How do water and land management decisions impact the people, economy, and environment of the Great Plains?
hydrogeology | ecohydrology | socio-environmental synthesis
The goal of the KGS HydroEcology of Anthropogenic Landscapes (HEAL) 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.
Based at the Kansas Geological Survey, University of Kansas
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. To support this, 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.