Daniella Rempe investigates how burning of roots by forest fires changes subsurface porosity and permeability structure. Photo credit: William E. Dietrich.
What kind of work do critical zone scientists do? Who are some of the scientists working at Critical Zone Observatories across the country? How does their work inform our understanding and management of critical zone resources, such as water, soil, and food?
These brief profiles feature just a few of the 250+ senior scientists, university faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students who work at the nine CZO sites currently funded by the National Science Foundation. CZO people are cross-disciplinary scientists who have expertise in fields including hydrology, geochemistry, geomorphology, ecology, biology, and climatology. More profiles will be added over time, as new scientists join the CZO teams.
Josha Clegg, Zeshi Zheng, and Carlos Oroza install a new wireless data logger.
The profiles provide a non-technical introduction to the work CZO people do. Each scientist was asked to respond to the following questions:
1. What is the goal of your work?
2. How is your work relevant to the science community and to the larger human communities in which we live?
3. Why is studying the critical zone important?
4. How has the CZO network been valuable to you in your work?
5. How can the CZOs help improve our understanding and management of natural resources?
ADAM WYMORE (freshwater ecologist, post-doctoral researcher)
ANDREW STUMPF (Quaternary geologist, senior investigator)
CARLOS OROZA (systems engineer, PhD student)
CHRISTOPHER SHEPARD (soil researcher, PhD student)
DANIELLA REMPE (hydrologist, geomorphologist, PhD student)
DAVE BARNARD (tree eco-physiologist, postdoctoral fellow)
EVE-LYN HINCKLEY (biogeochemist, assistant professor)
GREG TUCKER (geomorphologist, professor)
HARMANDEEP SHARMA (ecophysiologist, PhD student)
HYOJIN KIM (geochemist, postdoctoral fellow)
JAIVIME EVARISTO (ecohydrologist, PhD student)
JANE WILLENBRING (geomorphologist, Assistant Professor)
JASPER OSHUN (environmental scientist, PhD student)
JENNIFER MCINTOSH (Hydrobiogeochemist, Associate Professor)
JEN PIERCE (geomorphologist, Associate Professor)
JORDEN HAYES (geophysicist, Assistant Professor)
JOANMARIE DEL VECCHIO (geomorphologist, graduate student)
JUSTIN RICHARDSON (soil biogeochemist, post-doctoral researcher)
KATHERINE O’NEILL (ecosystem ecologist, Associate Professor)
KEITH BOUMA-GREGSON (freshwater ecologist, PhD student)
KYLE TROSTLE (geochemist, postdoctoral researcher)
KYUNGJIN (KJ) MIN (soil ecologist, PhD student)
LAURA KEEFER (fluvial geomorphologist, senior investigator)
LILLIAN HILL (ecologist, graduate student)
LINDSAY ARVIN (geomorphologist, PhD student)
MARK SEYFRIED (soil scientist, USDA ARS)
MELISSA FOSTER (geologist, PhD student)
MELISSA THAW (mountain hydrologist, PhD student)
MOHAMMAD SAFEEQ (hydrologist, assistant research scientist)
PAM SULLIVAN (hydrogeochemist, Assistant Professor)
RACHEL GALLERY (microbial biologist, assistant professor)
STEPHANIE CARLSON (fish biologist, associate professor)
TESS RUSSO (hydrologist, assistant professor)
THEODORE BARNHART (hydrologist, PhD student)
TODD DAWSON (environmental scientist, professor)
TRAVIS NIELSON (geophysicist, graduate student)
WHENDEE SILVER (ecosystem ecologist, Professor)
XAVIER ZAPATA-RIOS (hydrologist, PhD student)
YUNING SHI (meteorologist, research associate)