I’m part of the Papuga Lab research group in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. My focus is mainly on semi arid ecosystems although sometimes I will adventure myself to higher elevations and help my lab mates with field work. My research takes place in the flats of the Santa Rita Experimental Range, where creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) dominates. In this site there is a micrometeorological set up that includes sensors to measure carbon and water fluxes, solar radiation, longwave radiation, soil moisture, temperature, wind speed and direction, relative humidity, and precipitation. The aim of my study is to understand how moisture in different layers (upper or deeper) of the soil interact with vegetation on how this affects processes in the atmosphere.
Zulia Sanchez Mejia
School of Natural Resources & the Environment
PHD Major Advisor:
Papuga / Archer
GC Minor Advisor(s):
Zeng / Dominguez
Monsoon dependent ecosystems: implications of the vertical distribution of soil moisture on land surface-atmosphere interactions