Biosphere 2


About Biosphere 2

Biosphere 2 serves as a laboratory for controlled scientific studies, an arena for scientific discovery and discussion, and a far-reaching provider of public education. Its ability to combine varying scales, precise manipulation and fine monitoring together in controlled experiments provides scientists with the unique opportunity to explore complex environmental questions.

In this one-of-a-kind facility, UA researchers are using the Landscape Evolution Observatory, the world's largest laboratory experiment in earth sciences, to answer questions about how physical and biological processes control the evolution of landscapes and how water flows through the environment. In the simulated rainforest, scientists are studying how plants cope with high temperatures and drought to better understand how climate change may affect forests. Outside, researchers are growing plants beneath solar panels, pairing renewable energy with agriculture as they explore innovative ways to grow nutritious food crops while increasing energy output.

The University of Arizona has supported Biosphere 2 research since it took over management of the iconic facility in 2007. The University acquired the facility in 2011. Visit the Biosphere 2 website

UA Experts

Joaquin RuizJoaquin Ruiz, Ph.D.
Director, Biosphere 2
Dean, College of Science
Vice President for Innovation, University of Arizona
jruiz@email.arizona.edu

Joaquin Ruiz addresses many first-order problems in the earth sciences, such as the development of new isotope systems for studying ore deposits and the tectonic processes involved in the growth and evolution of Mexico. His research team addresses problems ranging from the origins of life to present-day climate change.

Kevin BonineKevin Bonine, Ph.D.
Director, Education and Outreach, Biosphere 2
Joint Faculty in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona
kebonine@email.arizona.edu
520-621-0232

Kevin Bonine's background includes herpetology, ecology, evolutionary physiology and conservation biology. In addition to teaching undergraduate courses, he strives to share the importance of science, including the process and key findings, with the public and K-12 students and educators. Bonine has been appointed to a position funded by the Philecology Chair for Biospheric Research.

Peter TrochPeter Troch, Ph.D.
Science Director, Biosphere 2
Professor, Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Arizona
patroch@email.arizona.edu
520-626-1229

Peter Troch's current research involves seasonal, decadal and climate predictions of water availability in semi-arid river basins, as well as developing research infrastructure to investigate Critical Zone processes across climate gradients. He has been appointed to a position funded by the Philecology Chair for Biospheric Research.

Join University of Arizona grad student Tyeen Taylor on a tour of the rainforest biome as he shares stories relating to current research underway at Biosphere 2.

Media Contacts

John AdamsJohn Adams
Deputy Director, Biosphere 2
JadamsB2@email.arizona.edu
520-838-6155

Liz Warren-PedersonLiz Warren-Pederson
Assistant Vice President, Marketing and Communications, UA Foundation
liz.warren-pederson@uafoundation.org
520-621-8822 or 520-404-7834