Fall 2018

The seminars are held on Wednesdays from 12:30 - 1:30 pm in the Student Services Building Room 130 (SSB130). In case of questions, please contact the ES Seminar Leads
UC Merced map here. SSB plan here.

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.


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

September 5th, 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 12th, 2018: UC Merced Postdoc Showcase: Dr. Bennett Widyolar, Dr. Lauren Schiebehut and Dr. Fernanda Santos (read Abstract and Bio). Host: ES Lead Group

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

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

October 3rd, 2018: No seminar. 

October 10rd, 2018: Dr. Natasha Stavros, CalTech. Environmental Science in the Information Age: A Fire Ecology example of data and information system engineering for a Big Data application (read Abstract and Bio). Host: Erin Hestir.

October 17rd, 2018: Dr. Mark Matsumoto, UC Merced. The Salton Sea. Host: ES Lead Group

October 24rd, 2018: Dr. Sarah Kurtz, UC Merced. A New Era for Solar (read Abstract and Bio). Host: ES Lead Group.

October 31rd, 2018: Dr. Aric Mine. Nutrient Cycling in Aquatic Systems: the Drivers of Primary Production (read abstract and bio). Host: Sora Kim

November 7th, 2018: Dr. LeRoy Westerling. Wildfire in California. Host: ES Lead Group

November 14th, 2018: Dr. Van Butsic. Environmental impacts of illegal cannabis (read Abstract and bio). Host: Sam Traina.

November 21th, 2018: No seminar. 

November 28th, 2018: Dr. Nigel Quinn. Cyberinfrastructure for real-time water quality decision support in the San Joaquin River Basin (read Abstract and bio). Host: Peggy O'Day. Student nominee

Bonus seminar at the California room on December 5th, 2018, at 1 pm: Dr. Richard J. Jackson. Smart engineers, biologists, and natural scientists, Health Needs You! (read Abstract and bio). Host: ES Lead Group

Contact Us

Graduate Admissions:
Phone: (209) 228-4723
Graduate Funding:
Phone: (209) 228-4622
General Inquiries:
Phone: (209) 228-4723
Fax: (209) 228-6906
Mailing Address:
University of California, Merced
ATTN: Graduate Division
5200 N. Lake Road, SSB 310
Merced, CA 95343


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