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Recent News

USGS technician conducting field work at Seal Beach

Shoring Up Seal Beach

June 28, 2016

A giant hose took sediment from the bottom of Anaheim Bay in California and shot it over Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge in a wide arc. The new sediment, added in layers, raised the entire elevation of the shore in an innovative project to restore lush wetland plants, habitat for endangered wildlife, and foraging sites for birds that otherwise would be lost to climate change and sea-level rise. 

Improving Livelihoods, One Forecast at a Time

June 28, 2016

One unexpected rainfall or flood can wipe out an entire family farm in Bihar, India, where climate and poverty are inextricably linked. In an experimental initiative, researchers based in the UA’s Institute of the Environment and Columbia University are working with Jeevika, an international effort to empower Indian women, to provide Bihari farmers with climate forecasts and advisories they need for managing risk to their livelihoods and maximizing crop productivity.  

Thandiwe Mweetwa

UA Student Named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer

June 28, 2016

Half a world away, in her native Zambia, UA graduate student and lion biologist Thandiwe Mweetwa is helping preserve the country’s population of big cats. In a nod to her work, the National Geographic Society selected her to be part of its 2016 class of Emerging Explorers, a program that recognizes gifted and inspiring scientists, conservationists, and innovators who are at the forefront of discovery  and global problem solving. 

Paloma Beamer and Karletta Chief in Window Rock, Navajo Nation capital.

When Community Calls

June 28, 2016

When questions began pouring in after the Gold King Mine spill in Colorado in November 2015, Karletta Chief was there to find answers. A member of the Navajo Nation and UA an extension specialist, Chief was awarded more than $1 million to collect samples from the Animas River, which was flooded with more than three million gallons of toxic waste. Chief and her team will monitor the long-term effects on the Navajo farming families that depend on the river for irrigation. 

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