Proposal Requirements

The Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundations annually offers a research grant of $1000 to an undergraduate who is writing an undergraduate thesis or graduate student (MS or PhD) conducting research on whitebark pine.*

Monies will only be awarded for travel expenses for field work, or consumable research supplies. Grants shall not be used to buy equipment that will be used beyond the duration of the project (and thus would be retained by the lab in which the student works).

Relevant areas of research include, but are not limited to:

  • threats to whitebark pine, including mountain pine beetle, white pine blister rust, successional replacement, and climate change (only in whitebark ecosystems)
  • interactions with wildlife, such as Clark’s nutcracker or other birds, red squirrels and grizzly bears
  • restoration strategies for whitebark pine, including both field operations and nursery seedling production
  • ecosystem level impacts of whitebark pine die off
  • social or policy aspects of whitebark pine decline and restoration, including wilderness issues

Grant recipients are encouraged to present their research findings at a subsequent WPEF annual science meeting and are expected to publish a research summary in our bi-annual journal Nutcracker Notes.

While the WPEF is concerned about all five-needled pines, we are focusing this grant just on whitebark pine.