Saleh Ahmed is a Ph.D. student in the UA’s Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Arid Lands Resource Sciences with a minor in Global Change. Saleh’s research interests are focused on global climate change impacts on local livelihoods. Increasingly, the world’s population faces challenges due to unprecedented changes in climate variability and extreme weather/climate events. These stressors and shocks force a reconsideration of our anthropocentric narratives and a review of the essential relationships between environment and society.
On December 5, 2017, the Arizona Geological Society presented Jessie Pearl with the 2017 M. Lee Allison Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional achievement in pursuit of degrees in the earth sciences and who show balanced records exhibiting academic excellence, a passion for research, outstanding professional and general community involvement, and leadership in all of these areas.
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The University of Arizona's Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) transcend departmental boundaries by facilitating cutting edge teaching and research where traditional disciplines interface. The fusion of ideas, techniques, and expertise from the traditional academic fields provides for the evolution of modern and imaginative methods of research, and the creation of new fields of endeavor. The founding directors of the GIDP recognized this cannot effectively be conducted within traditional disciplinary boundaries more than 50 years ago and through their efforts a standard of a broader range of research and training was established and have endured at The University of Arizona. The collaborative relationship between colleges across campus and the 15 GIDPs creates unique opportunities for students to pursue and realize their aspirations in new research bringing about change serving the community and the world.
The high value placed on interdisciplinary research and education is one of the ways that The University of Arizona is fostering innovation and creativity among its faculty and students. The Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs are an integral part of the Mission Statement of The University of Arizona, and student enthusiasm for the programs is one of their strongest characteristics.
Course information for the Spring 2018 semester has been posted!
Jim Buizer is professor of climate adaptation in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment and director of the Climate Adaptation and International Development Program in the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona. His research focuses on mechanisms to incorporate scientifically based findings of projected impacts of climate variability and change into development decisions.
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Laura A. Bakkensen utilizes applied microeconomic and econometric methods to study the interplay between humans and the environment. Her research focuses on the economics of natural disasters, including evidence on the effectiveness of adaptation, post-disaster migration, and the impact of policy in shaping individual incentives. In addition, she uses Integrated Assessment Models in interdisciplinary collaborations to understand the economic impacts of climate and socioeconomic change. She also has experience with non-market valuation analyses.
Greg Barron-Gafford is Assistant Professor & Associate Research Scientist, School of Geography & Development and B2 Earthscience, Biosphere 2, B2 Institute. His research interests focus on leaf, soil, and ecosystem scale fluxes of carbon and water in response to vegetative and climatic change. Recent research projects have focused on seasonal responses of plants and ecosystem function in response to variations in temperature using a mixed-methodology approach of leaf level measurements and eddy covariance techniques.
I am broadly interested in taking an interdisciplinary understanding the impacts of climate change on wetland ecosystems and biogeochemistry. My doctoral research will focus on tracing carbon transformations and fluxes through Arctic systems across a permafrost thaw gradient. As permafrost thaws, previously frozen carbon and nutrient pools are released. Simultaneously, associated hydrologic changes drive shifts in above-ground plant community composition with concurrent changes in below-ground microbial communities.
I am conducting a phytolith and pollen based paleoenvironmental reconstruction using 0-4 Ma paleolake records from East Africa in order to better understand the paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic context of human evolution. Secondary research: I am developing and promoting the use of grass phytoliths as a precipitation seasonality proxy (e.g. summer, winter, monsoon) with an emphasis on southwestern North America.