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Recent News

Mosquito egg rafts float among leaves in an apartment complex pool.

BRACE Yourself for Changing Mosquito Seasons

June 28, 2016

The buzz around standing water in Arizona backyards could be hazardous to your health, and climate researchers at the UA are out to help state residents prepare for the threat. A team of scientists, including the UA’s Heidi Brown, an international expert in mosquito-borne disease, are creating a map that will help the public, health care professionals, and government agencies pinpoint locations around the state that are at high risk for disease in the face of rising temperatures.

Jacob Aragon, a senior in biology, estimates the age of a tree using a core from the collection.

Using the Past to Predict the Future

June 28, 2016

Thousands of tree cores, little rods of wood containing year-by-year information about a tree’s growth, lay forgotten in a federal storage room, gathering dust, until the collection—a research treasure trove—found its way to UA dendrochronologist Margaret Evans. To Evans, the cores represented a wealth of knowledge that had yet to be tapped­—an entirely new set of data that could help predict how climate change will affect our future forests.

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.