Discussion paper open till April 5th in Biogeosciences

06 Mar 2018 - A discussion is open for the manuscript, "Elevating the biogeosciences within environmental research networks".


Earth’s skin is an interdisciplinary laboratory

29 Jan 2018 - In the January 2018 issue of Physics Today, writer Toni Feder explores the scope of CZ research in the article, “Earth’s skin is an...


White paper of 2017 CZ Science Meeting in Arlington, VA

01 Jan 2018 - New Opportunities for Critical Zone Science Following the June 2017 Arlington Meeting for Critical Zone Science (hosted by CZO), a white booklet...


Undergraduate course curriculum, “Introduction to Critical Zone Science,” available free online

01 Jan 2018 - A 15-week semester-long upper-level undergraduate course curriculum entitled “Introduction to Critical Zone Science” is now available free online.


Reynolds Creek Featured on the Cover of Rangeland Ecology & Management

21 Dec 2017 - Lower Sheep Creek at Reynolds Creek Crticial Zone Observatory was featured on the cover of Rangeland Ecology & Managment.  Vol. 71. ...


CZOs at AGU 2017

05 Dec 2017 - Information on CZO award recipients, events, presentations, etc. at the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting.


Water Resources Research Special Collection: Concentration-discharge relations in the critical zone

30 Oct 2017 - Water Resources Research published a new special collection in September 2017 featuring concentration-discharge research from multiple CZOs.


CZNews: Fall 2017

25 Oct 2017 - The CZO National Office's quarterly newsletter CZNews: Fall 2017.


“Voices of Fire,” a documentary film about wildfire in the West, is now available on YouTube!

05 Sep 2017 - Hugo Sindelar's documentary film about the Soda Fire, which burned the northern portion of Reynolds Creek and a total of 280,000 acres in just 7 days.


CZNews: Summer 2017

27 Jul 2017 - CZO National Office's quarterly newsletter CZNews: Summer 2017.


Science Expo 2017

04 May 2017 - The Science Expo took place on Earth Day, April 22, 2017 in Pocatello Idaho.  A number of hands-on exhibits showcased some of the local science...


The frontier beneath our feet — an AGU commentary on the critical zone

21 Apr 2017 - AGU has published a collection of commentaries highlighting the important role Earth and space science research plays in society.


2017 CZO Webinar Series: Critical Zone and Society

06 Apr 2017 - 2017 CZO Webinar Series: Critical Zone and Society.


K-12 Soil Science Teacher Resources

24 Mar 2017 - The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is a professional scientific society, made up of soil scientists, educators, and consultants focused on...


Critical Zone Profiles - Meet the people doing CZO science (Reynolds Creek CZO)

18 Jan 2017 - Get a sense of the people and the work. Several members of the Reynolds Creek CZO are profiled here, including students and professors.


Voices of Fire Update

29 Sep 2016 - Good news!  Voices of Fire will be showing on IdahoPTV in the future.  An IndieGogo campaign has been launched to raise final...


Reynolds Creek CZO PI Meeting AGENDA

14 Sep 2016 - Reynolds Creek CZO is hosting a PI meeting September 18th to the 21st is Boise, Idaho. ...


Harmandeep Sharma recieved the 2016 New Phytologist Poster Award from ESA

22 Aug 2016 - The Physiological Ecology Section is pleased to announce the 2016 merit award winners for their presentations at the ESA meeting in Ft. Lauderdale.


Idaho State University STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Day

19 Feb 2016 - The Idaho State University's College of Science and Engineering held the first STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Day on...


Voices of Fire - A Documentary Video

12 Feb 2016 - "Voices of Fire" follows the devastating effects of the Soda Fire on the economy, ecology, and landscape in southwestern Idaho.


Digging Soil Pits at Reynolds Creek

09 Feb 2016 - Students dig a soil pit in Johnston Draw, Reynolds Creek Experimental Watershed. They made a time-lapse video during the early part of their work.


Reynolds Creek CZO 2015 Annual Meeting September 14th-15th

03 Sep 2015 - Participants will meeting on the Boise State University on the 14th, followed by a field trip out to Reynolds Creek Experimental Watershed on the 15th


Ecology From Treetop To Bedrock:  Human Influence In Earth’s Critical Zone

17 Jul 2015 - An Organized Session On Critical Zone Ecology At The 100th Annual Meeting Of The Ecological Society Of America August 9-14, 2015 In Baltimore, Md.


Idaho Public Television Science Trek:  SOIL

18 Jun 2015 - Soil is the top layer of the Earth. Without soil, there would be no life on our planet. There is a lot more to the study of soil than just dirt. On...


Understanding Vegetation-Snow Interactions and Critical Zone Sensitivity to Climate Change

01 Apr 2015 - Chris Tennant, Idaho State University, was awarded a NSF SAVI (Science Across Virtual Institutes) grant for cross-CZO research.

