Early Career Awards

The Early Career Research Program supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. Opportunities exist in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR), Biological and Environmental Research (BER), Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES), High Energy Physics (HEP), and Nuclear Physics (NP).

For more specific information, see the DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Program website.


PIInstitutionAward YearProject
Jorge VillaUniversity of Louisiana-Lafayette2022Assessing Greenhouse Gas Structural and Functional Resilience of Freshwater Coastal Wetlands Subject to Persistent Saltwater Intrusion EventsActive
Elizabeth HerndonORNL2022Biogeochemical Controls on Phosphorus in Urban-influenced Coastal EcosystemsActive
Emily GrahamPNNL2022Urban Resilience across the Terrestrial-Aquatic Continuum: Mechanisms to Mass BalanceActive
Isaac LarsenUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst2019Abiotic and Biotic Controls on Chemical Weathering Rates and Solute GenerationActive
James StegenPNNL2019Multi-Watershed Perturbation-Response Traits Derived Through Ecological TheoryActive
Charuleka VaradharajanLBNL2019iNAIDS Investigating the Impacts of Streamflow Disturbances on Water Quality using a Data-driven FrameworkActive
Daniela CusackColorado State University2016Consequences of Plant Nutrient Uptake for Soil Carbon StabilizationActive
Melanie MayesORNL2016A Comprehensive Framework for Modeling Emissions from Tropical Soils and WetlandsActive
Karis McFarlaneLLNL2016Tropical Forest Response to a Drier Future: Turnover Times of Soil Organic Matter, Roots, Respired CO2, and CH4 Across Moisture Gradients in Time and SpaceActive

Completed Projects

PIInstitutionAward YearProject
Jonathan RaffIndiana Universtiy2015Understanding Soil Microbial Sources of Nitrous Acid and their Effect on Carbon-Nitrogen Cycle InteractionsExpired
Joel RowlandLANL2014Incorporating the Hydrological Controls on Carbon Cycling in Floodplain Ecosystems into Earth System Models (ESMs)Expired
Brian PowellClemson University2013Examination of Actinide Chemistry at Solid-Water Interfaces to Support Advanced Actinide SeparationsExpired
Matt MarshallPNNL2011Multi-System Analysis of Microbial BiofilmsExpired
Ming YeFlorida State University2012Computational Bayesian Framework for Quantification and Reduction of Predictive Uncertainty in Groundwater Reactive Transport ModelingExpired
Heileen Hsu-KimDuke University2011Nanoscale Mercury Sulfide-Organic Matter Interactions and Implications for Solubility and BiomethylationExpired
Daniel HayesORNL2012Model-Data Fusion Approaches for Retrospective and Predictive Assessment of the Pan-Arctic Scale Permafrost Carbon Feedback to Global ClimateExpired
Nate McDowellLANL2010An Integrated Theory on the Mechanisms of Vegetation Survival and Mortality During DroughtExpired
Rebecca NeumannUniversity of Washington2013Methane Oxidation in the Rhizosphere of Wetland PlantsExpired