Mountainous snowpack is particularly consequential because it accounts for a majority of water supply in many parts of the West, and in order to make informed water policies, we must first understand the science behind snowpack and how it interacts with the environment. While many research projects focus on interactions between snowpack and soil, there is a major knowledge gap regarding “meltwater,” which is liquid water trapped between the mountain soil and the frozen snow.
Jin Zhang, an assistant professor in The University of New Mexico's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, was recently awarded a $600,000 National Science Foundation CAREER grant to pursue new research on the elastic anisotropy of mantle minerals and potential relationships with mantle flows.
Hurteau and several colleagues argue in an opinion piece, “Managing for disturbance stabilizes forest carbon,” released today (link to PNAS opinion piece once posted) in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journal, that policymakers would do well to use disturbance ecology in an effort to stabilize forest carbon.
A team of students, under the leadership of Andrea Polli, a professor at The University of New Mexico's College of Fine Arts and associate professor of Computer Science at the UNM School of Engineering, has been working on a project called BioShield, a product synthesized from a woman's own tears that masks the biochemical signals of her ovulatory cycle for the purposes of privacy, protection, and control.
It took two years and a lot of trial and error but two researchers at The University of New Mexico Center for High Tech Materials (CHTM) have built "from scratch" a Stimulated Emission Depletion (STED) microscope, capable of imaging objects less than 100 nanometers in size. Among the microscope’s applications is the ability to record high resolution images of nano-sized biological specimens such as flu or HIV viruses, which a conventional optical microscope can’t do.
Chama River unrepresentative system for natural water flow