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Climate Change Adaptation

Summary The Workgroup will bring together UC, ANR and external scientists to collaborate on research and extension projects specific to climate change adaptation of California agriculture. The newly formed Climate Sub Hub at UC Davis seeks to engage UC academics to form a productive partnership that can address pressing climate change issues facing California agriculture. This Workgroup will be the main venue to foster interaction between UC, USDA, NRCS and other partner organizations. The UC ANR Strategic Vision predicts that California will face increasing challenges due to climate change; this Workgroup will be a key asset to help UC ANR meet these challenges.
Workgroup Chair Information
Name Susie Kocher (Chair)
Phone 530-542-2574
Unit: Central Sierra Cooperative Extension
Name Tapan Pathak (Chair)
Phone 209-228-2520
Unit: UC Merced - Cooperative Extension Specialist
Name Ted Grantham (Co-Chair)
Phone 510-664-4664
Unit: ESPM - Ecosystem Sciences
Name Faith Kearns (Co-Chair)
Phone (510) 987-9124
Unit: California Institute for Water Resources
Name Leslie Roche (Co-Chair)
Phone (530) 752-5583
Unit: Department of Plant Sciences
Membership List
Jagannathan, Kripa
  Graduate Student in Extension Climate Change and Agriculture
Mills-Novoa, Meg
  Assistant Professor Climate change adaptation
Malkin, Richard
  Professor Emeritus Photosynthesis: energy transduction in biological membranes
Rempel, jrempel
  Graduate Student, npinzon, desjohnson, jatsmith
Zhou, Qi
  Small Farms Advisor
AES Scientist
Bloom, Arnold Department of Plant Sciences
  Professor Plant Physiologist-AES Plant environmental stress physiology, interactions between carbon and nitrogen metabolism, crop responses to rising atmospheric CO2
Fujino, Dave Dean's Office CA&ES (UCD)
  Director, California Center for Urban Horticulture; Co-Director, UC Nursery and Floriculture Alliance
Gonzales, Janis San Diego County
  Project Coordinator/Community Education Supervisor II Program development and management of specialty community education and outreach programs: Climate Resilient Agriculture, Goldspotted Oak Borer, Invasive Shot Hole Borer, South American Palm Weevil, Beekeeping and Wildfire
Pandey, Pramod Veterinary Medicine Extension
  Professor & Specialist - AES and CE split (50/50) Microbial waste management, microbial water quality, rendering, pesticide residues in water and sediment
Smith, Woutrina School of Veterinary Medicine
CE Advisor
Bachie, Oli Imperial County
  Imperial County Director Agronomy & Weed Management
Battany, Mark San Luis Obispo County
  Water Management and Biometeorology Advisor Water management, soil management, soil salinity, frost protection, climate and weather evaluation, weather stations and sensors, grapes and viticulture.
Biscaro, Andre Ventura County
  Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor Irrigation and nutrient management of berry and vegetable crops
Blackburn, Mary Alameda County Cooperative Extension
  Family and Consumer Sciences, Health & Nutrition Advisor Family and consumer sciences, EFNEP and FSNEP
Campbell, Marsha
  Farm Advisor, Emeritus Field crops
Culumber, Catherine Fresno County
  Nut Crops Farm Advisor
Devkota, Pratap Imperial County
  Area Low Desert Weed Science Advsior * Weed Management * Herbicide spray water quality * Soil fumigation
Drill, Sabrina Los Angeles County
  Natural Resources Advisor - Emeritus Climate resilience, urban ecology, watershed education, community science and engagement, environmental justice, conservation and restoration of aquatic and wildland habitats and anadramous fishes, aquatic and terrestrial invasive species, fire ecology and landscape preparation, land use and conservation planning
El Kereamy, Ashraf Biology (UCR)
  Director of Lindcove REC and Assistant CE Specialist Specialist in Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at UC Riverside, focused on citrus and grape
Fulton, Allan Glenn County
  Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor emeritus
Gordon, Phoebe Madera County
  Orchard Crops Farm Advisor Madera County: Almonds, pistachios, stone fruit, figs Merced County: Pistachio and figs
Hartin, Janet Los Angeles County
  Area Environmental Horticulture Advisor Environmental horticulture, urban greening, climate-ready trees, "Trees for Tomorrow" arboriculture, irrigation needs of landscape plants
Jarvis-Shean, Katherine Capitol Corridor MCP Cooperative Extension
  Orchard Systems Advisor
Johnson, Katie (Cathryn) Tuolumne County
  Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences Advisor Public Health Nutrition; Policy, Systems & Environmental Change Strategies; Breastfeeding Support; Strategic Communication; Program Planning & Evaluation
Jones, Michael Mendocino County
  Forestry Advisor - Mendocino, Lake and Sonoma Counties Forest Health; Disturbance Ecology; Entomology; Integrated pest management of invasive and endemic forest pests
Karle, Betsy Glenn County
  Dairy Advisor & County Director preweaned calf management, antimicrobial stewardship, environmental sustainability
Karlik, John Kern County
  Extension Advisor Emeritus (Retired) Environmental Horticulture/Environmental Science
Kocher, Susie Central Sierra Cooperative Extension
  Forestry/ Natural Resources Advisor Forestry, wildfire, prescribed fire, post-fire recovery, adult education, facilitation, public participation
Lacan, Igor San Mateo-San Francisco Counties
  Interim County Director; Bay Area Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry Advisor Urban Forestry
Light, Sarah Sutter-Yuba Counties
  Agronomy Farm Advisor Alfalfa/Hay, Beans, Wheat, Corn, Sorghum, Sunflower, Safflower, Hemp, Soil Health, Cover Crops, Agronomy, Annual Cropping Systems in the Sacramento Valley.
