The Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory has numerous data sets and a transect of field sites available for outside researchers to collaborate. 

We are always seeking students interested in Critical Zone science to join our team. Check out our infrastructure and research pages for additional details.

New empirical techniques in the field or laboratory are welcome, as well as theoretical models for the data.

Read our guidelines for collaborative research, Precepts for Collaboration

New techniques of quantification are explored regularly in the catchment.  Here, Beth Herndon, uses colorimetric assays to detect temporal and spatial differences in enzyme activities in the soil, particularly around roots.

CZOs at AGU 2018

23 Aug 2018 - The 2018 AGU Fall Meeting will be held December 10-14 in Washington, D.C.

Call for proposals: Research Coordination Networks (RCNs) Driving Convergent CZ Science

12 Jul 2018 - NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Research Coordination Networks (RCNs) for Driving Convergent Science in the Critical Zone

Undergraduate course curriculum, “Introduction to Critical Zone Science,” available free online

01 Jan 2018 - A 15-week semester-long upper-level undergraduate course curriculum entitled “Introduction to Critical Zone Science” is now available free online.

The 2017 – 2018 cohort of TeenShale meets for first in-house & in-field experience

17 Oct 2017 - This year’s cohort of TeenShale Network consists of eight returning participants (10th – 12th graders) and eight new team members (8th...

82nd Annual Field Conference of PA Geologists tour the CZO

05 Oct 2017 - Just under 250 geologists from across the state of Pennsylvania spent three days (Oct 5-7) exploring outcrops and research sites in Blair, Centre...

Team takes a Sunday field trip to the new “Ag” site to explore instrumentation design

29 Aug 2016 - Investigators and students traveled to the Cole Farm yesterday afternoon, downstream of Shale Hills proper, to explore the topography of the...

Collaborators begin erosion experiment and microbial characterization study along the Shale Transect

15 Aug 2016 - Investigators Ashlee Dere, University of Nebraska – Omaha, and Sam Nath, University of Oregon, begin field installations for two new erosion...

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Seed Grant Proposals

The Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory (SSHO) is pleased to be able to offer 1 year grants to facilitate scientific investigations within the SSHO.  This program is designed to foster participation from researchers and educators who are not presently funded within the CZO – and especially from outside Penn State -- to accomplish work that complements ongoing research. We are especially interested in proposals that facilitate cross-site investigations between SSHO and other CZO programs.

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Contact Us

  • Susan Brantley


    Lead-PI of Shale Hills

    Penn State
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  • Jennifer Williams

    Program and Data Coordinator

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  • Brandon Forsythe

    Field Coordinator

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  • Dan Shapich

    Data Manager

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