Collaborative Project

rancher and student inspecting weeds
Trainees in the Biological Invasions IGERT studied
impediments to control of invasive plants
in rangelands, photo courtesy of Jeff Port
Lois Wolk
Speakers at REACH IGERT symposia often
include academic researchers, staff from
non-profits and agencies, and legislators such
as state senator Lois Wolk, shown at a BioInv
IGERT conference on K-12 education

Trainees in the REACH IGERT will work together to design and execute a year-long, multidisciplinary research collaboration centered on a specific problem within the broad area of response to rapid environmental change. Through this capstone experience, each REACH trainee will learn to develop a multidisciplinary research project as a member of a group, implement a research plan, and produce a product that has major practical impact. The group project culminates in tangible products that are disseminated to the public and in a symposium-workshop organized by the trainees.

  • The 2008-2009 cohort of REACH trainees studied the expiration of the Williamson Act and its implications for cattle ranchers in California. They prepared a fact sheet for policymakers, and their publication was the lead article in the Fall 2012 issue of California Agriculture
  • The REACH 2009-2010 cohort examined how people in the US perceive personal care products that contain fragrances as a case study of an emerging environmental issue.
  • The REACH 2010-2011 cohort examined floodplain restoration, with a focus on the interplay between hydrology, ecology, and environmental history. You can register for their workshop, 14 September, 2012, at the link here.
  • The REACH 2011-2012 cohort studied the spread of juniper on the Modoc plateau, management options, and implications for the economics of the local communities, listed species, ecosystem services, and wildlands.

We initiated collaborative projects in the predecessor of REACH, the Biological Invasions IGERT. These very successful projects included...

"One of the biggest lessons we learned from this project was how to listen...we abandoned our own preconceptions and opened up to other people's perspectives. This project helped us to reach beyond our own disciplines, to build bridges, and to work together with people outside of our own fields to understand the social aspects of environmental problems and to strive to achieve better solutions together." - Biological Invasions IGERT 2002 cohort

photo credits: left -- filming "Fear and Fishing in Lake Davis"; top: Relicts of vernals pools, pastureland, and a new subdivision, Carole Hom/UC Davis