Studying the Shy Sonoran Pronghorn

Monday, February 23, 2015

The endangered Sonoran pronghorn once ranged widely in Arizona, California, and Sonora, Mexico. Now, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), only about 160 free-ranging animals live in the U.S., with an additional 434 living in Mexico.

David Christianson, an assistant professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, wants to know why their numbers are low. With funding from the USFWS, Christianson is studying the impacts of humans on the spry tan and white ungulates.

Pyramid Lake

Pathways to Adaptation for the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe has deep cultural, physical, and spiritual connections to Pyramid Lake, a terminal desert lake fed by the Truckee River in Nevada. The Paiute once called themselves the “Kooyooee Tukadu” or “Cui-ui Eaters,” after the now-endangered Cui-ui fish endemic to the lake, and rely on revenue from Lahontan cutthroat trout fisheries for their livelihoods.

A CGSP intern works with elementary school students from TUSD

From the Ground Up: Engaging Students at All Levels through Garden Education

Friday, February 20, 2015

Dirt, vegetables, chickens, and a whole lot of elbow grease are seeding a new model for how school gardens can improve student learning and wellbeing.

Initiated in 2010, the UA’s Community and School Garden Program (CSGP), in partnership with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, places up to 60 UA interns each semester in gardens in 15 under-resourced schools in the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) and four community gardens that serve low-income neighborhoods.

Shane Snyder

Taking the Waste Out of Wastewater

Friday, February 20, 2015

Shane Snyder is on a mission to find efficient ways to transform the water we discard into safe and sustainable drinking water.

In water-scarce regions of the world, including Arizona, water reuse is critical for sustainability, and Snyder's research is recognized as a critical component of water reuse projects.

Black Mountains

A Framework for Stewardship: Identifying Lands with High Conservation Values

Friday, February 20, 2015

In the face of rapid global change, how can land managers better determine which lands are most suitable for conservation? Sound science helps. A research team, supported by the IE-based Southwest Climate Science Center, recently created a framework to identify lands with high conservation value in the West and elsewhere. 

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