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An interdisciplinary team from the University of Arizona has been awarded $100,000 by the National Park Service to assess how environmental stressors such as flooding and extreme heat impact monuments, historic sites and other cultural resources in the American West.
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.
Global climate change, the increasing global population and recent changes in environmental policy are putting Arizona's natural resources in extreme jeopardy, according to Stuart Marsh, associate director and professor in the UA School of Natural Resources and the Environment.
Research from the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health in Canada is warning that a byproduct of desalination plants – super-salty, potentially toxic brine – is being produced in large quantities and that it could pose serious environmental threats. While the majority of plants worldwide are located in the Middle East and North Africa, many communities in the U.S. are looking into or planning their own desalination plants, said Margaret Wilder, a geographer and ecologist at the UA.
Global climate change, the increasing global population and recent changes in environmental policy are putting Arizona's natural resources in extreme jeopardy.