John Muir Institute of the Environment

Fertilizer Feast and Famine

August 05, 2019
Solving the Global Nitrogen Problem

Commercial organic and synthetic nitrogen fertilizer helps feed around half of the world’s population. While excessive fertilizer use poses environmental and public health risks, many developing nations lack access to it, leading to food insecurity, social unrest and economic hardship.

20 Overlooked Benefits of Distributed Solar Energy

July 12, 2019
Study Outlines Advantages of Solar on Rooftops, Other Developed Areas

A study released today provides the most complete list yet of the advantages of solar energy — from carbon sequestration to improvements for pollinator habitat. The paper offers a new framework for analyzing solar projects to better understand the full suite of benefits.

Lassen Is UC Davis’ Newest Natural Reserve

May 17, 2019
Landscape of Volcanoes, Forests Offers Unique Research and Outreach Opportunities

With a terrain covering volcanoes, steaming fumaroles and forestlands, the Lassen Field Station became the newest addition to the University of California, Davis’ Natural Reserve System today (May 16), following approval by the UC Board of Regents.

$4.7M to Study Storing Greenhouse Gases in Soil

January 16, 2019
Muir Institute Leads UC Project to Find Shovel-Ready Solutions for Carbon Sequestration

California leads the nation in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but reductions alone will not be enough to reach the targets set by the 2015 Paris climate agreement. To do that, greenhouses gases like carbon dioxide will need to be removed from the atmosphere on a monumental scale.

Muir Institute Recognizes Faculty and Staff Solving Real-world Environmental Problems

October 29, 2018

The John Muir Institute of the Environment at University of California, Davis, announced the selection of the 2018 Muir Institute Fellows during its annual open house on October 22 at The Barn. Now in its second year, the program recognizes exemplary UC Davis faculty and staff whose career and research epitomizes the mission of the Muir Institute: Discover. Research. Solve.

Grasslands More Reliable Carbon Sink Than Trees

July 11, 2018
In Wildfire-Prone California, Grasslands a Less Vulnerable Carbon Offset Than Forests

Forests have long served as a critical carbon sink, consuming about a quarter of the carbon dioxide pollution produced by humans worldwide. But decades of fire suppression, warming temperatures and drought have increased wildfire risks — turning California’s forests from carbon sinks to carbon sources.

John Muir Institute of the Environment

The John Muir Institute of the Environment supports innovation and discovery aimed at solving real-world environmental problems. The institute’s faculty are committed to strengthening the scientific foundation for environmental decision making through collective entrepreneurship, a team-oriented approach that recognizes the complexities of environmental problems and the societal context in which they occur.

Mitigating Climate Change with Mud?

October 23, 2017
UC Davis Team Chosen as Part of Resilient by Design’s Bay Area Challenge  

UC Davis faculty are part of a multidisciplinary design team chosen to develop solutions to strengthen the San Francisco’s Bay Area’s resilience to the impact of climate change, such as sea-level rise, severe storms and flooding.

A Win-Win for Spotted Owls and Forest Management

October 05, 2017
Study: Supporting Owls Is Compatible With Managing Forests for Fire and Drought  

Remote sensing technology has detected what could be a win for both spotted owls and forestry management, according to a study led by the University of California, Davis, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station and the University of Washington.

Remote Sensing Pioneer

October 02, 2017
Professor Susan Ustin named fellow of the American Geophysical Union Department of Land, Air and Water Resources (LAWR) Professor Susan Ustin, a world leader in the field of remote sensing, has been named a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

AGU Fellows are recognized for their outstanding contributions to scholarship and discovery in the earth and space sciences. The 2017 class of fellows will be recognized December 13 at the organization’s fall meeting in New Orleans.