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CZOs at AGU 2016

22 Nov 2016

CZOs at AGU 2016: Agenda and award recipients

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We would like to thank everyone who visited our booth, participated in our International CZO Workshop, town hall and GIFT workshop, and attended our presentations, posters and Union Session. We look forward more CZ science next year in NOLA! 

AGU 2016

The NSF-funded Critical Zone Observatories (CZOs) and National Office will be well represented at the upcoming annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco (Dec. 12-16). Over 150 posters and presentations will be made by this community in numerous sessions spanning Monday through Friday of the meeting -- see attached agenda for a list of these presentations.

CZO personnel will be available to meet with you in the Exhibit Hall throughout the meeting - please stop by Booth 309 to say hello and learn about what is new in the CZO program heading into 2017.

In addition, the CZOs will host a Town Hall on Tuesday, December 13 from 12:30 - 1:30 PM in Moscone West- Room 3002.

Follow our Twitter @criticalzoneorg for CZO updates throughout the conference #CriticalZone. 

2016 Award Recipients

2016 AGU fellows associated with CZOs or CZ science:

Mary K. Firestone

University of California, Berkeley

For defining the role of soil microbial communities in ecosystem structure and function.




Michael Goulden

University of California, Irvine

For his fundamental contributions to our understanding of terrestrial ecosystem responses to global climate change.




Gordon E. Grant

Pacific Northwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

For insightful contributions to the geomorphic and hydrologic functioning of rivers and for developing watershed perspectives for managing public lands.



Please visit to see a complete list of 2016 AGU Fellows.

Ciaran Harman Receives 2016 Early Career Hydrologic Science Award

The award is for significant early-career contributions to hydrologic science.

Ciaran Harman grew up in Western Australia, where he received undergraduate degrees in Arts and Engineering with first class honors. In 2005 he began graduate studies with Murugesu Sivapalan at the University of Illinois, where he earned a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 2011.

I met Ciaran for the first time in 2007 at the Joint Assembly in Acapulco, Mexico. I didn’t know who he was, and he introduced himself as a student of Siva’s working on hillslope processes. He asked me details about my papers that I didn’t even remember, and for the next 3 days he basically stalked me. It was the first sign of his persistence and his desire to understand every little detail of the problem he is working on.

By the time he finished his Ph.D., Ciaran had published 22 papers. This productivity is in part due to his ability to make substantive contributions in collaborative enterprises, including the NSF-funded Hydrological Synthesis Summer Institute of 2008, and the early design meetings for the Landscape Evolution Observatory of Biosphere 2. In 2011, Ciaran joined my research group as a CZO postdoc, exploring catchment co-evolution, and the combination of Newtonian and Darwinian approaches to hydrology. His paper on Darwinian hydrology quickly became a classic on the topic.

Since starting at Johns Hopkins University he has focused on nonstationary flow and transport processes, and his work has helped establish the theory of storage selection functions for lumped transport modeling. Together, we continue to work on transport and co-evolution through two NSF-funded collaborative research projects at Biosphere2.

Ciaran is a wonderful friend and colleague, and is an outstanding mentor to his students. It has been a pleasure to see Ciaran develop from a young Ph.D. student into this year’s Early Career Award recipient.

—Peter Troch, University of Arizona, Tucson

For full article:

Mary Firestone 

Michael Goulden 

Gordon Grant

Ciaran Harman Photo: EOS

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