John Muir Institute of the Environment

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.

Advanced Studies

November 15, 2016

New Master of Science offered in Environmental Policy and Management

UC Davis is offering a new Master of Science degree in Environmental Policy and Management (EPM). The priority application deadline for the inaugural class, which begins next fall, is January 15, 2017.

Benjamin Houlton looks to solve environmental problems

August 31, 2016

Benjamin Houlton has been named director of the John Muir Institute of the Environment.

The UC Davis Office of Research has named Benjamin Houlton as the new director of the John Muir Institute of the Environment, known as JMIE.  Houlton takes over from Mark Schwartz, who has directed the program since 2009. Houlton, a professor in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, was named associate director of JMIE in January of this year.