Assessing The Damage To Puerto Rico’s Rain Forest

30 Oct 2017 - The trees in the El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico were raked bare by Hurricane Maria. Grizelle Gonzalez talks with NPR's Melissa Block.

Contribute a classroom/field activity to NAGT’s Teach the Earth

22 May 2017 - Contribute a classroom or field activity to Teach the Earth.


05 May 2017 - STEM Day took place on February 23rd at Idaho State University.  Reynolds Creek provided a soil composition activity as an introduction to...

Critical Zone Profile – JEN PIERCE (geomorphologist, Associate Professor)

18 Jan 2017 - Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences, Boise State University

Critical Zone Profile – HARMANDEEP SHARMA (ecophysiologist, PhD student)

17 Jan 2017 - Ph.D. Student; Department of Biological Sciences; Idaho State University

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AGU Fall Meeting 2018

American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 2018

Washington, D.C..

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Growing new generations of critical zone scientists. Wymore Adam S., Nicole R. West, Kate Maher, Pamela L. Sullivan, Adrian Harpold, Diana Karwan, Jill A. Marshall, Julia Perdrial, Daniella M. Rempe and Lin Ma (2017): Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 42 (14): 2498-2502 Cross-CZO National


Regional sensitivities of seasonal snowpack to elevation, aspect, and vegetation cover in western North America. Christopher J. Tennant, Adrian A. Harpold, Kathleen Ann Lohse, Sarah E. Godsey, Benjamin T. Crosby, Laurel G. Larsen, Paul D. Brooks, Robert W. Van Kirk, Nancy F. Glenn (2017): Water Resources Research 53 Cross-CZO National


Geochemical evolution of the Critical Zone across variable time scales informs concentration-discharge relationships: Jemez River Basin Critical Zone Observatory. McIntosh J.C., Schaumberg C., Perdrial J., Harpold A., Vázquez-Ortega A., Rasmussen C., Vinson D., Zapata-Rios X., Brooks P.D., Meixner T., Pelletier J., Derry L., Chorover J. (2017): Water Resources Research 53(5): 4169–4196 Cross-CZO National


Designing a network of critical zone observatories to explore the living skin of the terrestrial Earth. Brantley, S.L., McDowell, W.H., Dietrich, W.E., White, T.S., Kumar, P., Anderson, S., Chorover, J., Lohse, K.A., Bales, R.C., Richter, D., Grant, G., and Gaillardet, J. (2017): Earth Surface Dynamics, 5, 841–860 Cross-CZO National


Reviews and syntheses: on the roles trees play in building and plumbing the critical zone. Brantley, Susan L., David M. Eissenstat, Jill A. Marshall, Sarah E. Godsey, Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad, Diana L. Karwan, Shirley A. Papuga, Joshua Roering, Todd E. Dawson, Jaivime Evaristo, Oliver Chadwick, Jeffrey J. McDonnell, Kathleen C. Weathers (2017): Biogeosciences, 14, 5115-5142 Cross-CZO National


A field comparison of multiple techniques to quantify groundwater–surface-water interactions. González-Pinzón, R., Ward, A., Hatch, C., Wlostowski, A., Singha, K., Gooseff, M., Haggerty, R., Harvey, J., Cirpka, O., and Brock, J. (2015): Freshwater Science, 34(1) Cross-CZO


Analytical model for flow duration curves in seasonally dry climates. Müller, M.F., Dralle, D.N., and Thompson, S.E. (2014): Water Resources Research 50(7): 5510-5531. Cross-CZO

Technical report: the design and evaluation of a basin-scale wireless sensor network for mountain hydrology. Zhang, Z., Glaser, S., Bales, R., Conklin, M., Rice, R., and D. Marks (2017): Water Resources Research, 53. 4487–4498.

Water and Carbon Fluxes along a Climate Gradient in Sagebrush Ecosystems. Flerchinger, G.N., Fellows, A.W., Seyfried, M.S., Clark, P.E., Lohse, K.A. (2017): Agricultural and Forest Meteorology

Variation in carbon and water fluxes in sagebrush steppe communities along an elevation gradient spanning rain- to snow- dominated precipitation regimes . Sharma, H., K. Reinhardt, K. A. Lohse, K. Aho (2017): Agriculture and Forest Meteorology

Nitrogenase Activity by Biological Soil Crusts in Cold Sagebrush Steppe Ecosystems. Schwabedissen, S.G., Lohse, K.A., Reed, S.C., Aho, K.A., T.S. Magnuson (2017): Biogeochemistry 134 (1–2): 57–76

On the rocks: quantifying storage of inorganic soil carbon on gravels and determining pedon-scale variability. Stanbery, C.J., Pierce, J.L., Benner, S.G., and K. Lohse (2017): Catena 157: 436-442

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