BRACE Yourself for Changing Mosquito SeasonsJune 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.
Using the Past to Predict the FutureJune 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.
Shoring Up Seal BeachJune 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 TimeJune 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.
UA Student Named a National Geographic Emerging ExplorerJune 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.