SSCZO works to improve public awareness and understanding of the critical zone and Sierra Nevada ecosystem services. Researchers and staff often participate in public presentations, field outings, local and national newspaper articles, radio and television interviews, and film projects. Sierra forests and water cycle are often highlighted, particularly focusing on forest health, snowpack quantification and other components of the critical zone that affect California’s resources. Read below to learn more about our work.
Team members from SSCZO give public presentations at a variety of venues. Our team has given presentations at Yosemite Forum and regional Master Gardener programs. You can find us demonstrating models and instruments at events like the Merced River Fair and leading Junior Ranger activities in Stanislaus National Forest. SSCZO also partners with UC Merced to sponsor the Merced Science Cafe, directed by our Field Manager Erin Stacy. Upcoming public programs are available on our events page.
We're always happy to share our work with audiences of all ages. Contact us if you have an event that you'd like us to participate in.
Researchers and staff host trips to the field to learn about our projects, instruments, and sites where our research is focused. Research laboratory tours are also offered to show the work we do when we're not in the field, including sample preparation and analysis, data processing, and modeling.
Would you like to tour our facilities or field sites? Contact us to arrange a visit.
SSCZO research and personnel are frequently featured in the media, often covering California’s ongoing drought, snowpack levels, and forest mortality. Researchers have written articles in San Joaquin Valley newspapers and been featured in The New York Times and Desert Sun. You can find our investigators on radio and television programs, including KQED Forum and Lou Dobbs Tonight. SSCZO technology, sites, and researchers have also been featured in widely received video productions such as NBC Learn and Onward California. Check out our videos and photo galleries to learn more about our work.
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
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.
01 Apr 2016 - A study by Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory researchers was featured in a recent issue of Natural Inquirer, a middle school...
22 Mar 2016 - As part of World Water Day, the White House is hosting a Water Summit today and released its Commitments to Action on Building a Sustainable...
18 Mar 2016 - UC Merced Professor Roger Bales was featured on the KQED Forum radio show on March 3, 2016. Bales responded to callers' questions...