Muir Institute Director Houlton joins UC’s Climate Leadership Council

We are proud to announce that UC Davis Professor and Muir Institute Director Ben Houlton has joined UC’s Global Climate Leadership Council, by appointment of UC President Janet Napolitano. The council comprises UC faculty, staff, students and external advisory to work on successfully implementing UC’s plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025 and to disseminate […]

Fellow Dr. Post Releases New Study on the Rate of Springtime Advance

Spring Is Springing Earlier in Polar Regions Than Across the Rest of Earth Spring is arriving earlier, but how much earlier? The answer depends on where on Earth you find yourself, according to a study led by the University of California, Davis. The study, published in Nature’s online journal Scientific Reports, found that for every […]

Muir Institute Director Houlton and His Team of Researchers Release Study on NOx Pollution in California

 Nitrogen oxides, known collectively as NOx, are a dangerous group of chemical pollutants most commonly connected to combustion engines used in cars. NOx from car exhaust—especially diesel cars—has been linked to respiratory diseases, cancer, birth defects, and premature death. Right now, governments focus most of their NOx-reducing efforts on regulating cars and trucks, because […]

Muir Institute Fellow Lewin to Map the DNA of all Life on Earth

Earth BioGenome Project to Sequence All Life Partnership Announced at World Economic Forum in Davos In an effort to protect and preserve the Earth’s biodiversity and kick-start an inclusive bio-economy, the World Economic Forum today announced a landmark partnership between the Earth BioGenome Project, chaired by Muir Institute Fellow Harris Lewin, distinguished professor at the […]

Muir Institute Fellow Middleton and Affiliate Baskett Become Newest Chancellor’s Fellows

They are prolific scholars, strong teachers, effective mentors and dedicated contributors to campus. Their work is novel, unique and cutting-edge, groundbreaking and pathbreaking. These are among the superlatives in UC Davis letters of nomination for the university’s newest class of Chancellor’s Fellows in a program begun 18 years ago to provide philanthropic support to early […]

Muir Institute Fellow Post Awarded Astor Visiting Lectureship at Oxford University

The University of Oxford has bestowed upon Muir Institute Fellow and Professor Eric Post an Astor Visiting Lectureship during which he will address climate change and the Arctic. He will be at Oxford for a week, delivering a series of talks intended for general audiences. Post specializes in the ecological consequences of climate change and […]

Muir Institute Fellow Hernandez named the recipient of E.O. Wilson Award for Outstanding Science in Biodiversity Conservation

Muir Institute Fellow Rebecca R. Hernandez, an assistant professor in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, has been named the recipient of this year’s E.O. Wilson Award for Outstanding Science in Biodiversity Conservation, given by the Center for Biological Diversity and named after the “father of biodiversity.” The center cited Hernandez’s work aimed […]

Climate Lab: Follow Director Houlton and visiting UCLA researcher M. Sanjayan as they discuss the connection between climate and diet

Director Houlton of the Muir Institute and UCLA visiting researcher M. Sanjayan explore surprising ways to change how we think and act about climate change. The diet that helps fight climate change Do we all have to go vegan to save the world? By Andy Murdock, University of California  Dec 12, 2017, 8:00am EST Read the original […]

How Susan Ustin Helped Launch a New Field of Study and Why She Continues to Study the Earth from Above

How Susan Ustin Helped Launch a New Field of Study and Why She Continues to Study the Earth from Above In 1982, Susan Ustin began working with NASA satellite data to study how plants respond to environmental stress. Thirty-five years later, the pioneer in remote sensing, and a distinguished professor of environmental and resource sciences at […]

California scientists push to create massive climate-research programme

California scientists push to create massive climate-research programme Effort backed by the state’s flagship universities comes as US President Donald Trump shrugs off global warming. Nature, Jeff Tollefson 16 August 2017   Diane Cook/Len Jenshel/NGC Drought in California has been exacerbated by climate change and is projected to get worse. California has a history of going […]