Southwest Environment

Stories written by University of Arizona students

Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science
The Stories

These stories are free to publish in other venues, including print and web publications, as long as credit is given to the author. The instructor also requests an additional tagline following the author description at the end of the story. The additional tagline should read: This story was produced as part of a University of Arizona course on Translating Environmental Science (SWES 415/515) for the Southwest Environment website. [If published on the web, please include a link to this page of the website: http://ag.arizona.edu/swes/environmental_writing/stories.html ]

Fall 2011

Stories are in alphabetical order by last name

Ben Beal

Ben Beal

Technology helps keep pests out of Arizona’s cotton fields

Related story: The assassin bug preys on lygus

Mary M. Carroll


Mary M. Carroll

Growing fish in the desert: a remarkably sustainable venture

This story will be published in The Explorer newspaper, which serves northwest Tucson, Marana and Oro Valley

Related story: Age-old tradition becoming a modern practice

William Coleman

William Coleman

Artificial turf or natural grass, which is better for the environment?

 

Christopher Ferlin

Christopher M. Ferlin

City trees cool down ‘heat islands’ in urban areas

This story will be published in The Explorer newspaper, which serves northwest Tucson, Marana and Oro Valley.

Brooke Hamilton

Brooke Hamilton

SWES researchers use compost, microbes to stabilize mine tailings

This story will be published in The Explorer newspaper, which serves northwest Tucson, Marana and Oro Valley.

Related story: Arsenic causes lung problems

Alyson Head

Alyson Head

Pima County works to protect local ranchlands

Brian Hickerson

Brian Hickerson

Gila trout return home to southeastern Arizona

Related story: Protecting diversity in Gila trout

Matthew Jewell Matthew Jewell

Shorebirds frequent Tucson sewage treatment facility

 

Evan Kipnis

Evan Kipnis

Water harvesting efforts increase over time in Tucson

Related Story: "Conserve to Enhance’ puts conserved water into local watershed

 

Owen Maurer

Owen Maurer

Some soils better than others at holding carbon

 

Kevin Krutzsch

Kevin Krutzsch

Bullfrogs: Garbage disposals of the wetlands

Ryan Ollinger

Ryan Olinger

Arizona agencies reintroduce prairie dogs

This story originally ran in The Explorer newspaper, which serves northwest Tucson, Oro Valley and Marana, on February 29, 2012. For that version, go to this link: http://explorernews.com/news/article_c7007aec-624f-11e1-8a7f-0019bb2963f4.html

 

Madhumitha Raghav

Madhumitha Raghav

Making wastewater safe for agriculture in developing countries

Madhumitha Raghav, a Ph.D. student in environmental engineering student, published the article she wrote for this course in the January/February issue of Asian Water.  [The article, “Making wastewater safe for agriculture in developing countries,” begins on page 24.]

Nicholas Rossi

Nicholas Rossi

UA’s rec center expansion LEED(s) the way in sustainable innovations

Related Story: Rec gains points for energy performance, other innovations

 

Bridger Skaaier

Bridger Skaarer 

Local thinning projects yield cords of wood, healthier forests

Related Story: Finding permits to collect cords of wood

Eric Wagner

Eric Wagner

Managing bears and people in wildland environments

Related Story: Managing black bears

Additional Story: Likins Residence Hall promotes campus sustainability

 

Spring 2011

Stories listed by topic

Soil  
Bradley Schmitz


Bradley Schmitz

UA 'Composting Cats' turn food leftovers into soil amendment

Ruth Hook


Ruth Hook

UA researchers find treated biosolids safe as fertilizers

Changing perceptions on biosolids

Water  
Nigel Shemanski

Nigel Shemanski

UA efforts to harvest, conserve water adding up

Basic principles of water harvesting

Nathan Blevens

Nathan Blevens

What's wrong with Tucson tap water?

Brandon Merrill

Brandon Merrill

Hydroponics system grows crops with less water, no soil

Related Story: More ways to save water with hydroponics      

Ecosystems  
Sophie J Everatt

Sophie J Everatt

Tucson group helping to restore Colorado River tributary
Jesus Antonio Gonzalez

Jesus Antonio Gonzalez

Southern Arizona's wetlands considered crucial for desert life

Related Story: A closer look at ecosystem services

Colleen Svancara
Colleen Svancara

Invasive quaggas ‘musseling’ in on Arizona
territory

Cousin to the quagga: The zebra mussel’s heyday in the Great Lakes

Wildlife  
Matt Lewis


Matt Lewis

Delisting of Bald Eagle challenged

Jessica McGlynn

Jessica McGlynn

Tucson zoo hopes to breed tiger under Species Survival Plan

Related story: Captive breeding efforts consider genetic diversity

Conor Quinlan Conor Quinlan

Injured wild animals find shelter in Tucson

Population  
Priscilla Garcia

Priscilla Garcia

Growing human population puts pressure on environment



Spring 2010

Jack Akinlosotu

Tucson encouraging use of “gray water” for irrigation

Eduardo Bastidas

Saving diversity among plants through produce

Jessica Canchola

Tree planting helps create habitat for birds

Cassie Fausel

Algae fuels efforts to reduce air pollution

Will Ferguson

Scientists at the UA work to help Tucson become a solar-energy-research powerhouse

Janet Fox

Junk Piles Attract Snakes - and UA Researchers

Michelle Kostuk

Neighbors work to convert street water into shade

student photo

Sheyenne Lewis

Local food serves as main fare of Tucson CSA

Britney Lizama

Sweetwater Community Turns Backyards Into Wildlife Habitat

Biology comes to life in Robins School gardens

Daneb Josue Sanchez

Solar pizza comes to Tucson’s Fourth Avenue

Rainwater harvesting cisterns can save money as well as water



Spring 2009

Melissa Lamberton      Southwest faces diminished stream flows, new water policies

Martha Mathewson
     Tucson becomes a ‘Transition Town

Tim McDonnell
             Network of ‘citizen scientists’ to track climate change

Stories from other students could not be posted because efforts to contact failed when the website was set up in 2010.