Research Community

The IML-CZO engages researchers from many institutions across the Midwest for the collaborative, interdisciplinary study of the critical zone observatory in intensively managed (agricultural) landscapes. These wide-ranging partnerships generate many exciting new research approaches and ideas.

Recently, the IML-CZO engaged with Ashle Dere, assistant professor at tthe University of Nebraska-Omaha on the cooperative research on agricultural land use effects on the weathering of loess soils. We now have observatories in the IML-CZO and farther west in eastern Nebraska, where researchers are exploring the effects along a climactic gradient. 

In addition, researchers took Sharon Billings of the University of Kansas on a tour of the Clear Creek watershed to explore her interest in investigating agricultural land use effects on the biological aspects of soil and soil resilience.

University of Nebraska-Omaha students collect a soil monolith.

IML-CZO recently welcome three international undergraduate students from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, for a one-month visit to IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering at the University of Iowa. These three students (Sisi Chen, Zhou Chen, and Zijing Wang) engaged in hands-on fieldwork entailing the verification of deployed instrumentation, data collection, and extensive data processing. The students also participated in the annual CZO meeting at UIUC.



CUAHSI Training Workshop

*Spots still available* The Role of Runoff and Erosion on Soil Carbon Stocks: From Soilscapes to Landscapes

Knoxville, TN.

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