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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  • 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.
  • Considering pursuing a PhD?  The California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to increase the pool of potential faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of California State University (CSU) students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. The program places a special emphasis on increasing the number of CSU students who enter doctoral programs at one of the University of California (UC) institutions.  Deadline: TBA in early December.
  • Considering pursuing a PhD? The California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) aims to increase the number of promising doctoral students applying for future CSU instructional faculty positions by offering financial assistance in the form of a loan and mentorship by CSU faculty. Deadline: 2/9/2018
  • National Park Service’s Future Park Leaders of Emerging Change program.  This program supports paid internships to highly accomplished undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates to work in national parks for approximately 12 weeks on projects in climate change research, interpretation, park operations, policy development, and other fields.   The application window for 2018 Future Park Leaders of Emerging Change internship projects will open at 12:01 PM Pacific Standard Time, December 5, 2017.  See http://futureparkleaders.org/index.php/internships/ for more information.
  • The University of Minnesota Twin Cities College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) funds one-year scholarships for incoming underrepresented minorities who enroll in one of the twelve CFANS graduate programs or post-doctoral positions. Support for professional development activities is included in the award. See https://www.cfans.umn.edu/about/diversity-inclusion/diversity-scholars for more information.

  • CREST presentation schedule (Spring semester)   

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