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Next Generation Environmental Policy Professionals

Environmental science and environmental policy go hand in hand, working together to enable effective legislation to reflect the most-up-to-date research. Or at least that’s how it could work in an ideal world.

Connecting policy and science often comes with complications, unforeseen challenges, and difficult compromises. And when done right, this work can leave a conservation legacy for generations.

Nature Tells Its Story: The Climate Archive of Caves

Join UC Davis Institute of the Environment Director Isabel Montañez at 6 p.m. Thursday June 2, 2022 at the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center in Incline Village, NV for a presentation about her research showing the climate archive found in California's caves.

Native American Studies Professor Wins Carnegie Fellowship

by Jeffrey Day

Beth Rose Middleton Manning recalls being elated watching the Eklutna River in Alaska flowing freely after a dam was removed. The University of California, Davis, Native American studies professor had a similar feeling upon learning she received a 2022 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship for her research on dam removal and land restoration.

She is one of 28 scholars, journalists and authors awarded the fellowship, which carries a $200,000 stipend. The Carnegie Corporation of New York announced the fellowships today (April 26).

Little Fires: Landowners Learn to Burn

by Kat Kerlin with visuals by Tim McConville

Smoke billows over the forest like a slow-moving fog. Dried oak leaves singe, crackle and curl into ash. Neighbors, scientists and agency staffers rake the embers, directing the flames with calm, careful control. Ted Odell’s grandson runs along his namesake trail, Henry’s Hill, to adjust a hose.

This is Odell’s property in Placer County, where five of his 11 acres are being burned by prescribed fire with assistance from Placer County Resource Conservation District, UC Davis researchers and others.

2022-23 Natural Resources Workforce Development Fellowship Collaborative Team Science Training

The SW CASC NRWD Fellowship was developed to provide graduate students with opportunities for training and practice in developing use-inspired and actionable science to inform natural resource management decisions. Those selected will make up a team of 8 scientists, working together over the course of twelve months on this year's science theme: Climate-informed management of natural resources in aquatic ecosystems to support effective climate adaptation.

Opportunities to mentor a student for the UCGHI PHCOE Summer Work Experience Program

The Summer Work Experience Program was developed by the PHCOE with the goal of helping student fellows gain authentic experience through research and extension opportunities with campus and county-based UC academics.  They match fellows to host organizations or mentors that can provide an informative and supportive work experience in the area of each student's future career goals. Experiences have ranged from working in walnut agriculture, supporting animal welfare rights, and helping to pass legislation to support home businesses.

Professors Kate Scow and Dan Sperling Honored for Outstanding Contributions

By Kat Kerlin

Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Members are selected for having made outstanding contributions to the field of engineering, including research, practice or education, as well as to pioneering new and developing fields of technology, or innovative approaches to engineering education.