Welcome to the Bill Lane Center for the American West

Dedicated to advancing scholarly and public understanding of the past, present, and future of western North America, the Center supports research, teaching, and reporting about western land and life

Bruce Cain and Iris Hui sitting side by side

Bill Lane Center Director Bruce Cain with Senior Researcher Iris Hui

Remembering Iris Hui

We mourn the loss of our beloved colleague, mentor and friend, Iris Hui.

From left to right, Hope Eccles, Eve Lilley, and Bill Lilley

From left to right, Hope Eccles, Eve Lilley, and Bill Lilley

Remembering Bill Lilley

The Lane Center remembers Bill Lilley, a charter member of our Advisory Council, whose commitment, generosity and creativity represented unparalleled contributions to the Council’s work and the Center

wildfire smoke over the Golden Gate Bridge

Image credit: Christopher Michel

Practical tips to mitigate harm from wildfire smoke

Lane Center researchers and partners offer tips for staying safe from the smoke during wildfire season.

2021 Research Assistant Faces

Lane Center student researchers investigate salient challenges facing the West

In 2021, we’re pleased to welcome 20 RAs into the Lane Center family, with projects spanning climate change, public policy, health and other important issues in the American West.

airplane dropping fire retardant

The National Guard drops retardant on the Beckwourth Complex Fire on July 9, 2021, near Frenchman Lake in Northern California.

With elevated wildfire risk here to stay, a new seminar series explores multiple paths forward

The Bill Lane Center is co-sponsoring a solution-focused seminar series on the growing wildfire crisis in California and the West. Join us.

collage featuring students at internships

Apply for a paid internship in the American West

Intern with the Bill Lane Center! Positions are available in eight states with remote and in-person opportunities.  Apply at solo.stanford.edu

Recent News

Wenxi Zhao, MS '21, water resources engineer at the California Department of Water Resources

“Three Sisters” plantings at the Washoe community garden. Photo by Herman Fillmore.

Despite persistent efforts by the U.S. government to eradicate Indigenous farming and ranching practices, they are regaining currency in an American West stressed by drought, diminishing resources and climate change.

Upcoming Events

February
2
Date
Wed February 2nd 2022, 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Speaker: Michael Wara, Climate and Energy Policy Program, Stanford Woods Institute
This event is the fourth of a nine-part seminar series, featuring a wide array of researchers, decision-makers, and industry experts on important…
February
9
Date
Wed February 9th 2022, 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Speaker: Jeff Mirocha, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
This event is the fifth of a nine-part seminar series, featuring a wide array of researchers, decision-makers, and industry experts on important…
February
10
Date
Thu February 10th 2022, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Speaker: Laurence F. Cotton, Clementine Jang (moderator)