As of 3/16/2020, there will be no public seminars for the remainder of the Spring 2020 Semester.
All remaining speakers will be rescheduled for Fall 2020.
ES Seminar provides vegan or vegetation and beverages during the seminar sessions. Please bring your own mug for beverages and if you have them, your own utensils and a plate for snacks. Help UC Merced meet our triple net zero goals for emission, energy, and waste.
January 22, 2020: Syllabus Review - NO PUBLIC SEMINAR
January 29, 2020: Dr. Stu Weiss, Creekside Center for Earth Observation. Smog is Fertilizer: The Long and Winding Road from the Pages of Conservation Biology to a Regional Habitat Conservation Plan. (Read Abstract and Bio). Host: Dr. Rebecca Ryals
February 5, 2020: Dr. Judy Drexler, USGS California Water Science Center. Soils as a Key to Understanding Wetland Formation, Disturbance, and Sustainability. (Read Abstract and Bio). Host: Dr. Erin Hestir and Christiana Ade (PhD Student).
February 12, 2020: Dr. Manuela Girotto, UC Berkeley. Data Assimilation of Terrestrial Water Storage, Snow, and Soil Moisture: Challenges and Opportunities. (Read Abstract and Bio). Host: Dr. Roger Bales
February 19, 2020: Dr. Angel Fernandez Bou, UC Merced. How leaf-cutter ant nests change soil CO2 dynamics in Neotropical rainforests
February 26, 2020: Dr. Alexander Petersen, Management of Complex Systems, UC Merced. Discrepancy in scientific authority and media visibility of climate change scientists and contrarians. Host: Dr. Mike Dawson
March 4, 2020: Dr. Thomas Kirchstetter, Energy Analysis & Environmental Impacts Division, Berkeley Lab. Quantifying in-use performance of diesel truck pollutant emission controls, and Community-wide black carbon air pollution sensor networks to support AB617 efforts in California. Host: Dr. Marc Beutel.
March 11, 2020: Dr. Paul Selmants, USGS Western Geographic Physical Scientist. Ecosystem carbon balance in the Hawaiian Islands under different scenarios of land use and climate change. Host: Dr. Stephen C. Hart.
March 18, 2020: Speaker canceled. No public seminar.
March 25, 2020: SPRING RECESS - NO SEMINAR
April 1, 2020: Speaker canceled. No public seminar.
April 8, 2020: No public seminar. Speaker rescheduled for Fall 2020
April 15, 2020: No public seminar. Speaker rescheduled for Fall 2020
April 22, 2020: No public seminar. Speaker rescheduled for Fall 2020
April 29, 2020: No public seminar. Speaker rescheduled for Fall 2020
May 6, 2020: No public seminar. Speaker rescheduled for Fall 2020
August 28, 2019: Dr. Maria J. Santos, University of Zurich. Biodiversity and Social-ecological Co-evolution in the Context of Global Change. (Read Abstract and Bio) Host: Dr. Erin Hestir.
September 4, 2019: Syllabus Review - NO PUBLIC SEMINAR
September 11, 2019: Dr. Kevin Orner, UC Berkley. Addressing Multiple Sustainable Development Goals and Grand Challenges through Nutrient Management. (Read Abstract and Bio). Host: Dr. Colleen Naughton.
September 18, 2019: Jon Reiter, Cavalrei. Water in the Agricultural Sector. (Read Abstract and Bio) Host: Dr. Josué Medellin-Azuara.
September 25, 2019: Dr. John Callaway, Delta Science Program and Delta Stewardship Council. Applying Science to Management in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Estuary. (Read Abstract and Bio). Host: Dr. Josué Medellin-Azuara.
October 2, 2019: Dr. Aradnha Tripati, UC Los Angeles. Glacial Climate from Clumped Isotope Thermometry. (Read Abstract and Bio). Host: Dr. Asmeret Berhe.
October 9, 2019: Mid-semester reflection & evaluation - NO PUBLIC SEMINAR
October 16, 2019: Dr. Nancy Love, University of Michigan. Environmental Engineering and Science Academic Scholarship in Service to Society: Our Role and Responsibility. (Read Abstract and Bio). Host: Colleen Naughton.
October 23, 2019: Dr. Ryan Peek, UC Davis. Bridging Troubled Waters: Merging Disciplines for Conservation in Freshwater Ecosystems. (Read Abstract and Bio). Host: Dr. Joshua Viers.
October 30, 2019: Dr. Samantha Ying, UC Riverside. The Many Faces of Manganese: an Under-recognized Contaminant & Driver of Biogeochemical Cycles. (Read Abstract and Bio). Host: Rebecca Ryals.
