Our lives depend upon what happens in the Critical Zone. All life on land depends upon what happens in the Critical Zone. Yet, what happens in the Critical Zone is not broadly understood. Indeed, most people have never heard of the Critical Zone or of Critical Zone Science. We aim to change that. Building broad understanding of Critical Zone processes for the public, and for both scientists and future scientists are the primary goals of our Critical Zone education and outreach programs.
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 necessity 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 offer a great 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.
Place-based Earth Science Education, Teacher Professional Development, & Curriculum Development
Earth system science education, educator professional development; paleontology, paleoceanography
CZO National Office Coordinator
Science education, with emphasis on undergraduate geoscience programs
The CZO Virtual Institute is part of NSF's Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI). It aims to develop workshops, support graduate and post-doctoral research primarily on cross-CZO, common measurement-based projects, and further the development of web-based collaboration tools on CZEN.org. The project has implemented CZO workshops, a summer interns program and an international scholars program to promote collaboration in and out of the network towards common measurement-based CZ science.
27 Apr 2018 (National) - CZO Newsletter CZNews: Spring 2018
04 Jun 2018 (Shale Hills) - One of the first ever academically-led large scale 3D seismic refraction survey uses the Shale Hills watershed to capture high-resolution imaging of...
31 May 2018 (Shale Hills) - As part of the GEOPATHS Field Experience, first and second year undergraduate students worked together to explore the shallow subsurface of the...
23 May 2018 (Sierra) - Meet ecohydrologist Ryan Bart! Ryan studies the interactions between water and ecosystems within the Sierra Nevada and other regions.
10 May 2018 (Shale Hills) - Over the course of two days each May, the SSHCZO comes together for the annual All-Hands science meeting at Penn State. This year, Dr. Ying...
Goldschmidt 2018 Annual Meeting in the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, Boston, MA, USA
Boston, MA USA.