New Paper: Hydraulic Redistribution by Native Sahelian Shrubs: Bioirrigation to Resist In-Season Drought
Hydraulic redistribution (HR) by woody vegetation has been proposed as a potential water source for crops in intercropped systems. The native woody shrub,
Low-severity wildland fires and prescribed burns have long been presumed by scientists and resource managers to be harmless to soils, but this may not be the...
A paper from Mathew Jian’s MS thesis, describing Vulnerability of physically protected soil organic carbon to loss under low severity fires was accepted in G...
A paper from Mathew Jian’s MS thesis, describing Soil Structural Degradation During Low‐Severity Burns was accepted in Geophysical Research Letters.
Nate’s paper describing Alteration of soil physical properties and processes after ten years of intercropping with native shrubs in the Sahel was accepted in...
Today two of our lab undergraduate assistants graduated with B.S. degree in Earth Systems Science.
We visited a new study site in Five Points to start a collaborative research with UC ANR, UC Davis and other partners. The following is an excerpt from a blo...
Today Nate Bogie and Mat Jian participated in the hooding and commencement ceremony. Nate completed the requirements for PhD degree in Environmental Systems ...
Featured Research Areas
Rhizosphere Nutrient Dynamics
We are investigating how plants live in soil, where resources are patchy and scarce. This USDA-AFRI funded research aims to drastically cut nutrient leaks from modern intensive agriculture.
Spatial Modeling of Soil Dynamics
We are utilizing machine learning to synthesize spatial and temporal data in mapping and prediction of soil moisture dynamics.
Agroecology in the Sahel
How do native shrubs of the Sahel region influence soil moisture and soil microbial composition and how such shrubs, when planted with food crops, might represent a new biologically-based way to improve production in semi-arid agroecosystems?
Low-severity Fire and Soil Processes
What is the impact of low-severity fires, which account for >50% of the burned area in the US Southwest, on soil structure and associated physical and biogeochemical processes?
For Prospective Students and Postdocs
We are looking for self-motivated and scholarly passionate students to join our lab at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels. To learn more check our on-going research projects and recent publications. You can find out about admission and degree requirements and offerings by visiting the websites of the Graduate Division and Environmental Systems Graduate Program.