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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.


Public Presentations 

Students, staff, and volunteers demo critical zone processes at the Merced River Fair.

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.

 

 

Featured Presentations: 

  • How Heat and Drought Control the Growth and Death of Sierra Forests. Presentation by Anne Kelly at Yosemite Forum. 14 February 2017.
  • Where Rock, Soil, Water, Air, and Life Connect: Understanding and Measuring the Critical Zone. Exhibit Booth by Melissa Thaw, Joe Rungee, Kimber Moreland, and Michelle Gilmore at the Merced River Fair, Riverdance Farms, Livingston CA. 4 June 2016.
  • Nature and Properties of Soil. Presented by Toby O'Geen at the Sonora, Tuolume and Calaveras Counties' Master Garderners Program. 18 February 2016.
     
  • Geologic Limits on Life in Mountain Landscapes. Presented by Cliff Riebe at Yosemite Forum, Yosemite National Park. 13 January 2015.

 


 


Field & Facility Tours 

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.

 

 


 


In the Media

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.

 

 


 


 

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Students, staff, and volunteers demo critical zone processes at the Merced River Fair.

SSCZO investigator Martha Conklin leads a discussion about the hydrology of Yosemite Valley to members of the UC Merced University Friends Circle. 

Field tour

Winter instrument data download


News

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Observatory scientists volunteer with students at new STEAM Center in Merced

02 Nov 2017 - UC Merced scientists are sharing their research, stories, and expertise at Merced City School District's new STEAM Center.

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Southern Sierra CZO Videos

04 May 2017 - Onward California - University of California television spots showcase Southern Sierra CZO research

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2017 CZO Webinar Series: Critical Zone and Society

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

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NSF: Dust contributes valuable nutrients to Sierra Nevada forest ecosystems

28 Mar 2017 - NSF Press Release: New research finding provides insight into role dust may play as ecosystems change


Visiting the Water Source: A Tour of the Kings River Headwaters

06 Nov 2017 - By Michelle Gilmore and Leigh Bernacchi   Ever wonder how we know what we know about water? Twenty-five intrepid water and forest managers,...

UCSB graduate team working on collaborative forest restoration strategies in Sierra Nevada

03 Oct 2017 - Five master's students at the UCSB Bren School are incentivizing restoration strategies for private landholders with Sierra RCD.

New SSCZO comic artfully communicates research

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.

Gobi Desert Dust Helps Sustain California’s Sierra Nevada

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.

“Natural Inquirer” education journal features study by Southern Sierra researchers

01 Apr 2016 - A study by Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory researchers was featured in a recent issue of Natural Inquirer, a middle school...

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Events

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