The California Bay-Delta—made up of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Rivers Delta and San Francisco Bay—has, for the past 150 years, been inundated with man-made alterations causing a steep decline in the region’s health. To date, certain species’ populations have dropped to the lowest numbers on record and natural flows have been diverted, leading to a decline in water quality and availability to communities and farms across California.
News and Announcements
Seven University of California, Davis, faculty members are included in the newest class of fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The AAAS Council recently voted in 391 fellows in all for 2016, in recognition of their efforts to advance science or its applications.
Preserving and enhancing the multiple functions and services of riparian zones in a changing climate.
Share science, community values, methods, and techniques for advancing the management, protection, and restoration of riparian areas.
Meet world-class speakers, enjoy science discussions, field activities, and the art/science nexus. Embrace the latest research, lessons learned, and best practices from California and beyond. Influence policymakers who recognize the importance of riparian conservation.
The October 2016 issue of San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science (Volume 14, Issue 3) is now available online. This issue features six articles including a contribution from UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences director Jay R. Lund. The table of contents are below and the entire issue can be viewed here: http://escholarship.org/uc/jmie_sfews
The Confucius Institute at UC Davis presents A Special Tea & Conversation on Friday, Oct.28, 2016. Hosted by Special Guest: Dr. Yunwei Dong, College of Ocean and Earth Sciences, Xiamen University, China.
Lily Tomkovic - Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation Scholarship
PhD program: Civil & Environmental Engineering
Hometown: Healdsburg, CA
Advisor: Fabian Bombardelli
In the aftermath of releasing the report "Estimates of Irrigated Cropland Idled due to the 2016 Drought" (http://droughtimpacts.ucdavis.edu), 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).
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.
Source Speciation of Central VAlley GHG EMissions Using IN-Situ Measurement of VOCs
When: Thursday, August 25, 2016 1:30 pm, PDT (WEBCAST)
Where: Sierra Hearing Room, 2nd Floor, Cal/EPA Building 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA
The 2016 California Naturalist Conference is fast approaching with the conference theme to observe nature, foster partnerships, and plan for change.
The conference will run from Sepetember 9-11, 2016 at the Pali Mountain Retreat & Conference Center in Running Springs, in the beautiful San Bernadino Mountains.
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!
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.
Earlier this week, Watershed researchers Miranda Bell and Carson Jeffres spoke with high school science teachers about two floodplain research projects. The Floodplain Ecology Institute program invites researchers to demonstrate science to teachers in hopes of learning new skills and lessons to bring back to their classrooms.
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.
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.
There's a lot of water talk happening this first week of June. Here is a list of some local events that are open to the public.
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.
Denise De Carion - Delta Science Stewardship Fellow
Grad program: Ecology
Undergrad: Environmental Biology and Management, B.S., UC Davis, 2010
Hometown: Berkeley, California
Advisor: Professor Peter Moyle
Alison Whipple - Delta Science Stewardship Fellow
Grad program: PhD Candidate, Hydrologic Sciences Grad Group, UC Davis
Undergrad: BS and MS, Earth Systems, Stanford University
Hometown: Potter Valley, California
Advisor: Professor Joshua Viers, UC Merced