Environment

Da Yang receives CAREER Award from National Science Foundation

Da Yang, assistant professor of atmospheric sciences, is gearing up to launch a new research project on the buoyancy effect of water vapor and climate change. Yang received an $810,000 CAREER Award grant from the National Science Foundation, which presents its most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have demonstrated the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education.

Cultural Biases Impact Native Fish, Too

From art to religion to land use, much of what is deemed valuable in the United States was shaped centuries ago by the white male perspective. Fish, it turns out, are no exception.

A study published in Fisheries Magazine, a journal of the American Fisheries Society, explores how colonialist attitudes toward native fishes were rooted in elements of racism and sexism. It describes how those attitudes continue to shape fisheries management today, often to the detriment of native fishes.

Taking on climate change in vineyards

Warren Winiarski knows how to make beautiful wine and wants to help his beloved Napa Valley continue to do so for years to come. The legendary founder and former winemaker of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars fame is funding an ambitious research project to update and expand the globally recognized Winkler Index and give the industry new tools to cope with climate change.

Progress in climate study of wine grapes despite challenges of 2020

Beth Forrestel, an assistant professor and plant biologist in the Department of Viticulture and Enology, leads the project to modernize the Winkler Index that growers used for decades to match suitable wine grape varieties with different regions of the state. Even though smoke, wildfires and pandemic-induced restrictions presented some formidable obstacles to field research in 2020, the initial year of the study, Forrestel reports progress by those involved with the work.

Lichens Slow to Return After Wildfire

Frequent Fire Narrows Recovery Window for Lichens in Chaparral Shrublands


Lichen communities may take decades — and in some cases up to a century — to fully return to chaparral ecosystems after wildfire, finds a study from the University of California, Davis, and Stanford University. 

The study, published today in the journal Diversity and Distributions, is the most comprehensive to date of long-term lichen recolonization after fire. 

Sheep Will Graze the UC Davis Gateway to Help Maintain Landscape

Lawn in Main Thoroughfare Will Become Pastoral

Sheep will graze the University of California, Davis, Campus Gateway on Old Davis Road this week in an academic experiment to see if sheep can eat weeds and grass, fertilize and control pests as well as or better than using conventional landscaping methods.

Solar Development: Super Bloom or Super Bust for Desert Species?

Rare Desert Plants More Sensitive to Solar Development

Throughout the history of the West, human actions have often rushed the desert — and their actions backfired. In the 1920s, the Colorado River Compact notoriously overallocated water still used today by several Western states because water measurements were taken during a wet period.

Finding New Life for Wine-Grape Residue

Chardonnay Pomace May Be Rich in Health-Enhancing Compounds

California produces nearly 4 million tons of world-class wine each year, but with that comes thousands of tons of residue like grape skins, seeds, stems and pulp. What if scientists could harness that viticultural waste to help promote human health?

Decarbonizing California Transportation by 2045

by UC Davis News and Media Relations

Report to State Outlines Policy Pathways to Meet the Zero-Carbon Time Crunch

Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in California. In order to achieve the state’s goals of carbon neutrality by 2045 and avoid the worst impacts of climate change, decarbonizing this sector is essential. But such a transition is unlikely to occur rapidly without key policy intervention. 

Water Talk Podcast Launches Season 2: ‘Drought Is Back!’

The UC Davis-affiliated podcast Water Talk launches its second season today, April 2. This season will focus on drought, a water issue at the top of many minds during this relatively dry rainy season. 

“In California, drought is not ‘if,’ it’s ‘when,’” said Water Talk co-host Faith Kearns, academic coordinator with the California Institute for Water Resources.