A Message From the Dean

A Message from the Dean - January 2018

January 19, 2018
A fresh wave of students is setting sights on UC Davis A new year is upon us and with it high school seniors and college transfer students throughout California and beyond are setting their sights on attending one of the best universities in the nation, UC Davis.

Recent statistics show that our campus attracted a record 95,207 applicants to study as freshman or transfer students in fall 2018. This is an increase of 7,550, or 8.6 percent, over last year. At the beginning of the current academic year, the campus as a whole enrolled 9,257 new students in fall 2017.

A Message from the Dean - December 2017

December 19, 2017
Generous supporters help make our future bright   As the year draws to a close, I want to share how proud I am of the faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The future of our college is bright and each of us plays an integral part. Our historic successes position us well to address the challenges facing our communities, our agricultural lands and the natural world. With the generosity of our supporters, we continue to grow our capacity to teach students, conduct research and reach out to our diverse state.

A Message from the Dean - November 2017

November 20, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving to the CA&ES family  

As our thoughts turn to spending time with our friends and loved ones over Thanksgiving, I’d like to extend my sincere gratitude to all who help make the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences an outstanding place to work, learn, and discover—faculty, staff, students, volunteers, friends and alumni. Our shared commitment to education and developing solutions for the world’s challenges makes this place special.

A Message from the Dean - October 2017

October 23, 2017
Living with and learning from California wildfires


We are heartbroken over the fires that have taken lives and consumed homes and businesses in our treasured state, and we are acutely aware that the devastation has affected many within our own communities. Our college has deep connections to the impacted areas, and we sincerely hope you and your loved ones are safe. Our thoughts go out to all who were affected by this major natural disaster.

A Message from the Dean - September 2017

September 18, 2017

Welcoming our new chancellor and inviting you to College Celebration

Soon our campus will be filled with bicycles ferrying a fresh crop of students, as well as staff and faculty, to begin a new academic year. We extend a hearty welcome to all, and offer a special greeting to our new Chancellor, Dr. Gary May.

A Message from the Dean - June 2017

June 13, 2017

Commencement is a major milestone for our graduates

Congratulations to the 1,705 undergraduate students who will cross the stage at one of two CA&ES commencement ceremonies on Sunday, June 18. This is a major milestone in their lives.

Our graduates can take pride in their hard-earned accomplishments. Graduating with a UC Davis Bachelor of Science degree will unlock many doors of opportunity for them. And society needs their ambition, creativity, and dedication to improve the lives of people in California, the nation, and the world.

A Message from the Dean

April 18, 2017

Top rankings reflect academic excellence

With the arrival of Picnic Day on April 22, now is a good time to reflect on what makes UC Davis so special. This beautiful, bike-friendly, collegial campus draws students from many different places for many different reasons. Among my favorite places are the pathways of the Arboretum, the barns housing our draft horses, mules and carriages, Shields Library, and the Student Community Center. I'm sure you could come up with your own list of what's special about your experience here.

A Message from the Dean—March 2017

March 22, 2017

Newborn animals herald springtime at UC Davis

A sure sign of spring at UC Davis is in the wind. It’s the sound of newborns in our animal facilities, a tradition that goes back more than a century to the founding of the University Farm when the first calves were born at the campus dairy.

A Message from the Dean

February 16, 2017

We value a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.

Faculty diversity is an important issue for our college that is receiving some welcome assistance from the State of California in the form of a $2 million budget appropriation to the University of California.