Fellow Middleton releases her latest book, ” Upstream Trust Lands and Power on the Feather River”

Upstream: Trust Lands and Power on the Feather River Muir Institute Fellow Beth Rose Middleton Manning, Associate Professor of Native American studies, relates the history behind the nation’s largest state-built water and power conveyance system, California’s State Water Project, with a focus on Indigenous resistance and activism. Asked where she hopes the conversation goes from […]

Fellow Post Elected as a Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Muir Institute Fellow Eric Post has been announced as a newly elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the association announced on November 27. The newest class comprises 416 fellows recognized for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The new fellows will be formally recognized […]

Fine Particles from wildfire smoke can hurt your body in ways you never dreamed of

BY CATHIE ANDERSON, November 19, 2018 03:00 AM   Last year, as the Tubbs Fire scorched its way across Napa and Sonoma counties, environmental researchers at the University of California, Davis, fielded questions about the health impact of chronic exposure to smoke from a wildfire that torched trees and urban structures alike. UCD’s Kent Pinkerton and Rebecca Schmidt and other researchers […]

Camp Fire shows need for early detection: How tech and artificial intelligence can help

The Mercury News By Levi Sumagaysay | | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: November 9, 2018 at 8:01 am | UPDATED: November 12, 2018 at 4:37 pm   The fast-moving Camp Fire caused traffic gridlock as Butte Country residents tried to evacuate last week, leading some of them to abandon their vehicles as the fire […]

Fellow Hernandez Highlighted as one of UC Davis’ Top Women in STEM

Rebecca R. Hernandez, Assistant Professor, Earth System Science Rebecca Hernandez grew up in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains among ample coastal sage scrub. She didn’t know at the time that it is one of the country’s most endangered plant communities, threatened by urban development and exotic species invasion. Hernandez spent her childhood hiking […]

Meet the 2018 Class of Muir Institute Fellows who are Solving Real-world Environmental Problems

The 2018 Fellows show off their Muir Institute hats during the institute’s annual open house at The Barn on October 23. From left to right: Ian Faloona, Albert Lin, Yufang Jin, Susan Harrison, Beth Rose Middleton, Steven Ostoja, Chris Vogel and Ben Houlton. (Lisa Howard/UC Davis) October 29, 2018 Read the original story by Lisa […]

Fellow Lewin’s Earth BioGenome Project Official Launched

Read the original story By Lisa Howard on November 2, 2018 in Science & Technology Key scientific partners and funders from around the globe gathered in London yesterday (Nov. 1) to officially launch the Earth BioGenome Project (EBP), a global effort to sequence the genetic code of all the planet’s eukaryotes — some 1.5 million known species, including […]

Director Houlton in “Waking Up to Wildfires”

The October 2017 Fire Siege was the most destructive fire Northern California had ever seen, taking 44 lives, burning almost 9,000 structures, and scorching 245,000 acres. One year later, many survivors are just getting back on their feet as they head into another wildfire season. Emmy-winning filmmaker Paige Bierma has been documenting the recovery in […]

Fellow Hernandez asks the question: Can solar energy and wildlife coexist?

Can solar energy and wildlife coexist? Led by Fellow Rebecca Hernandez, the Muir Institute’s latest initiative, Wild Energy, represents a key facet of OneClimate and aims to finding solar solutions amid desert tortoises, butterflies and the nation’s biggest buildings. Read the original story on the Washington Post website, by Kat Kerlin, UC Davis, September 9, […]

Fellow Post discusses how nature’s seasonal clock is thrown off-kilter as Greenland warms

As Greenland Warms, Nature’s Seasonal Clock Is Thrown Off-Kilter Read the original story on Yale Environment 360, by Cheryl Katz • September 13, 2018 For millennia, ecosystems in Greenland and throughout the Arctic have been regulated by seasonal changes that govern the greening of vegetation and the migration and reproduction of animals. But a rapidly warming climate and disappearing […]