PostDoc Opportunity

Postdoctoral Scholar in Ecological Modeling of Fire Regimes and Vegetation GrowthBren School of Environmental Science, University of California Santa Barbara;Contact Naomi Tague ( Description:We are seeking a post-doctoral scholar to join our “Building Resilience to Wildfires” Team at the University of California, Santa Barbara. This is a cross-campus project with the goal of improving landscapeContinue reading “PostDoc Opportunity”

New article – post thinning micrometeorology & soil moisture under extreme drought & record precipitation

This new article compares the below-canopy meteorological and subsurface hydrologic differences between two thinning prescriptions and an unaltered Control during periods of extreme drought and near-record precipitation (with little snow) within a coniferous forest in the rain-snow transition zone of the southern Cascades. Hardage, K., Wheelock, S.J., Gaffney, R., O’Halloran, T., Serpa, B., Grant, G.,Continue reading “New article – post thinning micrometeorology & soil moisture under extreme drought & record precipitation”

New Article

In this new article in Nature Geoscience, Naomi Tague discusses how the properties of bedrock can help explain within-region patterns of tree mortality in the 2011–2017 California drought. Tague, C. (2022) The bedrock of forest drought. Nat. Geosci. 15, 684–685.

Top Cited Article

The Web of Science Group 2021 Journal Citation Report recorded the WIREs Water Tague et al. 2019 paper as one of the top cited articles. Tague, CL, Moritz, M, Hanan, E. The changing water cycle: The eco-hydrologic impacts of forest density reduction in Mediterranean (seasonally dry) regions. WIREs Water. 2019; 6:e1350.

Congratulations Dr. Will Burke!

Please join us in congratulating William D. Burke – that is Dr. Burke – on the successful defense of his PhD thesis! Well done!

William Burke PhD Dissertation Defense

Tague Team Lab member, PhD student William Burke, will present his dissertation defense “Modeling the Interconnected Effects of Fuel Treatments on Forests, Water, and Fire” on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at 2:00 pm in Bren Hall 3526 (Pine Room), or watch online using this link and passcode fire.

Rachel Torres Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

Congratulations to our own Tague Team Lab member – PhD student Rachel Torres – on receiving the Graduate Student Association Excellence in Teaching Award, recognizing her outstanding work for teaching and mentoring students in Earth System Science and Environmental Modeling at the Bren School, and Introduction to Environmental Science for the UCSB Environmental Studies department.

Upcoming Machine learning/RHESSys output presentation

This Master of Environmental Data Science (MEDS) Capstone Project Presentation features a machine learning algorithm designed to interpret RHESSys output and extract meaningful insights into the possible impacts of climate change on forest health, and visualize findings in an interactive manner that is accessible to forest managers, students, and the general public. A Reproducible MachineContinue reading “Upcoming Machine learning/RHESSys output presentation”

New publication explores when fire regimes shift from flammability- to fuel-limited

In this new publication, RHESSys-WMFire is used to address the overarching question: How does vegetation modulate the effects of climate change on fire regimes in a semiarid watershed? More specifically – what are the relative and opposing roles of key exogenous drivers (climate change/CO2) and key endogenous drivers (fuel load/fuel aridity) in driving fire regimes.Continue reading “New publication explores when fire regimes shift from flammability- to fuel-limited”

Lab collaborator Khorchani PhD defense

Congratulations to lab friend and collaborator Makki Khorchani (Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología (IPE-CSIC)) on his PhD defense last Friday of his dissertation “Effects of post-land abandonment management strategies on water resources, vegetation dynamics, and soil properties and redistribution in the central Spanish Pyrenees”. He used the RHESSys model to simulate the different vegetation and climateContinue reading “Lab collaborator Khorchani PhD defense”

Tague interviewed in The Bottom Line

Naomi Tague was interviewed in UCSB’s The Bottom Line about her collaborative research regarding the impacts of climate change on water supply due to decreases in snowmelt, and increases in drought and fire frequency.

