The Genetics of Drought Tolerance in Bioenergy Poplar Trees

Read the original story by Ann Filmer August 22, 2019 Bioenergy crops are central to climate mitigation strategies. This includes their use in BECCS (Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage) and biomass supplied for heat, power, liquid fuels and in the future, biorefining to chemicals. It has been predicted that bioenergy will be the fastest […]

Going for a Hike in Stebbins Cold Canyon? There’s an App for That!

Going for a Hike in Stebbins Cold Canyon? There’s an App for That! As part of a senior project, UC Davis students have created one of the first iPhone apps in the country for a natural reserve or field station. The Stebbins Cold Canyon app is available for free in the Apple App Store. Read […]

KCRA asks Director Houlton how California is leading the food security fight

On August 8, 2019 KCRA News Channel 3 interviewed Director Houlton alongside California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross to better understand how California’s agricultural sector is leading the way towards producing food while simultaneously slowing the pace of climate change. California’s numerous programs in place – from dairy digesters and climate smart technologies […]

Director Houlton’s Research Aims to Solve the Global Nitrogen Challenge

Fertilizer Feast and Famine Solving the Global Nitrogen Problem By Amy Quinton on August 5, 2019 in Food & Agriculture Quick Summary Cost of fertilizer and lack of coordinated international policy are major barriers for farmers in emerging market economies Fertilizer use could increase 40 percent by 2050, so using fertilizer more efficiently will be […]

Lassen Is UC Davis’ Newest Natural Reserve

Lassen Is UC Davis’ Newest Natural Reserve Landscape of Volcanoes, Forests Offers Unique Research and Outreach Opportunities Read the original story by Kat Kerlin on May 16, 2019. Lassen Peak, also known as Mount Lassen, at Lassen Volcanic National Park, California. It is the southernmost active volcano in the Cascade Range. (Getty) With a terrain […]

Tracking Change in Greenland: Fellow Post’s Research Featured by CA&ES’ Outlook Magazine

Tracking Change in Greenland Scientists have known for decades that climate change would alter the rhythms of nature, but just how and when hasn’t been easy to predict. That’s why research, especially long-term research, is so important. At a remote file site in Greenland, Professor and Muir Institute Fellow Eric Post has studied changes in […]

Muir Institute partner, the Yurok Tribe, accepts prestigious UN Equator Prize

Yurok Tribe accepts prestigious Equator Prize  The Yurok Tribe is the largest Tribe in California with more than 6,000 members. The Tribe’s ancestral territory comprises 7.5 percent of the California coastline and is home to the KlamathRiver, the lifeline of the Yurok people. The Tribe’s major economic and natural resource initiatives include: condor reintroduction, fisheries […]

Professor Laura Van Winkle Announced as New Chair of the Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Group

The Muir Institute is please to announce that Professor Laura Van Winkle, based out of the Center for Health and the Environment, has been appointed as Chair of the Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Group for a three-year period, effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2022. Professor Van Winkle’s new position of graduate group chair […]

OneClimate is Announced as a UC Davis Big Idea

UC Davis has chosen five bold initiatives to become the university’s newest Big Ideas: Aggie Square: developing UC Davis’ technology and innovation campus in Sacramento. Champion: Bob Segar Aggie Launch: offering career preparation for all undergraduates. Faculty champion: Ralph Hexter Building the Entrepreneurial Mindset: developing entrepreneurial thinking in all students. Faculty champion: Andrew Hargadon Food […]

UC experts can lead on carbon dioxide removal

Through technology demonstration and policy engagement, UC ANR specialists, advisors and AES faculty can support California’s ambitions to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Read the original article online. Carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technologies, also known as negative emissions technologies, appear critical to achieving California’s ambitious climate change mitigation goals (Cameron et al. 2017). Negative carbon […]