the home page for Dr. Shirley A.
Papuga's interdisciplinary research group. Dr. Papuga’s research
program focuses on the land‐atmosphere exchange of energy, water, and
carbon. Land‐atmosphere interactions are a major source of
uncertainties in climate change projections, as well as associated
mitigation and adaptation strategies. With population and land use
projected to increase, an understanding of how both climate change and
growth contribute to changes in (1) water, carbon and energy cycling,
(2) ecosystem phenology and resilience, and (3) feedbacks to
land‐atmosphere interactions are of critical concern to the Papuga Lab.
Dr. Papuga uses an iterative combination of field work, satellite
observations, and modeling to help better understand how these
ecosystems are changing over time.
PhD Student Zack Guido wins a $2500 Geological Society of
America (GSA) Graduate Student Research Grant for his work: "Glacial
melt contributions to Bolivian water supplies and implications of
future warming". Additionally, Zack acquired special GSA distinction
considered one of the top 20 applicants.
Daniel Bunting defended his PhD on April
PhD Student Zack Guido was awarded a $1200 Tinker Field
Research Grant through the UA Center for Latin American Studies for his
work on the impacts that climate change has on the contributions of
glacial melt water to the surface water provisions in the Altiplano of
PhD Student Zack Guido wins a $2500 Carson Scholarship through
the UA Institute of the Environment for his
work in Bolivia. The
Carson Scholars Program is an interdisciplinary program dedicated to
Rachel Carson’s vision that helped launch the modern environmental
Krystine Nelson defended her MS thesis on
Andrew Neal defended his PhD on November
MS Student Krystine Nelson wins a $500 Travel Grant from the
UA Institute of the Environment and a $500 Travel Grant from the UA
Graduate Student and Professional Council to attend the Fall 2011 AGU
Meeting in San Francisco.
Undergraduate Student from SUNY Oneonta Fiona Lowry joins our
lab as an NSF B2 REU to work on the Hydrologic Cycle and Ecosystem
Dr. Shirley Papuga is
awarded the 2010-2011 "Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award" in the
UA School of Natural Resources and the Environment.
Dr. Bhaskar Mitra joins our lab as the Ecohydrology and
Hydrologic Partitioning Post Doctoral Scientist for the UA Critical
PhD Student Andrew Neal is
awarded a $500
travel grant from the UA Graduate and Professional Student Council
to present his research at the Fall Annual Meeting of the American
Union in December.
MS Student Krystine Nelson received 1st place and PhD
Student Daniel Bunting received 2nd place for best student
posters at the PROSE
(Phenology Research and Observations of Southwest
Ecosystems) Symposium on October 1st, 2010. Nelson presented on
"Continuous monitoring of dynamic pulse-driven phenological phases in
semiarid shrubland" and Bunting presented on the "Estimating
large-scale evapotranspiration in arid and semi-arid systems: A
multi-site study linking MODIS and Ameriflux data".
Three members of the Papuga Lab, PhD Student Andrew Neal, MS
Student Krystine Nelson, PhD Student Zulia Sanchez, are
travel grants from the UA Institute of the Environment to present
their research at the Fall Annual Meeting of the American Geophysical
PhD Student Zulia Sanchez attends the 3rd Annual Summer
in Flux Measurements and Advanced Modeling in Boulder, CO.
Dr. Papuga attends the
Santa Fe Institute's
Krystine Nelson joins our lab as an MS
student using time-lapse
digital photography for monitoring changes in the critical zone.
PhD Student Zack Guido is awarded a $7,500 UA Graduate
College Fellowship for Fall 2010.
NSF Fellow Daniel Bunting defended his MS thesis on Monday,
Zack Guido joins our lab as a PhD
student looking at climate change implications of water resource
management in developing countries.
Student worker Joe Miller receives the Kel M. Fox Award for
Outstanding Undergraduate in the Watershed Resources Program.
KOLD News 13 features one of Krystine Nelson's snow videos in a
60 Seconds of Science feature.
PhD Student Andrew Neal wins first place and $300 for his
poster entitled "A Simple Conceptual Framework for Analyzing Daily
Measurements of Ecohydrological Fluxes" at the 20th annual El del Agua
Student Research Symposium.
Watershed Management undergraduate student Joe Miller joins our
research group to study the impacts of housing density on the
microclimates of urban ephemeral streams.
Zulia Sanchez-Mejia wins the prestigious
CONACyT fellowship from Mexico and will begin her PhD studies in the
Papuga Lab in January 2010.
NSF Fellow Daniel Bunting wins second place and $250 for his
poster entitled "Irrigation Regime and Vegetation Density Effects on
Success of Riparian Vegetation" at the Annual SAHRA meeting in
Krystine Nelson joins our research
a non-degree seeking student working on the flowering phenology and
root structure of creosotebush.
MS Student Daniel Bunting wins the prestigious NSF fellowship
(a $30,000 per year stipend). Daniel is currently in his second year of
his graduate studies at SNRE working on his project "Using Existing
Agricultural Infrastructure for Restoration Practices: Factors
Influencing Successful Establishment of Cottonwood over Saltcedar".
PhD Student Andrew Neal wins first place and $300 for his
poster entitled "Relating Land Surface Processes to Distributed Data:
Is the Timing Right?" at the UA Climate Dynamics and Hydrometeorology
Center (CDHC) Annual Retreat."
MS Student Lisa Benton wins $1000 Arizona Association of
Environmental Professionals 2008 Scholarship.
MS Student Michelle Cavanaugh wins $1200 Arizona Water
Pollution Control Association (AWPCA) 2008 Scholarship.
Assistant Professor Shirley Kurc receives fellowship to attend
the state of Arizona's 2008 Wakonse conference
Teaching May 15 - 18th at Camp Tontozona in Payson, AZ.
April 9th, 2008
MS student Lisa Benton negotiates an internship as Program
Development Assistant at the
National Phenology Network this summer.
April 3rd, 2008
MS student Michelle Cavanaugh secures Peace Corps Fellowship
for 2008 - 2009!
March 25th, 2008
MS student Lisa Benton's phenology work with local
Tucson highschoolers featured in national news! Read the
March 19th, 2008