Our Earth's critical zone is the heterogeneous, near surface environment in which complex interactions involving rock, soil, water, air, and living organisms regulate the natural habitat and determine the availability of life-sustaining resources. A healthy critical zone supports ecosystems that produce the food we eat, natural pollution control, and natural resources upon which our economy depends.

Our faculty are experts in:

  • biogeochemistry and pedology
  • geomicrobiology
  • subsurface hydrology and soil physics

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  • I focus on geomicrobiology in our work on critical zone science.
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  • I focus on biogeochemistry and pedology in our work on critical zone science.
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Karletta Chief

Associate Professor

Extension Specialist


Jon Chorover

Jon Chorover

Department Head

Professor

Arizona Lab for Emerging Contaminants (ALEC)


Joan Curry

Joan Curry

Professor

Associate Department Head

Cardon Academy of Teaching Excellence Fellow

  • I focus on biogeochemistry and pedology in our work on critical zone science.
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Dr. Katerina Dontsova

Katerina Dontsova

Associate Professor

Associate Research Professor, Biosphere 2


 

Raina M. Maier

Raina M. Maier

Professor

Director, UA Superfund Research Program


Julie Neilson

Associate Research Professor

Director, Maier Lab

Director, Center for Environmentally Sustainable Mining

  • I focus on geomicrobiology in our work on critical zone science.
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Ian Pepper

Ian L. Pepper

Professor

Director, Water & Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center



Marcel Schaap

Marcel G. Schaap

Professor

Graduate Program Director


  • I focus on geomicrobiology in our work on critical zone science.
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