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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

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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.

April 4-5: Weathering Change: Impact of Climate Change and SGMA on CA Water Conference

Can California adapt to the challenges of climate change? How will the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) influence water availability and allocation in California? What is the best path moving forward? These are all questions that will be answered in the Weathering Change: The Impact of Climate and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act on California’s Water Conference.

Feb 29 talk: “Impacts of National Flood Insurance Program on Endangered Species and Floodplain Management”

Monty Schmitt, a Senior Scientist and San Joaquin River Restoration Project Manager of the National Resources Defense Council, will talk about the impacts of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on endangered species and the implications for floodplain management in California.

Several biological opinions from agencies such as the National Marine Fisheries Service and the 2017 federal reauthorization of the FNIP “represents an opportunity to reform the NFIP to improve floodplain management, restore natural floodplain functions and protect fish and wildlife habitat.”

What lies behind the dam?

Recent research shows that Chinook salmon stocked as sport fish in California reservoirs are successfully spawning. K. Martin Perales’ research has shown there is good reason to believe there are multiple populations of landlocked Chinook salmon are completing their life cycle above Central Valley dams.

Open Applications for Spring 2016 Ecogeomorphology Class

The Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology and the Center for Watershed Sciences are offering a unique Spring quarter course in Applied Watershed Science. Similar to the Shlemon Courses taught in previous years through the Geology department (see, this course is a multidisciplinary study of the ecology, geomorphology and management of rivers in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California.

Center to Host Speaker Series on Drought

The Center for Watershed Sciences and UC Davis School of Law is hosting a weekly series of public speakers on California water policy this winter, beginning Jan. 4, 2016.

The California Water Policy Seminar Series is on Mondays, 4:10 pm to 5:30 pm, at 2303 King Hall.

Click here for the series schedule, topics, and speakers.

The series is open to the public and available for credit. [For an extended graduate seminar on water policy (1 unit ECI 298) contact Professor Lund at]

Welcome Nicholas Pinter

Nicholas Pinter

A nationally recognized expert in flood risks and management has joined the Center for Watershed Sciences, bringing to UC Davis a Midwestern perspective on rivers and plans for collaborating with river researchers worldwide. 

A geology professor, Nicholas Pinter arrives from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale where his research on natural hazards, geomorphology and flood hydrology took him to many distant lands, including the northern coast of Chile, south-central Europe and California’s Channel Islands.