VANCOUVER, Wash. — Washington State University Vancouver science faculty Brian Tissot and Ed Brook will participate in a Partners in Science Program with $14,000 grants from The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.

Tissot’s research usually takes him to the coasts of Hawaii and Oregon to study conservation of marine habitats, while Brook travels the ice fields of Antarctica and Greenland to study global warming. This summer they will stay near their labs to work with high school science teachers to provide them opportunities to work at the cutting edge of science.

In the program’s competitive grant process, applications are accepted from high school teachers and mentors in a five-state region for summer research.

Brook, an associate professor of geology, will work with Kirk W. Soulé a science teacher at Sunset High School in Portland, Ore., to study global warming through the measurement of carbon dioxide in polar ice cores.

Tissot, an associate professor of environmental science and regional planning, will work with Heritage High School teacher Lori McCarthy to research the role that marine invertebrates play in essential fish habitat for groundfish on the Oregon Continental Shelf.

The Murdock Trust, created by the will of the late Melvin J. Murdock, provides grants to organizations in five Pacific Northwest states to strengthen the region’s educational and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways.

For more information, call Tissot at (360) 546-9611 or Brook at (360) 546-9762.