As part of the 2017 Earth Day festivities, the University of Arizona Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science (SWES) put on its annual SWESx event that featured a student poster session, student oral presentations, and a plenary by Norma Villagómez-Márquez. The plenary talk focused on the treatment of emerging contaminants in wastewater, which is a hot topic in Arizona considering its diminishing water supply. This year’s poster session brought together students from SWES and the School of Earth and Environmental Science who presented on a broad array of environmentally-related research. UA SRP graduate and undergraduate trainees were well represented at SWESx including:
- Lauren Bozeman (grad): The role of dissolved organic matter on the mobilization of arsenic in historic mine tailings
- Kimberly Danny (grad): Empowering tribal communities with mining educational modules
- Emalee Eisenhauer (grad): Characterizing the impact of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi inoculation on rhizosphere microbial community structure during plant establishment in metalliferous mine wastes
- Asma El Ouni (grad): Impact of electron donor and other factors on in-situ biosequestration of uranium
- Lydia Jennings (grad): Cover material: do quality and depth matter?
- Lia Ossanna (undergrad): Determining Biogeochemical Indicators of Soil Quality: Measuring Mining Waste Rock Revegetation Progress Using Total Nitrogen and Biomass Content
- Denise Moreno Ramírez (grad): Voices unheard: documenting the human experience of living near Arizona superfund sites
- Benjamin Rivera (undergrad): Ammonia-oxidation microbiota abundance on an arid mine site
- Shana Sandhaus (grad): Evaluating the motivations, knowledge, and efficacy of participants in environmental health citizen science projects
- Mira Thielmann (undergrad): Assessing capping materials used for mine reclamation using biogeochemical indicators
UA SRP gives special congratulations to Ben Rivera who won first place for his oral presentation in the undergraduate division, to Asma El Ouni who won second place for her poster in the graduate division, and to Lia Ossanna who won second place in the undergraduate poster category.