We looked in on three University of Arizona professors, chosen for their fascinating research, to find out how they use their summers to accomplish research goals. Taking the time to savor moments far from lectures, student papers, and faculty meetings, one explores effects of extreme heat. Another trains students to analyze gorillas. The third sifts soil for relics. Take a look.
“I was always interested in agriculture and the idea of producing food,” says Ruyle, a UA professor since 1983. Today, he is the first recipient of the Marley Endowed Chair for Sustainable Rangeland Stewardship at the UA.
Enter a giant terrarium perched on a desert ridge 25 miles north of Tucson. Inside, visitors find a glass-enclosed, 140,000-square-foot world complete with lakes, streams, miniature forests, and an ocean — while University of Arizona researchers ponder and solve some of our greatest environmental and ecological challenges.