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Higher Education

Higher Education

Boulder Creek CZO offers training for students from early undergraduate programs through graduate courses.  Our field monitoring program uses undergraduate work-study students, providing skills, college support, and exposure to and participation in a large research project. Meet our current undergraduate field staff here.  BcCZO supports the Research Experience for Community College Students (RECCS) in Critical Zone Science REU program, described below.

Graduate Education

Boulder Creek CZO has trained graduate students from departments of Geography, Geological Sciences, Environmental Studies, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.  Our current graduate students are listed here.  Graduate students can participate in courses and seminars on critical zone topics each year.  Examples are described below.   

Earth’s Critical Zone  

This course is intended to a) introduce the CZ, b) explore a set of questions that address CZ problems, and c) connect your own research to critical zone science. The goal is to help you see new connections, and perhaps see your own discipline within a new light.
See Associated Files Below or click here:  Earth’s Critical Zone Fall 2015

Critical Zone seminar  Graduate seminar offered annually in spring semester on a topic relevant to current research in BcCZO. 

Spring 2014:  Geog 5241, Suzanne Anderson, Extreme events in the critical zone.
Spring 2015:  Geol 5702, Robert Anderson, Weathering seminar
Spring 2016:  CVEN5833, Hari Rajaram, Critical Zone Processes seminar

Geomorphology seminar 

Graduate seminar offered in Geological Sciences every semester, covering topics of interest to the participants, often delving into CZ materials.  Instructor of record generally Greg Tucker.

Undergraduate Education

Research Experience for Community College Students (RECCS) in Critical Zone Science REU Program
Boulder Creek CZO partnered with CIRES (Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences) to develop the RECCS Program, which began as a pilot program in 2014, and is now supported by NSF through 2017.  The program brings 10 community college students to CU for ten weeks in the summer to work with mentors from the Boulder Creek CZO and from CIRES Water in the West program.  RECCS offers field trips to introduce the local landscape and critical zone concepts, skills development training, weekly cohort gatherings, and concludes with a poster session, joint with NCAR’s SOARS program, and oral presentations of research. 
RECCS website:
AGU presentation on RECCS:

Associated Files

Download "Earth’s Critical Zone 2015"
(135 KB docx)

Geog 5241-002, Fall 2015 Instructor: Suzanne P. Anderson (tel: 2-7071, Class meeting time and place: 9:30-10:45 TTh, Guggenheim 201E



BcCZO had the honor of hosting a visit from the China Geological Survey

13 Nov 2017 - On November 6-10, the BcCZO had the honor of hosting a visit from the China Geological Survey (CGS;


Korean KNU CZO visit great success!

01 Feb 2016 - BcCZO‬ had a great visit from the ‪KNU‬ ‪‎CZO‬ in South Korea. A new CZO that has been funded for about 5 months...


Suzanne Anderson’s presentation inspired this great comic strip by Miles Traer!

23 Dec 2015 - AGU 2015 was a great sucess this year, and inspired this great little cartoon by Miles Traer. Miles has been working with the American Geophysical...


BcCZO at AGU (American Geophysical Union) 14-18 Dec, 2015. Abstracts on the website!

02 Dec 2015 - Criticalzone Science at AGU (American Geophysical Union) fall meeting 2015 December 14-18. 2015 Fall Meeting Program Download the CZO...


Sheila Murphy USGS press release “Storms after Wildfire Lead to Impaired Water Quality”

01 Oct 2015 - Fourmile Canyon fire September 2010, burned about 6,000 acres in Boulder County, CO. Storms after wildfire led to downstream water-quality impairment.


Anderson Receives 2015 G. K. Gilbert Award

17 Sep 2015 - From the Eos LogoEarth & Space Science News. Robert Anderson will receive the 2015 G. K. Gilbert Award at the 2015 American Geophysical Union...


Research Experience for Community College Students (RECCS) Interns give presentations July 29 and 30

30 Jul 2015 - Research Experience for Community College Students in Critical Zone Science interns gave talks and posters on their work on July 29 and 30,...


Geology paper about Boulder flood on release picked up by the press.

01 Apr 2015 - The Boulder Creek CZO and coauthors are highlighted in recent articles for their analysis of flooding and debris flows from the historic 2013...

Eos: Dust in the Wind: Human Impacts to the Colorado Front Range

04 Aug 2020 - Ruth Heindel (former BcCZO post-doc)’s paper was featured by the Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface.

Congratulations Jill Marshall on receiving the 2018 Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award

06 Nov 2018 - Marshall Receives 2018 Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award

Congratulations Kate on her thesis defense

30 Oct 2018 - Kate Hale, M.A. Geography Title: Streamflow sensitivity to warming and shift from snowfall to rainfall. Date/Time: Tuesday October 30, 2018 at...

Undergraduate course curriculum, “Introduction to Critical Zone Science,” available free online

01 Jan 2018 - A 15-week semester-long upper-level undergraduate course curriculum entitled “Introduction to Critical Zone Science” is now available free online.

Water Resources Research Special Collection: Concentration-discharge relations in the critical zone

30 Oct 2017 - Water Resources Research published a new special collection in September 2017 featuring concentration-discharge research from multiple CZOs.

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