Environmental Restoration & Reclamation

Arizona Environment prides itself on building solutions to complex technical problems associated with agriculture, industry and energy generation activities. Our solutions use a range of policy and technology tools to address and remediate pollution, protect areas of high biodiversity, and mitigate damages caused by past resource management decisions.

Although the most effective way to protect our planet is to avoid degradation in the first place, Arizona Environment is widely known for its innovative programs in environmental restoration and reclamation. We engage in applied research such as testing sustainable mining techniques, detection and removal of contamination in neighborhoods, soils and hazardous waste sites, mitigation of health effects of pollution, recycling and treatment of wastewater to drinking water quality, and design of ecological restoration in the context of wildfire and rapid environmental change.

Research Spotlights in Environmental Restoration & Reclamation

Alicja Babst-Kostecka

Environmental Science

Babst-Kostecka’s research addresses the microbes, soil, and plants of polluted and contaminated areas, and the mechanisms that facilitate heavy metal tolerance and hyperaccumulation. 

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Elise Gornish

School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Gornish examines pathways to sustainable rangeland restoration, using plants that maintain high foraging quality and improve resistance to drought and plant invasion, while enhancing ecosystem services such as soil quality, erosion control, and biodiversity. 

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James Field

Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Field examines sulfate and heavy metal removal from acid rock drainage and mine reclamation areas and investigates the biological treatment of contaminants in drinking water and wastewater treatment. 

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Raina Maier and Jon Chorover

Environmental Science

Maier and Chorover are developing a feasible revegetation study for the phytostabilization of mine tailings in arid and semi-arid ecosystems. 

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