Congrats to Ann Willis the newest John Muir Institute Fellow!

Article originally written by Lisa Howard and published by UC Davis Office of Ressearch Nov 8, 2017. The John Muir Institute of the Environment at University of California, Davis, is pleased to announce the selection of six UC Davis experts for its inaugural class of fellows. The fellows were identified as those who have made a real-world impact on society and have the potential to help further the Muir Institute’s core environmental mission of solutions-based, policy-relevant research, education and outreach.

“The inaugural class of Muir Institute fellows epitomize the depth, breadth and diverse career stages that make the institute a global leader in environmental problem-solving,” said Benjamin Houlton, director of the Muir Institute. “From clean energy research to research addressing the overarching challenges of conflict and cooperation in society, the group of fellows demonstrate our unique interdisciplinary DNA – leveraging the expertise of UC Davis’ colleges and professional schools. Each fellow was awarded funding to seed new innovative efforts that benefit people and the planet,” said Houlton.

Ann Willis is a senior staff researcher and communications director at the Center for Watershed Sciences. She has been spearheading a new program in science communication, Scientists for Public Engagement and Knowledge (SPEAK). SPEAK aims to make science accessible, engaging, and influential.

“We are excited to invest in Muir Institute fellows each year, helping to build stronger collaborations at UC Davis that reverberate positive impacts worldwide,” said Houlton.

About the John Muir Institute of the Environment

Established in 1997, the Muir Institute supports innovation and discovery aimed at solving real-world environmental problems. The institute’s faculty span all of UC Davis’ colleges and professional schools, with a commitment to strengthening the scientific foundation for environmental decision making through collective entrepreneurship – a team-oriented approach that recognizes the complexities of environmental problems and the societal context in which they occur.

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