in order to create new knowledge about Earth’s critical zone and advance Earth systems models
for the security and resilience of resources and societies
by educating the next generation of STEM professionals and reaching out to learners of all ages
K-12, higher education, and public activities over recent years have included undergraduate critical zone course curriculum development and instruction, critical-zone activity trainings with mountain county teachers, multiple Master Gardener trainings using SSCZO findings, and print and online news coverage.
We serve as a platform and resource for the research community. Scientists visit our sites to collect samples for both independent and collaborative projects.
SSCZO staff and investigators also engage with local, state, and federal officials; and regional watershed and forest management groups.
SSCZO Researchers: Submit your Education and Outreach activities for our reports and numbers!
Every year, SSCZO presents to hundreds of grade school students as part of Southern California Edison's Science Days in Shaver Lake. At the 2013 event, Southern Sierra staff presented on how the water cycle impacts local wildlife, and discussed several special local species with more than 500 students. Students, grades K-8 from 3 local schools, also learned about forest products, birds, and other topics at the other stations. Education and Outreach Coordinator Erin Stacy presented at all three days, but new summer employees also had a chance in front of the students.
In May and June of 2012, SSCZO staff participated in the Southern California Edison Science Days. Elementary and middle school classes traveled to Camp Edison (outside Shaver Lake) and visited stations set up to teach about nature and science. The event theme in 2012 focused on plants. SSCZO staff facilitated an activity describing the water cycle in and around a single tree.
In 2011, the SCE Science Days theme was water. Southern Sierra CZO colleagues gave a presentation on hydrologic cycle and how researchers use various instruments to measure the water cycle.
This July 2011 outing allowed stakeholders and the public to see the cutting-edge research being conducted at the site. Five congressional staff and 2 state senate staff members attended, along with representatives of several local organizations.
With SSCZO researchers Roger Bales, Matt Meadows and Carolyn Hunsaker, attendees toured the Providence flux tower, Critical Zone Tree-1, and meadow instrumentation, all located in subcatchment P301.
The Spring 2013 student group from the Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART). Six students from CART designed and exectued a research project looking at differences in snow depth and density in relation to trees (including slope aspect, cardinal direction from tree trunk and tree canopy). The students learned how to use a federal snow sampler, and to dig a snow pit for refined snow density analysis. Two trips to the CZO Providence site offered the students onsite experience with CZO staff Matt Meadows and Erin Stacy and CART teacher Steve Wilson. Students will present final work in May.
Agenda, 2013 Annual Meeting
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Agenda, information on discussion topics, and potential accommodations.
27 Jul 2017 - CZO National Office's quarterly newsletter CZNews: Summer 2017.
23 Jun 2017 - A 15-week semester-long upper-level undergraduate course curriculum entitled “Introduction to Critical Zone Science” is now available free online.
21 Jun 2017 - University of California Television (UCTV) features Bales, Conklin, Glaser, Safeeq, and others on the new Sustainable California channel
22 May 2017 - Contribute a classroom or field activity to Teach the Earth.
04 May 2017 - Onward California - University of California television spots showcase Southern Sierra CZO research
06 Apr 2017 - 2017 CZO Webinar Series: Critical Zone and Society.
28 Mar 2017 - NSF Press Release: New research finding provides insight into role dust may play as ecosystems change
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...
11 Apr 2016 - New York Times reporter, Henry Fountain spoke with Southern Sierra CZO PIs Roger Bales and Martha Conklin and investigtor Mohammad Safeeq as they...
19 Jul 2017 - Wonder what soils and sponges have in common? Or why some trees in the Sierra Nevada are dying while others are surviving? Find out in our new comic.
28 Mar 2017 - A team of researchers found that dust provides a much greater amount of nutrients to vegetation in the Sierra Nevada than previously thought.
21 Dec 2016 - Exploring the Critical Zone Observatory, undergraduates from UC Merced put their knowledge of soil science into action conducting field surveys.
20 Dec 2016 - Lawrence Livermore and UC Merced researchers are tracking water through the critical zone using cutting-edge technology and new collection methods.
19 Oct 2016 - University of Nevada Reno's Adrian Harpold reflects on his past and present time researching at Critical Zone Observatories.