The Ocean and the Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl was a devastating period in American history, and new research suggests that, surprisingly, the oceans are partly to blame. A team of researchers lead Read More…

Lingering legacy

The California Gold Rush inspired westward expansion, California’s eventual statehood, the establishment of a transcontinental railroad, and even the development of California’s first fish hatcheries. But this Read More…

Ghost Train

One side effect of large California reservoirs getting drawn down to historic lows is the relics they reveal of times past. Along the Merced River and within Read More…

Tree rings reveal changes in ocean climate

Scientists have tried many approaches to unravel the complex puzzle of past ocean climates. Now, a recent study in the journal Science uses an unlikely source to Read More…

New innovations from old engineering

In drought years, there is often little concern for flood control or California's levee system that was designed a century ago, but wildlife and fisheries biologists have Read More…

Half-pounder history

Salmonid research has an extensive history in California: studies on steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and Chinook salmon (O. tshawyscha) in Northern California rivers date back to the mid-19th Read More…

Levee history

The Sacramento Valley as we know it today is actually an artificial creation, sustained by an intricate system of levees. The construction of levees has enabled engineers Read More…

Working at the fish museum

In the name of the Thai region Pak Mun, Pak refers to a “river mouth” or “confluence,” and Mun is the name of a river, meaning “inheritance.” Read More…

A historic Mekong journey

The Mekong River has sustained the people and nations of Southeast Asia for well over a millennium.  However, the river remained relatively uncharted well into the 19th Read More…