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Spring 2020

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.

The seminars are held on Wednesdays from 12:30 - 1:30 pm in the Student Services Building Room 170 (SSB 170). In case of questions, please contact the ES Seminar Leads.

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

 & Dr. Jing Yan, UC Merced. What lies beneath? Towards an integrative understanding plant feedbacks to the mismatched distribution of soil resources

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.


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


FALL 2020 Upcoming Seminars 

 Dr. Tirtha Banerjee, UC Irvine. Host: Dr. Martha Conklin

Dr. Sarah Brower. Water Resources Specialist for City of San Diego. The Hodges Water Quality Improvement Program: An integrated approach to improving water quality and water reliability in San Diego. Host: Dr. Marc Beutel and Byran Fuhrmann. 

Dr. Paul Koch, UC Santa Cruz. Host: Dr. Sora Kim

 Dr. Jim Mihelcic, USF Water Institute. Host: Dr. Josh Viers.

Dr. Stan Sander, NASA JPL. Host: Dr. Martha Conklin