Aaron Bugaj

BS Environmental Science, Seattle University, 2013
Title & Affiliation: 
Research Technician and LEO Outreach Specialist, Biosphere 2, University of Arizona

My passion for Biosphere 2 is rooted in the opportunities the facility provides for collaborative research, design, and outreach in the field of Earth science, systems ecology, and drylands green infrastructure research. I have been heavily involved in the installation of LEO instrumentation and automated sampling systems including the new state of the art LEO Stable Isotope Lab. I maintain day to day operations and sampling of the LEO hill slopes throughout continued experimentation and rain events.  Additionally, I lead an experiment in the Desert Biome involving traditional clay pot irrigation aka "Olla" that aims to make green infrastructure, soil water dynamics, and plant physiology more approachable for K-12 students interested in Earth science and drylands ecology.

Model Systems


2018 (Published)

Controlled Experiments of Hillslope Coevolution at the Biosphere 2 Landscape Evolution Observatory: Toward Prediction of Coupled Hydrological, Biogeochemical, and Ecological Change . Volkmann Till H. M., Aditi Sengupta, Luke A. Pangle, Katerina Dontsova, Greg A. Barron-Gafford, Ciaran J. Harman, Guo-Yue Niu, Laura K. Meredith, Nate Abramson, Antonio A. Meira Neto, Yadi Wang, John R. Adams, David D. Breshears, Aaron Bugaj, Jon Chorover, Alejandro Cueva, Stephen B. DeLong, Matej Durcik, Ty P. A. Ferre, Edward A. Hunt, Travis E. Huxman, Minseok Kim, Raina M. Maier, Russell K. Monson, Jon D. Pelletier, Michael Pohlmann, Craig Rasmussen, Joaquin Ruiz, Scott R. Saleska, Marcel G. Schaap, Michael Sibayan, Markus Tuller, Joost L. M. van Haren, Xubin Zeng and Peter A. Troch (2018): in: Hydrology of Artificial and Controlled Experiments (eds. Jiu-Fu Liu and Wei-Zu Gu), IntechOpen, pp. 25-74.