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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.

Summer Wildfire Seminar

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

WMI Meeting

Western Mountain Initiative meeting in Utah – thinking about what we learn from place based research, in a beautiful place!
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CZO Meeting

Dr. Naomi Tague and post-doc Ryan Bart attended the annual Southern Sierra CZO meeting in Fresno August 4-6 to discuss current research and future project development. Ryan is currently researching/modeling the effects of vegetation conversion from trees to shrubs in the rain-snow transition zone on streamflow in the Providence Creek headwater catchments.
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