What We Do: Research & Extension Updates
A New Tool to Help Landowners Plan Irrigation for Pasture & Wetlands
August 19th, 2016 - Nathan Van Schmidt
During his winter, Graduate Student in Extension Nathan Van Schmidt interviewed landowners throughout the Gold Country region about their perspectives on irrigation, drought, wetlands, and West Nile virus. During this interviews, many landowners expressed an appreciation for the wetlands that resulted from irrigation runoff for pasture and green space, and wanted to know how much irrigation would be needed to create or expand a wetland and where would be best to apply it. To help landowners answer this question, he developed the Irrigation Planner, a new computer program to help landowners in Gold Country region of the Sierra Nevada foothills explore different scenarios of irrigation and estimate the flows of water and amount of pasture, wetland, and creeks that would result. The program is available as a free download from the Irrigation Planner website. It was developed by Nathan Van Schmidt with guidance and assistance from his mentorship team of Sam Sandoval Solis, Roger Ingram, Cass Mutters, Van Butsic, and Steve Beissinger.
Understanding Climate Information Needs of Farmers
May 12th, 2016 - Kripa Jagannathan
Kripa Jagannathan presented her extension findings on almond grower's climate information needs for long-term decision-making at the Climate & Water Tools and Resources for Informed Agricultural Decisions workshop on May 12th at UC-Merced. This extension workshop brought together faculty members, county advisors, and agricultural producers to discuss a variety of topics relating to information needs and solutions under El Niño, drought, and a changing climate, including communicating climate change to water managers, new National Weather Service tools, and sustainable groundwater management.
Working With the Media Workshop: Addressing Controversial Topics
May 4th, 2016 - Nathan Van Schmidt
This workshop provided guidance to students, post-docs, and faculty members on how to work with the media for effective science communication and outreach. The workshop was organized by Nathan Van Schmidt and led by a panel of three staff and faculty members with extensive experience working with the media: Julie Van Scoy, the Berkeley College of Natural Resource's Director of Communications, Dr. Peggy Lemaux, Specialist in Science Communication, and Dr. Whendee Silver, Professor of CNR's Science Communications course. The workshop was a mix of presentations and open Q&A, and covered topics ranging from how to seek out media coverage, what media channels are available, preparing for interviews, and responding to controversial questions. The full notes for the event are available here and Julie Van Scoy's slides are available here.
Intro to GIS for Agriculture: Rangeland Focus
February 19th, 2016 - Matthew Shapero
Matthew Shapero hosted this introductory GIS workshop in coordination with the Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF) and the Informatics and GIS Statewide Program (IGIS). The booked workshop was provided an presentation to introduce participants on what kind of analyses GIS may be used for, as well as the basic structures of spatial data. Participants also completed an an interactive exercise covering free and open source online rangeland data, analyzed datasets, and maps of rangelands in the California Central Valley.
5th Annual Cooperative Extension Showcase
November 19th, 2015 - Nathan Van Schmidt, Matthew Shapero, Kristen Shive, Kripa Jagannathan, and Adrienne Marshall
The Graduate Group in Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce a funding source available to College of Natural Resources students for the 2016-2017 year, the third year of the Graduate Students in Extension (GSE) program. This program provides support to enable students to develop projects in applied research and outreach, with 3-12 months stipend and fee coverage equivalent to a 50%-time GSR during the semester and 100%-time GSR during the summer.
GSE applicants find Cooperative Extension academics (specialists and advisers) to collaborate with as mentors for their extension project. Students are expected to work with their mentors to develop research plans and/or co-author and produce extension materials and publications. Extension components may include meetings with clientele groups, webinars, extension publications, or other innovative delivery methods. The program is open to all CNR graduate students and projects can cover a wide variety of disciplines and topics.
Fire Ecology Workshop
October 2015 - Kristen Shive
GSE Kristen Shive and fellow ESPM graduate students led a 4-day Workshop on Fire Ecology in the Central Sierra Nevada for the Jepson Herbarium. Workshop participants included environmental consultants, arborists and botany enthusiasts. Together, the ESPM students created a curriculum that taught participants about the role of fire in maintaining forest health, how forests have changed after 100 years of fire suppression, what that means for how fires are burning now, and what we can do to move forward. As a GSE, Kristen led the field tour of the 2013 Rim Fire in both Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest, challenging participants to think critically about how forest management influences fire behavior and fire effects, and the trade-offs inherent with different management options.
On March 14th and 15th, GSE Kevi Mace-Hill participated in program coordinated by the San Mateo and San Francisco Cooperative Extension office at Elkus Ranch in Half Moon Bay. A group of 34 high school students were there to learn about and practice the 8 week nutrition and garden education program that they are going to be teaching in middle schools around the area. Kevi gave 4 workshops on identifying and sustainable managing insects in gardens. The weather was perfect for catching insects, and there were live specimens of many important insect groups discussed in the lessons!
Skills for Sharing workshop on active learning
By Kevi Mace, ESPM Graduate Student
December 10, 2014
by Stella Cousins, ESPM Graduate Student
Do you remember the first time you looked through a hand lens? The weird and wonderful images visible with a tiny lens excite students of all ages. As part of my Cooperative Extension project, I’m building tools and activities for educators that look closely at forest ecosystems. I’m collaborating with the CE team behind the Forestry Institute for Teachers, and one fun way we share environmental concepts is through simple microscopes compatible with smartphones, which I used to take these photos of tree rings.
Please BUG Me!
October 11, 2014
Kevi Mace, a UC Berkeley Graduate Student in Extension, has been developing a project with her guiding professor Nick Mills and UC Cooperative Extension’s Virginia Bolshakova examining beneficial insects across a varied landscape using school, community, and private gardens in the San Francisco Peninsula.
Starting with a colorful, visual presentation, Kevi introduced the basic characteristics of insects and their life cycles, talked about beneficial insects in the area, and gave them helpful tips to easily identify a few common groups of insects.
Introduction to Analysis of National Datasets in R, workshop led by Ph.D. Candidate Luke Macaulay. October 14, 2014
September 29, 2014
By Kate Wilkin, ESPM Graduate Student
For one of my outreach projects this past summer, I guided environmental reporter and NPR affiliate Amy Quinton through Yosemite National Park’s Illilouette Creek Basin to discover what fire could be like in California, if fire suppression were replaced with better fire management. Listen to the episode about my trip with Amy on California Burning, a multimedia examination of how Californians are coping with the increased threat, technologies being developed to fight and predict fire, and how we can make forests less prone to megafires in the future.
Read the full story with video links and photos on the Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management blog.
Workshop: The Role of Hunting in Modern Conservation Biology
September 15, 2014
GSE Luke Macaulay organized a workshop at the University of Montana, Missoula, on July 12, 2014, as part of the North American Congress for Conservation Biology. The local newspaper, The Missoulian, covered the event. The event was featured as the subject of a Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management blog entry. The blog includes more details and videos of several of the speakers. More information about the speakers and topic may be found on Luke's website conservationhunters.org.
Writing Policy Briefs, workshop led by Professor David Zilbermann. February 25, 2014
Cooperative Extension Showcase, Spring of 2014
Web mapping workshop, led by Professor Maggi Kelly & Ph.D. Candidate Jenny Palomino. November 15, 2013
Graduate Seminar on Cooperative Extension, Spring 2013
Lessons in Collaborative Adaptive Management (CAM), Facilitation and Public Participation for Scientists and Students, workshop led by CE Advisor Susie Kocher, Executive Director for Academic Personnel Kim Rodrigues, and CE Advisor Kim Ingram. December 2, 2013
Cooperative Extension Showcase, Fall of 2012