November 6, 2019: Dr. Marie-Odile Fortier. From Bioenergy to Ocean Energy, Location Affects the Life Cycle Climate Change Impacts of Emerging Energy Systems. (Read Abstract and Bio)
November 13, 2019: SEMINAR CANCELED
November 20, 2019: Dr. Max J. Krause, US EPA. Five Days in EPA’s Office of Research and Development. (Read Abstract and Bio). Host: Dr. Marie-Odile Fortier.
November 27, 2019: THANKSGIVING - NO SEMINAR
December 4, 2019: Dr. Chelsea Carey, Point Blue Conservation Science. Restoration and sustainability of California's Rangelands. (Read Abstract and Bio). Host: Dr. Stephen C. Hart.
December 11, 2019: Dr. Ralf Zimmermann, Professor of Analytical Chemistry, University of Rostock, Germany and Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany, New methods and instruments for accessing the composition, sources and health-relevance of aerosols: From lung cell exposure-based biological effects analysis to single-particle laser mass spectrometry (Read Abstract and Bio). Hosts: Dr. Fabian V. Filipp & Dr. Wolfgang F. Rogge.
Dr. Zimmermann's talk will be followed by the End of Semester Discussion for students taking the class.
Snacks and beverages will be provided during the seminar sessions. The ES Seminar offers only vegan or vegetarian food to decrease our environmental footprint and to respect animal rights. Please, bring your own mug to the seminar to reduce waste.
January 23, 2019: No speaker (introduction to the course).
March 6, 2019: No speaker (mid-semester discussion).
March 13, 2019: Closed session for enrolled students.
March 27, 2019: No class (Spring Break).
April 17, 2019: no speaker.
April 24, 2019: Dr. Christine Lee (JPL). Of microscopes and satellites: engineering innovations to improve water quality and ecosystem monitoring for sustainable water and coastal resource management (read Abstract and Bio). Host: Erin Hestir.
May 8, 2019: no speaker (end of the semester discussion).
October 3, 2018: No seminar.
October 10, 2018: Dr. Natasha Stavros. Host: Erin Hestir.
October 17, 2018: Dr. Akula Venkatram. Methane emissions from California agriculture. Host: Mark Matsumoto.
October 24, 2018: Dr. Sarah Kurtz. Innovations in solar research. Host: ES Lead Group.
October 31, 2018: Dr. Aric Mine. The role of microbes in Earth’s biogeochemical cycles. Host: Sora Kim.
November 7, 2018: Dr. LeRoy Westerling. Wildfire in California. Host: ES Lead Group.
November 14, 2018: Dr. Van Butsic. Environmental impacts of illegal cannabis. Host: Sam Traina.
November 21, 2018: No seminar.
November 28, 2018: Dr. Nigel Quinn. Cyberinfrastructure for real-time water quality decision support in the San Joaquin River Basin.
The seminar organizer during this semester was Josué Medellín-Azuara (email@example.com).
January 24: Kevin Simonin (SFSU) Genome downsizing drove physiological novelty and the rise of the flowering plants (Host: Stephen Hart)
January 31: Jeremy Wimpey (Applied Trails Research) Outdoor recreation management on Public Lands, balancing resource protection with recreation access (Host: Jeffrey Jenkins)
February 7: Susan Harrison (UC Davis) Winter Drought and Community Change in Californian Grasslands (Host: Jason Sexton)
February 14: Park Williams (Columbia University) The impact of human-caused warming on drought and forest fire in the western US (Host: Leroy Westerling)
February 21: Arnold Dekker (Australian National University) Design Considerations for An Aquatic Ecosystem Earth Observing System (Host: Erin Hestir)
February 28: Barbara Cade-Menun (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) Phosphorus Forms and Cycling in Soils and Other Environmental Samples (Host: Student Nomination/Stephen Hart)
March 7: Erin Hestir (UC Merced) Remote Sensing for Aquatic Ecosystem Sustainability (Host: ES Seminar Lead Group)
March 14: Jennifer Martiny (UC Irvine) The role of microbial communities in mediating ecosystem to environmental change (Host: Student Nomination/Mike Dawson)
March 21: Mark Rains (USF) Connecting the Dots: Hydrological Connectivity between Vernal Pools and Downgradient Waters (Host: Joshua Viers) – NOTICE: Held in Student Services Building (SSB) 170
March 28: No Seminar (Spring Break)
April 4: Jeffrey Mount (Public Policy Institute of California) Consequences of Groundwater Sustainability in California (Host: Joshua Viers) – NOTICE: Held in Student Services Building (SSB) 170
April 11: Nicola Ulibarri (UC Irvine) Collaborative Governance and Modeling for Managing Water Infrastructure (Host: Marc Beutel)
April 18: David Sandino (CA Department of Water Resources) Understanding the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: Ecosystem and Water Supply. (Host Marc Beutel)
April 25: John Harte (UC Berkeley) Predicting the Fate of Ecosystems in the Anthropocene (Host: Asmeret Berhe)
May 2: Kurt Schwabe (UC Irvine) (Host: Roger Bales)
The ES/ESS Seminar Series occurs weekly each semester during the academic year. Unless otherwise noted, all talks are from 12:30 to 2:00 pm in SSB 120. For questions about the seminar series, please contact Josué Medellín-Azuara (firstname.lastname@example.org).
