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Xue Feng wins National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate student Xue Feng won a 2012 Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. In her doctoral research, Feng plans to study how seasonal and interannual climate variability propagates through seasonally dry ecosystems (such as in the northeast region of Brazil), by building theoretical models with probabilistic frameworks. Understanding the connections between climate and hydrology, biogeochemical cycling, as well as plant and ecosystem response will provide a basis for evaluating sustainable management efforts in seasonally dry regions. The fellowship will provide three-year annual stipend of $30,000 along with a $10,500 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees. She is a student of Professor Amilcare Porporato.