News and Announcements
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
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
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.
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.
This year marks the 43rd Natural Areas Conference which is set for October 18-21 at UC Davis. This year's theme is Climate change Adaptation and Natural Areas Management: Turning Words to Action.
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.
“Population growth and increasing water-use pressures threaten California's freshwater ecosystems and have led many native fishes to the brink of extinction.”
Several researchers from the Center will be participating and presenting at the California Water and Environmental Modeling Forum, a non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to increase the usefulness of models for analyzing California’s water-related problems.
Professor Jay Lund has been elected to the grade of Distinguished Fellow in the American Society Civil Engineers. He is one of only nine Distinguished Members inducted this year.
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.
Project Nigiri began as an investigation to using harvested rice fields as potential salmon nurseries that could help boost struggling Central Valley populations. The project takes its name after a Japanese form of sushi that has a slice of fish atop a compressed wedge of vinegared rice.
Dr. Josue Medellin-Azuara of the Center for Watershed Sciences has received the 2015 International Association of Hydrogeologists Editor’s Choice Article Award for his paper titled “Hydro-economic analysis of groundwater pumping for irrigated agriculture in California’s Central Valley, USA.”
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.”
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.
Dr. Sarah Yarnell of the Center for Watershed Sciences on Feb 7-12, 2016 will be presenting on the impacts of hydrograph shape on sediment transport in a gravel-bedded stream at the 11 International Symposium on Ecohydraulics in Melbourne, Australia.
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 http://watershed.ucdavis.edu/education/classes/ecogeomorphology), this course is a multidisciplinary study of the ecology, geomorphology and management of rivers in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.]
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.