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May 9, 2022
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The Dirt: Resilience in Western Ranching

What does resilience mean to western ranchers? This Story Map shares the work of an interdisciplinary group, including University of Arizona researchers, who are studying resilience from the viewpoint of ranchers and land managers across the American West. Their goal is to share information from the perspective of ranchers to increase awareness of rangeland management and to encourage more discussions about change and adaptive actions.  Changing demographics in the rural West, increasing demands on public lands, climate change, invasive species, and a complex global food system are a few challenges livestock producers now face. The U.S. Department of Agriculture funded the work to better understand how rangelands and ranching are changing, and what other changes can be expected in the future.  UArizona's Christina Greene, Daniel Ferguson, Michael Crimmins, and Mitchel McClaran participated, along with researchers from the University of Colorado, the University of California, Utah State University, the USDA Agricultural Research Service, and Northern Plains and Southwest Climate Hubs.

Happy Summer!
This will be the last weekly edition of The Dirt until the fall semester resumes in August. Until then, look for us in your inbox on the first Monday of each month, with upcoming UArizona events, news, opportunities, and more! And don’t forget to submit your items for inclusion as well. Have a wonderful, safe, and uplifting summer!

Upcoming Events

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

May 16

The WRRC presents a special documentary viewing and panel discussion of INHABITANTS. 4:00 - 5:00 PM via Zoom  Register today!

May 17

The WRRC presents Water Reuse Action Plan and REUSExplorer Demo with Sharon Nappier, National Program Leader for Water Reuse, EPA. 12:00 - 1:15 PM via Zoom  Please register.

Monday, May 16 – Tuesday,
May 17

Join the Earth Dynamics Observatory's 2022 Scientific Session: Wildfires. In-person and via Zoom  Learn more.

May 18

Listen to the final lecture of the Tumamoc Resilience Garden's series: The Next Generation of Gardeners: The School Gardens Project!
Find More Events

Environment in the News

Hermit peak fire burning near the San Miguel and Mora County line on Wednesday. Photograph: Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal/ZUMA/REX/Shutterstock

‘Turning the dial up’: US south-west braces for extended wildfire season amid drastic drought

By Gabrielle Canon, The Guardian | May 1, 2022
A million acres have already burned across the country already, with La Niña bringing more severe dry climate.

More Stories

How climate change and human behaviour has left Chile’s residents fighting for water Agro-voltaic farming, power production together Researchers at the University of Arizona using algae to absorb carbon dioxide emissions Returning to the river after 100 years: Longfin dace reintroduced to the Santa Cruz River
Building Resilient Communities with Indigenous Peoples The Southwest is on fire, with iconic deserts and towns at risk – 3 reasons the 2022 fire season is so early and intense The green boom: Sustainability becomes priority for Arizona sports teams, organizations

Utah’s ancient Lake Bonneville holds clues to the West’s changing climate
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AIRES International Programs Survey If you haven't already, please take a few minutes to help AIRES characterize the amazing UArizona research on resilience and international development.
Climate Action Grants Call for Proposals The Tucson Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby seeks to fund projects by high school and college students that educate individuals or communities about climate change and/or promote activism. Email 1- or 2-page proposals to and by June 1, 2022.
Innovative Projects in Energy Grants The Institute for Energy Solutions is offering grants to increase UArizona's competitiveness in the federal funding landscape. Faculty, continuing-eligible academic professionals, continuing academic professionals, and/or research scientists 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. Learn more and apply by May 16, 2022.


AIRES Educational Initiatives Program Manager This position will connect UArizona students to experiential education in environment and resilience. The program manager, along with a new program coordinator, will develop an internship program that will facilitate student participation in a wide variety of resilience-relevant educational experiences. Moreover, this manager will work with the Director for Educational Initiatives in AIRES to maintain excellence and grow programming. Learn more and apply.
AIRES Graphic Design Student Assistant AIRES is seeking a 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.
AIRES Resilience Internships Program Coordinator This new position will connect UArizona students to experiential education opportunities that cross academic boundaries and international borders. The program coordinator will develop an internship program to facilitate student participation in resilience-relevant educational experiences, critical to enabling a highly-skilled workforce for a Resilient Arizona. Learn more and apply.
Arizona FORGE is Hiring Multiple Positions Arizona FORGE is seeking a marketing and communications manager, a venture development education coordinator, an entrepreneurial mindset development coordinator, and a mentor in residence. Learn more here.
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...?
This edition of The Dirt is my (Peyton Smith, AIRES Communications Student Assistant) last edition after more than two years of weekly newsletters! I will be graduating this week with a major in Environmental Studies and minors in Hydrology and Spanish as well as various campus involvements in programs like Liverman Scholars, The Bio/Diversity Project, and UAZ Divest. It's been my pleasure to be a member of the AIRES team, and now I'm moving on to Denver to work with Resource Central and conserve water throughout Colorado!

Peyton Smith, signing off. Bear Down!

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