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Ecological and Environmental Change

Our planet is actively changing on both geologic and human time scales. The dynamics of ecological and environmental changes are complex, with feedbacks and implications that are still unknown. Researchers at the University of Utah are working to understand many different aspects of past, present, and predicted future changes in the hydrosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, and lithosphere. This work is essential for managing resources, conserving biodiversity and natural landscapes, and for preparing for changes in the future. Our faculty and students work globally and locally, utilizing the collection of University of Utah field stations, the University Museum of Natural History, and Red Butte Garden that provide access to a wide range of ecological conditions across the intermountain west.

Rock formations in Zion National Park
Photo: Don Graham (CC BY-SA 2.0)


iUTAH is an interdisciplinary research and training program aimed at strengthening science for Utah’s water future.

Inter-university Training for Continental-Scale Ecology - ITCE emphasizes the use of stable isotopes in biogeochemical and ecological studies to prepare new scientists to tackle ongoing global climatic, ecological, and biogeochemical perturbations.

The Rio Mesa Center provides opportunities for field-based interdisciplinary research and education that emphasize ecology and the environment and human-environment interaction.

The Taft-Nicholson Center works to increase environmental literacy, boost environmental awareness and inspire personal connection to nature, bridging the arts and humanities with the sciences.


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