SSCZO works to improve public awareness and understanding of the critical zone and Sierra Nevada ecosystem services. Researchers and staff often participate in public presentations, field outings, local and national newspaper articles, radio and television interviews, and film projects. Sierra forests and water cycle are often highlighted, particularly focusing on forest health, snowpack quantification and other components of the critical zone that affect California’s resources. Read below to learn more about our work.
Team members from SSCZO give public presentations at a variety of venues. Our team has given presentations at Yosemite Forum and regional Master Gardener programs. You can find us demonstrating models and instruments at events like the Merced River Fair and leading Junior Ranger activities in Stanislaus National Forest. SSCZO also partners with UC Merced to sponsor the Merced Science Cafe, directed by our Field Manager Erin Stacy. Upcoming public programs are available on our events page.
We're always happy to share our work with audiences of all ages. Contact us if you have an event that you'd like us to participate in.
Researchers and staff host trips to the field to learn about our projects, instruments, and sites where our research is focused. Research laboratory tours are also offered to show the work we do when we're not in the field, including sample preparation and analysis, data processing, and modeling.
Would you like to tour our facilities or field sites? Contact us to arrange a visit.
SSCZO research and personnel are frequently featured in the media, often covering California’s ongoing drought, snowpack levels, and forest mortality. Researchers have written articles in San Joaquin Valley newspapers and been featured in The New York Times and Desert Sun. You can find our investigators on radio and television programs, including KQED Forum and Lou Dobbs Tonight. SSCZO technology, sites, and researchers have also been featured in widely received video productions such as NBC Learn and Onward California. Check out our videos and photo galleries to learn more about our work.
17 Jan 2018 - Dr. Roger Bales's Nye Lecture, "Making up for lost snow: lessons from a warming Sierra Nevada", is now available to watch online.
02 Nov 2017 - UC Merced scientists are sharing their research, stories, and expertise at Merced City School District's new STEAM Center.
04 May 2017 - Onward California - University of California television spots showcase Southern Sierra CZO research
06 Nov 2018 - Marshall Receives 2018 Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award
24 Oct 2018 - Meet forest ecologist Jeff Lauder! Lauder's research focuses on Sierra Nevada Conifers and how they have been responding to stress during drought!
17 Jan 2018 - Recent activities and findings, funding opportunities, upcoming events, and other updates
06 Nov 2017 - By Michelle Gilmore and Leigh Bernacchi Ever wonder how we know what we know about water? Twenty-five intrepid water and forest managers,...
03 Oct 2017 - Five master's students at the UCSB Bren School are incentivizing restoration strategies for private landholders with Sierra RCD.