California’s majestic trees are declining — a harbinger of future forests

Redwood grove photo taken by Weislander.

by Maggi Kelly, Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist Scientists in my native state of California were handed a gift: a trove of detailed information about the state’s forests taken during the 1920s and 1930s and digitized over the past 15 years. When we compared this … [Read more...]

Edible Education, Forestry Blogs, Research News, and More


Our Environment e-Newsletter, Spring 2015, Volume 4, Issue 1 The popular course founded by Alice Waters and Michael Pollan will offer a live stream open to the public in spring 2015! In this course, experts on organic agriculture, school lunch reform, food safety, hunger and food security, … [Read more...]

Making Research Relevant: Narratives, Complexity, and the Hubris of Objectivity


By Adam Calo, ESPM Graduate Student  One day shortly before I was off to university, I noticed my father pacing about like he does when he has something of grave import to declare.  He sat me down, put his arm straight against my shoulder, and began to lecture. “Son, whatever you decide to … [Read more...]

Graduate Students Awarded Switzer Environmental Fellowship


In December, three UC Berkeley graduate students were selected as Switzer Environmental fellows by the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation. This year, the program recognized 20 environmental leaders in nonprofit, public policy, business, academic and government sectors. Berkeley students Karen … [Read more...]

Warmer, Drier Climate Altering Forests Statewide

Wieslander’s photo of French Lake and English Mt. looking north (top), and a 2014 photo by Joyce Gross. Wieslander’s photo shows a large area of barren and semi-barren oak. University of California, Berkeley, CC BY

By Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley Media Relations Historical California vegetation data that more than once dodged the dumpster have now proved their true value, documenting that a changing forest structure seen in the Sierra Nevada has actually happened statewide over the past 90 years. A team … [Read more...]

Edible Education 101: The Rise and Future of the Food Movement


A UC Berkeley course with live streaming open to the public. The food system is multi-disciplinary and complex, involving agroecology, agronomy, anthropology, economics, nutrition, sociology, and the arts. In this course, experts on organic agriculture, school lunch reform, food safety, … [Read more...]

Rise in Mass Die-offs Seen Among Birds, Fish and Marine Invertebrates

Image of large numbers of dead sunfish.

By Sarah Yang, UC Berkeley Media Relations BERKELEY — An analysis of 727 mass die-offs of nearly 2,500 animal species from the past 70 years has found that such events are increasing among birds, fish and marine invertebrates. At the same time, the number of individuals killed appears to be … [Read more...]

Linking Revitalized Public Housing to Fewer ER Visits

Ellen Kersten

By Sarah Yang, UC Berkeley Media Relations BERKELEY — Children living in revitalized public housing are significantly less likely to take repeated trips to the emergency room, according to a new study by researchers at UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco. The authors of the study, published in … [Read more...]

Sensing Distant Tornadoes, Birds Flew the Coop. What Tipped Them Off?

This male golden-winged warbler is carrying a geolocator on its back (appears black with white light sensor) and identification bands on its legs. (Photo by Gunnar Kramer)

By Sarah Yang, UC Berkeley Media Relations BERKELEY — When birds unexpectedly flee their nesting grounds, it may be a demonstration of Mother Nature’s early-warning system that a massive storm is approaching. While tracking a population of golden-winged warblers, a research team led by UC … [Read more...]

Request for Applications: Graduate Training in Cooperative Extension


The University of California's Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources is now requesting applications for the Graduate Training in Cooperative Extension Pilot Program. Within UC, the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) oversees the network of agriculture experiment station … [Read more...]