With an unparalleled network of environmental monitoring stations, research field sites, data, and interdisciplinary scientists, the UA is pioneering use-inspired ecosystem research that helps manage and conserve the lands, forests, oceans, landscapes, and wildlife of the western U.S. and beyond for those who enjoy and depend upon them.
Dr. Philip C. Rosen has studied conservation biology and community ecology of amphibians and reptiles in the American Southwest since 1983, focusing on reptile ecology, aquatic species, deserts, grasslands, and urban environments. He has specialized in ranid frog, kinosternid turtle, and gartersnake conservation and ecology, urban amphibian distribution, ecology and conservation, translocation, and long-term monitoring and research in population and community ecology of desert reptiles.
Bill Smith, an assistant professor with the UA's School of Natural Resources and the Environment, leads a team that uses 30 years of data to create the first ever "grass-cast." The team uses historical data for counties, plus satellite images and weather forecasts to create a map of where to most likely find good vegetation growth.
The UA's Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium held a hands-on educational event and screening of "Dynamic Earth" on World Oceans Day.
A group of scientists, including UA oceanographer Joellen Russell, has new findings suggesting that Antarctica's Southern Ocean — long known to play an integral role in climate change — may not be absorbing as much pollution as previously thought.
Layered deposits of coral skeletons hold vast stores of environmental data from thousands of years ago, including annual records of ocean temperatures, water pollution and storm activity. UA geoscientist Gloria Jimenez and colleagues recently assembled a detailed record of water temperature changes from 1940 to 2010.
North Idaho is among parts of the West that can expect to see more than five times the area burned during the next 20 years than fires covered in the past 20. That trend is expected to continue across the Western U.S. and northwestern Canada, though not uniformly, according to the recent study by forest scientists Don Falk and Thomas Swetnam of the UA, Thomas Kitzberger of Argentina and Leroy Westerling of the University of California, Merced.
Forecasts favor above-average temperatures and equal chances for below-, average, and above-average precipitation for the Rio Grande/Bravo Basin through August.
About six months after the Gold King Mine spill in 2015, the UA Institute of the Environment held a panel discussion to explore the Diné perspective.
UA research say the bees they may encounter during the summer months are more unpredictable and aggressive than domestic honeybees, especially when defending hives.
At the UA-operated Biosphere 2, researchers are seeking a breakthrough to help save the world's eroding coral reefs. John Adams, the deputy director of Biosphere 2, says the UA will install new control systems that will allow researchers to change the temperature and other conditions of the water to examine which species of coral will survive.