Wild Energy

Where energy, life, and the environment work together.

The Wild Energy Initiative facilitates research and education on interactions between energy systems and Earth, including its systems and species, to address exigent global change and sustainability issues.

Our mission is to:

  1. Produce non-partisan research products that promote better understanding of the ecology of energy for human use, including ecological effects, trade-offs, and techno-ecological synergies of energy systems;
  2. Develop scientific data and consensus to support planning and policy decisions related to sustainable energy development;
  3. Support knowledge transfer among national and international communities of energy and environmental stakeholders, including scientists, industry, non-profit organizations, communities and tribes, concerned citizens, and intergovernmental and governmental agencies

Wild Energy has the following Research Foci:

  • Agrivoltaics and Rangevoltaics
  • Ecology of Conventional, Nuclear, and Renewable Energy Systems
  • Ecological Interactions of Siting, Construction, Operations and Maintenance, and Decommissioning of Energy Systems and Supporting Infrastructure
  • Ecological Trade-Offs, Costs, and Benefits of Energy Systems
  • Energy Decisions Knowledge Systems and Decision Support Tools for Ecological Sustainability
  • Life Cycle and Structured Environmental Assessment Methods and Applications
  • Energy Geography
  • Food, Energy, Water, and Land Nexus Issues
  • Legal and Regulatory Analysis of Energy Ecology Problems and Solutions

For more information, please contact Dr. Rebecca R. Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Earth System Science and Ecology at RRHernandez@ucdavis.edu.