West Virginia University Receiving Funds To Study Rainforest

Toucan tropical bird sitting on a tree branch in natural wildlife environment in rainforest jungle

The National Science Foundation has awarded more than $150,000 for ecology research at West Virginia University to study the interaction of trees and soil water in the Amazon rainforest.

The $152,649 in funding was announced last week by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

The project is also expected to create a science outreach program connecting West Virginia students to data and scientists in the Amazon rainforest, Manchin’s office said in a news release.

“Not only will this project help preserve and protect natural forests in the Amazon rainforest, it will give West Virginia students hands-on learning opportunities,” Manchin said in a release from his office.