtaining larger grants for work consistent with Goal 1.
  • Promote an understanding of the intricate cultural and natural resource complexities found on federally administered lands.
  • Fund projects that result in information that CNHA can publicize on a popular level, to help visitors understand the value and fragility of the natural and cultural resources of the region.

Projects

2019

Continued Excavation of the Cisco Mammal Quarry

Principal Investigator: Brian M. Davis, PhD, University of Louisville

Agency: Bureau of Land Management

Research question: What will new, well-preserved specimens of small vertebrates (e.g., dinosaurs, squamates, mammals) tell us about terrestrial ecosystem evolution at the end of the Jurassic in western North America?

Precursor to a Mass Extinction: Investigating Key Fossil Assemblages from the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation of the Bears Ears National Monument, Utah

Principal investigator: Randall Irmis, PhD, Natural History Museum of Utah & University of Utah

Agency: Bureau of Land Management

Research question: Do the Late Triassic fossil resources of the Bears Ears N.M.display latitudinal differences from contemporaneous fossils elsewhere in the Southwest, and is there any evidence of stress leading up to the end-Triassic mass extinction?

La Sal Mountain Alpine Arthropod Communities: Establishing Baseline Conditions – 2019

Principal investigator: Tim Graham, PhD, University of Utah & Northern Arizona University

Agency: U.S. Forest Service, Manti-La Sal National Forest

Research question: Will introduced mountain goats significantly alter alpine pollinator and ground-dwelling arthropod community structure, either directly, or indirectly via their effects on alpine plant communities?

2018

Ethnographic Study of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

Principal Investigator: T. J. Ferguson, (Anthropological Research, LLC)

Agency: Bureau of Land Management

Research question: What cultural and historical connections do contemporary tribes have with the archaeology, natural resources, and land forms of CANM? How is the Monument’s tribal history preserved and passed down within tribal communities today? How can tribal involvement be included in interpretation, preservation, and management of CANM?

Continued Excavation of the Cisco Mammal Quarry

Principal Investigator: Brian M. Davis, PhD, University of Louisville

Agency: Bureau of Land Management

Research question: What will new, well-preserved specimens of small vertebrates (e.g., dinosaurs, squamates, mammals) tell us about terrestrial ecosystem evolution at the end of the Jurassic in western North America?

Inventory and Salvage of Key Fossil Assemblages from the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation

Principal investigator: Randall Irmis, PhD, Natural History Museum of Utah & University of Utah

Agency: Bureau of Land Management

Research question: Do the Late Triassic fossil resources of the Bears Ears N.M.display latitudinal differences from contemporaneous fossils elsewhere in the Southwest, and is there any evidence of stress leading up to the end-Triassic mass extinction?

Alpine Lichen Diversity in the La Sal Mountains - A Resource for Evaluating the Impact of Ecological Disturbances

Principal investigator: Steven Leavitt, Brigham Young University

Agency: U.S. Forest Service

Research question: How distinct is the alpine lichen community in the La Sal Mountains relative to comparable sites in western North America?

La Sal Mountain Alpine Arthropod Communities: Establishing Baseline Conditions - Year 3

Principal investigator: Tim Graham, PhD, University of Utah & Northern Arizona University

Agency: U.S. Forest Service

Research question: Will introduced mountain goats significantly alter alpine pollinator and ground-dwelling arthropod community structure, either directly, or indirectly via their effects on alpine plant communities?

A New, Diverse Dinosaur and Plant Community in the Salt Wash Member of the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation

Principal Investigator: Mathew Wedel, PhD, Western University of Health Sciences

Agency: Bureau of Land Management

Research question: Document vertebrate and plant fossils at the Tal Site (Hanksville area), gather photo & video documentation for scientific research and public outreach.

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