Map showing drought conditions in the western United States in 2020

Does Less Pollution Mean Less Precipitation?

IIHR researchers Wei Zhang and Gabriele Villarini (IIHR director) have published research linking urban sprawl to an increase in rainfall and flooding during Hurricane Harvey.
A portrait of Kathryn Klarich wearing a blue scarf
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Gravitating Toward the Water

Klarich, a new member of the Cwiertny Lab, researches neonicotinoids, a class of insecticide that was found to be present in the Iowa River by the U.S. Geological Survey and IIHR researchers in 2014.
Johnathan Culpepper stands in a lab wearing purple gloves and a lab coat
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My Lab, My Canvas

Johnathan Culpepper, along with most of his family, was born with a love for art. And he’s quite good at it, even selling paintings to fund his undergraduate education at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York (MEC-CUNY). However, growing up on the coast in Trinidad and Tobago also helped nurture a love for the environment—and for science.
Nate Young and others stand in the Mississippi River looking at mussels
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IIHR Names New LACMRERS Director

Nathan Young, who has been named the new director of the University of Iowa’s Lucille A. Carver Mississippi Riverside Environmental Research Station (LACMRERS)
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IIHR Graduate Researcher Hacks into Citizen Science

Yusuf Sermet was recently recognized with two awards at the Midwest Hackathon at Iowa State University. His crowdsourcing project focused on flood data.
Cover of Sugar Creek Chronicle by Connie Mutel with birds on plants
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Feeling Climate Change

Connie Mutel’s new book, A Sugar Creek Chronicle: Observing Climate Change from a Midwestern Woodland, will entice readers to learn more about climate change — even if they don’t really want to.
IIHR Currents Cover 2015 showing a wave of water inside a transparent globe of the world
Atmospheric "river"- five images of the United States with a colorful weather overlay
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Atmospheric Rivers Linked to a Wet December

New research points to atmospheric rivers as a likely trigger of major rainfall events, like the one that overflowed the Mississippi's banks last December.
Aerial View of the wave basin
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U.S. DOE Wave Energy Prize Comes to IIHR

The IIHR Wave Basin at the University of Iowa is one of just five testing facilities selected for the U.S. Department of Energy's Wave Energy Prize competition.
Larry Weber stands close to the camera with the rest of the IWP team behind him in front of a pond
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IFC Helps Bring $96.9M HUD Grant to Iowa

The Iowa Flood Center was instrumental in bringing a new $96.9M grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to Iowa.
Gabrielle Villarini stands next to a lamp post with a photo of himself featured at the top
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Downtown Banners Feature IIHR Researchers

Two familiar faces, Dan Ceynar and Gabriele Villarini, have been featured in the new Dare to Discover banner project, organized by the UI Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.
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IGS Maps Show Iowa Counties What Lies Beneath

William Smith, the “father of English geology,” wasn’t the only geologist to create a map to change the world. Read about how geologists at the Iowa Geological Survey are creating new, geologic maps for the state even today.