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Do shrimp hold the key to a clearer Lake Tahoe? Researchers plan to find out

by Filipa Loannou In recent decades, Lake Tahoe has grown murkier and murkier, with people quick to blame obvious culprits: a rise in tourism and development, along with fluctuations in drought conditions and rainfall. But an unlikely crustacean culprit may also play a role in the story of the lake’s decreasing clarity, some researchers now believe, according to the […]

Grasslands More Reliable Carbon Sink Than Trees

Getty image In Wildfire-Prone California, Grasslands a Less Vulnerable Carbon Offset Than Forests   By Kat Kerlin on July 9, 2018 in Environment   Forests have long served as a critical carbon sink, consuming about a quarter of the carbon dioxide pollution produced by humans worldwide. But decades of fire suppression, warming temperatures and drought have […]

Natural Reserves Survive County Fire Untouched

By Cody Kitaura/Dateline on July 10, 2018 in University News   The sky has cleared around several UC Davis natural reserves after they spent several days in the shadow of the County Fire. “Crystal-clear at Cahill today,” due to the wind, reserve steward Paul Havemann said Monday (July 9). He works at Stebbins Cold Canyon […]

UC Davis Chancellor Selects Prasant Mohapatra as Vice Chancellor for Research

By Dana Topousis on June 25, 2018 in University News   UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May has selected Prasant Mohapatra to serve as vice chancellor for research. Mohapatra, who has been the dean of graduate studies and vice provost of graduate education since 2016, will oversee an annual research funding portfolio of about $783 million […]

Stebbins Cold Canyon Director Oktay Hosts “Rising Tides” Documentary Screening

Dr. Sarah Oktay, Stebbins Cold Canyon Natural Reserves Director, will host a documentary screening and discussion for the film “Rising Tides” on June 25th, 2018. “Rising Tides,” a documentary that explores the topic of coastline erosion, will be screened at 6 PM in the Great Hall of the Nantucket Atheneum. Dr. Sarah Oktay, who served […]

Director Houlton Summarizes Another Exciting Year of Accomplishments at the Muir Institute

As the academic year comes to a close and summer begins, Director Houlton takes a look back at the many accomplishments of the Muir Institute. We would like to thank our dedicated group of faculty, colleagues and staff, who collectively strive to serve the mission of the Muir Institute every day. We encourage everyone to […]

Unprecedented Extreme Weather in 2017 Created Record-low Clarity for Lake Tahoe

Historic drought followed by record-breaking precipitation and warm lake temperatures converged to produce the lowest annual average clarity levels recorded at Lake Tahoe in 2017, indicates data released by the Tahoe Environmental Research Center at the University of California, Davis. The average annual clarity level for 2017 was 59.7 feet. This was a 9.5-foot decrease from the […]

These fish are at the heart of California’s water debate. But extinction could be close

Sacramento Bee, published June 1, 2018 By Ryan Sabalow And Dale Kasler As a young biologist in the 1970s, Peter Moyle remembers towing nets behind boats in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and catching 50 to 100 translucent, finger-length smelt in a matter of minutes. Moyle doesn’t see those days coming back. “I think extinction is […]

Director Houlton Talks to Scientific American about Solving the Mystery of Earth’s Missing Nitrogen

Scientists have discovered a previously unknown environmental source of the element Experts used to think nearly all nitrogen in soil came directly from the atmosphere, sequestered by microbes or dissolved in rain. But it turns out scientists have been overlooking another major source of this element, which is crucial to plant growth: up to a […]

Susan Harrison Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences announced today that it elected Susan Harrison in recognition of her distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Susan Harrison is a current Professor of Environmental Science and Policy in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at U.C. Davis. Research in the Harrison lab seeks to understand the processes […]