The United States National Science Foundation has availed a grant to fund collaborative groups of American and Namibian students and faculty, to carry out research projects at the Gobabeb Training and Research Centre. The grant, of approximately US$294 000, will be availed for a three-year period.
The focus will be on ecological research in the Central Namib. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity and I look forward to collaborating with Namibia on student research training over the next few years,” said Heather Throop, an Associate Professor from the University of Arizona, and the collaborator of the project. “This grant will fund collaborative groups of U.S. and Namibian students and faculty to carry out research projects in 2020 to 2022. We also have some funding to bring two Namibian scientists to the U.S. each of these years for a short visit,” she added.
The Dean of the Faculty of Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences at NUST, Dr Rolf Becker, said: “Student-driven research projects will explore how broad-scale rainfall patterns and local-scale factors (e.g. soil texture, vegetation patches) interact to control ecological processes. These kind of international collaborations are exactly what we need to foster the research capacity at our University. There is no doubt that this project will enhance our research output as well.”