Macon, Daniel Placer-Nevada Counties
  County Director, Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor Rangeland livestock production, economics, and management
Martin, Anna San Joaquin County
  Nutrition   Family   Consumer Sciences Advisor Community Nutrition Education
Montazar, Aliasghar San Diego County
  UCCE Irrigation and Water Management Advisor Irrigation and water management, measurement and modeling of surface energy balance variables/ET and crop coefficients, irrigation scheduling, drainage and water quality, on-farm irrigation system management and evaluation, salinity management and control practices, deficit irrigation, environmental instrumentation and modelling.
Munk, Daniel Fresno County
  Farm Advisor Irrigation, crop nutrient management and cotton production systems
Nouri, Mohamed San Joaquin County
  Cooperative Extension Orchard Systems Advisor Walnuts, cherries, olives, apples, miscellaneous fruits, Plant Pathology
Ozeran, Rebecca Fresno County
  Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
Price, Natalie Los Angeles County
  Community Nutrition and Health Advisor Public health nutrition, food security, social determinants of health.
Reiter, Maggie Madera County
  Turfgrass and Environmental Horticulture Advisor Turfgrass management
Shapero, Matthew Santa Barbara County
  Livestock and Range Advisor The Livestock & Range program provides locally based extension, education, and applied research focused primarily on the interactions of livestock production systems with rangeland ecosystems, including wildlife habitat, invasive plants, wildland fire, prescribed fire, soil health, and watershed health. It aims to serve the needs of agricultural producers and land managers, to increase production efficiency, and to promote ecologically and economically viable agricultural operations.
Yaghmour, Mohammad Kern County
  Area Orchard Systems Advisor
CE Specialist
Malkin, Richard
  Professor Emeritus Photosynthesis: energy transduction in biological membranes
Bali, Khaled Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center
  Irrigation Water Management Specialist Irrigation and water management, irrigation systems, soil salinity, drainage, infiltration, water quality, TMDL, biosolids
Grantham, Ted ESPM - Ecosystem Sciences
  Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist climate, water management and freshwater ecology
Gupta, Clare Human & Community Development
  UC Cooperative Extension specialist community development, food systems, policy
James, Jeremy Sierra Foothill Research & Extension Center
  SFREC Center Director Range Management
Kaffka, Stephen Department of Plant Sciences
  CE Specialist. Production and resource use efficiency of sugar, oilseed crops and other agronomic crops; Cropping systems and agroecology; biomass, bioenegy, bioproducts and related public policy issues; irrigation, salinity and drainage
Kelly, Maggi ESPM - Ecosystem Sciences
  Director, Statewide IGIS Program, Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist GIS - remote sensing - spatial modeling - UAVs - participatory research
Khan, Safeeq
  Specialist in Water and Watershed Sciences Watershed Hydrology; Hydrological Modeling; Forest Management; Climate Change; Application of Remote Sensing and LiDAR in Natural Resources Management
Merenlender, Adina Hopland Research & Extension Center
  Professor of Cooperative Extension in Conservation Science conservation biology, land use planning, habitat connectivity, environmental education, climate stewardship
Mitchell, Jeffrey Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center
  CE Cropping Systems Specialist Vegetable cropping systems, irrigation management, soil quality, organic soil amendments, extension models, postharvest physiology
Moritz, Max UC Santa Barbara - CE Specialist
  Specialist in Cooperative Extension Fire Ecology and Management; Disturbance Regimes; Spatial Analysis; Fire Policy; Climate Change Adaptation
Nemati, Mehdi Dean's Office CNAS
  Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy Environmental and Water Resource Economics, Agricultural Economics, Applied Econometrics
Pathak, Tapan UC Merced - Cooperative Extension Specialist
  Specialist in Climate Adaptation in Ag Applied climate in agriculture
Sandoval Solis, Samuel Land, Air & Water Resources
  Associate Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist in Water Resources Water Resources Management, Environmental Flows, Agricultural Water management, Risk Analysis, Cost Benefit Analysis, Science Communication
Sowerwine, Jennifer Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Associate Specialist Metropolitan agriculture, sustainable food systems, agroecology, food security, food sovereignty.
