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Science and Technologies for Phosphorus Sustainability (STEPS): Convergence Research, Highlands TBL and Collaborative Governance Projects

The Science and Technologies for Phosphorus Sustainability (STEPS) Center is a convergence research community of diverse and leading scientists that addresses the complex challenges in phosphorus sustainability by integrating disciplinary contributions across the physical, life, social, and economic sciences. The STEPS vision is to facilitate a 25% reduction in human dependence on mined phosphates and a 25% reduction in losses of point and nonpoint sources of phosphorus to soils and water resources within 25 years, leading to enhanced resilience of food systems and reduced environmental damage.

Science and Technologies for Phosphorus Sustainability (STEPS)
Convergence Research | Multi-institutional | Research Working Group | Student Research
October 1, 2021
– September 30, 2026

Project Details

Funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) via North Carolina State University (NCSU)

(External Funding)

Administrative Unit

Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics (RIEEE)

Research Theme

Project Team Members

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Convergence Research Postdoc

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Professor

Seth Grooms

Assistant Professor

Michael Hambourger

Associate Professor

Dr. Christine Ogilvie Hendren

Interim Vice Provost for Research and Innovation
Professor

Mark Hills

Co-Director
Associate Professor

Matt Ogwu

Assistant Professor

Grace Marasco-Plummer

Interim Managing Director

Jay Rickabaugh

Assistant Professor

Bob Swarthout

Director of Environmental Sciences
Associate Professor

Dr. Shea Tuberty

Director of the QEP
Professor

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