From San Diego County to Texas' Rio Grande Valley, citizen-scientists deployed to 20 border-area sites for the second annual Border BioBlitz, a two-day volunteer effort to record as many species of flora and fauna as possible along roughly one-kilometer stretches on each side of the U.S.-Mexico line. Taylor Edwards, an associate staff scientist at the UA, and Anthony Mendoza, a researcher at the UA herbarium, are quoted.
On Feb. 14, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that El Niño officially arrived. Information from the UA's Climate Assessment for the Southwest's website is used to explain shifting jet stream patterns.
A 2016 study found that more than 450 plants and animals have undergone local extinctions due to climate change. If nothing is done, these species face the risk of becoming extinct at the global level. "If global warming continues, species that cannot change or move quickly enough may go globally extinct," said John Wiens, a researcher at the UA and the study's lead author.
The recently updated UA Sustainability Map, which plots sustainability-related work on campus, has three new layers with information about the people, events, and news related to each project. The map's creators hope it becomes a go-to resource for data on campus sustainability.