Zaccaria, Daniele Land, Air & Water Resources
  Associate Professor and Agricultural Water Management Specialist in Cooperative Extension Agricultural water management and irrigation
Other ANR
Arnold, Kari
  UCCE Stanislaus County Orchard and Vineyard Systems Advisor Walnuts, Cherries, Grapes and Apricots
Beck, Jacalyn Hopland Research & Extension Center
  Academic Programs Manager
Borel, Valerie Los Angeles County
  Horticulture and Master Gardener Program Coordinator Sustainability and fire-safe landscaping
Brodt, Sonja Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program (SAREP)
  Assoc. Director & Academic Coordinator (Agriculture & Environment), UC SAREP Agriculture, Resources, and the Environment
  Program Manager, Southwest Regional Food Business Center Program Management, Community Engagement, Volunteer Development, Youth Development, Facilitation, Demonstration Gardens, School Gardens, Statewide Help Desk
Couture, Jeff Facilities Planning and Management
  Project Manager
Crothers, Laura
  Senior Writer & Communications Coordinator
Derby, Sandra Youth, Families, and Communities Statewide Program
  State Coordinator for Project Learning Tree Environmental Education Ecological Teaching and Learning
Diaz, Jairo Desert Research & Extension Center
  Director Water Resources
Engelskirchen, Gwenael Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program (SAREP)
  Sustainable Food & Farming Coordinator
Feirer, Shane Informatics and GIS (IGIS) Statewide Program
  Geographic Information Systems - Supervisor II GIS analyses with emphasis on natural resource related topics
Gable, Missy UC Master Gardener Program
  Director Horticulture
Gamble, Brook
  Community Education Specialist 3 (NorCal) UC California Naturalist Program
Ira, Gregory Environmental Stewards (formerly California Naturalist Program)
  Director, UC Environmental Stewards Statewide Program Environmental Stewardship, Environmental Education, Climate Change Education, Natural History Training, Program Management, Collective Impact, Workforce Development, Social Franchise.
Johnson, Robert Informatics and GIS (IGIS) Statewide Program
  GIS Programmer GIS, web development
Kearns, Faith California Institute for Water Resources
  Academic Coordinator II water and drought, fire, climate change,science communication
Kooyumjian, Dawn Contra Costa County Cooperative Extension
  Coordinator -UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County
Lee, Danielle Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI)
  Director of Communications & Research Engagement Public Health Nutrition
Lyons, Andrew Informatics and GIS (IGIS) Statewide Program
  Program Coordinator
Martin, Tunyalee Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Statewide Program
  Associate Director for Communications Leads UC IPM communications, manages IPM publication projects, and supervises editorial and technical staff developing and producing IPM outreach materials for Web and print.
Meyer, Ryan
  Executive Director Community and Citizen Science
Nelson, Sarah-Mae Environmental Stewards (formerly California Naturalist Program)
  UC Climate Stewards Initiative Academic Coordinator Climate Change Interpretation, Communication, and Education
Ogburn, Katelyn UC Master Food Preserver Program
  Statewide Program Coordinator UC Master Food Preserver Program
Parker, Doug California Institute for Water Resources
  Director Emeritus, California Institute for Water Resources
(info only) Petersen-Rockney, Margiana
  PhD Student Climate adaptation and US rural livelihood change.
Quinn, Nigel
  Associate Research Professor Irrigation salinity management
R, maithili
Ramos, Lorena Fresno County
Randal, Kris Mariposa County
  Master Gardener Program Coordinator Mariposa County Oaks and Native Plants
Rasmussen, Yvonne Napa County
  Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator Home Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Arboriculture
Roche, Leslie Department of Plant Sciences
  Cooperative Extension Specialist Rangeland Management
Rodriguez, Marisa Los Angeles County
Silva, Yolanda Alameda County Cooperative Extension
  Nutrition Educator II master gardener. Permaculture design. Water efficiency landscaper.
Stewart, William Center for Forestry (UCB)
  Specialist forest management, climate impacts of forest management and forest product substitution benefits, vegetation management and fire/smoke impacts.
Thompson, Aubrey Agricultural Sustainability Institute
  Communications Coordinator Science Communication; nutrient management; sustainable agriculture; social media; media relations
Warnert, Jeannette Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center
  Communications Specialist Writing
Windbiel-Rojas, Karey Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Statewide Program
  Associate Director for Urban & Community IPM/ Area Urban IPM Advisor Integrated Pest Management
Zabronsky, Hope California Institute for Water Resources
  Academic Coordinator II, Climate Smart Agriculture Program Lead Climate Smart Agriculture
Cobourn, John
  Professor Emeritus Water Resources and Climate, crimmins
Forrestel, Elisabeth
Kerr, Amber
Ornouski, Erika
  Student Climate, marine/coastal environments and processes
Ostoja, Steven
  Director, USDA Climate Hub and Fellow, John Muir Institue of the Environment Climate Adaptation Science, npinzon
Membership Totals
Number of Members104
ANR Members97
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