Between 9 and 14 October, the US PI, Chris W. Baynard, and the Technical Research Scientist, Robert D. Richardson, arrived in Russia to conduct the 2nd phase of fieldwork and research. (Chris W. Baynard is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and Geography in the Coggin College of Business; Robert D. Richardson is Director of Research and Technology Services in the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction).
During this recent joint US-Russian expedition, scientists carried out geo-ecological field studies of landscapes affected by oil and gas production in the Orenburg region. Special attention was paid to the facilities located in the “Buzuluk Pine” national park due to similar disturbances located in the steppe territory of Pawnee National Grasslands in the state of Colorado. After completing field research, the US participants returned to Florida. The next phase will involve data processing and joint work on the project will continue at the Institute of Steppe, Ural Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences and at the University of North Florida’s Department of Economics and Geography; Department of Computing, Engineering and Construction; and the Environmental Center.