As a postdoctoral fellow at the California Climate Hub, I provide actionable climate science and information to foresters, ranchers, and farmers. Below are just a few examples of projects that I’m currently working on.
Drought, Tree Mortality, and Wildfire in Forests
We work closely with the U.S. Forest Service, CAL FIRE, and other stakeholders to assess and meet the needs of federal, state, and private forest managers. In California, critical issues affecting forest managers include severe drought, wildfire, and widespread tree mortality.
In summer 2017, we convened a symposium for scientists and managers working in forests affected by tree mortality. The symposium focused on moving beyond the initial appraisal of the crisis toward developing actionable next steps.
- Learn more about the symposium and download expert presentations here
- Read about drought and tree mortality in California, as well as next steps identified at our symposium, in our recently published fact sheet
- View a “science to action” presentation I made at the Dec 2017 AGU conference on the successes and challenges of our multi-stakeholder approach
Climate-informed Rangeland Management
I am currently leading the publication of a comprehensive climate vulnerability assessment of California Rangelands. This highly collaborative and interdisciplinary work quantifies and synthesizes future climate and climate-related risks to rangelands, as well as adaptation options for rangeland managers. Stay tuned for a link to the completed report.
International Projects in Climate Smart Agriculture
Along with collaborators at the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, UC Davis Office of International Programs, and EcoAgriculture Partners, I am co-authoring a curriculum for a training course on climate-smart agriculture. The training will focus on building capacity for CSA planning and implementation among sub-national-level decision-makers and educators.
In September 2017, the California Climate Hub also hosted a group of USDA-FAS Cochran fellows from Mexico. With partners at UC Davis Office of International Programs, we developed a two-week training program on climate-smart and resilient agriculture beginning in Washington, DC and ending in Davis, California.