“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….

Wildlife Paper is out!!

Download in full here! Wolf et al. 2017 Journal of Applied Ecology Or link to the Journal of Applied Ecology here: Journal of Applied Ecology Please cite this paper as: Wolf KM, Whalen MA, Bourbour R, Baldwin R. 2017. Rodent, snake, and raptor activity in restored perennial native grasslands is lower than in unrestored exotic annual…

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…

Summer Watering to Flush Seedbanks manuscript is out!

PDF Download can be found here: Wolf and Young 2016 Online access can be otained here: Ecosphere Title: Summer water in a restored native grassland flushes annual grass seed bank but fails to increase native perennial cover Authors: K.M. Wolf and T.P. Young Citation: Wolf, K. M., and T. P. Young. 2016. Summer water in a restored…

Jefferson Center Field Day and Festivities for Holistic Management

Join the Smith’s in learning more about Holistic Management and the difference it is making for their family, their cattle, their rangelands, and their bottom line at the Jefferson Center Field Day on June 18 starting at 1 pm at the family’s Springs Ranch in Fort Bidwell, California. Spence and Abbey are incredible people – humble, fun,…

2016 PlantRight Plant List – Suggested Alternatives for Invasive Garden Plants

Sustainable Conservation and PlantRight have partnered to work on reducing invasive plants that are sold or traded in the horticultural industry. As a contractor and partner with these two great organizations, I wanted to share their most recent update for 2016!: We are excited to share the 2016 PlantRight Plant List which you may view or download, here….

Oren Pollak Research Funds available!

Up to $7500 for grassland research can be obtained from the Oren Pollak Research Fund Endowment – but it is due this coming Friday, February 5th! I received an award of $4500 for research last year through this endowment – you can too! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity! Check it out here: Oren Pollak Research Fund

Lunar eclipse beauty

This isn’t a research post for once, just a fun post about the lunar eclipse! I wanted to share some photos we got last night. Some are blurry and the actual full eclipse photos are not as good because it was slightly cloudy and we were still working on the camera settings, but they are…

Raptor Surveys and more!

We continued to survey raptors at the four locations we visited previously on three other occasions, and this time we even got an owl and some fun pictures of other (passerine and water birds, and non-avian) species. Click on any of the photos below to enlarge them and see more detail – Enjoy! All photos by Sara Remmes or myself (Kristina Wolf):

Cal-Pac SRM Range Camp!

Beginning Father’s Day every June, the California-Pacific section of the Society for Range Management (Cal-Pac SRM) puts on a 5-day range camp for high school students (see Range Camp for registration information, and Terilyn talks about her Range Camp experience) to teach them about many aspects of natural resource management on rangelands at Elkus Ranch in Half Moon Bay. I…