Author: Courtney Currier

A global synthesis quantifies the effect of an understudied dimension of climate change

This new Sala Lab publication in Global Change Biology addresses the influence of drylands on the global carbon cycle under climate change conditions. Using a data synthesis approach, Lau Gherardi and Osvaldo Sala reached robust conclusions. Although projections of climate change anticipating increases in precipitation variability and extreme events are part of the public and scientific narrative, the effects of inter-annual…

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Osvaldo Sala selected as President Elect for the Ecological Society of America

Our own Osvaldo Sala, ASU professor and Global Drylands Center founding director, was recently named the President Elect of the Ecological Society of America (ESA), the largest community of ecologists. Here, Osvaldo reflects on this recent appointment: “It is an enormous honor to serve the largest body of ecologists dedicated to understanding ecological systems and devising the best practices for sustaining biodiversity…

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Osvaldo Sala talks Drylands 101 on In The Green Room

Check out Osvaldo’s appearance on In The Green Room! In The Green Room is a local radio show dedicated to discussing and encouraging sustainable practices. You can listen to Osvaldo’s segment here (Ep. 52) starting at 14:45, where he talks all about drylands, what they are, where you can find them, and how we can spread the word about sustainability…

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Forecasting dryland vulnerability for the Department of Defense

A multi-disciplinary team from Arizona State University, U.S. Geological Survey, New Mexico State University, University of Arizona and Utah State University will carry out research to inform the management of Department of Defense drylands in the western U.S. The newly-funded proposal will investigate the interactive effects of climate change and disturbance on vegetation communities and ecosystem processes across three large…

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Global Drylands Center call for proposals

The Global Drylands Center at ASU invites scientists at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to submit proposals for collaboration with Ben-Gurion University in Israel. The Global Drylands Center will fund two international research proposals in Environmental Sciences between BGU and ASU-College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty. The expectation is that proposals will present new cutting edge, collaborative…

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