OSUN Community Science Coalition
In addition to supporting the Center for the Study of Land, Air, and Water, the lab supports the OSUN Community Science Coalition, an international network working to bridge the gaps between climate change, academic institutions, and the equitable management of shared natural resources. The Community Science Lab will serve as the coalition's core lab facility, conducting environmental testing in response to community concerns. The data generated will be used to evaluate local climate impacts and help inform decision makers.
We all live in a watershed.
We often take for granted our access to clean drinking water until there is an issue with it. Creating policies that protect watersheds and their corresponding water bodies is necessary but difficult to manage, due to the number of water bodies and the potential threats to them. Bottom-up decision-making at the watershed level allows communities to prioritize their goals to protect their local environment and watershed.
We use microbiological approaches to tease out connections between watershed land use management decisions and the microbial ecology of water and air. While watershed-level science provides key baseline data and guidance for local and regional policymakers, it’s inextricably linked to atmospheric processes operating on much larger scales. Land use decisions and other resource management efforts at the watershed level can influence and be influenced by decisions made in other watersheds, regionally as well as globally.
Local Is Global
“Although on a geologic scale our politics are small in comparison to something like ancient groundwater, they are an important piece in determining how we interact and interfere with our landscape.” —EUS major Tierney Weymueller