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Congratulations to Dr. Jay R. Lund for receiving the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Prize for Water!

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The Center for Watershed Sciences is happy to announce that our Director, Jay Lund, has won the internationally acclaimed Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Prize for Water (PSIPW). On July 26th, 2020, the PSIPW recognized five scientists, researchers, and innovators for their work in addressing global water scarcity, including Jay Lund in the Water Management & Protection category. Congratulations, Dr. Lund!

Assistant Specialist - Job Opportunity (Closed)

The Center for Watershed Sciences is hiring an Assistant Specialist to work on an aquatic food-web carbon flow project. The position encompasses field data collection along with laboratory and data analysis in order to quantify carbon flow in zooplankton communities in rivers, marshes, and floodplains. Application closes July 20, 2019. More details available here.

Junior Specialist - Job Opportunity (Closed)

The Center for Watershed Sciences is hiring a Junior Specialist who will focus on studies of abiotic and biotic conditions that affect the ecology of invertebrate and vertebrate organisms in estuaries. Interested applicants can apply from 06/13/19 – 07/13/19 for full consideration for this position. More details are available here.

Assistant Specialist - Job Opportunity (Closed)

The Center for Watershed Sciences is hiring an Assistant Specialist to assist with salmon otolith and eye lens isotope projects in California to quantify critical rearing habitats for salmon viability. The position is full time for one year starting approximately 8/1/2019 with the possibility for extension. Application closes Sunday, Jun 30, 2019 at 11:59pm. Please see the posting here for further details.

Geospatial Junior Specialist - Job Opportunity - CLOSED

The Center for Watershed Sciences is hiring a Junior Specialist to assist with geospatial research projects in California. The position is full time, from 2/1/2019 to 1/30/2020 with the possibility for extension. Application closes January 6th, 2019. Please see the attached posting for further details. Additional questions about this position should be directed to Ann Willis ( or Sarah Yarnell (


Women Swimming for Science: UC Davis Students and Professors Participate in Trans Tahoe Swim

Women for Water Research make waves in the Trans Tahoe Relay swim

Six UC Davis affiliated students, scientists, and professors will swim in the 42nd Annual Trans Tahoe Relay to raise awareness of watershed protection and water research. For the second year in a row, the Women for Water Research team will be swimming the 10-mile stretch for the Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) and Center for Watershed Sciences (CWS). TERC’s discoveries and methods are used to support policy decisions at Lake Tahoe and to help aid research efforts at other lakes around the world.

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: 

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.

Save the Date
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.

Congratulations to our Director, Jay Lund, For Being Elected to the National Academy of Engineering!

Original Story was posted on UC Davis News

Gary S. May, chancellor of the University of California, Davis, and Jay Lund, distinguished professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the university’s Center for Watershed Sciences, have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the academy announced today (Feb. 7).

UC Water Academy 2018 is Accepting Applications - Deadline Feb 9

The UC Water Academy is a spring/summer intensive course about California’s most precious resource.

This class is a unique opportunity to learn about CA water from a variety of faculty across the larger UC system, as well as a chance for students to meet and interact with other UC students working on water-related issues at different campuses.  Lectures and discussions take place online during spring semester (2nd half winter quarter and spring quarter), and the field excursion takes place following the end of spring quarter.   

Internship Opportunity: Contra Costa Water District

Contra Costa Water District is looking for interns again this summer.  The Contra Costa Water District is based in Concord and provides drinking water to central and eastern Contra Costa County. Three departments are recruiting: water resources (my group), planning and operations. The water resources group typically seeks graduate students with some modeling experience but we have also hired exceptional undergrads too. All of the information for applicants can be found here:

Environmental Flows Winter Policy Seminar - Open to All and available for credit

The Center for Watershed Sciences is hosting a weekly series of public speakers on the Science and Policy of Environmental Flows in California winter, beginning Jan. 17. 

The California Water Policy Seminar Series is on Wednesdays, 4:10 pm to 5:30 pm, at 3001 Plant and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis. 

The series is open to the public and available for credit. [Graduates: 1 unit as HYD 298 (CRN 58954)]

Applications Open! Master of Science in Environmental Policy & Management (EPM)

Applications are now being accepted for the Master of Science in Environmental Policy & Management (EPM) program at UC Davis. The priority application deadline is January 15, 2018. The EPM program, housed within the John Muir Institute of the Environment, provides advanced training in applying environmental science to real-world environmental policy and management issues. The program leverages the position of UC Davis as among the world’s strongest campuses in environmental research and science.

UC Davis Watershed Scientists Support Social Justice in Ecuador

A coalition of Dulcepamba residents and their supporters contacted researchers from the Center for Watershed Sciences (CWS) at the University of California, Davis and asked them to complete a forensic analysis of the March 2015 flood and model the hydrology of the watershed. The UC Davis researchers developed (1) a hydrologic model of Dulcepamba basin; and (2) a hydraulic model to assess hydraulic and geomorphic processes associated with the March 2015 flood.

Read the UC Davis news story here.

Save the Date! UC Davis Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities Conference April 27-28

Every year hundreds of undergraduate students at UC Davis share their original work with their professors, peers, community, and families at the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities Conference. For 29 years, our students have compiled the new knowledge they have acquired—with faculty mentorship—into short presentations, dynamic posters, and rich objects that they then share with others. We have one of the largest of these forums in the country.

Species in the Spotlight: Sacramento River Winter-Run Chinook Salmon

The Sacramento River Winter-Run salmon is one of NOAA Fisheries' Species in the Spotlight. The study showed salmon used these habitats. In total, the researchers found evidence that the winter-run juvenile salmon were using some combination of Battle, Deer, Mill and Antelope creeks in the northern Central Valley, as well as the Feather and American rivers further south, and the Delta at the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers."

Job Opportunity: Water Resource Control Engineer Position (deadline to apply 11/14/17)

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board)’s Division of Water Rights has an opening for one Water Resource Control Engineer position in the Public Trust Unit of the Bay-Delta Section. Public Trust Unit staff develop, evaluate, and implement flow, water quality and related requirements in the Bay-Delta and its tributaries, and related plans, policies, and regulations.

Final Filing Date: 11/14/17

Friday Oct 27: Let the Conversation Flow at the River Forum

Join us on Friday October 27 at 2pm in the CWS Conference Room for the first River Forum Discussion about Instream Flows: New Tools to Quantify Water Quality Conditions for Reutrning Adult Chinook Salmon with Ann Willis.

The discussion will focus on instream flows from a planning and management perspective, and what it takes to go from identifying a need for instream flows to actually putting "wet" water in the stream. 

RSVP and download the paper here. 


Hydrologist/Operations Analyst Position - Hetch Hetchy Water and Power

"Hetch Hetchy Water and Power (HHWP) is recruiting applicants for a 5148 Water Operations Analyst – which has a working title of Hydrologist. We anticipate to fill two positions from this posting. HHWP operates 3 reservoirs in the Sierra’s along with 3 powerhouses. HHWP operates as part of the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System (HHRWS) – supplying about 85% of the HHRWS’ water to ~2.7 million customers in the Bay Area.