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The NGS/Waitt Grant Program has funded 148 projects. Our grantees are conducting research in the following sciences around the world:
Three-dimensional Scanning of Rock Art in Honduras: A New Approach to 3D Imaging in Remote Areas
Canuto, Marcello A.
Preliminary Archaeological Investigation of El Achiotal: A Preclassic Lowland Maya Site in Western Petén
Cline, Eric H.
Emergency Excavation of Possible Royal Canaanite Tombs at Tel Kabri, Israel
Human Occupations in the Gobi Desert. The Search for Burial Mounds and Caves.
Garrison, Thomas G.
Remote Sensing the Ancient Maya Landscape
Charting the Past of Central Nicaragua: A Reconnaissance of the Amerrisque Mountains
Hutson, Scott R.
Ancient Maya Political and Economic Transformations: Settlement Survey of the Ucí Inter-site Causeway, Yucatan, Mexico
Keogh, Eamonn J
Understanding the Evolution of Petroglyphs Through Space and Time
After the end: a Look at a Maya Site After the Classic Period Collapse
Knabb, Kyle A.
Wadi Feid Expedition
Lin, Albert Yu-min
The Valley of the Khans Project
Understanding Chichen Itza's Polity: Archaeological Investigations at X'telhu, Yucatan, Mexico
Martin, Scott W. J.
The Mesolithic Fisher-Gatherer-Hunters of Northwestern Ireland
Moore, Jerry D.
In the Desert Between the Seas: Prehistoric Cultural Landscapes in Northern Baja California
Wind River High Altitude Archaeology Project
Myers, Adrian T.
Canadian National Parks Internment Camp Archaeology Project
Negus Cleary, Michelle L.
Remote Sensing Survey of Kazakly-yatkan Site, Uzbekistan: Urban settlement, Fortified Refuge or Sacred Center?
Highland Maya Colonial Archaeology Project
The Atacama Geoglyph Project, Norte Grande, Chile
The Artists of Angkor: Production and Distribution of Sculpture from the Royal Palace Workshop
Return to Oomarri: Dating and preserving north-western Australian Indigenous rock-art
Pryce, Thomas O
The Hunt for Ancient Metalworkers and the Prehistory of the sub-Himalayan Silk Road in Nagaland, Northeast India
Endangered Pasts and Present: Survey and Landscape Archaeology on Montserrat, West Indies
Scherer, Andrew K
In the Footsteps of Teobert Maler: Rediscovery of Ancient Maya Sites in the Central Portion of the Usumacinta Valley
Shea, John J.
Later Stone Age Hunter-Gatherers and Herders in West Turkana, Kenya: 2008 Field Survey
Slater, Donald A.
Seeking Xibalba: Preliminary Investigations of the Central Yucatan Archaeological Cave Project
Smyth, Michael P.
The Beginnings of Complex Society in the Puuc Region: Archaeological Survey and Excavation at Xcoch, Yucatan, Mexico
Thompson, Jessica C.
Testing Hypotheses of the Emergence and Dispersal of Modern Humans with a Long Middle Stone Age Sequence from Malawi
Retrieving the Ancient History of Intermediate elites: An Exploration of the Guzmán
Hieroglyphic Stairway at El Palmar, Campeche, Mexico
Vigliani, Silvina A.
Spiritual Paintings and Liminal Places Between Comca'ac
Beeker, Charles D.
Remote Sensing Survey for Nuestra Señora de Begoña: A Lost 18th Century Spanish Merchant Ship
Creasman, Pearce Paul
Search for the Lost Ships of a Pharaoh: A Geophysical Survey at the Pyramid Complex of Senwosret III
War of 1812 Shipwrecks Project
Gusick, Amy E.
Mal de Mer no Mas: Searching for Early Underwater Sites in the Sea of Cortez
Gusick, Amy E.
Mal de Mer no Mas II: Searching for Early Underwater Sites in the Sea of Cortez
Hiebert, Fredrik T.
Lake Issyk Kul Underwater Archaeology Reconnaissance
Horlings, Rachel L.
