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Employment Opportunity at CWS - Junior Specialist. Posting Ends 5/11

CWS is hiring a new Junior Specialist in the Johnson lab, starting this summer. Closing date for applications is May 11th. The job will mainly be lab-based (fish dissection, otolith prepping, reading, and isotope analyses), but there will be opportunities for data analysis, contributing to publications, and occasional field work. The current position is for up to 1 year with the potential for extension.  Please share advertisement widely.  See advertisement here: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02128. 

California Extreme Precipitation Symposium 2018, 7/9

The California Extreme Precipitation Symposium is an informal day of scientific and technical presentations meant to increase our knowledge and understanding of extreme precipitation events. Goals of CEPSYM are to improve flood risk management planning and increase warning time for large floods.

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Monday, July 9, 2018 New date
UC Davis Conference Center

Theme: Paleoclimate Insights for Planning Future Water Resources in California

"The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Waters" by Jonathan B. Jarvis Lecture and Book Signing

The Muir Institute will be hosting Jonathan B. Jarvis for a special lecture and book signing on his latest book “The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Waters.” Nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in 2009, Mr. Jarvis served as the Director of the National Park Service (NPS) for the entire eight years of the Obama administration. Mr.

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Featured Project

Drought's Economic Impact on Agriculture

UC Davis researchers forecast the socio-economic effects of the drought on California agriculture for 2014 and beyond. Economists use computer models and the latest estimates of water deliveries, well-pumping capacities and acres fallowed. The researchers...

Featured Publication

Authors: A.L. Nichols; R.A. Lusardi; A.D. Willis
Report 2017