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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.
Researchers have found that there is a considerable chance that the evolution of pest resistance will outpace human innovation. The idea that weed control is a collective problem requiring collective action emerged relatively recently, said George Frisvold, an agricultural and resource economist at the UA.
The UA Compost Cats have partnered with Santa Cruz County to open the area's first compost center.
Project construction for the Monsanto facility in Marana is nearing the halfway point on the 30-foot-tall steel and glass edifice. Monsanto collaborates with the UA Controlled Environment Agriculture Center on corn research. Gene Giacomelli, director of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center, is interviewed.
The 2018 International Indoor Plant Factory Symposium drew about 160 attendees to the Blue Palace Hotel in Jiading, Shanghai. UA professor Joel Cuello, a member of the BIO5 Institute and director of the Global Initiative for Strategic Agriculture in Dry Lands, was among the presenters.
Our stormy season officially starts on Friday, and the forecast is for above-average rainfall and warmer-than-average temperatures. The storms provide up to half of Tucson's annual rainfall.
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.
Continuing coverage: Beneath some solar arrays, pollinator-friendly plants, fruits, vegetables and forage are cropping up in place of turfgrass or gravel. Greg Barron-Gafford, an associate professor in the School of Geography and Development at the UA, found that crops produced under solar panels needed half as much water as those grown in the open.
A growing body of research suggests that as ocean temperatures rise, deadly storms will grow stronger. According to the UA, there were many hurricanes packing more power from 1944 to the late 1960s, with a quieter period from 1970 through the mid-1990s and another more active, energy-filled period from 1995 through today.