Dr. Zion Klos
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
As an environmental Earth scientist, I focus on integrating the physical, ecological, and social sciences, often through the lens of issues surrounding water and climate. Before Marist, I was based at the University of California, Santa Barbara while pursuing research focused on the overlap of ecohydrology, geology, and land management in mountain systems. This work stemmed from doctoral research at the University of Idaho focused on the interaction of water, ecology, and society in the western US, Costa Rica, and the Eastern Seaboard (via a year on a sailboat). There I specialized in physical hydrology and climate science, but was also part of a unique, team-based Ph.D. focused on using a psychological lens to communicate and evaluate how changes in climate were impacting decision-making in resource-dependent communities.
My foundational interests in physical sciences stem from my undergraduate major in geology at Colorado College. There I fostered another major personal interest in outdoor leadership. At Marist, I bring these same types of transformative outdoor-based, project-focused research and course experiences to my students to help them better understand the natural world and its integration with society, both locally and globally.
University of California, Santa Barbara
Postdoctoral Researcher, Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory
Bren School of Environmental Science and Management & Sierra Nevada Research Institute
PhD, Environmental Science in Hydrology, University of Idaho,
NSF Graduate Research Fellow, Earth Sciences Division, Hydrologic Sciences
Social-Ecological Resilience NSF-IGERT Member, Climate Science Communication Team
BA, Geology, magna cum laude, with Thesis Distinction, Colorado College,
Outstanding Student Award in Geology, Class of 2009
Research Interests / Areas of Focus
My research interests emerge from the collaborative pursuit of integrated basic and applied questions, often completed through mentored undergraduate student projects at the overlap of hydrologic, geologic, ecologic, and human systems. I also work with my undergraduate student mentees to pursue and learn best practices in community-level, two-way science communication that informs and shares new research in an effort to better inform environmental decision making in the Hudson River Valley and beyond. I also conduct research on techniques in teaching and mentorship to advance collective understanding on how we can best foster the next generation of critical thinkers that not only have a strong base of knowledge in the sciences, but also have the skills to learn and communicate new information independently or collaboratively as they work to solve fundamental questions facing society and our environment. I am constantly seeking to expand creative, interdisciplinary, student-centered research avenues and experiential pedagogies that explore complex systems using project-based learning, integrative problem solving, and thinking across disciplines.
Klos, P. Z., Holtsnider, L. M. (2018). Visual Environmental Communication: Art-Science Collaboration in a Liberal Arts Setting. In the Trenches [National Association of Geoscience Teachers], 8:3, 4-6.
Klos, P. Z., Goulden, M., Riebe, C. S., Tague, C., O’Geen, A. T., Flinchum, B. A., Safeeq, M., Conklin, M. H., Hart, S. C., Berhe, A. A., Hartsough, P. C., Holbrook, S., Bales, R. C. (2018). Subsurface plant-accessible water in mountain ecosystems with a Mediterranean climate. WIREs Water [Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water], 2018;e1277, doi:10.1002/wat2.1277
Klos, P. Z., Link, T. (2018). Quantifying shortwave and longwave radiation inputs to headwater streams under differing canopy structures. Forest Ecology and Management, 407, 116-124, doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2017.10.046
McLaughlin, B., Ackerly, D., Klos, P. Z., Natali, J., Dawson, T. E., Thompson, S. (2017). Hydrologic refugia, plants, and climate change. Global Change Biology, 23, doi:10.1111/gcb.13629
Niemeyer, R., Heinse, R., Link, T., Seyfried, M., Klos, P. Z., Nielson, T., Williams, C. J. (2017). Spatiotemporal soil and saprolite moisture dynamics across a semi-arid woody plant gradient. Journal of Hydrology, 544, 21-35, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.11.005
Harpold, A., Kaplan, M., Klos, P. Z., Link, T., McNamara, J., Rajagopal, S., Schumer, R., and Steele, C. (2017). Rain or snow: Hydrologic processes, observations, prediction, and research needs. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21, 1-22, doi:10.5194/hess-21-1-2017
Bosque-Pérez, N. A., Klos, P. Z., Force, J. E., Waits, L. P., Cleary, K., Rhoades, P., Galbraith, S. A., Brymer, A. L. B., O’Rourke, M., Eigenbrode, S. D., Finegan, B., Wulfhorst, J. D., Sibelet, N., Holbrook, J. D. (2016). A pedagogical model for team-based interdisciplinary doctoral education. Bioscience. doi: 10.1093/biosci/biw042.
Blades, J., Klos, P. Z., Kemp, K., Tinkham, W., Hall, T. E., Force, J. E., Morgan, P. (2016). Forest managers’ response to climate change science: Evaluating the constructs of boundary objects and organizations. Forest Ecology and Management, 360: 376–387. doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2015.07.020.
Klos, P. Z., Abatzoglou, J., Bean, A., Blades, J., Clark, M. A., Dodd, M., Hall, T., Haruch, A., Higuera, P., Holbrook, J. D., Jansen, V. S., Kemp, K., Lankford, A., Link, T., Magney, T., Meddens, A. J. H., Mitchell, L., Moore, B., Morgan, P., Newingham, B. A., Niemeyer, R., Soderquist, B., Suazo, A.A., Vierling, K.T., Walden, V., Walsh, C. (2015). Indicators of climate change in Idaho: An assessment framework for coupling biophysical change and social perception. Weather, Climate, and Society [Journal of the American Meteorological Society], 7(3): 238-254. doi:10.1175/WCAS-D-13-00070.1.
