Tague Team Lab PhD student Chris Heckman participated in Graduate Research Advocacy Day in Sacramento on March 16th, 2016. Chris was selected as a UCSB advocate to educate lawmakers about the importance of graduate research and its contribution to California’s economy and progress. Chris was able present his research on “Managing forests in an era of drought” and tell lawmakers about his work using a computer model to research how the vast variability in soil water storage across the Sierra Nevada will affect vegetation response to climate change, and how his studies will help forest managers design a more balanced approach to conserving forest health and downstream water supplies into the future.


President Napolitano with graduate students and deans at the 2016 Graduate Research Advocacy Day in Sacramento