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Join our family event at Winters Community Library on May 11!

 Putah Creek: Animal AdventuresUC Davis’ Center for Watershed Sciences & Winters Community Library CollaborationSaturday May 11, 2024 || 1 - 4pm || Winters Community Library Join the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences as we dive into the world of PutahCreek wildlife! Encounter live fish straight from the Creek’s waters, go bird watching inthe library garden, engage with specimens from the Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology, and unleash your inner biologist with some practice fish sampling.

California closes commercial & recreational salmon fishing season – again

Salmon in California are struggling – facing drought, river heatwaves, polluted runoff, poor spawning habitat, and barriers to fish passage – is it a wonder that the salmon fishing season in California is canceled, again. Robert Lusardi, Associate Director at the Center for Watershed Sciences and faculty member in the Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Department at UC Davis, says almost half of California's native trout and salmon species could disappear in the next 50 years.

Environmental Law Symposium 2024

UC Davis' School of Law will host the 2024 Environmental Law Symposium on March 8, 2024 from 9:00am - 3:00pm in King Hall, Room 1001. Of special interest will be the topic of rewilding, the role of habitat restoration and species reintroduction in achieving climate resiliency. The symposium will feature three panels exploring the multiple benefits of habitat restoration, species reintroduction and how to address the potential legal, policy, and social challenges of rewilding. 

Karrigan Börk awarded ASU Law's Morrison Prize for water rights research

Karrigan Börk, Associate Director at the Center for Watershed Sciences and acting professor of law at UC Davis' School of Law, has been awarded the Morrison Prize for his 2023 legal paper on water extraction rights. The $10,000 Morrison Prize is a distinguished honor; it is awarded annually to the author of the most influential academic legal article on environmental sustainability pu

Study Uncovers Synchrony’s Role in the Beach Food Web

New research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has uncovered how kelp forests shape beach food webs and ecosystem dynamics. The study was recently published by Jonathan Walter (CWS Senior Researcher, lead author), Kyle A. Emery, Jenifer E. Dugan, David M. Hubbard, Tom W. Bell, Lawrence W. Sheppard, Vadim A. Karatayev, Kyle C. Cavanaugh, Daniel C. Reuman, and Max C. N. Castorani.

CWS Seminar Series Schedule Winter 2024

Winter 2024 Who – Anyone is welcome to attend.
What – CWS Winter 2024 Seminar Series
When – Mondays, 3:30-4:30 pm & social afterward
Where – Center for Watershed Sciences Conference Room, UC Davis, CA


Date Topic + Speaker(s) 1/8

Welcome + 3-4 X 10-minute short talks + discussion

Salmon in Oregon's Willamette River Valley

Salmon are trapped behind dams in Oregon's Willamette River Valley, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to address the issue by constructing a novel $450 million trap-and-haul style "vacuum" to suck up juvenile salmon and relocate them to large holding tanks, where they will be subsequently transported downstream via trucks and re-released. UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences researchers Robert Lusardi and Peter Moyle, who published a research article on trap-and-haul programs earlier in 2017, warn that the Corps "should proceed with extreme caution" on the current proposed plan.

Rewilding juvenile salmon with indigenous knowledge

In an attempt to rescue California's winter-run Chinook salmon from threat of extinction, an innovative salmon egg incubator has been collaboratively developed by the Winnemem Wintu Tribe and a team of expert fish biologists. The incubator has been engineered to mimic conditions of the McCloud River in California and thus provides a refuge for winter-run salmon eggs while expanding the opportunity for the juvenile fish to refine and navigate swimming in the turbulent artificial currents.

Changing climate alters stability of headwater stream invertebrates

Stream invertebrates often serve as indicators of stream habitat quality because of their responsiveness to environmental change. A recently published study co-authored by Center for Watershed Sciences Senior Researcher Jonathan Walter leveraged 4 decades of measurements in the Llyn Brianne Stream Observatory (Wales, UK) to understand how stream invertebrate communities responded to climatic variation.

Open Postdoctoral Position in Fish Ecology and Life History Diversity

The Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis is seeking to fill an open postdoctoral position. The ideal postdoc will have a strong background in fish ecology and an understanding of stream hydrology of groundwater-dominated and precipitation-derived rivers. The candidate will be responsible for sampling native fishes and analyzing otoliths to assess growth and incubation timing (among other factors) in numerous rivers across California and elsewhere. The candidate will conduct statistical analyses to relate environmental covariates to fish response variables (e.g., growth).