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 non-point sources of phosphorus to soils and water resources within 25 years, leading to enhanced resilience of food systems and reduced environmental damage.
A Roadmap to Phosphorus Sustainability
STEPS Announces a Roadmap Toward U.S. Phosphorus Sustainability
STEPS is pleased to share "25-in-25: A Roadmap Toward U.S. Phosphorus Sustainability," a project led by our partner institution RTI. This roadmap serves as a guide for the actions needed to improve sustainable management of phosphorus (P) in the United States. It outlines our current P management problems and their impact on stakeholders and organizes sets of actions into Impact Opportunities. This roadmap is the result of collaboration between STEPS and external stakeholders, including industry representatives, policymakers, and others.Read the Roadmap (PDF)
The STEPS Summer 2024 REU Program Begins in May.
STEPS will support 15 students for ten weeks during Summer 2024 through a multi-institutional Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.
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REU in the Everglades: Soil, Rice, & Delicious Mangoes
What's it like to do undergraduate research on phosphorus sustainability in the Florida Everglades? Hear from two STEPS scholars, Brenna Dold and Giselle Magana, on their REU experience this summer.
Dr. Sherine Obare Appointed UNCG’s Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement
STEPS BP Co-Director Dr. Sherine Obare has been appointed UNCG’s new Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement. Dr. Obare previously served as Dean of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) from January 2019 to the present. Her specialty is in nanoscience with a research focus on designing nanoscale materials for drug delivery, healthcare, alternative energy, and environmental remediation.
REU at Clemson University: Phosphorus Sensing and Food Sovereignty
This summer, REU scholars Kimberly Nelson and Alex Shaw are working with Dr. Eric McLamore, BP Co-Director and Theme 2 PI. Nelson and McLamore are investigating the psychological aspects of sustainability and food sovereignty from the perspective of the community of El Tiple, Colombia. Shaw has been working with Dr. Geisianny Moreira and McLamore to explore hybrid nanoparticle combinations as a phosphorus sensing material.