Synthesis Incubators at CWS will promote synthetic transdisciplinary science collaboration on actionable water challenges. A project PI can be any Academic Federation scientist, researcher, graduate student, postdoc or Senate faculty member at UC Davis. For the 2022 beta competition, CWS leadership expects to award 2-3 teams at a funding level of up to $20,000-$40,000 for a two year time frame.
News and Announcements
Take a listen to the latest Finding Genius Podcast to hear Fish Ecolgist and Watershed Co-Director, Andrew Rypel, share insights and efforts to preserve the environment for freshwater fish!
As California's drought conditions worsen, a long shuttered reservoir project could be revived. On KQED, CWS Senior Staff Researcher Dr. Ann Willis, weighs in on how dams fit into our long-term water management strategy.
New research on Lahontan cutthroat trout – including growth experiments from 3 LCT strains and insights on the effort to reestablish LCT populations – was just published in PeerJ.
The Klamath Basin is on the cusp of the most ambitious dam removal effort ever attempted. If all goes to plan, efforts will get underway by next year to bring down the four aging hydropower dams that divide the basin in half. Are we ready for this?
Spend your Sunday evening fishing for common carp in the UC Davis Arboretum while helping out with research on campus!
In California, millions of residents and thousands of farmers depend on the Bay-Delta for fresh water—but they can’t agree on how to protect it.
In a new blog on Maven's Notebook, Dr. John Durand, CWS Senior Researcher, describes the refuge Suisun Marsh provides for native fish species, as well as challenges, needs, and potential for partnerships at play for its management. Take a moment to learn about management of the largest contiguous brackish-water marsh on the USA West Coast at: https://mavensnotebook.com/2022/04/06/estuary-news-suisun-marsh-a-bastio....
In this short clip, CWS Researchers, Drs. Ann Willis & Robert Lusardi, discuss the hopes and challenges in saving salmon and improving river ecosystems, as well as the type of research they conduct on the Little Shasta River. In collaboration with California Trout and Hart Ranch, they show how science-based management can support salmon and rangeland.
Dr. Rachel Johnson has received the 2022 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Rachel Carson Award for Scientific Excellence! Dr. Johnson is receiving this award for work in diagnosing and treating thiamine deficiency in Central Valley Chinook Salmon.
A blog post on Maven's Notebook came out today summarizing a talk that Dr. Sarah Yarnell, CWS researcher, and Julie Zimmerman, lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy's water program in California, recently gave to the Delta Science Board on the California Environmental Flows Framework. The blog is divided into three parts –
We are delighted to share that environmental law and policy professor and CWS Associate Director, Karrigan Börk, is the winner of the 2022 Distinguished Teaching Award. The Distinguished Teaching Award is an distinction given to teachers of law who demonstrate exemplary performance in classrooms, and is generously supported by Bill and Sally Rutter.
You are invited to River Roundtable: Session 1 - Putah Creek about on March 29, 2022 at 5:15-6:45 pm PST. The discussion panel includes CWS Associate Director, Karrigan Börk (Professor, UC Davis Law School, Public Trust Doctrine and Fish & Game Code Expert), as well as Roland Sanford (General Manager, Solano County Water Agency) and Joe Krovoza (Former Chair, Putah Creek Council, Former Mayor of Davis, California).
Sign up and join CWS on March 26, 2022 at 11:00am PST for a special community mural painting event in Woodland! Community members will be invited to grab a paint brush to help us paint a large-scale mural on a local barn.
Last week, Reuters joined the salmon-rice project in the field to learn how floodplains in the Sacramento River Valley are being used to support endangered fish populations. Read the written piece & watch the video authored by Reuters at: https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/california-conservationists...
PBS KVIE recently featured the restoration of Butte Creek in "Sharing Butte Creek", Season 28 Episode 8. The piece is beautifully done and features researchers from CWS! Take a look to experience the Northern Sacramento Valley in a period of environmental change, as bird populations are bolstered and salmon runs are being restored.
An exciting new collection in Frontiers for Young Minds, “Where the river meets the ocean - Stories from the San Francisco Estuary”, is steadily rolling out. Publications in Frontiers for Young Minds are especially unique, as researchers get reviews from students and their teachers prior to final article acceptance. Research articles written for Frontiers for Young Minds are written to communicate science to a young audience, and we are especially excited to see research at the Center included in this collection!
Ann Willis, research scientist at the Center for Watershed Science at UC Davis, will be giving a virtual talk for Oregon State University's seminar series. The talk, "Managing cold water for stream ecosystems: from concepts to concrete actions" will be this Thursday January 27 at 3:30pm PST.
Despite record-breaking rainfall in October, the California Drought still persists. Over the past several months, media outlets have asked The Center for Watershed Sciences' researchers to answer questions, provide context, and debunk myths circulating on the current California Drought. Here, we compile a summary of some top features as a resource.
R for Water Resources Data Science (R4WRDS) is a free resource that was recently developed by Rich Pauloo and Ryan Peek. R4WRDS is currently offering intro and intermediate courses in R stats, with case studies that use real world water resources data and models. Take a look at this fantastic resource!