2015 News

December  2015

EOS: Taking the Pulse of the Earth’s Surface Systems

04 Dec 2015 - Taking the Pulse of the Earth's Surface Systems In September of 2014, Laurel Larsen (UC Berkley), Elizabeth Hajek (Penn State), and others...

September  2015

Introduction to TeenShale Network draws 28 student participants

28 Sep 2015 - For the 2015-2016 academic year, researchers at Penn State provided the program introduction at State College Area High to 28 student Learning...

Youth from Petersburg Bethel Presbyterian Church learn “What’s in the water?”

27 Sep 2015 - On Sunday after services, members from the SSHCZO met with two youth groups from Petersburg Bethel Church to teach about water quality.  The...

Summer research program boosts confidence, shapes careers

18 Sep 2015 - “Hydrosphere! Lithosphere! Atmosphere! Biosphere!” students and teachers shouted during orientation for this summer’s Critical...

CZO Workshop to Explore Critical Puzzles breaks through discipline barriers

11 Sep 2015 - Motivated by interest in Fall 2014 during the National CZO All-Hands meeting at Yosemite National Park, the SSHCZO hosted 30 specialists from across...

Drilling completed in Garner Run catena

04 Sep 2015 - Collaborators from the University of Guelph and Stone Environmental, Inc. teamed with our watershed specialist, Brandon Forsythe, to complete a well...

August  2015

Seed grant funded for 2015-2016 research at Shale Hills CZO

20 Aug 2015 - The Spring 2015 Request for Seed Grant Proposals in Support of Critical Zone Science in the Susquehanna Shale Hills CZO has resulted in the...

2015 CZO REUs and RETs present summer research

17 Aug 2015 - The Critical Zone Observatory Research Experience for Undergraduates and Research Experience for Teachers program traveled to Baltimore, Maryland to...

Joint AGU-ESA Event Brings Together Collaborative Networks

17 Aug 2015 - Members of AGU and the Ecological Society of America came together in their first joint event to discuss opportunities for research collaboration.

Research Experience for Teachers Culminates with a Workshop at Shavers Creek

03 Aug 2015 - Summer research experience for teachers provided hands-on activities to learn about Critical Zone science.  The two teachers were paired with...

July  2015

CZO collaborations are underway with Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency

13 Jul 2015 - Penn State alum, Dr. Morgan Minyard (2010), and her colleague with the Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency expand an...

June  2015

Instrumentation at the CZO Sandstone Catena nearing completion

26 Jun 2015 - Four landscape positions have been selected and instrumented along a sandstone catena in Garner Run.  This research site, predominantly...

Salon on Deep Critical Zone Architecture held June 14-18, 2015

26 Jun 2015 - An international group of 17 researchers met at Snow Mountain Ranch, Granby, Colorado for 3.5 days of presentations and discussions on the nature of...

Summer REU/RET students expand sampling protocols to include methane

25 Jun 2015 - Three summer students join with Earth and Environmental Systems Institute scientists to learn water quality field sampling techniques.  Two of...

Penn State Weather Campers visit the CZO

19 Jun 2015 - Ken Davis and Bill Syrett demonstrated the instrumentation used to collect atmospheric data in the CZO with 36 rising 8th – 10th...

The 2015 CZO REU/RET orientation begins at Penn State

10 Jun 2015 - Funded by the National Science Foundation, eight REU/RET participants with Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory joined seven...

May  2015

State High Chapter of TeenShale Network culminates with presentations at two workshops

15 May 2015 - For the 2014-2015 academic year, the State High chapter of TeenShale Network expanded the water quality monitoring program to include one additional...

Susquehanna Shale Hills CZO hosts Dorothy Merritts for All Hands 2015

13 May 2015 - The annual SSHCZO All Hands meeting featured Dr. Dorothy Merritts, Harry W. and Mary B. Huffnagle Professor of Geosciences and Chair of the...

April  2015

Katie Gaines recognized with Intercollege Graduate Student Outreach Achievement Award

03 Apr 2015 - Gaines, nearing completion of year five in the Ecology graduate program, has been awarded the Intercollege Graduate Student Outreach Achievement...

March  2015

Shale Hills hosts Environmental Geophysics students for field based class project

25 Mar 2015 - Students enrolled in Environmental Geophysics (Geosc 483) at the University Park Penn State campus will spend the next month applying principles and...

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