Summer 2015 – Studying Giant Sequoia responses to drought

Anthony, Wendy and Todd are trying to get a better understanding of how Giant Sequoia trees in the Sierra Nevada respond to severe drought. Check this out at http://kvpr.org/post/drought-killing-giant-sequoias

And you can find more recent media coverage here:

PBS: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/californias-water-starved-sequoias-show-signs-stress/

LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-sequoia-drought-20150828-story.html

August 2015 – Todd has been elected AGU 2015 Fellow

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has announced its 2015 class of Fellows, and Todd has been elected. This honor is given to individual AGU members who have made exceptional scientific contributions and attained acknowledged eminence in the fields of Earth and space sciences. Since the establishment of the AGU Fellows program in 1962, and in accordance with AGU bylaws, no more than 0.1 percent of the total membership of AGU is recognized annually.

September 2014 – Dario Ravaioli visiting the Dawson lab from University of Bologna, Italy

DIMG_3708ario Ravaioli (Forestry, University of Bologna, Italy) is visiting the lab for two months during the Fall of 2014.

His research focuses on long-term variation of water use efficiency in Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) from the Vallombrosa Forest in Italy. His visit at UC Berkeley will focus on quantifying the effects of rising atmospheric [CO2] on tree growth using Carbon and Oxygen stable isotopes analyses.