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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 […]

Fellow 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 […]

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 […]

Affiliates Middleton and 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 […]

Huffington Post Speaks to Muir Institute Affiliate Middleton on Tools for Decolonization

In the San Francisco Bay Area, demand for land seems endless. Property values are sky high, rents are backbreaking, and people just keep coming. Over 2 million more are expected to settle here by 2040. Bulldozers and backhoes reshape neighborhoods. Cranes dominate the horizon. Land, with a home or high-rise plopped atop, can build a fortune for […]

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 […]