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.
23 Jan 2018 (National) - The Winter 2018 edition of the quarterly CZO National Office Newsletter "CZNews."
01 Jan 2018 (National) - An invitation for edited and authored volumes for a new Springer-Nature book series: Advances in Critical Zone Science
01 Jan 2018 (National, Boulder, Calhoun, Catalina-Jemez, Christina, Eel, IML, Luquillo, Reynolds, Shale Hills, Sierra) - A 15-week semester-long upper-level undergraduate course curriculum entitled “Introduction to Critical Zone Science” is now available free online.
09 Feb 2018 (Calhoun) - Geophysics, Geochemistry, and Biogeochemistry of the Southern Piedmont Critical Zone
08 Feb 2018 (Boulder) - The CZO's own Dr. Noah Molotch, director of CWEST, appeared on KGNU during a piece on snow depth and Snow Telemetry (SNOTEL). KGNU is an...
02 Feb 2018 (Calhoun) - Duke Assistant Professor Christine Folch (Cultural Anthropology) converses spiritedly with Prof. Bruno Latour (Philosopher of Science) on the banks...
22 Jan 2018 (Luquillo) - On Saturday, January 13, we successfully held our third Teacher Data Jam Workshop of the Luquillo LTER Schoolyard Program. On this occasion,...