September 6: Katie Ferris (UC Davis) Of Mice and Mimulus: the genetic and phenotypic basis of adaptation to harsh environments (Host: Jay Sexton)
September 13: Fernanda Santos (UC Merced) Impacts of fire on soils and rivers (Host Asmeret Berhe); Dannise Ruiz-Ramos, and Lauren Schiebelhut (UC Merced) Tracking a mass mortality event along the California coast: tracing the genetic consequences of sea star wasting disease. (Host: Michael Dawson).
September 20: William Cooper (UC Irvine) Recent studies of NOM excited states in the photochemical (sunlight) fate of organic compounds and application in the design and optimization of constructed wetlands (Host: Thomas Harmon).
September 27: Ate Visser (Lawrence Livermore National Lab) Tracking Water through the Critical Zone using Isotopic Tracers (Host: Martha Conklin)
October 4: Alvar Escriva-Bou (Public Policy Institute California) Policy Priorities for California's Water Management (Host: Josué Medellín).
October 11: Benjamin Sullivan (University of Nevada, Reno) Biogeochemistry of Tropical Forests (Host: Steve Hart)
October 18: John Battles (UC Berkeley) Consequences of 100+ million dead trees: Has the Sierran conifer forest reached a tipping point? (Host: Emily Moran)
October 25: Shazeen Attari (Indiana University) Misperceptions of water use and water systems (Host: Jessica Blois)
November 1: Neslihan Taş (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab) Deep look into deep permafrost: Impact of warming on microbial functions. (Host: Teamraat Ghezzahei)
November 8: Anne Hansen (Instituto Mexicano de Tecnología del Agua) Development of strategies to evaluate methods of controlling eutrophication in water bodies (Host: Marc Beutel)
November 15: Fernando Rosario-Ortiz (University of Colorado Boulder) Assessing the Impact of Wildfires on Water Quality (Host: Asmeret Asefaw Berhe)
November 22: No seminar (Thanksgiving break)
November 29: Mark Marvin-DiPasquale (USGS) Mercury Cycling in a West Coast Watershed: Historic and Contemporary Tales from the San Francisco Bay-Delta (Host: Student nomination/Peggy O’Day)
January 25: Mengqiang (Mike) Zhu (University of Wyoming) Phosphorus Biogeochemical Transformation and Effects of Aeolian Dust Deposition during Long-term Soil Development in Semi-arid Ecosystems (Host: Stephen Hart)
February 1: Benjamin Sullivan (University of Nevada, Reno) Biogeochemistry of Tropical Forests (Host: Stephen Hart)
February 8: Jeremy Wimpey (Penn State University and Applied Trails Research) Outdoor recreation management on Public Lands, balancing resource protection with recreation access (Host: Jeffrey Jenkins).
February 15: Binayak Mohanty (Texas A&M) Soil Moisture Remote Sensing Across Space and Time – Scale Up and Scale Down (Host: Teamrat Ghezzehei)
February 22: Steven Sadro (UC Davis) Title: Exploring the climate sensitivity of Sierra Nevada lakes and the consequences of warming for ecosystem function (Host: Marc Beutel).
March 1: Jon Keeley (U.S. Geological Survey) Different future fire regimes in climate-limited vs. ignition-limited ecosystems (Host: Emily Moran)
March 8: Javier Ceja-Navarro (Lawrence Berkeley Lab) Arthropod-Microbiome Interactions and their Role in the Host's Success to Environmental Adaptation (Host: LeRoy Westerling)
March 15: Hoori Ajami (UC Riverside) Towards Improved Hydrologic Prediction using Integrated Land Surface-Groundwater Models (Host: UC Water)
March 22: Joe Wagenbrenner (U.S. Forest Service) Watershed impacts of wildfire and post-fire management (Host: Roger Bales)
April 5: Gara Villalba (UC Merced) Simulation of Carbonyl Sulfide (COS) to better understand the urban biosphere signal (Host: Elliott Campbell)
April 12: Scott Anderson (Northern Arizona University) Vegetation transitions along coastal California, from the last glaciation to the Euro-American period (Host: Stephen Hart)
April 19: Seema Sheth (UC Berkeley) Title TBD (Host: Jason Sexton)
April 26: Kurt Schwabe (UC Riverside) Title TBD (Host: UC Water)
- August 26: Introduction; Environmental Systems Faculty Research Summaries, Part 1
- September 2: Environmental Systems Faculty Research Summaries, Part 2
- September 9: Dr. Susan Mazer (UC Santa Barbara) Plant Adaptation - Host: Jay Sexton The evolution of mating system, life history, and physiological performance in annual wildflowers: genetic correlations and the evolution of risky mating behavior in a changing climate.
