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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 […]

Associate Director Schwartz named a fellow of the Ecological Society of America

Muir Institute Associate Director and Professor Mark Schwartz of the Department of Environmental Science and Policy has been selected as a 2018 fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA). Fellows of ESA are members who have made outstanding contributions to a wide range of fields served by the organization, including those that advance or apply ecological knowledge in […]

Fellow Lewin Publishes Earth BioGenome Research in PNAS

Earth BioGenome Project to Sequence All Life  The Earth Biogenome Project (EBP) aims to sequence the DNA of all the planet’s eukaryotes, some 1.5 million known species including all known plants, animals and single-celled organisms. The ambitious project will take 10 years to complete and cost an estimated $4.7 billion. On April 23, 2018, Muir […]

Director Houlton Publishes New Nitrogen Research in Science Magazine

Freed from a rocky embrace Nitrogen availability is a central controller of terrestrial plant growth and, thereby, of the carbon cycle and global climate change. It has been widely assumed that the atmosphere is the main source of terrestrial nitrogen input. Surprisingly, Houlton et al. now show that bedrock is just as large a nitrogen […]

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 […]