Critical Zone Observatories U.S. National Program
“As 2017 comes to a close, big developments are happening across the CZO Network. We had over 170 presentations from the CZO community at the AGU Fall Meeting in New Orleans.  Additionally, NSF-program director Richard Yuretich met with CZ Principal Investigators and joined our CZO Town Hall meeting. From these meetings, it is clear that the NSF intends to fund CZ science in the future. As Richard Yuretich stated, he is still very open to comments on how the CZO Network should look in the future. As many of you know, I was selected to “Make the Planet Great Again” under French President Emmanuel Macron’s efforts to help US scientists “fight against climate change”. I am humbled and excited to work in collaboration with Observatories of the Critical Zone Applications and Research (OZCAR) on CZ science. This opportunity goes far beyond me; I will be hiring several US postdocs to come to France to pursue CZ science and I encourage graduate students to apply for the Cheatubriand fellowship. This is only one example of how we can cultivate new avenues of CZ science into 2018 and beyond. I wish you all happy holidays and a wonderful start to your 2018."

- Lou Derry
Director, CZO National Office

Hydrologic functioning of the deep Critical Zone in high-elevation mountains 
Current Research Highlight

Ravindra Dwivedi, a Ph.D. student at the University of Arizona, Tucson, is conducting research to elucidate how water storage, streamflow, and CZ architecture affects the hydrology of the Critical Zone.  His focus is on high elevation mountainous systems, which have been largely understudied  but contributes significantly to streamflow. “We are observing several tracers such as major and minor ions, trace elements and 3H model 'ages,' for addressing our research questions”, Ravindra stated in an interview. Ravindra’s work titled, “Hydrologic functioning of the deep Critical Zone and contributions to streamflow in a high elevation catchment: testing of multiple conceptual models," is currently in review. He recently presented his research at the AGU Fall meeting in New Orleans, where he had the opportunity to explain major findings to the Critical Zone research community.

 We are excited to apply the tools we have developed during our study to the other CZO sites so that we can better understand the role of fractured bedrock aquifers.

Critical Zone Science in the News

Dust Feeds the Critical Zone
Lindsay Arvin and Cliff Riebe from Souther-Sierra CZO have discovered that dust plays a significant role in mountain Critical Zone ecosystems.
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Make the Planet Great Again
CZO National Office director Louis Derry was one of thirteen U.S. scientists selected to conduct climate research in France under an initiative called, "Make the Planet Great Again." Derry will conduct CZ research with the French Critical Zone Observatories.
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Upcoming Meetings

Goldschmidt Annual Conference 2018

August 12-17, 2018
Boston, MA
Abstract Submission opens: January 02, 2018

The annual Goldschmidt conference on geochemistry and related subjects will be held in Boston, Massachusetts. Abstract submission for the 2018 conference will be opening on January 02, 2018. Heather Buss (University of Bristol), Gan-Lin Zhang (Chinese Academy of Science), and Kate Maher (Stanford University) have organized a theme at Goldschmidt 2018, “Soils and the Critical Zone." 

Goldschmidt 2018

American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting 2018

February 15-19, 2018
Austin, TX

The theme of the 2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting is, "Advancing Science: Discovery to Application." The meeting will feature interdisciplinary scientific sessions, renowned speakers, and one-on-one discussions

AAAS 2018

Gordon Conference Geobiology

January 21-26, 2018
Galveston, TX
Application deadline: December 24, 2017

The 2018 Gordon Conference on Geobiology will encompass geochemistry, geomicrobiology, sedimentology, and Earth system models, and bring them together to understand the co-evolution of life and the environment. The theme of this annual meeting is "The Microbial Planet from Deep Time to Today."


Jobs & Opportunities

Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Geology at the College of Charleston

Application submission deadline: January 5, 2018
Projected start: August 15, 2018

The College of Charleston Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences is accepting applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Geology. The department is seeking a field-oriented geoscientist who has a proven record of success teaching introductory geology courses. Applicants who clearly show a strong aptitude in at least one of the Geology major core areas (mineralogy/petrology, structural geology, paleobiology) will be given preference. The candidate is expected to develop his/her own research program and seek external funds to support their research activities.

Any questions should be directed to the Department Chair, Dr. Timothy Callahan (843-953-5589).


Assistant Professor, Shallow Environmental/Engineering Geophysics-University of Texas, El Paso

Application submission is open until filled

The Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) announces a tenure-track position in shallow environmental/engineering geophysics. We are particularly interested in candidates with a concentration in shallow characterization and/or modeling relevant to a wide range of issues including, but not limited to, environmental applications that would connect geophysical, geomechanical, geochemical, hydrological, and biological observations. 

Please contact Search Committee Chair Dr. Marianne Karplus  for questions and additional information.

Tenure-track faculty position in Hydrology and Water Resources at University of Nevada Las Vegas

Application review begins: January 10, 2018

The University of Nevada Las Vegas Geoscience Department (UNLV) seeks to recruit an Assistant or Associate Professor in the field of Hydrology and Water Resources. The successful candidate is expected to develop or expand upon a rigorous, externally funded research program and to supervise graduate students at both the master's and doctoral levels.  Preference will be given to applicants with research interests in one or more of the following sub-disciplines: hydroclimatology; interactions among groundwater, surface water and atmosphere; hydrogeochemistry; innovative means of characterizing water resources; ecohydrology and geobiologic impacts on water resources. Research approaches may include analytical, numerical, field, remote sensing and/or experimental techniques. 
Materials should be addressed to Dr. Elisabeth Hausrath, Search Committee Chair, and submitted via on-line application at For assistance with UNLV's on-line applicant portal, contact UNLV Employment Services at (702) 895-2894 or



Also See: CZNews: November 2017

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