Global Drylands News

Post-doctoral research opportunity at the Sala Lab

The Global Drylands Center (GDC), the Extremes Focal Area and the Sala Lab are seeking a postdoctoral research scholar to lead two types of complementary activities. The postdoctoral research scholar

GDC Executive Committee member Enrique Vivoni’s latest publication explores brush management

The Global Drylands Center wishes to congratulate Executive Committee Member Enrique R. Vivoni on his latest publication this month in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, “A micrometeorological flux perspective on brush management in a

Scientific American takes interest in ASU drylands research

Global Drylands Center’s Osvaldo Sala and Celina Osuna collaborated with Ed Finn, Director of ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination (CSI), and co-authored a piece for Scientific American to celebrate the

GDC founding director appointed to NASEM Committee to advise USGCRP

In July 2021, Osvaldo Sala, founding director of the Global Drylands Center and Julie A. Wrigley Chair, Regents and Foundation Professor, was nominated by the National Academies of Science, Engineering,

Researchers working to restore desert’s vital ‘biocrust’

Ferran Garcia-Pichel, a member of the Global Dryland Center’s executive committee board, is one of many researchers volunteering to study and resore biocrust in the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. This work

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GDC executive board member Ferran Garcia-Pichel named Regents Professor

Ferran Garcia-Pichel, the Virginia M. Ullman Professor of the Environment in the School of Life Sciences, is one of four new Regents Professors at Arizona State University. Garcia-Pinchel is on

Con Ciencia en las Américas seminar series

Watch a new Spanish language seminar series, Con Ciencia En Las Américas, organized by early-career researchers at Stanford University and the University of Santiago in Chile. The goal of Con

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ASU professor receives prestigious award for mentoring, interdisciplinary research

Ferran Garcia-Pichel, Arizona State University professor and researcher, has been awarded the 2021 D.C. White Award by the American Society for Microbiology. The American Society for Microbiology is one of

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New study shows soil as significant carbon sequestration driver

As harmful atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continue to increase, understanding the planetary carbon balance has become the single most important scientific question. A new report by two leading ecological scientists at Arizona State University quantified the global soil carbon sequestered by roots plus the amount leached into the soil. They revealed that climate and land-use are major influencers of belowground carbon sequestration.

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Vegetation shifts can outweigh climate change in desert rangelands

Grasslands across the globe, which support the majority of the world’s grazing animals, have been transitioning to shrub lands in a process that scientists call “woody plant encroachment.” Managed grazing

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Global Drylands Center honors Professor Paul Hirt

The Global Drylands Center honors Professor Paul Hirt’s service as a member of the GDC Executive Board since its inception in 2017. Following 33 years of his academic career, with