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Spring 2019

The seminars are held on Wednesdays from 12:30 - 1:30 pm in the Student Services Building Room 120 (SSB120). In case of questions, please contact the ES Seminar Leads.

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). 

January 30, 2019: Dr. Emily Moran and Dr. Jay Sexton (UC Merced). Plant Ecology and Evolution Research at UC Merced. Host: ES Lead Group

February 6, 2019: TBD. 

February 13, 2019: Dr. Jay Lund, UC Davis. Host: Josue Medellín-Azuara.

February 20, 2019: Dr. Ross Vander Vorste (UC Berkeley). Host: Josh Viers.

February 27, 2019: Dr. Paolo D'Odorico (UC Berkeley). Host: Martha Conklin

March 6, 2019: TBD. 

March 13, 2019: TBD. 

March 20, 2019: No speaker (mid-semester discussion). 

March 27, 2019: No class (Spring Break). 

April 3, 2019: Dr. Susan Zimmerman (LLNL). Host: Sora Kim

April 10, 2019: Dr. Renata Brillinger (CalCAN). Host: Rebecca Ryals

April 17, 2019: TBD. 

April 24, 2019: Dr. Christine Lee (JPL). Host: Erin Hestir

May 1, 2019: TBD.

May 8, 2019: no speaker (end of the semester discussion). 


Fall 2018

August 29, 2018: Dr. Alex Hall, UCLA. Projections of climate change in California's Sierra Nevada (read Abstract and Bio). Host: Asmeret Berhe

September 5, 2018: Dr. Leopoldo Mendoza-Espinosa, UABC-Ensenada. Achieving reclaimed water reuse in a drought-prone city in northern Mexico (read Abstract and Bio). Host: Josue Medellín-Azuara.

September 12, 2018: UC Merced Postdoc Showcase: Dr. Bennett Widyolar, Dr. Lauren Schiebehut and Dr. Fernanda Santos (read Abstract and Bio). Host: ES Lead Group

September 19, 2018: Dr. Richard Luthy, Stanford. Sustainable Urban Water Supply for Semi-arid Cities (read Abstract and Bio). Host: Tom Harmon

September 26, 2018: Dr. Maya Almaraz. Nitrogen and sustainable food systems (read Abstract and Bio). Host: Rebecca Ryals

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.