TagueTeamLab at AGU

TagueTeamLab members/friends presenting at AGU: Chris Heckman, Naomi Tague – How a priori forest adaptations affect drought resilience to the 2012-2015 California drought. Poster B15E-1475, Monday Dec. 13, 2021, 2:00-4:00 Kazi Tamaddun, Louis Graup, Anne Lightbody – Modelling Watershed Sensitivity to Drought: Application of Authentic Online Learning on the HydroLearn Platform, Presentation ED12A-05, Monday Dec.Continue reading “TagueTeamLab at AGU”

New Pub: Remote sensing used to look at urban drought response

In this new publication, functionally and seasonally distinctive remote sensing variables were used to quantify changes in urban vegetation canopy conditions during droughts. Miller, D.L., Alonzo, M., Meerdink, S.K., Allen, M.A., Tague, C.L., Roberts, D.A., McFadden, J.P. (2021) Seasonal and interannual drought responses of vegetation in a California urbanized area measured using complementary remote sensingContinue reading “New Pub: Remote sensing used to look at urban drought response”

Naomi interviewed on ‘Who’s your Data?’ podcast

Naomi Tague was recently interviewed by Gilad Barash on his ‘Who’s your Data?‘ podcast about her research predicting and forecasting forest fire frequency and severity, data used in models, machine learning, and her work in developing ways to visualize the results to help officials and the public understand the processes and impacts of fire onContinue reading “Naomi interviewed on ‘Who’s your Data?’ podcast”

Tague presentation at AI4ESP workshop

Last week Naomi Tague presented “How Big Data and Machine Learning Can Complement Process-based Ecohydrology Models” at the Artificial Intelligence for Earth System Predictability (AI4ESP) workshop. The AI4ESP initiative is a collaboration between DOE management and laboratories to understand the paradigm shift required to enable AI across the MODEX enterprise, in part by determining theContinue reading “Tague presentation at AI4ESP workshop”

Highlighted: Managing Water Resources in a Low-to-No-Snow Future

Recent paper “A low-to-no snow future and its impacts on water resources in the western United States” in Nature Reviews Earth & Environment was highlighted in the Science & Technology section of UCSB’s The Current, along with comments from Tague and other authors.

New Publication: Impacts on water resources in a low-to-no snow future

In this review paper “A low-to-no snow future and its impacts on water resources in the western United States” in Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, author analysis of scientific studies on snow loss use a new low- to-no snow definition that suggests that in approximately 35-60 years, low-to-no-snow winters will become persistent in the westernContinue reading “New Publication: Impacts on water resources in a low-to-no snow future”

Carbon/Water tradeoffs & management objectives

New publication in Environmental Research used the RHESSys model to quantify the tradeoffs between carbon sequestration and water fluxes under different climate and land management scenarios in abandoned cropland areas in Mediterranean mountains. Khorchani, M., Nadal-Romero, E., Lasanta, T., Tague, C. (2021) Carbon sequestration and water yield tradeoffs following restoration of abandoned agricultural lands inContinue reading “Carbon/Water tradeoffs & management objectives”

Naomi covered in Los Angeles Magazine

Naomi Tague’s work in the field of wildfire and climate change was covered in the Los Angeles Magazine article “Why Everything We Know About Wildfires May Be Wrong“.

New publication characterises spatial variation in shallow soil moisture

The goal of this study was to characterise spatial variation in shallow soil moisture at the plot scale by relating the mean of measurements collected in a plot to the standard deviation, as spatial variation of soil moisture over very small areas (<100 m2) can have nonlinear impacts on cycling and flux rates. Scaife, C.I., Duncan,Continue reading “New publication characterises spatial variation in shallow soil moisture”

Which mechanisms control the change in water yield following a beetle outbreak?

In this new publication, RHESSys is used to explore the mechanisms that control the change in water yield following a beetle outbreak. Results indicate that the response to beetle-caused tree mortality is nonlinear – the direction of water yield change was location specific & driven by inter-annual climate variability, . Ren, J., Adam, J.C., Hicke,Continue reading “Which mechanisms control the change in water yield following a beetle outbreak?”

Niche-partitioning of soil water resources & higher forest productivity

In this new publication, research revealed fundamental differences in water-use patterns and niche-partitioning of soil water resources among the phylogenetic groups of trees co-occurring in widespread forests around the Mediterranean. RHESSys model simulations show that this partitioning has an important role in the higher productivity of the mixed forest compared to monoculture forests. Rog, I.,Continue reading “Niche-partitioning of soil water resources & higher forest productivity”

Taking Notice!

The recent paper in Ecosphere, “Does hot and dry equal more wildfire? Contrasting short- and long-term climate effects on fire in the Sierra Nevada“, has been getting some attention! Lead author Maureen Kennedy was interviewed for the science section in UW News, along with co-author Naomi Tague: “Possible future for Western wildfires: Decade-long burst, followedContinue reading “Taking Notice!”


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