Micro-Sampling and Remote Sensing: Better Understandings of Historic Shipwrecks in Central Coastal Ghana
Ortiz Sotelo, Jorge A.
Epic Battles on the South Sea: Nautical Archaeology on the Peruvian Coast, Exploratory Research
Peterson, John A
Marigondon Cave, Cebu, Philippines: Archaeological and Paleoenvironmental Investigations
Pollack, John C.
Exploring the Ghost Ship of the Yukon - the A.J.Goddard
Richards, Nathan T.
Wrecks and wrecking in St. Georges Island, Bermuda: An Archaeology and History of Economic Opportunism
Sasaki, Randall J.
The Mongol Invasion of Vietnam: Revealing the Secret of The Battle of Bach Dang
Schwarz, George R.
Reconstructing the Steamboat Phoenix
Von der Porten, Edward P.
Galleon in the Dunes
Wickham-Jones, Caroline R.
Drowned Stone Age Settlement of the Bay of Firth, Orkney, Scotland
An Expedition to the Last Untamed Mexican River and its Influence for the Sustainability of Wetlands in the Gulf of California
Amato, Katherine R
Gut microbes and foraging behavior in wild, black howler monkeys (Alouatta pigra).
3D Video Biometric Passports for Animals
Bennett, Victoria J.
Exploring the Variations in Landscape Permeability Among Butterflies: A Study to Inform the Conservation Efforts of Rare Species
Exploration and Subterranean Biodiversity Assessment of Africa’s Longest Cave: Win-Timdouine
Bone, Ruth E.
Floristic inventory of the coastal savannahs of French Guiana
Boubli, Jean P.
Primate Biodiversity in the Brazilian Pantepui: In Search of New Species
Caro, Tim M.
Solving the Riddle of the Zebra
Clark, Rulon W.
Understanding Predator-prey Signaling Interactions: The Dynamics of Anti-snake Displays in Ground Squirrels and Kangaroo Rats
Curran, Michael P.
Biodiversity Monitoring of the Bats (Order Chiroptera) in the Montane Ecosystems of Southeastern Africa
Dabek, Lisa F.
Tree Kangaroo Canopy Behavior
Papua New Guinea
Ecological Effects of Lions in the Lapalala Wilderness Area
Understanding why Africa's Lake Tanganyika is so Biodiverse
Dupuis, Cindy J.
Restoration Model for Lowland Wet Forests of Hawai'i
Farris, Zach J.
Carnivore Ecology across Masoala-Makira Landscape, Eastern Madagascar
Funk, W. Chris
Uncovering Cryptic Species of Amazonian Rainforest Frogs
Holtgrieve, Gordon W.
Deciphering the Energetic Base for the World's Largest Freshwater Fishery
Predators of an Owl Monkey Population in the Argentinean Chaco
Use of Remote Sensors to Detect Drone Congregation Areas of Apis mellifera in Puerto Rico
Gill, Ian D.
Predator-Prey Dynamics of Bears and Salmon at McNeil River, Alaska
Greeney, Harold F.
Breeding biology of Antpittas (Formicariidae) in the Ecuadorian Andes
Greenwald, Katherine R.
Landscape Ecology and Conservation Genetics of Unisexual Ambystoma Salamanders in Ohio
Gursky, Sharon L.
Population Density of Pygmy Tarsiers
Seeing and Smelling the Enemy through the Trees - Predator-prey Interactions in a Tropical Forest
Jensen, Olaf P.
Can Climate and Land-use Change Drive Biotic Homogenization of Fish Communities in a Large, Deep, and Pristine Lake?
Evaluation of Tiger Corridors: Habitat Occupancy by Tiger Prey Species across Terai Arc
Landscape (TAL) of Nepal
Leite Pitman, Renata
Unraveling the Secret Life of the Short-eared Dog with Crittercams and GPS Telemetry
MacNulty, Daniel R.
Establishing an Investigation of Climate Change Impacts on Wolf-Prey Dynamics in the High Arctic
The Unknown Nautilus
McEntee, Jay P.