Kemp, K., Blades, J., Klos, P. Z., Tinkham, W., Hall, T. E., Force, J. E., Morgan, P. (2015). Managing for climate change on federal lands of the western U.S.: Perceived usefulness of climate science, effectiveness of adaptation strategies, and barriers to implementation. Ecology and Society, 20(2): 17. doi: 10.5751/ES-07522-200217.
Klos, P. Z., Rosenberry, D. O., Nelson, G. R. (2015). Influence of hyporheic exchange, substrate distribution, and other physically-linked hydrogeomorphic characteristics on abundance of freshwater mussels. Ecohydrology, 8(7): 1284–1291, doi:10.1002/eco.1581.
Klos, P. Z., Chain-Guadarrama, A., Link, T., Finegan, B., Vierling, L., Chazdon, R. (2014). Throughfall heterogeneity in tropical forested landscapes as a focal mechanism for deep percolation. Journal of Hydrology, 519, 2180-2188. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.10.004.
Klos, P. Z., Link, T., Abatzoglou, J. (2014). Extent of the rain-snow transition zone in the western U.S. under historic and projected climate. Geophysical Research Letters [Eos Research Spotlight, GRL Featured Article and cover photo] 41, doi:10.1002/2014GL060500.
Fremier, A.K., DeClerck, F., Bosque-Pérez, N., Estrada Carmona, N., Hill, R., Joyal, T., Keesecker, L., Klos, P. Z.,Martínez-Salinas, R., Niemeyer, Sanfiorenzo, A., Welsh, K., Wulfhorst, J.D. (2013). Understanding Spatiotemporal Lags in Ecosystem Services to Improve Incentives. Bioscience 63: 472-482, doi:10.1525/bio.2013.63.6.9.
Klos, P. Z., Blades, J., Kemp, J., Bosque-Perez, N., Force, J.E., Hall, T., Morgan, P. (2013). Problem-finding in the education of interdisciplinary team scientists. Integrative Pathways 35: 3.
Rosenberry, D. O., Klos, P. Z., & Neal, A. (2012). In-situ quantification of spatial and temporal variability of hyporheic exchange in static and mobile gravel-bed rivers. Hydrological Processes, 26(4): 604–612 doi:10.1002/hyp.8154.
Klos, P. Z., Siddoway, C. S., Langridge, R. (2009). The Ruataniwha Fault: Neotectonic evaluation and seismic hazard. GNS Science, New Zealand and Colorado College Geology Department.
Black, W. G., Klos, P. Z., Reddy, C., Smith, M. & Stacy, R. (2005). Whispers of Faith: Young Friends share their experiences of Quakerism. Quaker Press, USA & Quaker Books, UK.
Holtsnider, L. M., Klos, P. Z. (2016). Climate Odyssey. Artist book, interactive online map, and additional educational materials. www.climateodyssey.org
Klos, Z. (2014, October). No snow and low flow: Impacts of a climatic snow-to-rain transition on forest ecosystems. Invited speaker, International Union of Forest Research Organizations World Congress, Salt Lake City, UT.
Klos, Z. (2014, April). Idaho’s changing weather: Understanding how the global affects the local. Invited speaker, Idaho Climate Talks Series, Boise, ID.
Klos, Z., O’Rourke, M. (2013, November). A heated discussion: Integrating the arts and humanities into climate change communication. Presenter and discussion facilitator at the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies Annual Meeting, Miami University, Oxford, OH.
Awards and Honors
University of Idaho, Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Doctoral Division, 2016
University of Idaho, Doctoral Student of the Year Award, Environmental Science Program, 2016
University of Idaho, Alumni Award for Excellence, 2015
National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellow, Earth Sciences Division, 2010
Colorado College, Magna cum laude, Class of 2009
Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists – Colorado College, Outstanding Student Award, 2009
Society for Mining, Metallurgy, & Exploration, Environmental Division Award, 2009Colorado College Presidential Scholarship for Excellence in Community Involvement, 2008
USA Today / The Desert Sun, online article, “Losing Snow in a Changing Climate” published online on April 14, 2016.
Grist Magazine, online article, “Grist 50: The 50 People You'll Be Talking About in 2016” published online on January 20, 2016.
The Climate CIRCulator, Climate Impacts Research Consortium newsletter article, “Climate Change in Idaho: Impacts and Perception” published online November 10, 2015.
Post Falls Press, newspaper article, “Snowshoes and science: Mountain becomes classroom on water quantity for Post Falls student” published in print and online on January 29, 2015.
Eos, Research Spotlight, Transactions American Geophysical Union,“Rain projected to dominate western U.S. precipitation” published in Vol. 95, No. 44, November 4, 2014.
The Climate CIRCulator, Climate Impacts Research Consortium newsletter article, “Snowpack in Western Mountains to Shrink Over Time” published online September 16, 2014.
Wired Magazine, online article, “Science Graphic of the Week: Map Shows Western U.S. May Suffer Huge Reductions in Snow” published online on August 14, 2014.
Conservation Magazine, online article, “Western snowpack could plummet this century” published online on June 26, 2014.
Pacific Standard Magazine, online article, “Snow-Covered Mountains Will Become Waterfalls” published online on June 25, 2014.
The Idaho Statesman, newspaper article, “Climate detectives to speak” published in print and online on April 7, 2014.
The Idaho Statesman, online article, “Idaho scientists lay out their data on how our climate has changed” published online on April 2, 2014.
The Pre-Cambrian Basement, Colorado College Geology Department 2013 Alumni Newsletter, “Almuni Spotlight: Zion Klos,” published in print and online.
The Idaho Statesman, newspaper article, “Catching up on climate change in Idaho,” published in print and online on November 16, 2012.
The Missoulian, newspaper article, “Scientists at Missoula climate workshop relate changes to forest users,” published in print and online on November 10, 2012.