David Dukes (Graduate Student) and Howell Gonzales (Postdoctoral Fellow) with one of their automated field monitoring stations at Sevilleta Wildlife Refuge, NM
- NSF-funded project (2015-2019)
- Impact of wildfires on ecosystems functions
- The applicability of novel techniques – using rare earth element tracers for soil erosion, and LiDAR (Ground-based & Unmanned Aerial Systems) for soil microtopography and vegetation structure – to monitor landscape responses to fires.
Colocation opportunities for large solar infrastructures and agriculture in drylands in Applied Energy (Elsevier, Impact Factor: 6.5)
Ravi, S., J. Macknick, D. Lobell, C. Field, K. Ganesan, R. Jain, M. Elchinger, and B. Stoltenberg (2016), Colocation opportunities for large solar infrastructures and agriculture in drylands, Applied Energy, 165: 383-392.
Book chapter: Environmental Hazards, Risks, and Disasters. Elsevier
Covers hazards and disasters related to the regions of the surface and atmosphere of the Earth where living organisms exist
D’Odorico, P., Ravi, S., 2016. Land Degradation and Environmental Change. In: Shroder, J.F., Sivanpillai, R. (Eds.), Biological and Environmental Hazards, Risks, and Disasters. Elsevier, pp. 219–227.
Ravi, S. (2015) Partner crops with solar facilities, Nature 524 (7564), 161: doi: 10.1038/524161a.
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Dynamic interactions of ecohydrological and biogeochemical processes in water-limited systems. (Invited)
S. Manzoni, S. Ravi, D. Riveros-Iregui and K. Caylor (2015), Dynamic interactions of ecohydrological and biogeochemical processes in water-limited systems, Ecosphere, 6:art133. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES15-00122.1
This paper was commissioned by the members of the Editorial Board to commemorate the Ecological Society of America Centennial celebration.
Colocation or “agrivoltaics”
Coupled solar infrastructure and agriculture could be established in marginal lands with low water use, thus minimizing the socioeconomic and environmental issues resulting from cultivation of economically important non-food crops (e.g., biofuels) in prime agricultural lands. Co-locating solar infrastructure and agriculture (including desert-adapted crops/biofuels) may provide additional benefits such as dual income streams to farmers, employment opportunities at solar facilities for crop management, options for rural electrification, and electricity for processing agriculture products locally.
Saline soils of Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India
Participated in the TU India study program in Dharangadhra, Gujarat.