Nov. 14, 2019Heart racing. Palms sweating.Northern Arizona University senior Britton Lee steps up to the podium and into the blinding spotlight. Dozens of eyes stare at … Read more about Road to the Regents’ Cup: Students represent Arizona universities by engaging in, promoting civil dialogue
Sometimes what is all around us is the most difficult to see clearly.
Drylands occupy about 41 percent of Earth’s surface and support 38 percent of its population, but such expansiveness poses a challenge to understanding the effects of climate change on the soil fungi and bacteria that are key to how those lands function.
Getting some perspective required gathering soil samples from 80 global sites through the contributions of research groups around the world. Matthew Bowker, assistant professor of forest… Read more
As drylands of the world become even drier, water will not be the only resource in short supply. Levels of nutrients in the soil will likely be affected, and their imbalance could affect the lives of one-fifth of the world’s population.
That includes people living in Arizona, who may be in for a dustier future.