Welcome to the Center for Climate Science and Natural Resource Solutions for Water-Limited, Paired Mountain/Valley Systems.

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded CSUB a large grant to  continue development of the Center for Climate Science and Natural Resource Solutions for Water-Limited, Paired Mountain/Valley Systems under the Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) NSF program, Phase II. With the recruitment of undergraduate and graduate CREST students, our research is aimed at better understanding the role of drought, evaluating potential responses, and assisting with adaptive planning in response to these changes.  

The Center's approach articulates three research subprojects addressing the effects of climate variability on landscape processes, ecology, and human response. Subproject 1 will evaluate the landscape response and predicted time intervals for preferential occurrence of mass wasting events, floods, and wildfires.  Subproject 2 investigates the ecological response of plant communities and focuses on the sensitivity, adaptive capacity, and resilience of vegetation to drought along a transect from the San Joaquin Valley floor to the Sierra Nevada crest. Subproject 3 focuses on the human response to climate variability through the sequestration of CO2 into mature oil fields and saline aquifers and the predictive mapping of treatable groundwater from the same saline aquifers.  CREST faculty comprises of multi-disciplinary researchers with a background in Biology, Engineering, Geology, and Statistics.

CREST students participate in extensive academic research at CSUB, national labs and cooperating Ph.D.-granting institutions.

A principal goal of this project is to promote advanced graduate study to the diverse population served by CSUB.

We are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 CSUB CREST Fellowship.  See our application page for more details.

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  • As we head into the summer, please consider some of our potential transdisciplinary courses for next academic year.
  • Nick Mitchell was awarded the 2018 Patrick L. Abbbot Memorial Award. This award is given to the best poster presentation in sedimentology/stratigraphy by a graduate student at the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Section-SEPM in Bakersfield.  Congrats, Nick.
  • Aaron Baumgardner was awarded the Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award (GSPA). This award provides graduate students with the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. for policy experience and training.  Congrats, Aaron!
  • Peachstate LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Seeking Applicants.  Here is the link for information and application: http://pslsamp.uga.edu/bridge2doctorate/.  Note: The Peach State LSAMP is a collaborative effort sustained by a coalition of six public colleges and universities in Georgia. 
  • Whole-Tale: Merging Science and Cyberinfrastructure Pathways. "Whole-Tale: Merging Science and Cyberinfrastructure Pathways" is an NSF-funded project that will enable researchers to examine, transform and then seamlessly re-publish research data that was used in an article. The Whole-Tale summer internship program runs from May through July/August for a period of 10 weeks.  Please visit http://wholetale.org/2018/03/08/internships.html for further details, including how to apply!
  • Alabama LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Program Seeking Applications for Fall 2018.  See http://alsamp.eng.ua.edu/documentsandforms/ for more info.
  • The University of Oklahoma has received funding from the National Science Foundation for the LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Fellowship program for a new BD cohort to begin Fall 2017. They are recruiting Fellows for  Summer or August 2018 starts! Visit https://uresearch.ou.edu/LSAMPBD17 for more details.
  • CREST presentation schedule (Spring semester)   

  • Have plans for the summer? Consider participating in a REU program.  The NSF provides links to various REUs.