UC Water and UC Davis Climate Change, Water, and Society IGERT PhD candidate Alison Whipple has worked in the California Delta for many years, producing the San Francisco Estuary Institute's important and beautiful book titled Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Historical Ecology Study. In March 2016 that experience paid off. Whipple was awarded a prestigious Delta Science Fellowship to continue her research on achieving more functional landscapes through land-water interactions. Advised by Prof. Joshua Viers, Whipple's focus on spatio-temporal variation of floodplain habitat for restoration management will serve planning for California's water resources and beyond.
A press release by Caitlin Coomber describes the grant. This article was orginally published March 22, 2016 on the Sea Grant California website.
California Sea Grant is pleased to announce the selection of 12 outstanding doctoral graduate students and postdoctoral researchers as recipients of the 2016 Delta Science Fellowship. Awarded periodically by the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Science Program and administered by California Sea Grant, the fellowship partners junior scientists with academic and community mentors to work on collaborative data analysis and research projects applicable to the California Bay-Delta system.
“Getting early-career support can be pivotal for the success of a young scientist,” said Cliff Dahm, Lead Scientist of the Delta Science Program. “The Delta Science Fellowship Program allows us to invest in the next generation of researchers studying water issues in the California Delta, while advancing our overall understanding of the complex Bay-Delta ecosystem. This scientific research aids the goals of the Delta Stewardship Council and informs policy-makers and managers concerned with the long-term health and vitality of the Delta.”
Drawn from five colleges and universities in California and Washington state, the 2016 Delta Science Fellows represent a diverse variety of research interests.
California Sea Grant administers the fellowship program on behalf of the Delta Science Program. With additional financial commitment from funding partners, NOAA Fisheries Southwest Fisheries Science Center and State and Federal Contractors Water Agency (SFCWA), 12 candidates were selected, making up the largest class of Delta Science Fellows ever awarded.
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