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Lacawac Sanctuary recently awarded two grants to scientists conducting research at Lacawac Sanctuary Field Station. The Robert Estabrook Moeller Memorial awards were presented to Dr. Elise Heiss, King’s College and Rachel Pilla, Miami University of Ohio.

Heiss, a chemistry professor at King’s College, has been awarded a $2,000 grant for her research on nitrogen cycling in Lake Lacawac: investigating environmental controls on water column nitrification.

Pilla, a Ph.D student has also been awarded a $2,000 grant for her research titled: Mapping the Metabolic Landscape for Threatened Zooplankton Taxa in Lakes.

Dr. Robert E. Moeller, a long-time friend and supporter of the Lacawac Sanctuary passed away in 2011 at the age of 62. He was a limnologist, a researcher who studied the structure and function of lakes and the organisms that live in them. He was happy to help students and colleagues with their research.

Moeller established an endowed fund which will support Robert Estabrook Moeller Research Fellow awards to college and university students and faculty to do limnological research on Lake Lacawac and other Pocono region lakes.

Lacawac Sanctuary is a biological field station and environmental education center located on the shore of Lake Wallenpaupack. The station has been conducting scientific research and educating the public since 1966. More information on Lacawac can be found at

Dr. Elise Heiss, King’s College