Faso Highlights Cary Institute Federal Grant Award for Research


 Washington, DC – Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) today highlighted a federal grant award for the Cary Institute of Ecological Studies through the National Science Foundation (NSF). The $155,944 grant will be used to fund its research, “Building the Community to Address Data Integration of the Ecological Long Tail.”

“From examining the effects of climate change to the spread of Lyme Disease, the Cary Institute continues to conduct important research into our natural world,” said Faso. “Having visited the Cary Institute to learn about their tick prevention and tick-borne disease studies as well as other important initiatives, I am pleased that this federal grant will allow the institute to further its ecological research and help us to better understand our environment.”

“Environmental research programs around the world yield rich stores of data; however, inconsistency between datasets makes it difficult to integrate information from different sources. To harness the full potential of available data and elevate research impact, we’re bringing together an interdisciplinary community of stakeholders – including computer scientists, ecologists, natural resource managers, and citizen scientists – to develop methods for dataset integration. Our immediate focus is lake science, but we believe these methods will be relevant to other situations where many small, heterogeneous datasets have great cumulative value,” said Dr. Kathleen Weathers of the Cary Institute.


Congressman Faso has formally advocated in support of the NSF for fiscal years 2018 and 2019.

In March, Faso joined over 150 colleagues to send a letter to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies requesting that the NSF receives $8.45 in funding for fiscal year 2019.