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May 2, 2022
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The Dirt: Regional Climate Impacts and Adaptation

Researchers at the University of Arizona have been working for more than five years in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and a consortium of agencies and water utilities across the Lower Santa Cruz River Basin to study the impacts of climate change on water supplies and environmental conditions.

This is the first direct assessment of the impacts of climate change on groundwater across the basin. It also considers impacts of reduced water input from the Central Arizona Project, and alternative future scenarios. UArizona's Chris Castro and Hsin-I Chang created climate projections for the study.

The study, authorized under the 2009 Secure Water Act, focuses on identifying potential supply and demand imbalances within the study area, as well as adaptation strategies to address them. Although the final report is not due to be released until the fall at the earliest, the UArizona team (Kathy Jacobs and Neha Gupta) has been authorized to release a summary of the results as well as a publicly accessible summary of climate modeling outcomes. Gupta is the lead author on the science summary, and both Jacobs and Gupta have been serving on the leadership team for the study on an ongoing basis.

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars, and don't forget to register!

May 2

Join the Water Resources Research Center for a Special Event featuring speaker Jim Enote, CEO, Colorado Plateau Foundation! This event will be held virtually via Zoom.

3:00 - 4:00 PM  Register today!

May 2

Join the Water Resources Research Center for a Special Event featuring speaker Jim Enote, CEO, Colorado Plateau Foundation! This event will be held virtually via Zoom.

3:00 - 4:00 PM  Register today!

May 5

Join the Earth Dynamics Observatory for Building Innovative, Global Communities of Practice in Agricultural Systems Modeling.

1:00 - 2:00 PM  on Zoom  Password: 8345

May 6

The School of Geography, Development & Environment invites you to honor Professor Diana Liverman at her retirement with a special colloquium and panel, followed by a reception.

3:00 - 6:00 PM  ENR2 S107 and Zoom!

May 7

Join Discovering the Land: Community, Science, and Partnership in the Sonoita and Patagonia Region for a day of outdoors exploration, tours, demos, and presentations.

9:00 AM - 11:30 PM

May 7

Join us at the Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill as we ring in the spring with the science and art of color at OCHRE: Earth Makes Art.

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM  Buy tickets here!

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Environment in the News

One of the world's longest rivers, the Amazon is known for its exceptional biodiversity. Contrary to conventional wisdom, which has associated species richness mostly with tropical regions, UArizona ecologists found that freshwater habitats in general tend to boast high biodiversity considering their tiny area compared to terrestrial and ocean habitats. Neil Palmer/CIAT (Wikimedia Commons)

Freshwater habitats are fragile pockets of exceptional biodiversity, study finds

By Daniel Stolte and Koda Benavidez, University Communications | April 21, 2022
Ponds, lakes, rivers and streams cover only a tiny fraction of Earth's surface, yet they are home to a comparatively large number of different species, according to a study led by University of Arizona ecologists. The findings have implications for conservation efforts around the globe.

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AIRES International Programs Survey
Please help the Arizona Institute for Resilient Environments and Societies (AIRES) characterize the amazing and diverse University of Arizona research on resilience and international development! AIRES would be grateful for 10 to 15 minutes of your time to answer questions about where you work and what you work on. AIR is developing materials to showcase UArizona research to funders and partners to create more opportunities for faculty and students and to enable your innovative work to shape international development programs and decision-making. Take the survey here.
Climate Action Grants Call for Proposals
The Tucson Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby is seeking to fund proposals by Tucson-area high school and college students for projects that educate individuals, groups, or communities about climate change and/or lead to actions that mitigate climate change, promote activism, and build resilience. 1 or 2-page proposals should be prepared electronically and submitted via email to and by June 1, 2022.
Innovative Projects in Energy Grants
The Institute for Energy Solutions within AIRES and the Office for Research, Innovation and Impact, is offering Innovative Projects in Energy Grants to increase UArizona’s competitiveness in the federal funding landscape. This new, internal initiative seeks to fund 3-5 multidisciplinary teams for 12 months. As these grants will be awarded through the TRIF/WEES initiative that is funded by Arizona taxpayers, projects that demonstrate a clear benefit to Arizona citizens will be prioritized. Faculty, continuing-eligible academic professionals, continuing status academic professionals, and/or research scientists across all disciplines are eligible to apply. Proposals are due May 20, 2022.
RESTRUCT Seed Grants
RESTRUCT Seed Grants will fund a project team including members from two or more colleges to develop transformative research for the built environment. Projects will be funded between $3,000 to $10,000 each, based on the scope of work and size of the project team. Priority will be given to projects that include outcomes of data resources for the RESTRUCT data repository on built environment research. Learn more and apply by May 16, 2022.


AIRES Graphic Design Student Assistant
AIRES is seeking a new part-time student Graphic Designer. The student will have the opportunity to develop and expand their interests working with a team at UArizona’s hub of environmental and social resilience research. The position is posted on Handshake
Indigenous Resilience Center Program Coordinator
The Indigenous Resilience Center is in search of a Program Coordinator to support the Center's Director and Program Manager in pursuing the vision and mission of the Center, including building partnerships with Native Nations, supporting Indigenous students, staff, and faculty working on finding community-driven solutions to environmental and societal challenges at the University of Arizona and beyond, and creating the go-to hub for tribal resilience solutions, outreach, and engagement. Learn more and apply here

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Did you know...?
Pinacate beetles respond to conflict by doing a headstand! According to Jeff Schalau, the beetle may also discharge a noxious spray from glands in its abdomen."
(Pinacate Beetle, Backyard Gardener - Yavapai County Cooperative Extension)

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