“The century experiment: the first twenty years of UC Davis’ Mediterranean agroecological experiment” available online!

This manuscript comes with a large 20-year dataset characterizing various physicochemical soil and crop productivity parameters over a twenty-year period at UC Davis’ long-term agricultural experiment station, otherwise known as “Russell Ranch”. Abstract. The Century Experiment at the Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility at the University of California, Davis provides long-term agroecological data from row…

Long-term agricultural experiments inform the development of climate-smart agricultural practices

Abstract California’s Mediterranean agro-ecosystems are a major source of U.S. fruits and vegetables, and vulnerable to future extremes of precipitation and temperature brought on by climate change, including increased drought and flooding, and more intense and longer heat waves. To develop resilience to these threats, strategies are necessary for climate-smart management of soil and water….

Trade-offs of 20 years of management on sequestration, stabilization, and stratification of soil organic matter

Soil carbon sequestration and nitrogen are hot topics in cropland management. The Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility conducts decadal soil sampling across cropping systems that are part of the Century Experiment to investigate soil physicochemical dynamics over time, and results of our 20-year sampling were recently presented in a poster at the international tri-society ASA-SSSA-CSSA meeting. Check…

Wildlife responses to restoration article submitted to Journal of Applied Ecology

Restorationists often hope and expect that wildlife will increase in abundance and diversity when “native” habitats are restored, but this assumption has not been well-investigated for most wildlife species, particularly in grasslands, and even more so in the Central Valley of California. From 2014 to 2015 I conducted a rather ambitious spatiotemporally replicated natural experiment investigating wildlife…

Job posting: Agroecology and integrated livestock-cropping systems

Amélie Gaudin, professor of Agroecology at U.C. Davis, is seeking a post-doc or junior specialist for a large-scale research project investigating carbon sequestration and other ecosystem services (lots of room for creativity and investigation!!) in integrated livestock-cropping systems. This will be at least a one-year position with likely extension for an additional year. The job posting…