Bird Song, Sexual Selection, and Sky Island Speciation in the Eastern Afromontane
Bivouac Checking: Automated Tracking of a Complex Cognitive Task in the Field
Randles, John W.
Geographical Distribution of Coconut Cadang-cadang Viroid in Sri Lankan Wild and Cultivated Cocos nucifera and other Tropical Monocotyledons
Redden, Karen M.
Biodiversity of the Guiana Highlands: Botanical Exploration of Mount Tulameng
Reeder, DeeAnn M.
Mammals of Southern Sudan: Exploring Biodiversity in a Former Conflict Zone
Renner, Susanne S.
Finding and Bringing into Cultivation the Closest Relatives of Cucumber, Cucumis sativus
Salerno, Patricia E.
Treefrogs atop Tepuis: Immigrants or Natives to the Lost World?
Shaw, Allison K.
Christmas Island Red Crabs: A Model Migratory System
Free as a Bird? Highways, Byways and no-Fly Zones of the Andean Condor
Sherrow, Hogan M.
Wild Chimpanzee Behavioral Ecology at Kansara, Kibale National Park, Uganda
Skelly, David K
The Landscape Ecology of Amphibian Intersex
Taxonomic and Ecological Diversity of Mammals within Parque Nacional "Los Katios," Northwestern Colombia
Terborgh, John W.
Role of Megafauna in Forest Dynamics
Forgotten Tigers of Churia Habitat and Their Ecology in Chitwan National Park, Nepal
Thorbjarnarson, John B.
Reproductive Dynamics of the Black Caiman in the Brazilian Amazon
Trujillo Gonzalez, Fernando
Estimation of Abundance of the River Dolphins Inia geoffrensis and Sotalia fluviatilis in Two Main Rivers of Peru and Brazil
Tse, Peter U.
Camera-Trapping in the Most Remote Valley of the Barisan Range of Sumatra
Nesting of Young in Red Variegated Lemurs (Varecia rubra) of the Masoala Peninsula, Madagascar
Wangchuk, Tshewang R.
Snow Leopard Population Status and its Relation to Livestock Predation in Bhutan, and Population Connectivity across its Global Range
Weir, Jason T.
Rates of Vocal and Plumage Evolution across a Latitudinal Gradient
Yorzinski, Jessica L.
Through the Eyes of Females: Individual Mating Preferences and Multiple Male Traits
Catastrophic Lake Drainage; Investigation of Hazard Evolution in the Khumbu Himal, Nepal
Carmody, Padraig R.
The Geography of Asian Manufacturing in Africa: The Zambian Case
Dinero, Steven C.
Living on Thin Ice: A Study of Subsistence Activity in an Age of Climate Change and Development in the Alaskan Arctic
Eco-hydrologic Mapping in the Lower Congo River
Democratic Republic of Congo
Impact of Arctic Warming and Deglaciation on Periglacial Processes and Landform Evolution in Alpine Escarpments
Burning Questions: Assessing Fire's Role in Protected Areas Management of Southwestern China.
Suarez, Luis F.
Biomass Burning and Air Pollution in Southern Amazon of Peru
Sullivan, Alan P.
Determining the Regional Extent of Aboriginal Occupation with High-Resolution Satellite-Based Predictive Models
Exploration, Mapping and Petrological and Geochemical Sampling on the Bajada del Diablo Impact Strewn Field.
Byers, Alton C.
The Threat from Above: A Reconnaissance of New and Dangerous Glacial Lakes in the Mt. Everest and Makalu-Barun National Parks,
Byers, Alton C.
The Threat from Above II: Risk Assessment of New and Potentially Dangerous Glacial Lakes in the Hongu Valley, Makalu-Barun National Park,
Harris, Richard J. D.
Exploration and Biosurvey of the Pearse Resurgence, New Zealand
Expedition to a Probable Meteorite Impact Structure in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Democratic Republic of Congo
Icebound - Reconstruction of the Weichselian Ice Sheet Geometry on Svalbard - Providing Boundary Conditions for Climate and Uplift Models
Bushnell, Peter G.
