Erica Smithwick, associate professor of geography, received a Fulbright award to research carbon storage in trees and teach a course in South Africa.

Professor awarded Fulbright to study tree carbon storage, teach in South Africa

In January 2016, Penn State associate professor of geography Erica Smithwick will have the opportunity to greatly expand the scope of the ecological research portfolio she has been building for several years in South Africa. The recipient of a prestigious Core Fulbright U.S. Scholarship, Smithwick will spend six months investigating how much carbon is stored in trees in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, and how that could impact global warming. She will also teach a course on sustainability at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa.