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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.

Katalyn Voss PhD thesis defense

Katalyn Voss, PhD candidate and TagueTeamLab friend, will this morning defend her PhD thesis “Contributions of Glacial Melt, Snowmelt, and Groundwater to Streamflow During Low-Flow Periods: A Paired Catchment Approach in the Arun Watershed, Eastern Nepal”. Naomi Tague is a member of her PhD committee.
9am 6th floor Ellison Hall – ERI conference room.

Team Citeplan Bren MESM project

TagueTeamLab leader Naomi Tague and member Will Burke were advisors on the Bren MESM project for Team Citeplan, who spent the last year investigating the relationship between timber management, fire regimes, and wildfire behavior. Now, their findings and deliverables are being sent to a team of researchers at UC Berkeley and to officials at CAL FIRE where they will hopefully use Citeplan’s standardized approach for Wildfire Risk and Hazard assessment.
Congratulations to Bren MESM student team members Caitlin Swalec, Lauren Krohmer, Emma Siegfried, Laura Gray, and Courtney Schatzman on completing this project!

Animated RHESSys output

Scenes from last night’s “Burn Cycle: Living with Fire” event, where users were able to see animations of RHESSys model output, and ‘Walk into Fire’.



New Publication used RHESSys to develop a field sampling strategy

Estimates of snowmelt, root-zone soil moisture storage, and transpiration from the RHESSys model were used to design a soil moisture and sap flux field sampling strategy presented in the new publication “A top‐down soil moisture and sap flux sampling design of a rain‐snow transition mountain watershed”.

Son, K., Tague, C. (2019) A top‐down soil moisture and sap flux sampling design of a rain‐snow transition mountain watershed, Hydrological Processes doi: 10.1002/hyp.13421

Do hillslope‐scale processes matter to predicting global change?

Hydrologists, Critical Zone scientists, and Earth System Model developers were brought together to address this question in the new publication “Hillslope hydrology in global change research and Earth system modeling”.

Fan, Y., Clark, M., Lawrence, D. M., Swenson, S., Band, L. E., Brantley, S. L., et al. (2019) Hillslope hydrology in global change research and Earth system modeling, Water Resources Research 55.

A discussion of why watersheds deserve attention

Naomi Tague took part in Westmont College’s Sustainability Speaker Series – “Why Watersheds Deserve Attention“, which featured a variety of panelists across disciplines to focus on pertinent environmental issues. The panel discussion highlighted watersheds as a tribute to The Westmont Ridley Tree Museum of Art’s new exhibit, “Watershed: Contemporary Landscape Photography“.

New Publication – Modeling Urban Hydrology

In this new publication, RHESSys was used to model the processes controlling the relationship between watershed condition and response in an urban watershed, exploring the effects of imperviousness, connectivity, and storm water control measures on runoff and nitrogen loads.

Bell, C.D., Tague, C.L., McMillan, S.K. (2019) Modeling runoff and nitrogen loads from a watershed at different levels of impervious surface coverage and connectivity to stormwater control measures, Water Resources Research doi: 10.1029/2018WR023006

Watershed Masterclass

Last week, Professor Naomi Tague and Tague Team Lab members Will Burke (PhD student), Rachel Torres (PhD student), Janet Choate (Lab Manager), and Ryan Niemeyer (Postdoctoral Researcher) attended the CUAHSI Master Class: Advanced Techniques in Watershed Science. This week-long short course presented a unique opportunity for students, post-docs, and professionals to explore watershed hydrology and biogeochemistry at Biosphere2. Current understanding of hydrological, ecological and biogeochemical processes were explored, and advanced modeling and data analysis techniques were introduced. Naomi Tague taught a section on “Confronting models with data & Models for Data Integration”, along with instructors Beth Boyer (Pennsylvania State University – “Runoff Generation Processes”), Ciaran Harman (Johns Hopkins University –  “Transit Time Theory”), Richard Hooper (Tufts University – “Multi-tracer approaches in watershed science, End member mixing, Load estimation”), Peter Troch (University of Arizona – “Storage/Discharge relations”), and Janet Choate (TagueTeamLab manager, UCSB) who gave a short intro to R section. Class participants were able to share their current work in a poster session, and attendees were also granted a tour of B2 and LEO.

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