UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences





Our research and outreach focuses on the diverse managed ecosystems that comprise California rangelands. We study and promote management to support the multitude of services that rangelands provide to society. >>More


Increasing Flexibility in Rangeland Management During Drought Ecosphere >>More
Montane Meadow Plant Community Response to Livestock Grazing Environ. Manag. >>More
Western Land Managers will Need all Available Tools for Adapting to Climate Change, Including Grazing Environ. Manag. >>More


Kenneth Tate, a professor and Cooperative Extension specialist in Plant Sciences, has been selected by the UC Davis Academic Federation to receive its highest honor of the year: the James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award. The Meyer award recognizes a member’s achievements over a career at UC Davis. A secondary but important consideration is voluntary service to the campus and UC community, or state, regional and national bodies. >>More

Rangeland Watershed Laboratory Newsletter – March 23, 2015 This months newsletter includes our policy brief titled Rangeland Water Quality Planning, Education, and Science in California, highlights from the 2015 Rustici Rangeland Science Symposium, and a Collaborative Adaptive Science & Grazing Management Project update. >>More

Leslie Roche, a newly appointed Cooperative Extension specialist in Plant Sciences, was recently presented with the Outstanding Young Range Professional award The Society for Range Management (SRM), during its annual conference earlier in February, recognized Roche for her strategy of borrowing tactics from ecological, agricultural, environmental and social sciences to conduct her research and extension efforts >> Press Release >> For more on Leslie's research visit leslie-roche.weebly.com

The 3rd Rustici Rangeland Science Symposium This year's syposium will focus on two topics at the intersection of science, policy and management on California's working rangelands – water quality and sustainable public lands grazing. Save the date for March 3-4,2015 >> More 

Ranching and California's Drought – A Workshop and Webcast On November 7, 2014, we brought the U.S. Drought Monitor authors and the California State Climatologist to UC Davis to talk about 1) how the U.S. Drought monitor is updated weekly; and 2) how local expert knowledge, real time ranch impacts, and other relevant data can be used to inform the U.S Drought Monitor. We also shared new information on California Ranchers’ perceptions and experiences with drought, new livestock feeding strategies during drought, and seasonal weather forecasts for California. >>See Video and Presentations 

Drought: Ranchers' Perspective and Management Strategies Policy Brief May 2014 >>More

Farmer and Rancher Voices from the Drought The California drought is having a profound effect on the state's farm and ranch families. This page features their stories. >>More


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