|Bulletin Supplement (Winter 2006)|
The SWRC Tombstone Staff would like to acknowledge Chad Radford for his contributions this summer.
We’re happy to welcome back Ross Bryant as a Hydrologic Technician for Russ Scott. Ross (not Russ) left SWRC a few years ago to work with Statistical Research Inc., and we’re lucky that he wanted to come back into the fold. Ross has an accomplished history of research support and independent research, and he'll make a great contribution to the SWRC team.
Chandra Holifield Collins, SWRC Support Scientist, earned her doctorate degree from the
Yulia Alexandrov, a Post-Doctoral Scientist from the Department of Geography & Environmental Development of The Ben Gurion University of the Negev working under the direction of Prof. Jonathan B. Laronne, visited the USDA-ARS Southwest Watershed Research Center from Sept. 11 to Sept. 22 to work with the Automated Geospatial Watershed Assessment (AGWA) team on an International Arid Lands Consortium Project entitled “Reducing Runoff/Soil Erosion by Afforestation in a Semiarid Area” being run jointly with Prof. Phil Guertin of the Univ. of Arizona and David Goodrich of the SWRC.
Mark Nearing and SWRC staff just finished a new 3-fold brochure. This should raise the visibility of our mission to develop knowledge and technology to conserve water and soil in semi-arid lands”. If you have a use for SWRC brochures, please ask and we’ll send them to you. Thanks to SWRC technician Gerardo Armendariz for doing a great job with the layout. <link to brocure?>
Cheryl Fusco and Mary White organized our location
After 32 years of federal service, our Location Administrative Officer Tinka Buck, retired this year. Over the years, Tinka reached out to numerous individuals throughout the agency and created a network of friends and admirers. Over 100 people came together for her retirement party to thank her for the person-to-person help she has given everyone. No wonder she was recently recognized by the Pacific West Area as the PWA Administrative Officer of the Year.
The Soil Science Society of America at its annual meeting in November 2006 dedicated the Francis Clark Distinguished Lectureship in Soil Biology to Dean A. Martens for his contribution to soil science. Dean Martens, a soil scientist with the USDA-ARS at the
Ken and Virginia Renard celebrated their 50th wedding in
Mary Nichols collaborated with NRCS to conduct the Manzanita Erosion Control Workshop. The workshop was conducted near
Mary Nichols will present an invited talk on "Check Dams and Rangeland Conservation" at the Annual Malpai Borderlands Group Science Meeting
Mary Nichols and Kim McReynolds have completed one season of field experiments to study the impact of check dams on sediment, soil moisture distribution, and vegetative response. This collaboration was supported by The Agricultural Research Service/Arizona Cooperative Extension Fellowship Program.
The recent drought has been very hard on vegetation at Walnut Gulch, with a number of researchers noticing high mortality before the summer rains, particularly on the grasses at upper end of the watershed. The summer rains were good enough to establish new grass plants, though almost all the new grass plants are Lehmann lovegrass (Eragrostis lehmanniana Nees.), an introduced species from South Africa. Dan Robinett, a longtime NRCS Range Conservationist, visited the
In an effort to complement ongoing projects to apply remote sensing on rangeland management in
Toby Finke, a MS student in the UA Dept. of Geography with Prof. Steve Yool, is working with Susan Moran on thesis research to study the variability in infiltration due to urbanization detected by orbiting satellite sensors. He holds a Diploma in Geography at
Three UA Space Grant Students, Emilie Duisberg, Lori De Young and Kristen Kuhl, joined us this fall. Emilie Brill Duisberg is a senior majoring in Anthropology and minoring in French and Soil, Water, and Environmental Science at UA. Emilie is leading a student effort to build water harvesting projects at the university. She will work with Phil Heilman to assess how the State's geology maps could help map ecological sites on hills at the landscape scale. Lori De Young is a junior in the
Tinka Buck, our Location Administrative Office, was chosen from all the Pacific West Area AO, for the 2006 Location Administrative Officer of the Year. In response to this area-wide recognition, she immediately retired. Or maybe she had other reasons for retiring. In any case, congratulations to Tinka! It was a busy Monsoon Season this year and the Dave Goodrich (SWRC Scientist), Darius Semmens (Former SWRC Student, now EPA Scientist) and Bill Kepner (EPA Scientist, SWRC Colleague) received the EPA Bronze Medal Award. The Bronze Medal is the highest award that can be achieved within the EPA Office of Research and Development and it symbolizes superior acts of
Tinka Buck, our Location Administrative Office, was chosen from all the Pacific West Area AO, for the 2006 Location Administrative Officer of the Year. In response to this area-wide recognition, she immediately retired. Or maybe she had other reasons for retiring. In any case, congratulations to Tinka!
It was a busy Monsoon Season this year and the
Dave Goodrich (SWRC Scientist), Darius Semmens (Former SWRC Student, now EPA Scientist) and Bill Kepner (EPA Scientist, SWRC Colleague) received the EPA Bronze Medal Award. The Bronze Medal is the highest award that can be achieved within the EPA Office of Research and Development and it symbolizes superior acts of