Arizona State University (ASU) visited Beaver Creek Ranch Campus

Arizona State University (ASU) visited Beaver Creek Ranch Campus

A research team from Arizona State University (ASU) visits Beaver Creek Ranch Campus monthly to access Wet Beaver Creek for their instrumentation maintenance and data harvesting. On their last visit, the team met with Chemistry students to discuss the program. Southwestern students also assisted the ASU research team with their data harvesting.

StreamPULSE is a research program funded by the National Science Foundation with participating researchers at seven universities, including ASU, and cooperation from the US Geological Survey. The program aims to estimate net photosynthesis, or “take the pulse,” of stream ecosystems throughout North American by measuring changes in dissolved gases in streams. The focus is to better understand how floods, droughts and nutrients affect the productivity of aquatic communities. This will be accomplished by measuring water data continuously over a four-year period. A large data set collected over multiple years within streams and rivers in Arizona will be a valuable contribution to the overall understanding of natural processes in desert systems. 

Throughout the program the ASU research team will continue to collaborate with students at the Ranch Campus.