Professor Sally Thompson is a participant of a research team that has been awarded one of the Critical Zone Observatories from the National Science Foundation.
The observatories are the flagship NSF investments in geosciences. The award is 5 million over 5 years.
Scientists working at the new observatories will study the zone where rock meets life and its response to climate and land use changes. The region between the top of the forest canopy and the base of weathered rock is the Earth's critical zone.
The awardee institutions are UC Berkeley, Duke University, Idaho State University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Thompson will study the Eel River CZO in Northern California. She is joined by Berkeley researchers from the Departments of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; Earth and Planetary Science; and Integrative Biology. She is a faculty member in the CEE Environmental Engineering program.
See NSF Awards Grants for Four New Critical Zone Observatories to Study Earth Surface Processes (NSF press release)
See Eel River Observatory seeks clues to watershed's future (UC Berkeley news center)