From the Ground Up: Engaging Students at All Levels through Garden Education
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.
Taking the Waste Out of Wastewater
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.
Water, Soil, and Air: Understanding Life in a Life-sized Landscape
It’s the world’s largest artificial watershed, and after a few good douses of rainfall here and a bit of drought there, Biosphere 2’s Landscape Observation Laboratory (LEO) is helping us understand how ecosystems will respond to climate change.
Predicting Climate Impacts on New World Plants
Brian Enquist spends a lot of his time cleaning dirty data.
As the principal investigator for the Botanical Information and Ecology Network (BIEN), Enquist is standardizing data about New World plant species to make the information useful and useable to scientists, forest managers, and gardeners.
A Framework for Stewardship: Identifying Lands with High Conservation Values
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.