Office of Research Susan Ustin Appointed Interim Director of John Muir Institute of the Environment – Office of Research

By Lisa Howard August 3, 2020 Vice Chancellor for Research Prasant Mohapatra announced the appointment of Susan Ustin as interim director of the John Muir Institute of the Environment effective August 1. Ustin, a distinguished professor emeritus of environmental and resource sciences and the director of the UC Davis Center for Spatial Technologies and Remote […]

Director Houlton on “An effective climate change solution may lie in rocks beneath our feet” — The Conversation

Why has Earth’s climate remained so stable over geological time? The answer just might rock you. Rocks, particularly the types created by volcanic activity, play a critical role in keeping Earth’s long-term climate stable and cycling carbon dioxide between land, oceans and the atmosphere. Scientists have known for decades that rock weathering – the chemical breakdown of […]

Bending the Curve: Climate Change Solutions (4-week course)

GROW WITH UC Become a climate champion! Here’s how. What do a Nobel Laureate, Pulitzer Prize author and composer, MacArthur fellow, Pope Francis’s advisors and several UC faculty and staff have in common? They’ve all been involved in developing Bending the Curve, a climate change education protocol. You can benefit from their collaboration and dedication by […]

Dr. Sarah Oktay Named 2020 President of the Society of Women Geographers

PRESS RELEASE             Dr. Sarah Oktay elected as President of the Society of Women Geographers   Sarah Oktay, PhD, is the Director of Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve and the Director of Strategic Engagement for the UC Davis Natural Reserve System which is part of the John Muir Institute of the Environment.  She was […]

NRS reserves adapt to coronavirus shutdown

Younger Lagoon restoration steward Kyla Roessler lifts a coverboard to show off a garter snake. Reserve staff are taking selfies to share with reserve interns learning from home due to the coronavirus shutdown. Image: Kyla Roessler 5.20.2020 Spring is prime time around the University of California Natural Reserve System. As winter thaws, and skies dry, […]

Statement from Director Benjamin Houlton

To the UC Davis Muir Institute Community: In 1997, the UC Davis John Muir Institute of the Environment was launched on a simple idea: that diversity is our strength and our strength is our diversity. This principle is codified in our core belief ‘…in human diversity and its power to unlock innovation.’ The recent events […]

Video: OneClimate Big Idea Virtual Event

Climate change is the defining challenge of the 21st century. Learn more from One Climate Big Idea Champion Benjamin Houlton during this online talk, which includes a live Q&A. Hear how UC Davis is uniquely equipped to accelerate urgently needed solutions, and how we are preparing the next generation of leaders to foster changes essential […]

Fact check: The coronavirus pandemic isn’t slowing climate change

by Matthew Brown USA TODAY The claim: Drops in carbon emissions aren’t enough to significantly curb climate change With the coronavirus pandemic shutting down most global activity, a consequent crash in global carbon emissions has been widely reported. While analysts agree the historic lockdowns will significantly lower emissions, some environmentalists argue the drop is nowhere […]

One Climate Webinar, May 1st, 12-1pm

  You’re Invited One Climate Virtual Event Wednesday, May 6 12 – 1 p.m. PDT Webinar Registration   Learn more from One Climate Champion Benjamin Houlton at this online hour, which includes a live Q&A. Hear how UC Davis is uniquely equipped to accelerate urgently needed solutions and how we are preparing the next generation […]

One Climate Challenge Fund

One Climate Challenge Fund GIVE DAY April 17-18, 2020 UC Davis is poised to lead the world in developing global climate solutions by leveraging our proven track record of interdisciplinary research for maximum societal impact.  At the John Muir Institute for the Environment, our One Climate Initiative will lead the way forward to planetary resilience by using a holistic approach […]