How do water and land management decisions impact the people, economy, and environment of the Great Plains?
ecohydrology | hydrogeology | human-water interactions
The goal of the HydroEcology of Anthropogenic Landscapes (HEAL@KGS) research group, led by Sam Zipper, is to understand how local, regional, and global change can and will affect the water resources of Kansas and the Great Plains region now and in the future. Our science will be useful, intelligible, and actionable for diverse stakeholders including policymakers, the agricultural industry, conservation groups, and city planners. In addition to local research, we seek to understand how socio-environmental systems around the world experience and respond to similar water challenges to those facing the Great Plains today and connect these global insights to local issues. To accomplish this mission, we will collaborate with physical and social scientists around the world in addition to local stakeholders; openly share scientific methods, tools, and results; and continually move towards the intersection of scientific novelty and societal relevance.
We will accomplish this goal in an equitable and ethical manner. Please see the HEAL@KGS Values, Code of Conduct, and Expectations here.
HEAL@KGS is part of the Geohydrology Section of the Kansas Geological Survey, a research and service center at the University of Kansas.
Complete publication list here.
The HEAL@KGS group is focused on the question, how do feedbacks between groundwater and land use, cover, and management decisions impact water, ecosystems, and society?
We are particularly interested how water moves across the ‘aquifer-to-atmosphere’ continuum in anthropogenic (agricultural and urban) ecosystems. Methodologically, HEAL@KGS uses conduct a mixture of basic and applied research integrating numerical modeling, field observations, and geospatial analysis. We are deliberately transdisciplinary and bridge the fields of hydrogeology, ecohydrology, engineering, agronomy, soil science, and socio-environmental synthesis.
Here are some core topics we are currently working on. We have many varied interests, so please see our Publications for everything that doesn’t fit into one of these categories!
Transparency | Accessibility | Outreach
Science should be transparent and accessible to all, but 17% of scientific data ‘disappears’ per year due to inadequate data archiving. We actively participate in the Open Science movement through multiple avenues:
What more can I do? I am always looking for ways to improve… Tweet @ZipperSam with ideas!
I’ve had the privilege to teach at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels. From this diverse experience, I’ve developed a learner-focused teaching style underlain by three core principles:
I use place-based teaching as the thread binding these three principles together. By using local examples, experiential field education, and real-world data, students build upon their sense of place to make connections between new material and their existing knowledge.
Other Teaching Experience
science, solutions, value
I work as a consultant on projects ranging from a handful of hours to multi-year collaborative projects. As an independent freelancer, I provide exceptional value to your project since my overhead costs are effectively zero - all you pay for is the time I spend doing science for you.
I’ve contributed to numerous projects, working with diverse groups including The Nature Conservancy, Foundry Spatial, Dairy Management Inc., and the Soil Health Institute.
My services include:
If you could benefit from any of these services, please send me an email and I’m happy to develop a scope of work that meets your needs and budget.