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How We Can Help the Bees Through Research

A honey bee heads toward mustard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

How can we help honey bees through research? That's the topic that Francis Ratnieks, professor of apiculture, University of Sussex, United Kingdom, will cover when he presents a seminar on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the University of California, Davis. He'll...

Posted on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 1:21 PM

Talking western water issues with Congress

Helen Dahlke (center) talks groundwater recharge with colleagues and journalists in the field. Photo by Pam Kan-Rice.

Helen Dahlke, an assistant professor in the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources Department of UC Davis, has stood on glaciers in Europe and studied Sierra Nevada snowmelt streams. She's working with alfalfa farmers to recharge groundwater. And now she's informing Congress about the future of water in the United States.

A native of Germany, Dahlke established her research program in 2013. She focuses on catchment and experimental hydrology, but her expertise in hydro-climate interactions is what led her to the Capitol.

Helen Dahlke in Washington D.C. Photo courtesy of Dahlke.
Dahlke spoke broadly about water and climate challenges in California. “I described how agricultural groundwater banking can help to improve water security in California,” said Dahlke. Adding, “I had an awesome trip.”

After receiving science communication training from COMPASS, a science engagement group, Dahlke also participated in a two-day trip they organized to Washington D.C. to discuss climate change and the future of water in the West. Read more about the issues covered in a COMPASS brief.

Dahlke joined up with four other climate and water science experts:

  • Amy Snover, Director, Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington
  • Shawn Carter, National Climate Change and Wildlife Center, US Geological Survey
  • Brian Chaffin, Assistant Professor of Water Policy, University of Montana
  • Reed Benson, Professor of Water Law, University of New Mexico

On the first day of the trip, they met with staff from the Congressional Research Service, held a briefing for about 70 representatives and staff, and participated in a side meeting with staff from the Senate and the House. On the second day they met with staff of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Management and Budget (an executive office of the White House).

Dahlke and others discussed the need for further research and research support to ensure that water in the western U.S. will be more resilient to future climate conditions.

Posted on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 9:09 AM
  • Author: Leigh Bernacchi

Holiday Gifts Buggin' Ya?

Entomologist/artist Stacey Rice wearing one of her prize-winning shirts--this one typifies UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So you're in a quandary. You have no idea what to get the nature lovers/insect enthusiasts on your holiday gift-giving list. It's buggin' ya. No worries. The UC Davis Entomology Graduate Students' Association (EGSA) to the rescue. Every year EGSA...

Posted on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 5:59 PM

Norm Gary: Jazz Is Music to His Ears--But So Are the Bees

Bee wrangler Norm Gary clustered with bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Jazz is music to his ears, but so are the bees. He's been beekeeping and playing the clarinet for 69 years. Meet Norman Gary of Citrus Heights, UC Davis emeritus professor of entomology who retired in 1994 after a 32-year academic career.  As...

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 2:06 PM

Well, Hello There, Tiny Monarch Caterpillar!

Newest monarch caterpillar retrieved today (Nov. 29) from tropical milkweed in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Talk about not getting the memo. We walked into our little pollinator garden in Vacaville, Calif., this afternoon to cut a few tropical milkweed stems to feed the indoor caterpillars, and there, hidden beneath a leaf, was a tiny caterpillar. Well,...

Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 4:35 PM

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