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.
Naomi Tague took part as a faculty panel member at the “Lets Talk About Water” event last week, organized by Tague Team Lab members Ty Brandt and Kate Voss, who also gave flash talks of their research, along with lab member Chris Heckman. This campus and community wide water event, co-funded by CUASHI, ERI, and Bren, was designed to promote a better understanding of water issues in the west and share faculty and student research through four short films, a faculty panel discussion and PhD student flash talks, followed by a reception that allowed guests from the general public, students, and local environmental organizations & water practitioners to discuss water issues.
Let’s Talk About Water – The Challenge of Water Management in the West. Come for an evening of short film screenings, a Bren School faculty panel (Naomi Tague, Jeff Dozier, Arturo Keller, Samantha Stevenson and Bob Wilkinson), UC Santa Barbara graduate student flash talks, and discussion with local water practitioners and environmental groups to explore both the problems and solutions for water management in the American West, and how UC Santa Barbara is answering the call.
Please join us for this free event on November 2 from 6:00-8:00 pm, in UCSB Bren Hall 1414, and the reception that follows.
Last month Naomi Tague presented “Forest responses to drought, climate warming and fire – is there a role for density reduction?” at the Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología (IPE-CSIC) in Huesca, Spain. She met with researchers to introduce the use of RHESSys-Fire as a tool to investigate the impacts that potential thinning strategies may have on forest responses to disturbance.
Congratulations to Tague Team lab member Erin Hanan on being awarded the Elizabeth Sulzman Award for research conducted while a graduate student, and published within two years of graduation. She received the award for her paper entitled, “Nitrogen cycling and export in California chaparral: the role of climate in shaping ecosystem responses to fire“.
Hanan EJ, Tague C, Schimel JP (2017) Nitrogen cycling and export in California chaparral: the role of climate in shaping ecosystem responses to fire. Ecological Monographs. 87(1):76-90.
In this new publication, RHESSys was used to assess the effects of forest thinning on water balance in the central-Sierra American River headwaters.
Saksa, P. C., M. H. Conklin, J. J. Battles, C. L. Tague, and R. C. Bales (2017), Forest thinning impacts on the water balance of Sierra Nevada mixed‐conifer headwater basins, Water Resour. Res, 53(7), 5364–5381, doi:10.1002/2016WR019240.
New publication about the ability of water districts to meet mandatory urban water conservation targets.
Palazzo, J., O. R. Liu, T. Stillinger, R. Song, Y. Wang, E. H. T. Hiroyasu, J. Zenteno, S. Anderson, and C. Tague (2017), Urban responses to restrictive conservation policy during drought, Water Resour. Res., 53, 4459–4475, doi:10.1002/2016WR020136.
Naomi Tague and fellow UCSB professors Andrew Plantinga and Sarah Anderson, as well as Max Moritz of UC Berkeley and Maureen Kennedy of the University of Washington taught a summer seminar at UCSB earlier this month on managing wildfire. The SERI Fire hosted program provided a taste of interdisciplinary research through lectures on wildfire management, applied data analysis, and natural systems modeling techniques, as well as field trips to Sedgwick Reserve and the site of the recent Whittier Fire burn area. Six students from various institutions across the country and from diverse backgrounds and areas of study participated and produced a collaborative poster on wildfire management.
Read the story recently reported in The UC Santa Barbara Current
This week many of our lab group attended the Sierra Critical Zone Observatory Annual Meeting in at the Center Sierra Historical Society near Shaver Lake. We spent the day in science meetings and camped by Shaver Lake at night. From our group, Ryan Bart presented on the new fire effect model that he has developed as part of our SERI-Fire project. Ethan on his Entering Wildfire work and the design for new visualization of RHESSys output. Chris Heckman’s poster linked water use and storage for sites across the CZO network.