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Dr. Melissa Warak will be presenting on the use of photography as proxy data in the Dryland CZ:
Photographic Evidence of Climate Change
Southeast College of Art Conference (SECAC)
Baltimore Oct. 26-29th
Dryland Outreach Activity
Saturday July 16, 2022
9:00 - 11:30am
417 Charles Rd. El Paso, TX
STEAM at the Park is geared towards children ages 5-17.
This event is made possible by ASPIRE NSF Engineering Research Center, UTEP College of Engineering abd Upward Bound Program, Insights, and yes si=ie can.
Dryland Critical Zone presents at the
Geological Society of America Joint Section Meeting
Las Vegas, NV 2022
Ghahremani, Z., Pierce, J., Huber, D., Reynard, L., Murray, E., & Swanson, C. (2022). The importance of dust in the formation of soil inorganic carbon in drylands. Sectional Geological Society of America meeting, Las Vegas, NV.
Hanif, T., Huber, D. P., Jin, L., Finney, B., Ghahremani, Z., & Pierce, J. (2022). Do drylands soils act as a net sink of CO2 to reduce atmospheric CO2 in the global carbon cycle? Sectional Geological Society of America meeting, Las Vegas.
Molina, V., Ma, L., Engle, M., Darrouzet-Nardi, A., Kaye, J., & Jin, L. (2022). Differentiating biotic vs. abiotic CO2 in the formation of pedogenic carbonate in an agriculturally altered site. Sectional Geological Society of America meeting, Las Vegas, NV.
Quiroz, M., Molina, V., Garcia, A., Doser, D., & Jin, L. (2022). A survey of tree size in a pecan orchard as a proxy of carbon flux, soil salinity and texture. Sectional Geological Society of America meeting, Las Vegas, NV.
Fellowship Applications Due February 21, 2022
Graduate Student Research Fellowships Available
at the Jornada Basin LTER
The Jornada Basin LTER provides support for half-time, 12 month (up to $24,000/y), and summer research fellowships (up to $6000/summer) for graduate students conducting research directly related to the goals of the Jornada LTER. Graduate Research Fellows may be eligible for up to 2 years (halftime) or 2 summers of support, for students in good standing with their university and with the Jornada LTER Program. The number of fellowships and amount each year depends on funds available.
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NSF Awards UTEP $5 Million to Leas Study of Earth's Surface in Drylands
A team of interdisciplinary researchers at The University of Texas at El Paso was awarded $5.27 million by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to advance critical zone (CZ) research in drylands. The University is one of nine funded CZ research projects in the nation.
Also featured in El Paso Inc.
Understanding Earth's Surface from Tree Canopy to Bedrock
Land-use change. Environmental change. Extreme natural events such as hurricanes and wildfires. All are placing increasing pressure on the planet and its natural resources. In the critical zone, the layer from the top of the forest canopy to the base of weathered bedrock, where freshwater flows and soil forms from the breakdown of rocks, life flourishes.