NEWS - MAY 2017

Critical Zone Observatories U.S. National Program

“As spring classes come to a nice conclusion, I'd like to thank the excellent speakers for the 2017 CZO Webinar Series. If you missed any of the seminar talks, they can be viewed on the webinar page or the CZO Youtube Channel. Here at the CZO National Office, we are excited to see and discuss CZ science from across the network and beyond at the Arlington Meeting for CZ Science this June 4-6 in Arlington, Virginia.” 

- Louis A. Derry
CZO National Office

Critical Zone Science in the News

Groundwater in California
Scientists at Southern Sierra CZO ponder if California missed the opportunity to store groundwater from the drought-ending rains.
Read the news article
Awardees of NSF-Fellowships for CZ Science
Leland Sutters of University of Arizona and Ismaiel Szink of Pennsylvania State University have been awarded the prestigious NSF-Graduate Research Fellowships to study the Critical Zone.
Read the Univ of Arizona story
Read the Penn State story
The Frontier Beneath our Feet
CZO Steering Committee Member Gordon Grant  (USDA Forest Service) and Eel River CZO PI Bill Dietrich (UC Berkeley) have authored a commentary in a special collection of 25 essays in Earth and Space Science
Read the journal article

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Upcoming Meetings

CZ Science Meeting in Arlington ,VA

June 4-6, 2017 
Arlington, VA

At this NSF-sponsored meeting, we will assess the current state of Critical Zone science and consider how the next iteration of a Critical Zone science program can address key scientific, societal and educational questions about the Critical Zone. The theme is, "Critical Zone Science: Current Advances and Future Opportunities." The meeting is hosted by the Critical Zone Observatories (CZO) U.S. NSF National program.

CUAHSI's 2017 Conference on Hydroinformatics

July 25-27, 2017
University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL
Deadline: June 15, 2017 for early bird registration
                July 10, 2017 for regular registration

CUAHSI invites researchers, educators, and practitioners in the water sciences, data, and computational sciences, as well as information technology sciences interested in advancing hydroinformatics to participate in this interdisciplinary conference. The goal is to develop, maintain, support, and employ data tools and resources that are useful, enable transformative science, and have low barriers to use.

Goldschmidt 2017 Paris

August 13-18, 2017
Paris, France
Deadline: June 13, 2017 for early registration 

Goldschmidt is the foremost annual, international conference on geochemistry and related subjects, organized by the European Association of Geochemistry and the Geochemical Society. The conference is organized into 23 themes covering a wide range of topics. Learn how to register here

Soil Science of America Fall Meeting

October 22-25, 2017
Tampa, Florida
Registration opens September 8, 2017

The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America will host more than 4,000 scientists, professionals, educators, and students at the 2017 International Annual Meeting, "Managing Global Resources for a Secure Future." 

Jobs & Opportunities


Critical Zone Pedologist position
University of Kentucky

Deadline: Until post is filled

The University of Kentucky is currently seeking a Critical Zone Pedologist, with a faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor level. This is a full-time (12-month) tenure track position with an initial appointment of 65% Research, 25% Teaching, and 10% Service. Research foci should address the role of soils in sustaining life and environmental quality in the critical zone. Field-based research supported by the use of modern technological and computational approaches is desired (e.g. geospatial and temporal data, landscape analysis, deployment and integration of sensor networks and/or remote sensing tools, isotope techniques, etc.). The person hired will serve as the University of Kentucky liaison with the USDA NRCS Soil Survey Division.

Questions about the position can be directed to: Dr. Todd Pfeiffer (Chair), Department of Plant and Soil Sciences

Learn how to apply.

CZO Blog writers

Deadline: None

Want to spread the word about your CZO research to a general audience? Please consider contributing a guest blog entry to the CZO blog Adventures in the Critical Zone. We will assist you with illustrations/photos and your entry will be featured on the CZO website. If interested, contact Justin Richardson (CZO National Office postdoc) with your topic.

Email Justin Richardson about the CZO Blog.

Assistant Professor of Soil Physics 
University of Georgia

Deadline: Until post is filled

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA is looking to hire an Assistant Professor of Soil Physics. This 9-month, tenure-track position involves 40% teaching and 60% research. The successful candidate will be expected to implement a teaching program focused on soil physics and hydrology in Georgia, and to develop an internationally recognized research program on soil physics/hydrology. This position will fill a need for expertise on soil physical processes in the critical zone, and will complement soil and environmental scientists at UGA. 

Application:  Applicant screening will begin immediately. Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by June 15, 2017. Please see the job posting at

Email Gary L. Hawkins with questions and/or other inquiries

Also See: Spring 2017 Newsletter

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