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Welcome to the Tague Team Lab at UCSB!

The Tague EcoHydrology lab focuses on watershed research, addressing the feedbacks among terrestrial vegetation, surface hydrological processes, and atmospheric conditions. We use a variety of techniques to examine the impact of changes in climate and land use on ecosystem health and water resources.
Please scroll through our blog below to see what we’ve been up to!

All are welcome to attend our weekly lab meetings and take part in presentations and scientific discussions. See our Lab meeting schedule & events page for information on each week’s topic or presenter. Meetings are held in the Bren hall lab wing, room 1005.

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 Machine Learning Approach for Interpreting Ecohydrologic Model Outputs

Thursday, May 26 2022, 1:10-1:30
Bren Hall 1414 + Livestream
Student group: Alex Clippinger, Wylie Hampson, Shale Hunter, Peter Menzies
Faculty Advisor: Christina (Naomi) Tague

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.

Ren, J., Hanan, E.J., Abatzoglou, J.T., Kolden, C.A., Tague, C.(N.)L., Kennedy, M.C., et al. (2022) Projecting future fire regimes in a semiarid watershed of the inland northwestern United States: Interactions among climate change, vegetation productivity, and fuel dynamics, Earth’s Future 10(3), e2021EF002518. doi: 10.1029/2021EF002518

Lab collaborator Khorchani PhD defense

Congratulations to lab friend and collaborator Makki Khorchani (Instituto Pirenaico de EcologĂ­a (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 climate scenarios explored in his research.

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. 13, 2021, Room 298-299, 8:06-8:11

Louis Graup, Christina (Naomi) Tague, Adrian Adam Harpold, Sebastian A. Krogh – Will Riparian Refugia be Destabilized by Snow Drought? Poster H25C-1077, Tuesday Dec. 14, 2021, 2:00-4:00

David L Miller, Erin B Wetherley, Dar A Roberts, Christina (Naomi) Tague, Joseph P McFadden – Effects of a multi-year drought in Los Angeles on urban tree, turfgrass, and senesced vegetation cover, Presentation GC33C-02, Room 203-205, Wednesday Dec. 15, 2021, 10:55-11:00

Rachel Torres Christina (Naomi) Tague, David Miller, Michael Alonzo, Joseph P McFadden, Samantha Stevenson – Evaluating urban tree resilience to drought and extreme heat in Santa Barbara, CA, Poster H35X-1299, Wednesday Dec. 15, 2021, 2:00-4:00

Kyotaek Hwang, Holly R Barnard, Adrian Adam Harpold, Christina (Naomi) Tague, Pamela L Sullivan, Katherine B Lininger – Opportunities and challenges in remote sensing-based critical zone ecohydrology, Poster H45F-1239, Thursday Dec. 16th, 2021, 2:00-4:00

Christopher Heckman, Naomi Tague – When and Where Does Storage Matter for Vegetation? Untangling the Non-linear Relationship Between Climate, Storage, and Actual Evapotranspiration, Presentation H51E-06, Friday Dec. 17, 2021, Room 260-262, 6:25-6:30

Erica R Siirila-Woodburn, Alan Rhoades, Benjamin Hatchett, Laurie Huning, Julia Szinai, Christina (Naomi) Tague, Peter S Nico, Daniel Feldman, Andrew D Jones, William Drew Collins, Laurna Kaatz – Evidence of a low-to-no snow future and its impacts on water resources in the western United States, Presentation H52A-04, Friday Dec. 17th, 2021, Room 243-245, 8:00-8:05

Lawrence E Band. Clare Stephens, Lucy Amanda Marshall, Fiona Johnson, Hoori Ajami, Laurence Lin – Investigating spatial patterns and variability in catchment response to climate change using a virtual experiment approach, Presentation H51B-08, Friday Dec. 17th, 2021, New Orleans Theater B, 6:35-6:40

Jianning Ren, Erin J Hanan, Peter M Homyak – How does the mean and variance of rainfall patterns influence nitrogen saturation and export in dryland watersheds? B55O-03, Online 2:00-3:15

Ashley Cale, Erin J Hanan, Jianning Ren, Benjamin W Sullivan – How Effective Will Fuel Treatments Be for Managing Fire Hazard Under a Warming, Drying Climate? Poster B25M-1648, Tuesday Dec. 14, 2021, 2:00-4:00

Jonathan Gendron, Jennifer C Adam, Jianning Ren, Erin J Hanan, Mingliang Liu, Rebecca Gustine, John Abatzoglou, Liane Davis – Changes in Future Wildfire Frequency and Size in the Bull Run Watershed in Response to Different Climate Storylines, Poster GC25H-0733, Tuesday Dec. 14, 2021, 2:00-4:00