Nerd Night #45: Desert Waters

Nerd Night: Desert Waters

Thursday, October 28th @ 6:00 pm


UTEP’s NSF funded Dryland Critical Zone Project

The Critical Zone is the layer of Earth’s surface from the top of the trees to the bottom of the groundwater.  Rocks, soil, water, air, and living organisms interact in the Critical Zone to provide life-sustaining resources such as food and water. Scientists all over the world are working in a collaborative effort to better understand how the Critical Zone functions and changes in response to environmental variations. Join us to learn more about the incredible research taking place right in our backyard of the Chihuahuan Desert!

This Nerd Night is especially geared towards Science Educators in the Border Region.  Using practical research methods modified from actual experiments used to investigate important Critical Zone processes within the drylands, UTEP faculty will present suitable demonstrations and hands-on activities that teachers can use in their classrooms.

Nerd Night Speakers:

Dr. Diane Doser (Professor of Earth, Environmental and Resource Sciences at The University of Texas, El Paso) is a geophysicist with ongoing research projects in earthquake seismology, shallow subsurface geophysics (applied to groundwater, the critical zone, engineering and environmental problems), and the seismotectonics of Alaska and the El Paso region. She is also involved in projects related to geoscience/environmental science education.

Dr. Hugo Gutierrez (Assistant Professor of Geology at The University of Texas, El Paso) research interests are surface and groundwater hydrology, ecohydrology, GIS and remote sensing applications for water resources studies, hydrometeorology, hydrogeophysics, geomorphology, and field experiments for predicting and quantifying climatic-vegetation effects on the water cycle and their impacts on ecosystems.

Plus hands-on demos and activities that can be used in K-12 classrooms!

Where: UTEP’s Geology Lawn

500 W University Ave.
El Paso, TX 79968

When: October 28, 2021

Grab a seat at 5:30pm
Presentations will begin at 6:00pm

** We will be adhering to UTEP’s ‘Resuming Campus Operations Protocols’ in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, and we encourage you to do the same.

For more information on UTEP’s guidelines visit: HERE

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