Roadkill Declines as COVID-19 Continues

June 25, 2020
Thousands of Large Animals Spared Under Shelter in Place, Finds Report on Three States

Fewer wild animals, including threatened mountain lions, are becoming roadkill during shelter-in-place orders, finds a study on three states from the University of California, Davis.

Using traffic and collision data collected from California, Idaho and Maine, the researchers found that wildlife-vehicle conflict has declined by 21-56 percent from early March to mid-April, following government stay-at-home orders.

UCOP Seed Grants Fund COVID-19 Research Projects

June 17, 2020

Faculty from the UC Davis School of Medicine and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences have received seed funding from the UC Office of the President to launch research projects aimed at mitigating the impact of COVID-19.

Half the Earth Relatively Intact From Global Human Influence

June 12, 2020
Study Presents Clear Opportunities to Conserve What Remains

Roughly half of Earth’s ice-free land remains without significant human influence, according to a study from a team of international researchers led by the National Geographic Society and the University of California, Davis.

How has coronavirus pandemic impacted California food, agriculture and environment?

June 02, 2020
New report explores long-term effect on state’s agricultural industries

A new report from agricultural economists at the University of California examines how COVID-19 continues to impact California agriculture. Profiles of leading California agricultural industries illustrate the different ways the pandemic has impacted leading industries like dairy, beef, and produce—industries that have scrambled to repurpose products from food service to retail—and tree nuts, an industry that saw a temporary spike in sales as consumers hoarded storable goods.

COVID-19 Research

CA&ES is committed to the safety and well-being of our students, staff, faculty and the people we serve. The campus has suspended operations in compliance with Governor Gavin Newsom’s statewide stay-at-home order, but we are still hard at work conducting vital research, caring for animals, tending crops and developing innovative ways to teach and learn. Instruction is taking place remotely, and essential services continue.

Undersecretary Replaces Ross for Discussion About COVID-19 Impacts on Food Supply Chain

May 06, 2020
Updated 11:50 a.m. May 8Jenny Lester Moffitt, undersecretary at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, is taking the place of panelist Karen Ross, secretary of the department. Ross had to cancel her participation due to a scheduling conflict that arose.   Editor’s note: At the conclusion of the program, panelists will be available to meet with members of the media in a separate Zoom call.

As Americans Shelter in Place, Traffic, Emissions and Fuel-Tax Revenues Decline Dramatically

May 01, 2020
COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts Could Put U.S. on Track to Meet Paris Climate Accord Goals

Americans drove drastically less, saved millions of metric tons of greenhouse gases, and, in some states, lost millions in fuel-tax revenue since COVID-19 mitigation efforts took effect in early March. That is according to the latest special report from the Road Ecology Center at the University of California, Davis.

COVID-19 Limitations Unique Opportunity for Researchers to Decrease Digital Divide

May 01, 2020
Researchers Need to Develop New Ways to Reach Rural Participants

The COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders and other limitations could offer researchers the chance to use technology to decrease the digital divide and disparities in academic research, suggests a University of California, Davis, professor in a new commentary.

California COVID-19 Traffic Report Finds Silver Lining

April 16, 2020
Crashes and Traffic Are Down by Half, Saving State $40 Million Per Day During Shelter-In-Place

Traffic accidents and crash-related injuries and deaths were reduced by half during the first three weeks of California’s shelter-in-place order, which began March 20. The reductions save the state an estimated $40 million per day — about $1 billion over the time period — according to an updated special report released this week from the Road Ecology Center at the University of California, Davis.