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NEW! Clarifications and Supplemental Information: Estimates of Irrigated Cropland Idled due to the 2016 Drought

In the aftermath of releasing the report "Estimates of Irrigated Cropland Idled due to the 2016 Drought" (, several commentaries have indicated that land fallowing in the summer of 2016 exceeds the 77,000 acres in the 2016 drought report. A short memo provides additional details and clarification on the difference between climate related and other cutbacks. (The same clarification applies to jobs and other economic aggregates).

Registration Open! 43rd Natural Areas Conference: Climate Change Adaptaton and Natural Areas Management

Register now to join us in California for the 2016 Natural Areas Conference October 18-21, 2016. Our theme is Climate Change Adaptation and Natural Areas Management: Turning Words to Action. This event will feature strategies and tactics that resource and natural areas managers can employ to prepare for and respond to climate change on the ground.  View a detailed schedule of events here.

Congratulations Ryan Peek! Awarded Best Oral Presentation from the Society for Freshwater Science

Watershed researcher Ryan Peek has recently won the award for the 2016 Best Oral Presentation in Basic Research from the Society for Freshwater Science.

His talk titled, "Linking water source signatures with native anphibian breeding timing in a northern Sierra Nevada watershed," received very high scores from the judges.

Congratulations again to Ryan Peek for receiving this distinguished honor!

For Science! - High School Teachers Raft the South Fork American

This week 12 California High school Science teachers will embark on a 2 day rafting externship on the South Fork of the American River. They will work with UC Davis Scientists to study the biology, ecology, hydrology, and geology of the river while using a variety of tools and techniques to collect and analyze field data.

While rafting the river, participants will explore the connections between water resource management and river ecology and how they impact our lives in California.

Women in Watershed Research panelists at Floodplain Ecology Institute

Ann Willis, Miranda Tilcock, and Megan Nguyen of the Center for Watershed Sciences will participate in the Women in Watershed Panel at the Floodplain Ecology Intitute today held at the Civic Center Galleria in West Sacramento, CA.

These researchers will be speaking to several K-12 educators who are interested in meeting professionals in the water resources field. They will also learn about the work that goes on within their region and gain new information for their students about how to preapre for a successful career.

Ecogeo undergrads begin expedition in the Tuolumne Watershed

The Tuolumne River: Ecogeomorphology's spring 2016 outdoor laboratory

Follow UC Davis' ecogeomorphology students over the next two weeks as they apply their interdisciplinary classroom education to one of California's iconic watersheds: the Tuolumne. Students of hydrology, ecology, engineering, geomorphology, and economics work together to integrate their knowledge in this capstone course and test what they've learned at UC Davis in an expedition setting.

Shed Scientists Present at Society for Freshwater Science Conference

Several researchers from the shed will be attending The Society for Freshwater Science Conference this week from May 21-26 in Sacramento, CA.

SFS is an international organization whose members study freshwater organisms, biotic communities, physical processes that affect ecosystem function, linkages between freshwater ecosystems and surrounding landscapes, habitat and water quality assessment, conservation, and restoration.

Meet Ann Willis - Recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Ann Willis - National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Grad program: UC Davis Civil and Environmental Engineering (PhD) - already completed my master's in the same program
Undergrad: University of Southern California - English and Print Journalism
Hometown: Rye Brook, New York
Advisor: Jay Lund

Interview Questions:

3 Watershed Women Win Science Research Fellowships

Three researchers from the shed have each been awarded a distinguished science research fellowship.

Ann Willis is the recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship - a program dedicated to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and in STEM education.

Seminar: Hydrologic Dynamics of Greenland Ice Sheet presented by Dr. Vena Chu

Dr. Vena Chu is a distinguished scholar and an expert on the Greenland ice sheet. Dr. Chu is a UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow at the UC Berkeley Department of Geography.

The Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Group has invited Dr. Chu to come to UC Davis and speak on the hydrologic dynamics of the Greenland ice sheet.

Below is the abstract for her presentation. We hope you join us for an invigorating discussion.

California’s Delta-Groundwater Nexus: Economic and Water Supply Effects of Ending Groundwater Overdraft in California’s Central Valley

Several researches from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis have recently published an article on the nexus between California’s Delta and groundwater.

The paper examines the economic and water management effects of ending long-term overdraft in California’s Central Valley, the state’s largest aquifer system. These effects include changes in regional and statewide surface water diversions, groundwater pumping, groundwater recharge, water scarcity, and resulting operating and water scarcity costs.