When Community Calls
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.
UA Student Named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer
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.
Shoring Up Seal Beach
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.
Using the Past to Predict the Future
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.
When Art and Science Flow Together
Now in its fourth year, the University of Arizona’s Arts, Environment & Humanities Network attracts individuals from across the University and community who share two key things: a concern for the environment and a creative approach to understanding the world.
From Tucson to Paris for Global Well-being
Last winter, University of Arizona faculty, researchers, and students joined delegates from around the world at a high-stakes climate change conference in Paris. As countries worked to make meaningful reductions in worldwide carbon emissions, the UA delegation shared expertise, research, and hope.