Conservation and Natural History of the Greenland Shark
Shark Navigation: Manipulating the Perceived Magnetic Field in Free-Swimming Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks (Sphyrna lewini)
Consuegra del Olmo, Sofia
Coping with Environmental Stress and Loss of Genetic Diversity in the Tropics
Biogeography of Coral-Associated Bacterial Communities
Gazda, Stefanie K.
Individual Niche Specialization in a Top Marine Predator
Gillis, J. Andrew
Embryonic Development of the Elephant Fish, Callorhinchus milii, and the Evolution of Cartilaginous Fishes
Global Plankton Genetics Project: Sampling a Longitudinal Transect Across the Atlantic Ocean
Greenwood, William T.
Foraging Where Nothing but Darkness Exists: The Invertebrate Food Web of a Submarine Spring
Hoffmayer, Eric R.
Assessing the Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on the Northern Gulf of Mexico Whale Shark Population
Lombardi, Michael R
2010 | In 'TOTO' Deep : a Pilot Scale Survey of the Biology and Geology of the Tongue Of The Ocean to 120m.
Pitman, Robert L.
A New Living Species of Whale at Palmyra Island?
Are Gannets the Bees of the Sea?
Sanchez, Juan Armando
Fungal disease host range, progression, and prevalence in gorgonian corals at Eastern Pacific reefs
Summers, Adam Parsons Long Term Movement of Mantas off the Yucatan Peninsula
Ugalde, Igaratza Fraile
Identifying the Natal Homing of the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna in the Bay of Biscay Analyzing the Chemical Composition of Otoliths
Wallen, Rhia G
Reproduction of Red Tree Coral in Alaska
Whitney, Nicholas M.
The Use of Acceleration Data Loggers to Quantify Shark Mating Behaviors, Sexual Selection, and Mating Systems
Cobb, Kim M.
Fingerprinting Climate Change in Tropical Pacific Corals
Flynn, Adrian J.
Deployment of Benthic and Midwater Autonomous Camera Systems in Deep-Sea Environments of the Coral Sea
Gruber, David F.
The Luminous Life of Deep Coral Reefs
Horton, Benjamin F.
Cocos Island Sea Mount Conservation Project
Palma, Alvaro T.
Before-After Assessment of the Impact of the Tsunami Disturbance on the Ecology of the Shallow Water Benthic Community of Robinson Crusoe Island
Meacham, Samuel Standish
Bel Ha/Sian Ka'an Water Protection Project
Carney, Ryan M
Archaeopteryx, the Icon of Evolution: Reconstructing the Color of the First Bird
Human Origins - Fossils and Stone Tools in the Southern Weyto Jungle, Ethiopia
High Arctic Faunal Response to Rapid Climate Change in the Palaeogene
Hlusko, Leslea J.
Survey for New Paleoanthropological Sites in Tanzania
Transitional Homo Project: Loiyangalani Summer 2010
Reconnaissance for Fossil Vertebrates in the Zanda Basin, Southwestern Tibetan Plateau
Longrich, Nicholas R.
Paleontology of the Cretaceous-Tertiary Boundary in the Arctic of the Northwest Territories, Canada: Asteroids and the Arctic
O'Connor, Patrick M.
Late Cretaceous Vertebrate Paleontology in Africa: Field Reconnaissance in the Southern Desert of Egypt
Rivera, Mario A.
Las Rojas, a Mastodon Site in Northern Chile
Rosenberger, Alfred L.
Monkey Fossils from the Dominican Republic: an Underwater Cave Reconnaissance
Urgent Excavation of a Miocene Ape Skeleton
Simons, Elwyn L
Exploration for Giant Lemur and Associated Subfossils in Cave Sites on the Mikoboka Plateau, SW Madagascar
Smith, Krister T
Life at World's End: In Search of Fossils in Southern Mexico from the Warmest Interval of the Cenozoic
Stambaugh, Michael C.
Recovering a Buried Climate Treasure: Ancient Forests Beneath the U.S. Agricultural Heartland
Zalmout, Iyad S.
Eocene Whales and Sea Cows of Siwa Oasis, Western Desert of Egypt
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