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Biogeochemistry of the Critical Zone Book Volume: Now Accepting Abstracts

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:36:05 +0000

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As part of the Advances in Critical Zone Science Book Series (Edited by Steve Banwart, published by Springer-Nature) we are pleased to announce the development of the volume “Biogeochemistry of the Critical Zone”. We are currently seeking abstracts related to one of the many thematic topics outlined in the linked PDF with abstracts due by May 15th, 2018. We seek submissions that focus on how biogeochemical processes vary across the critical zone (CZ) as an integrated system, and how these processes are better informed by an improved understanding of CZ hydrology, geomorphology and ecology. We also encourage collaborative papers highlighting cross-site research and those that include early career researchers and graduate students. Submissions can be of original research, meta-analyses, or literature reviews. The target audience includes both researchers and land managers. Co-Editors of this special biogeochemistry volume include: Adam Wymore (University of New Hampshire), Wendy Yang (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Whendee Silver (University of California, Berkeley), Jon Chorover (University of Arizona) and Bill McDowell (University of New Hampshire).

Successful submissions will specifically highlight how the CZ framework (i.e., consideration of the complete permeable system, from bedrock to canopy) enhances or provides novel insights in the study of biogeochemistry. Thus, submissions must accomplish at least one following: treat the CZ as a whole and integrated system; or integrate the concepts/perspectives and methods of allied disciplines (e.g. hydrology, geomorphology, ecology, microbiology) to better understand biogeochemical processes throughout or in specific parts of the CZ. Abstracts and manuscripts will not be accepted that do not incorporate these integrative approaches. Editors will work with authors providing feedback through the submission process to ensure that this important aspect comes through in each submission.


Abstract submissions (as well as any general queries) should be sent to: Adam Wymore (

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Summer Course on Critical Zone and Ecosystem Dynamics in Italy

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 19:56:46 +0000

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Monday, March 19, 2018 - 14:30 to Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 14:30

Summer Course on Critical Zone and Ecosystem Dynamics
Ceresole Reale, Gran Paradiso National Park, Piedmont, Italy
10-18 July 2018
Deadline for applications: May 15th, 2018

Timothy White (The Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Antonello Provenzale (Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources, CNR, Pisa, Italy)

The Critical Zone (CZ) is the support system for all terrestrial ecosystems, extending from unweathered rock to the top of any vegetation canopy. In the CZ, physical, biological, geological and hydrological processes interact at multiple temporal and spatial scales.

This 9-day- long summer course intends to provide basic knowledge about the functioning of the Critical Zone and its relationships with ecosystem dynamics, focusing on aspects related to hydrology, soil geochemistry and weathering, vegetation dynamics and distribution, microbiota, biodiversity, ecosystem processes, CZ-relevant geological processes and the role of the CZ for achieving sustainable development goals. The course will consider in-situ data, long-term ecosystem research, chemical and isotopic laboratory analyses, remote sensing observations and numerical modeling, and it will include three days of field lectures, experimentation and excursions to study sites and CZ observatories in the Italian Alps.

The course is intended for Doctoral students, post-docs and researchers who are working or intend to work on Critical Zone processes and ecosystem dynamics. Lectures will be held in the main lecture hall of the Grand Hotel of Ceresole Reale in the Gran Paradiso National Park. The international Gran Paradiso Summer School on "Fundamental Processes in Earth System Dynamics" is organized by the Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources and by the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the Italian National Research Council, in collaboration with the Gran Paradiso National Park. The school ideally continues the tradition started with the "Alpine Summer School", active from 1994 to 2016.


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PhD Studentship - mineral nutrient fluxes in soils/sustainable agriculture

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:34:33 +0000

Article Type: Funding OpportunityStudent OpportunityStart Date: Monday, March 19, 2018 - 10:30Fully funded PhD studentship: MICRO MINERAL STATUS AND FLUX OF GRAZING LIVESTOCK FARMS. University of Bristol, Department of Sustainable Agriculture Sciences, in collaboration with the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol, Rothamstead Research, and Alltech.  *Note that the ideal candidate will have a background in geochemistry, biogeochemistry, or similar, and have an interest in sustainable agriculture. Closing date Friday 13 April, 2018, 17:30 GMT Project Description: The mineral nutrient content of pasture herbage is important because plants form the link between the soil and grazing animals. Even though the vital role of mineral nutrients in animal health and performance has been realized for many decades, mineral nutrient bioavailability from pasture still causes many grazing livestock diseases. We seek a biogeochemist to unlock the mystery of mineral nutrient bioavailability to grazing livestock.The project will reveal the flux of mineral nutrients on farm following supplementation of organic mineral nutrients or inorganic mineral nutrients to livestock. The successful applicant will track mineral nutrient flux between manure, soil, pasture and loss to water following supplementation to livestock. The mineral nutrient status of the animals and manure and the subsequent status of soil, forage and water will be mapped and the interplay of mineral nutrients identified through the cycle to determine the mineral nutrient balance on farm. Eligibility: Applications are invited from students who have/expect to graduate with a first/upper-second UK honours degree, or equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK. Open to all nationalities.  Funding: Full funding is available (all nationalities) for three years and covers fees plus an annual stipend.  The stipend will be £14,553 (2017/18).   Tags: PhDagriculturemineralogysoilsnutrientslivestockstudentshipUKEuropeGroup content visibility: Public - accessible to all site users[...]

Save the Date for the CUAHSI 2018 Biennial Colloquium

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:30:27 +0000

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CUAHSI 2018 Biennial Colloquium
July 29 - August 1, 2018

The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) is hosting the 2018 CUAHSI Biennial Colloquium, which takes place July 29th  through August 1st  at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. The theme of this year’s meeting is Hydrologic Connections: Climate, Food, Energy, Environment, and Society, and will feature keynote lectures and sessions that highlight ongoing research in hydrologic science and provide perspectives on future challenges regarding the balance of these systems.

We look forward to hearing from keynote speakers Kristen Averyt (Desert Research Institute), Larry Band (University of Virginia), and George Hornberger (Vanderbilt University). Registration is slated to open in April. For more information, visit the meeting website.

Now accepting poster abstracts!
We encourage researchers and students to submit abstracts for the poster session at this year's conference. Abstracts may be submitted under any of the meeting themes. A very limited amount of traveling funding is available to students, post-docs, and early career faculty members who will be traveling to the 2018 Biennial to present their poster (however, preference will be given to students).

For additional information on submitting an abstract and travel funding, please see the Call for Poster Abstracts page on the conference website. Abstracts must be submitted by May 1, 2018.

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Goldschmidt 2018 Session 12a: Using Big Data to Understand the Critical Zone

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:53:03 +0000

Article Type: Call for ResearchConference AnnouncementStart Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 09:45 to Friday, March 30, 2018 - 09:45We would like to very much encourage you to submit an abstract to our session at the upcoming Goldschmidt 2018 conference August 12-17, 2018 in Boston: Session 12a: Using Big Data to Understand the Critical Zone. Below are details about this conference and our session. Abstracts are due Mar. 30, 2018. We hope you will submit abstracts treating all aspects of the next wave in environmental research: sharing data, using big data, remote sensing in environmental geochemistry, machine learning, cross-disciplinary data in environmental science, and critical zone science. We are also happy to alert you about our keynote speaker, Kenneth H. Williams, from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, who will be talking about exciting new aspects of remotely sensed data in their Watershed Function Scientific Focus Area. Thank you very much in advance for submitting your work to this session. Hope to see you in Boston in August! Sincerely, Susan Brantley Distinguished Professor of Geosciences Director, Earth and Environmental Systems Institute Pennsylvania State University Tao Wen Postdoctoral Scholar Earth and Environmental Systems Institute Penn State University *******  *******  *******1) Session Information Goldschmidt 2018 at Boston from August 12th-17th, 2018 Session 12a: Using Big Data to Understand the Critical Zone.  2) Conveners and Session Introduction Tao Wen, Pennsylvania State University, United States. Susan Brantley, Pennsylvania State University, United States. Big data and data mining have been applied in many scientific fields as datasets get larger and computational tools improve. In critical zone science, the assemblage of large quantities of geochemical, geophysical, and biological data for air, soil, water, biota, and rock are demanding innovative methods in data interpretation. For example, critical zone scientists are now using geophysical measurements to interpret or infer geochemistry, employing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV or drones) to measure data, and sharing data so as to develop large datasets for water or soil chemistry. While geochemists have traditionally emphasized the development of novel geochemical analyses on small numbers of samples, new conclusions will emerge from big, shared data sets using modern data mining. For example, spatial data mining techniques have been applied recently on groundwater data to identify potentially problematic natural gas wells. Remote sensing data have also been used to interpret bedrock geology with the aid of data mining. This session will highlight the collection and interpretation of big data sets in the critical zone, including but not limited to: 1) hydrogeochemistry, e.g., studying the distribution, migration, transport, and cycle of geochemical substances in the critical zone and evaluating the impact from natural and anthropogenic factors; 2) atmospheric science and remote sensing, e.g., identifying sources and formation mechanisms of atmospheric aerosols; 3) environmental science, e.g., tracing methane emissions from oil and gas development; and 4) cross-disciplinary studies, e.g., using geophysical data sets to shed light on geochemical characterization of critical zone systems. We welcome presentations about collection efforts for big data, interpretation of big data, data mining techniques, and case studies. 3) Keynote Speaker Kenneth H. Williams (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory). He currently serves as the Deputy Lead and Chief Field Scientist of Berkeley Lab’s Watershed Function Scientific Focus Area based near Crested Butte, Colorado (USA), which addresses questions pertaining to the ability of mountains watersheds to retain and release water, nutrients, carbon, and metals in the face of climate perturbation and climate extremes.  In this capacity, Dr. Williams [...]

CZ related sessions at Goldschmidt 2018

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:05:05 +0000

Article Type: Conference AnnouncementStart Date: Monday, January 29, 2018 - 12:00 to Friday, March 30, 2018 - 12:00Goldschmidt is the foremost annual, international conference on geochemistry and related subjects, organized by the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry. Goldschmidt 2018 will be held in Boston, Massachusetts on August 12-17, 2018.   The abstract deadline is March 30th (23:59 EST). Consider submitting an abstract to the following CZ-related sessions:  Theme 11: Weathering, Erosion, and Geochemical Cycles Coordinators: Joshua West (University of Southern California), Lin Ma (University of Texas et El Paso) and  Xiao-Ming Liu (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) Theme 11 Sessions: 11g: Coupled Critical Zone Dynamics Across Aquatic Gradients Groundwater-Surface Interactions in Continental and Coastal Areas: Developing and Strengthening Geochemical Investigations Submarine Groundwater Exchange Conveners: Nicholas Ward, Vanessa Bailey, Paul Baudron, Gwenaelle Chaillou, Jennifer Macalady, Jonathan Martin Theme 12: Soils and the Critical Zone  Coordinators: Gan-Lin Zhang (Chinese Academy of Science) and Kate Maher (Stanford University).  Theme 12 Sessions:  12a: Using Big Data to Understand the Critical Zone Conveners: Tao Wen, Susan Brantley 12b: Controls on the Recalcitrance of Organic Matter Across Diverse Environmental Conditions and Perturbations Conveners: Lisamarie Windham-Myers, Eric Sundquist, Malak Tfaily, Nancy Hess, Pat Megonigal 12c: Biogeochemical Cycling of Metals, Radionuclides, and Associated Colloids within Earth’s Critical Zone Conveners: Benjamin Kocar, Vincent Noel, John Bargar, Gabrielle DUBLET, Naresh Kumar, Rose Cory 12d: Interactions between Soil and Biota as Controls on Ecosystem Function from Canopy to Rhizosphere Conveners: James Moran, Lisa Tiemann, Mary Lipton 12e: Redox Transformations and Biogeochemical Cycling in the Critical Zone Conveners: Christian Mikutta, Klaus Kaiser, Elizabeth Herndon, Carla Rosenfeld, Dawn Cardace, Amanda Olsen 12f: Identifying and Modeling Mechanistic Drivers of Elemental Cycles Across the Critical Zone Conveners: Mengqiang Zhu, Avner Gross, Kristin Boye, Marco Keiluweit, Dragos Zaharescu, Rebecca Lybrand 12g: Co-evolution of the Critical Zone Conveners: Elisabeth Bui, Martin Goldhaber Theme 14: Communicating Science: Outreach and Education Coordinators: Sandy Kirtland Turner (University of California, Riverside) and Sarah Simpson (University of California, Riverside) Theme 14 Sessions: 14d: 21st Century Geoscience Education: Building Digital Curricula Conveners: Lev Horodyskyj, Simon Kelley 14e: Engaging the Public Via New and Traditional Media Conveners: Sarah Simpson, Jennifer Glass 14f: Engaging Local Communities Where We Work Conveners: Sarah Simpson, Sandy Kirtland Turner 14g: Climate Communication and Education Conveners: A. D. Anbar, Adina Paytan   Group content visibility: Public - accessible to all site users[...]

Three Postdoctoral Researcher Positions-Purdue University

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:18:04 +0000

Article Type: Job OpeningStart Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:15We are looking to hire 3 postdoctoral researchers, with appointments from 1.0-2.5 years, to participate in a soil, river sediment, and water vulnerability and impairment research project within the newly created Arequipa Nexus Institute for Food, Energy, Water, and the Environment. Initial appointments are for 1 year with potential for renewal upon review. Purdue University’s Center for the Environment and the Universidad Nacional de San Agustin (UNSA) in Arequipa, Peru will, over the course of this multi-year, multi-disciplinary partnership, investigate key environmental, land use, agroeconomic, and social challenges limiting the development of adaptive, profitable, and sustainable food-energy-water systems in the Arequipa Region of Peru.  The three successful candidates, who will be part of a cohort of 13 new postdoctoral researchers hired within the Nexus Institute in 2018, will investigate the interacting controls of agricultural and mineral ore extractive land on the erosion, contamination, and health of soil and water supporting the agricultural activities of grazed and cultivated lands of the Arequipa Region of Peru.  The Purdue labs dedicated to this research maintain the analytical instruments and necessary preparatory labs needed for this project and include capabilities for gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, soil and water nutrient analysis, ICP-MS, LC-MS, powder X-ray diffraction, laser Raman, ion chromatography, thermal gravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry, and light gas stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry.  Stable isotope measurements will be performed at the Purdue Stable Isotope Laboratory which includes a variety of electron impact/magnetic sector and laser based isotope systems with peripherals for flash combustion (13C,15N, D), pyrolysis (18O, D), compound specific stable isotope analysis (13C, 15N, D), trace gas (15N2O, 13CO2) analysis, and dissolved organic and inorganic 13C analysis. Successful candidates will also have opportunities to utilize and develop spatial geochemical visualization and mapping tools like Purdue’s Soilexplorer platform for the Arequipa region. Candidates for this position should have recently completed their PhD, or should expect to complete their degree requirements by the negotiated start date, in either soil science, geochemistry, biogeochemistry, soil ecology, agriculture, terrestrial ecosystem science, or environmental engineering.  Scientific or technical fields providing training in environmentally-related remote and ground-based sensing, as well as data visualization and mapping of soil and landscape properties are also desired.  Candidates interested in this position should have a record of scientific achievement, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and an interest in working in an international and interdisciplinary environment geared toward investigating problems related to environmental sustainability. Past participation in international research projects and Spanish language skills are highly desirable. While the postdoctoral positions are based at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA the successful candidates will be expected to engage in field and laboratory work in Peru, primarily in the Arequipa region, for extended, multi-week periods of time.   Applicants should supply (a) a curriculum vitae (b) a statement of research interests and goals (maximum 2 pages) and (c) e-mail address of three references to: Timothy Filley -   Application review will begin immediately with appointments beginning as early as April 2018. Arequipa Nexus Institute  Center for the Environment  PSI-Lab Soilexplorer     Group content visibility: Public - accessible to all site users[...]

CZO SAVI & French OZCAR Scholars Program — Proposal deadline March 26th

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:10:59 +0000

Article Type: Collaborative OpportunityFunding OpportunityStudent OpportunityStart Date: Friday, January 19, 2018 - 10:00 to Monday, March 26, 2018 - 10:00This announcement is an open solicitation for applications by graduate students or postgraduates at US universities to receive funds for international travel to French Critical Zone Observatories during 2018. A similar program of research-related travel awards is being offered by France to support travel by their students to U.S. CZOs. A major goal of the Critical Zone observatory program globally is to develop international collaborations, including young scientists who will advance CZ science throughout their careers. U.S. applicants can propose CZ research activities at any sites of the OZCAR (See Critical Zone resource or laboratories associated with the French CZO initiative, whereas French students can propose research at any of the U.S. CZOs or associated university partners (see Ongoing collaborations with and connections to existing CZOs will be viewed favorably, and those proposals advancing cross-site science at multiple CZOs will be prioritized. While not required, a scientifically rigorous partnered proposal in which a U.S. student hosts a French scientist, and vice versa, will be highly regarded. Description of the OZCAR French observatories can be found here.  We anticipate funding up to 5 applicants from each country with amounts ranging from ~$2000-$5000 each to support travel and research-related expenses; no overhead or stipend costs can be included in the proposed budgets. This funding is not for travel to conferences. Successful applicants will be obligated to provide an ~three-page report documenting the overall results of the work as well as a description of how the activity will help to advance their career, and to provide confirmation that they have obtained necessary research agreements and any legally required collecting, import, and export permits for samples, instrumentation, and data. Applicants should send a 3-page proposal describing the proposed research activities, budget and anticipated outcomes. The single-pdf-file application packet should also include a C.V., letter of recommendation from the applicant’s primary advisor, and a letter of support from the appropriate contact person at the French host institution. Applications from U.S. students should be sent to Sarah Sharkey (, whereas French applicants should send their proposals to Fatim Hankard ( by March 26, 2018.   Supporting Material(s):  CZOSAVI-OZCARstudentRFP2018.pdfGroup content visibility: Public - accessible to all site users[...]

CZO SAVI Summer Interns Program — Proposal deadline March 26th

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:00:19 +0000

Article Type: Collaborative OpportunityFunding OpportunityStudent OpportunityStart Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 09:45 to Monday, March 26, 2018 - 09:45​Proposals for the CZO SAVI summer interns program are due March 26, 2018. The Critical Zone Observatories (CZOs) represent a wide range of environmental and landscape settings. To enable broad understanding of the evolution, function and sustainability of the Critical Zone, the CZOs have begun to articulate scientific questions that are common and have value across the entire CZO network. Those questions are: What controls CZ properties? And processes? What will be the response of CZ structure, and its stores and fluxes, to climate change? And land use change? How can improved understanding of the CZ be used to enhance resilience and sustainability and restore function of the CZ? A major goal of the CZO Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) program is to develop the theme of common science and measurements, and include young scientists who will advance CZ science through their careers. The key to how SAVI will do this is an approach whereby junior scientists pursuing research at multiple CZOs do so through strong collaboration with senior PIs. Thus, the NSF has provided funding to the SAVI to enable cross-CZO or “common” research by graduate student or postgraduate summer interns (US citizens or green card holders at US universities only) during 2018. The SAVI program anticipates funding up to 10 applicants with amounts ranging from ~$3000-8000 each to support travel and research-related expenses; no overhead costs can be included in the proposed budgets; this funding is not for travel to conferences. Applicants can propose research activities at any of the US CZOs. Those proposals that advance cross-cutting questions and/or data synthesis at multiple CZOs will be prioritized, and links between CZO and LTER sites will also be well regarded. Proposal ranking will be based on the relationship between the science and the above-mentioned common questions, as well as to general working group themes articulated at the annual CZO meeting in Fall 2015: concentration-discharge relations, biogeochemistry, microbial ecology, critical zone resiliency and services, and conceptual and numerical modeling. Successful applicants will be obligated to provide a no-more-than 3-page report documenting the overall results of the work as well as a description of how the activity will help to advance their career. Applicants should send a 3-page proposal describing the proposed research activities, budget and anticipated outcomes. The single-pdf-file application packet should also include a C.V., letter of recommendation from the applicant’s primary advisor, and letters of support from the appropriate contact person(s) at the host CZO(s). Applications should be sent to Tim White ( by March 26, 2018.   Supporting Material(s):  CZO SAVI Summer Interns Program flyerGroup content visibility: Public - accessible to all site users[...]

Graduate Research Assistantships, University of California Merced

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:19:18 +0000

Article Type: Funding OpportunityStudent OpportunityStart Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 13:15The Mountain Hydrology Research Group at University of California Merced seeks applications for 2-3 highly qualified applicants who are committed to pursuing an MS or PhD degree in Environmental Systems, in one of three areas: 1) Food–Energy–Water Nexus. The PhD student will engage in developing integrated modeling tools and analysis using systems engineering approach to natural resource management. The prospective student will analyze the nexus between food-energy-water systems, comprised of connected wildland-storage-cropland subsystems in California, and explore how different climate-adaption pathways affect resilience, vulnerability, and sustainability of CA’s highly leveraged rivers.  We are looking for students with hydrology, water resources engineering, system engineering backgrounds for 5-year USDA funded project. Experience in scientific programming, remote sensing, and data analytics are greatly preferred. 2) Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management. The MS or PhD student will engage in developing data and modeling tools to better understand and predict the effects of restoration treatments on forest health, water supply, and carbon. The prospective student will also engage in building partnerships, among different stakeholder groups, for improving drought resiliency and reducing high intensity wildfire risk while enhancing both forest health and water related benefits. We are looking for students with watershed hydrology, water resources engineering, agriculture engineering, and forestry backgrounds for 2-year (possibly longer) USDI funded project. Experience in hydrologic modeling, snow, remote sensing, and data analytics are greatly preferred. 3) Groundwater and Surface-Water Interactions. The MS or PhD student will combine tracer and other data on groundwater inflow and subsurface storage to inform a detailed and high-fidelity model (i.e. ParFlow) to better understand the dynamics of snow and subsurface storage at varying geo-climatic settings of the Sierra Nevada under current and future climate. The prospective student will also explore lower-fidelity “surrogate” or “proxy” modeling technique using PRMS to capture and upscale the findings of the high-fidelity modeling to basin-scale at which water resources are managed. We are looking for students with hydrology, water resources engineering, and numerical modeling backgrounds for 3-year UCOP funded project. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Drs. Martha Conklin (, Mohammad Safeeq (, and Roger Bales ( for further information related to project or application process.  Group content visibility: Public - accessible to all site users[...]