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.
News and Announcements
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!
Nature Tells Its Story with Fish Eyes and Ears
Check out the UC Davis UNFOLD podcast to hear Watershed researchers Miranda Bell-Tilcock and Carson Jeffres discuss the Fish Eyes and Ears project! Learn more about the project and associated research article, "Advancing Diet Reconstruction Using Fish Eye Lenses" at: https://watershed.ucdavis.edu/news/2021/01/29/new-research.
The New York Times' Travel series "Autumn Journeys" recently featured California's Delta! The article features beautiful photographs of California's Delta, information on the Sacramento and San Joaquin waterways, and a conversation with Peter Moyle.
Congratulations, Carson Jeffres! This award is given by the UC Davis Foundation Board of Trustees to honor and celebrate individuals who, although their job descriptions may not include donor stewardship, demonstrate excellent results in engaging with and acknowledging our supporters. This award celebrates the important role that faculty and staff play in donor stewardship and relationship-building.
New research shows that dams are ineffective for cold-water conservation and California's regulated streams fail cold-water ecosystems, reports a new study by CWS researchers Drs. Ann Willis, Ryan Peek, and Andrew Rypel. The thermal regimes of 77 California stream sites were modeled evaluate variation nested within each stream class. Read the paper and associated media coverage to learn more about this study!
CWS' Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity (DEI) Committee facilitated an open panel conversation about gender disparities and ways in which we can all be allies to women in STEM. Please take a moment to watch the recording on Youtube!
The John Muir Institute of the Environment has recently announced Brandi Goss among the recipients of the 2021 Muir Institute Scholars Program! Brandi Goss is a Master's Student under Dr. Robert Lusardi in the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis. Her work is centered on aquatic community ecology research with real-world conservation applications. Read on to learn more about this sprouting collaborative project!
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!
Fish and watershed advocacy group California Trout (CalTrout) and University of California Davis, Center for Watershed Sciences, provided key results from an in-depth report today detailing the status of 32 types of salmon, steelhead, and trout that are native to California. State of the Salmonids II: Fish in Hot Water offers concerning data about the declining health of these fish populations and opportunities for stabilizing and even recovering many species.