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The Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory has numerous data sets and a transect of field sites available for outside researchers to collaborate. 

We are always seeking students interested in Critical Zone science to join our team. Check out our infrastructure and research pages for additional details.

New empirical techniques in the field or laboratory are welcome, as well as theoretical models for the data.

Read our guidelines for collaborative research, Precepts for Collaboration

Interested in collaborating with SSHCZO, field trips, sampling? Please fill out this Request Form.

New techniques of quantification are explored regularly in the catchment.  Here, Beth Herndon, uses colorimetric assays to detect temporal and spatial differences in enzyme activities in the soil, particularly around roots.

AGU 2020: Sessions related to CZ Science

06 Oct 2020 - A list of sessions related to CZ Science at the upcoming virtual AGU 2020 Fall Meeting.

2020 CZO Webinar Series on Sustainability

17 Jun 2020 - For an updated listing of these talks, including abstracts, see /national/education-outreach/sustainability-2020/ The U.S....

Belmont Forum Announces Collaborative Research Call on Soils

20 Apr 2020 - The Belmont Forum is pleased to announce the launch of a collaborative research call on the theme: Towards Sustainability of Soils and Groundwater...

Carbonate Critical Zone Research Coordination Network to hold field workshop to Shale Hills CZO

04 Mar 2020 - Applications are being accepted for the workshop to be held August 2-5, 2020 at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Job Opening: Professor & Department Head of Ecosystem Science and Management at Penn State

20 Nov 2019 - The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at The Pennsylvania State University invites nominations and applications for the position of...

CZOs at AGU 2019

19 Nov 2019 - A list of CZ-related sessions, abstracts and events at the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting.

PhD or MS studying nitrogen cycling at Penn State University

11 Nov 2019 - PhD or MS opportunities to study nitrogen cycling in forest and/or agricultural soils at Penn State University.

Penn State students, citizen scientists take snapshot of Shaver’s Creek

11 Nov 2019 - Penn State researchers and citizen scientists took a Snapshot of the Shaver's Creek watershed in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.

Graduate Student Critical Zone Reading Group Wraps the Semester with a Field Trip to Calhoun CZO

12 Jun 2019 - Five students travelled to Union, South Carolina for a two-day site visit June 6 – June 8 at the Calhoun CZO. This site visit was the...

Assistant Teaching Professor of Soil Science - The Pennsylvania State University

17 Apr 2019 - The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for an Assistant Teaching Professor of...

TeenShale dives into stream test kits by HACH for water quality analyses

24 Jan 2019 - Without a winter warmup, students forgo the field for the classroom to discover what is in the HACH box.  The 2018-2019 TeenShale cohort...

NSF solicitation: Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems (CNH2)

20 Nov 2018 - NSF Crosscutting CNH2: Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems (CNH2) Solicitation 19-528 DUE DATES Letter of Intent Deadline...

CZOs at AGU 2018

19 Nov 2018 - The 2018 AGU Fall Meeting will be held December 10-14 in Washington, D.C.

2018 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting - What Science Stands For

14 Nov 2018 - The Annual Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union is a worldwide conference for geophysical sciences, which brings together space scietists,...

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.

The 2017 – 2018 cohort of TeenShale meets for first in-house & in-field experience

17 Oct 2017 - This year’s cohort of TeenShale Network consists of eight returning participants (10th – 12th graders) and eight new team members (8th...

82nd Annual Field Conference of PA Geologists tour the CZO

05 Oct 2017 - Just under 250 geologists from across the state of Pennsylvania spent three days (Oct 5-7) exploring outcrops and research sites in Blair, Centre...

Team takes a Sunday field trip to the new “Ag” site to explore instrumentation design

29 Aug 2016 - Investigators and students traveled to the Cole Farm yesterday afternoon, downstream of Shale Hills proper, to explore the topography of the...

Collaborators begin erosion experiment and microbial characterization study along the Shale Transect

15 Aug 2016 - Investigators Ashlee Dere, University of Nebraska – Omaha, and Sam Nath, University of Oregon, begin field installations for two new erosion...

Hydrogeophysics 2016 Workshop an interdisciplinary success!

24 Jun 2016 - Organized by Rutgers and based at both Shale Hills and Garner Run catenas, the 2016 Hydrogeophysics Workshop took place on June 23rd and 24th. ...

Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center hosts “What is the Critical Zone Observatory?”

27 May 2016 - To kick off the CZO summer display in the Lower Classroom at Shaver’s Creek, the Environmental Center hosted a poster session to learn about...

Susquehanna Shale Hills CZO Videos

16 Apr 2013 - Watch and learn about research at Susquehanna Shale Hills CZO

Drill the Ridge Campaign Begins on South Ridge of Catchment

06 Feb 2013 - Drillers arrived onsite this afternoon to begin the "Drill the Ridge" campaign for the Shale Hills catchment.  To complement the 80ft well...

Funds available for seed grant proposals to collaborate with SSHCZO

14 Dec 2012 - Educators and researchers are encougaged to submit proposals for collaborative research within the CZO.  We are pleased to be able to offer...

The SSHCZO is now accepting proposals for 1 year grants

29 Oct 2012 - The SSHCZO is pleased to announce the opportunity for researchers and educators to submit proposals for research within the CZO.

See Opportunities Archive >

Individual CZO observatories may have additional postings.
Use the above "move laterally" menu.

Opportunities are also posted in the CZO Email Newsletter and on Twitter.

Our partner CZEN may have additional postings.
Visit CZEN Jobs & Opportunities

Seed Grant Proposals

The Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory (SSHO) is pleased to be able to offer 1 year grants to facilitate scientific investigations within the SSHO.  This program is designed to foster participation from researchers and educators who are not presently funded within the CZO – and especially from outside Penn State -- to accomplish work that complements ongoing research. We are especially interested in proposals that facilitate cross-site investigations between SSHO and other CZO programs.

Associated Files

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Precepts For Collaboration
(58 KB pdf)
Our guidelines for collaborative research

Contact Us

  • Susan Brantley


    Lead-PI of Shale Hills

    Penn State
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  • Brandon Forsythe

    Field Manager

    Field Coordinator

    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (814)865-0294

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