The CZOs provide a rich training ground for the next generation of truly interdisciplinary Earth scientists.

Through research and education opportunities associated with each CZO, cross-CZO scientific endeavors, and annual meetings, we engage young scientists in Critical Zone science, developing a new cadre of future CZO leadership. The necesity of understanding Critical Zone processes globally was recognized early in the development of CZOs, and through international partnerships, U.S. graduate students have benefited their home CZOs as well as their personal career pursuits through travel to European labs and field sites to engage in collaborative learning and research.

The CZOs also offer an unprecedented opportunity for the Earth sciences community to explain to the public how hypotheses are tested and experiments are conducted, as well as to share exciting scientific results and their societal relevance.

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Education/Outreach News


2017 CZO Webinar Series: Critical Zone and Society

06 Apr 2017 (National, Boulder, Calhoun, Catalina-Jemez, Christina, Eel, IML, Luquillo, Reynolds, Shale Hills, Sierra) - 2017 CZO Webinar Series: Critical Zone and Society.


NSF: Dust contributes valuable nutrients to Sierra Nevada forest ecosystems

28 Mar 2017 (Sierra) - NSF Press Release: New research finding provides insight into role dust may play as ecosystems change


CZNews: Winter 2017

25 Jan 2017 (National) - CZO Newsletter CZNews: Winter 2017


Zach Brecheisen wins the Frederick K. Weyerhaeuser Forest History Fellowship

27 Apr 2017 (Calhoun) - The Forest History Society announces that Zachary Brecheisen is the 2017-18 recipient of the F. K. Weyerhaeuser Fellowship! The fellowship consists...


NSF-funded video series on ‘Human Water Cycle’

10 Apr 2017 (National) - The NSF has joined with NBC Learn to release a video series, the "Human Water Cycle," that explores the connection between water, food and energy.

Gobi Desert Dust Helps Sustain California’s Sierra Nevada

28 Mar 2017 (Sierra) - A team of researchers found that dust provides a much greater amount of nutrients to vegetation in the Sierra Nevada than previously thought.


K-12 Soil Science Teacher Resources

24 Mar 2017 (National, Boulder, Calhoun, Catalina-Jemez, Christina, Eel, IML, Luquillo, Reynolds, Shale Hills, Sierra) - The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is a professional scientific society, made up of soil scientists, educators, and consultants focused on...

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