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Christova receives funding from Southern California Coastal Water Research Project

Grant and Award Announcement

George Mason University

Christova Receives Funding From Southern California Coastal Water Research Project

Rosalina Christova, Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, Environmental Science and Policy; Faculty Fellow, Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC), received funding for: “Algae taxonomic analyses and data reporting - Southern California Coastal Water Research Project.”

The Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program of the California Water Resources Control Board provided funding to study benthic algae from non-perennial streams in southern California. Christova and Ph.D. student Sydney Brown will produce high-quality taxonomy data for algal indices of biotic integrity to evaluate the stream water quality. In addition, this data set in Mediterranean climate is subject to long-term monitoring to elucidate climate change's effect on stream hydrology, algal communities, and their desiccation tolerance strategies.

Christova received $30,000 from Southern California Coastal Water Research Project for this research. Funding began in April 2024 and will end in late March 2025.



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