Sampling of macroinvertebrates, porosity networks, and soil hydraulic properties provides ample opportunities for in-field education.
A variety of education and outreach activities are planned as part of the Calhoun CZO.
Undergraduate Research and Education. Our project will reach out to undergraduates who are already interested in Critical Zone research as well as for the broader population of students and faculty who may currently know little about the Critical Zone. The program will be based at Roanoke College (an undergraduate institution), however efforts will be supported at research universities. Undergraduate research will be supported through summer positions associated with on-going research projects and shadowing opportunities, along with travel support to promote student attendance at conferences and workshops. Undergraduate research opportunities will be widely advertised, and we plan to participate in North Carolina State University's new REU in soil science.
Workshops for Young CZO Scientists. We will hold summer workshops at the Calhoun in year 1, 3, and for invited young scientists, ranging from undergraduate and graduate students to Assistant Professors and beginning research scientists. We will follow a workshop model we developed during a NSF-sponsored Research Coordination Network that ran from 2007-2012 (NSF EAR-DEB, 0541826).
Annual Meeting Symposia. The PIs will continue to sponsor sessions and symposia at meetings such as AGU, SSSA, Goldschmidt, and ESA on topics directly related to the CZ science.
Duke’s WISeNet-IGERT. We will draw the attention of PhD applicants to the Duke University IGERT Wireless Intelligent Sensor Networks, and to the Nicholas School of the Environment; Pratt School of Engineering; and the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and History. We will offer fellowships for some of the best students in these programs and encourage participation in our Young Scientist Workshop held at the Calhoun CZO.
21 Aug 2019 - Dan Markewitz and Dan Richter led a field trip on June 6-7, 2019 in the rain (perhaps 3") across the Calhoun CZO with Penn State students. We...
07 May 2019 - April 15, 2019 Franklin Humanities Institute “The Education of Bruno Latour: From the Critical Zone to the Anthropocene”...
14 Nov 2018 - How critical zone science unearths secrets: The new cross-disciplinary field of study concerns itself with the living skin of the Earth.
09 Feb 2018 - Geophysics, Geochemistry, and Biogeochemistry of the Southern Piedmont Critical Zone
02 Feb 2018 - Duke Assistant Professor Christine Folch (Cultural Anthropology) converses spiritedly with Prof. Bruno Latour (Philosopher of Science) on the banks...
27 Apr 2017 - The Forest History Society announces that Zachary Brecheisen is the 2017-18 recipient of the F. K. Weyerhaeuser Fellowship! The fellowship consists...
08 Feb 2017 - The Winter 2017 issue of UGA Graduate features an in-depth article about cross-CZO grad student Diego Barcellos
08 Dec 2016 - Bruno Latour, anthropologist and philosopher of science, gave a talk on Critical Zone science and the Anthropocene entitled "From the Anthropocene...
17 Oct 2016 - Eight soil pits were installed at the Calhoun CZO on 17-18 October 2016 for easy access for soil sampling down to 2 meters. Photo: Will Cook.
03 Oct 2016 - Just posted, thanks to efforts of Don Nelson, Kathy O'Neill, Mike Coughlan, Michael Lonneman, Zachary Meyers, and many other students, is an...
22 Sep 2016 - An introduction to the Calhoun Critical Zone Observatory, by Justin Richardson and Dan Richter, illustrated by Alana McGillis has just been posted!...
30 Mar 2016 - The USFS Southern Research Station's CompassLive blog features an article about the history of the Calhoun Experimental Forest, founded in 1947....
09 Oct 2015 - About 60 Chinese and American critical zone scientists met in Guiyang, China for two days of discussions and presentations on the significance of...
12 Jun 2019 - Five students travelled to Union, South Carolina for a two-day site visit June 6 – June 8 at the Calhoun CZO. This site visit was the...
31 May 2019 - Mac Callaham and his group shared their research on earthworms at the May 2019 Society for Freshwater Science annual meeting in Salt Lake City.
06 Mar 2018 - A discussion is open for the manuscript, "Elevating the biogeosciences within environmental research networks".
01 Jan 2018 - A 15-week semester-long upper-level undergraduate course curriculum entitled “Introduction to Critical Zone Science” is now available free online.
05 Dec 2017 - Information on CZO award recipients, events, presentations, etc. at the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting.