Cyberseminar on “Growing the Critical Zone Research Network"

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Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:30

Dear Colleagues, We were funded by NSF for a Critical Zone Research Coordination Network this year. As part of our proposal, we’re hoping to increase the diversity, inclusion and access of researchers in “critical zone” science—earth surface sciences including hydrology, geology, atmospheric science, ecology, etc.—to bring in new ideas and new questions. We’re hoping to engage undergrads, grads, postdocs, and early career faculty, in particular!

We’ll be running a series of online panels entitled “Growing the Critical Zone Research Network” through the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science Inc. (CUAHSI)’s Cyberseminars in February of 2020. This series will introduce basic concepts in CZ science to those not totally familiar with this field but interested in getting involved. Our four webinars are:

Panel 1: Measuring  the critical zone (5 Feb 2020, 1-2 pm ET)
Invited panelists: Daniella Rempe (University of Texas-Austin), Jennifer McIntosh (University of Arizona), Alexis Navarre-Sitchler (Colorado School of Mines), Jorden Hayes (Dickinson College), Adam Ward (Indiana University)
Facilitators: Nicole West and Kamini Singha

Panel 2: Modeling the critical zone (12 Feb 2020, 1-2 pm ET)
Invited panelists: Jennifer Druhan (University of Illinois), Katy Barnhart (University of Colorado-Boulder), Caroline Nash (Boise State University), Crystal Ng (University of Minnesota), Alison Anders (University of Illinois)
Facilitators: Li Li and Nicole Gasparini

Panel 3: Understanding change in the critical zone (19 Feb 2020, 1-2 pm ET)
Invited panelists: Julia Perdrial (University of Vermont), Xavier Comas (Florida Atlantic University), Sharon Billings (Kansas Biological Survey), Rebecca Lybrand (Oregon State University), Francis Rengers (U.S. Geological Survey)
Facilitators: Pam Sullivan and Nicole West

Panel 4: Diversity, inclusion and access in critical zone science (26 Feb 2020, 1-2 pm ET)
Invited panelists: Rick Bennett (University of Arizona), Kristina Keating (Rutgers-Newark), Kyle Blount (Colorado School of Mines), Christina Bandaragoda (University of Washington), Aisha Morris (National Science Foundation)
Facilitators: Kamini Singha and Nicole Gasparini

We hope you’d be interested in participating and willing to circulate this ad to students and colleagues (including undergraduates!) who might be interested in integrated earth-surface science.  We’ve made the attached poster with info that can be shared.

Lastly, we’ll be holding a workshop at Colorado School of Mines next June 22-25, 2020 (more info to come here:  Travel funds will be available for people to participate, so please apply and mark your calendars.  We hope to see you there.


Kamini Singha (
Pamela Sullivan (
Nicole Gasparini (
Li Li (
Nicole West (


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