Training Workshop on Critical Zone Science

Fayetteville, Arkansas, May 15th- 17th, 2023 (with travel days on May 14th and 18th) 


Participants will learn about Critical Zone Science, an interdisciplinary field that studies the interactions among geology, biology, chemistry, and climate near the Earth’s surface. Critical Zone Science seeks to understand how these interactions shape the surface of the Earth, provide the resources necessary for life, and how climate change and anthropogenic disturbance may impact these processes. The first day of the training workshop will be devoted to data collection at the Savoy Experimental Watershed. During the second day, students will analyze data in a computer lab at the University of Arkansas, learning basic Python programming for data analysis and visualization. The final day of the training workshop provides networking opportunities with graduate students and faculty members from many different institutions who are gathering for a larger workshop on Carbonate Critical Zone Science. Networking will occur during a full day field trip to a variety of sites in NW Arkansas including the Savoy Experimental Watershed and an evening banquet for all participants.


Funding to participate in this training workshop is provided by a grant from  the National Science Foundation and covers transportation, lodging (double occupancy) and meals.


This training targets undergraduate students (including those that recently graduated) and early graduate students. Students from underrepresented demographic groups in the Geosciences are encouraged to apply (Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), persons with disabilities, LGBTQIA+, and other individuals from marginalized/ minoritized groups).

How to apply 

To be considered for the Carbonate Critical Zone Student Training you must fill out an application form by March 3, 2023. This application will help us get to know the applicants and make sure we select a diverse group. 


We understand that accessibility is a major barrier to diversity and inclusion in the Geosciences. Please contact us if you need accommodations (including to fill out the application) and we will work with you to find arrangements that will create a positive learning experience.


Dr. Paloma Carton de Grammont 

Carbonate CZ-RCN Coordinator
University of Florida
Phone: (352) 294-7744

Proposed Agenda

May 14: Arrival and introductions 
Students arrive and hotel check in 
18:00- 20:00-  Evening icebreaker (optional) 
May 15: Field data collection 
8:00 - 8:30 - Breakfast (provided) 
8:30 - 9:30 - Introductory session
9:30 - 17:00 - Field work at Savoy (lunch and snacks provided)  
18:30 - 20:00 - Dinner (can be either provided or on your own and reimbursed) 
May 16: Data analysis 
8:00 - 8:30 - Breakfast (provided) 
8:30 - 12:00 - Morning computer lab session (coffee break provided) 
12:00 - 13:30 - Lunch (provided) 
13:30 - 17:00 - Afternoon computer lab session (coffee break provided) 
18:00 - 20:00 - Evening meet and greet event w/ workshop participants (Dinner provided) 
May 17: Field trip with Workshop participants 
8:00 - 8:30  Breakfast (provided) 
8:30- 9:00 Plenary session 
9:00 - 17:00 Field trip (lunch and snacks provided) 
18:30 - 20:30 Dinner Banquet 
May 18: Departure 
Students depart for airport