- September 16: Dr. Mike Beman (UC Merced) Aquatic Microbial Ecology 'Oceans of Ocean Data'
- September 23: Dr. Sarah Bisbing (California Polytechic State University) Forest Ecology and Genetics - Host: Steve Hart Shaping a species: landscape influence on range-wide patterns of genetic structure
- September 30: Dr. Calla Schmidt (University of San Francisco) Hydrology, N-cycling, Groundwater - Host: Nate Bogie Isotopes to the rescue: understanding nitrogen cycling in surface water and groundwater
- October 7: Dr. Robert Graham (UC Riverside) Soil Weathering and Origins - Host: Roger Bales A soil climosequence in the White Mountains, eastern California
- October 14: Dr. William Walton (UC Riverside) Wetlands and Mosquito Biology - Host: Andrea Joyce Do Top-Down Effects Bottom-Out in Constructed Wetlands?
- October 21: Dr. Michael Dettinger (UC San Diego/US Geological Survey) Hydroclimatology - Host: Leroy Westerling Large Storms, Drought, and the Sierra Nevada Environment
- October 28: Emilio Camacho (CA Energy Commission) - Host: Robyn Lukens Climate, Energy, Innovation and the Future of California
- November 4: Dr. Susan Hubbard (Director of Earth Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab) Geophysics - Host: Teamrat Ghezzehei Identification and quantification of ecosystem functional zones using geophysical methods.
- November 11: Veterans Day – no seminar
- November 18: Dr. Carolin Frank (UC Merced) Endosymbiotic Bacteria From cells to ecosystems: above ground bacterial endophytes in conifers
- November 25: Day before Thanksgiving – no seminar
- December 2: Dr. Andrew Latimer (UC Davis) Plant Ecology and Evolution - Host: Erin Babich "Responses of plant populations to climate gradients in Mediteranean-climate regions"
- December 9: Dr. Alex Sessions (California Institute of Technology) Stable Isotopes - Host: Marilyn Fogel Isotope 'clumps' help unravel the sources of arctic methane
- January 21: UC Merced Faculty Seminars
- January 28: UC Merced Faculty Seminars: Dr. Jason Sexton, Dr. Emily Moran, Dr. Mike Behman, Dr. Jessicca Blois
- February 4: Dr. Stephen Kaffka (UC Davis) Bio-Energy in California, with an emphasis on Ag-derived bio-mass
- February 11 : Rebecca Milczarek, PhD (USDA) Microwave Research in Food Processing: Commodities, Co-Products, and Consumer Products
February 18: Sarah Brown, PhD. (UC Merced) Reconstructing the evolutionary history of the domestic dog: From village dogs to ancient DNA - Faculty Host: Jessica Blois
February 25: Frank Davis (UC Santa Barbara) Changing windows of opportunity for tree seedling establishment under 21st Century climate change - Faculty Host: Emily Moran
March 4: Steve Shackleton (UC Merced Parks and Protected Area Management) - Parks and universities: A global community of practice for a flourishing and peaceful planet Faculty Host: Roland Winston
March 11: Dr. Michael Isaacson (UC Santa Cruz) The US-Denmark Program on Renewable Energy: In Practice - Faculty Host: Roland Winston
March 18: Steve Horne, Consultant - Concentrating Photovoltaics Faculty Host: Roland Winston
March 25: SPRING BREAK
- April 1: David Sandino (CA. Dept. of Water Resources) Understanding California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014: Will It Keep the Well from Running Dry? Faculty Host: Jessica Blois
- April 8: Joe Hereford, PhD (UC Davis) Climatic adaptation among California populations of the C3-C4 intermediate Mollugo verticillata. Faculty Host: Jason Sexton
- April 15: Heather Poiry, Kim McFarlane, P.E., Helen Tan (Gallo) Water Reduction Efforts at E. & J. Gallo Winery - Faculty Host: Roland Winston
- April 22: Jacob Fleck, (US Geological Survey) Mercury in California: A look at the past and hope for the future
Faculty Host: Peggy O'Day
- April 29: Caroline Masiello, Ph.D. (Rice University) Biochar, water, and microbes: Tracking the mechanisms behind biochar's environmental effects - Faculty Host: Asmeret Asefaw Berhe
- May 6: Adam Moule (UC Davis) Probing the morphology of bulk heterojunction films using electron microscopy Faculty Host: Roland Winston