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Oct 17 2018 | Out West student blog
Via our newly published interactive ‘map journal,’ users can trace our Sophomore College field course’s path through Nevada, Utah, and Arizona over two weeks in September.
Oct 12 2018 | Out West student blog
A former western summer intern with the Center, Christina Morrisett, '15, is a watershed scientist with a passion for serving rural communities.
Oct 11 2018 | Out West student blog
“Here we were, a group of kids who had never been to Goblin Valley,” says SoCo 2018 student Aja Two Crows, “and we felt like we had some right to it.”
Sep 14 2018 | Out West student blog
“With the general election approaching,” writes the Center’s summer research fellow Benek Robertson, “I hoped to highlight specific policy areas that could influence the general election and California politics for years to come.”
Sep 12 2018 | Out West student blog
“I’ve come to recognize the value of rephotography as tool to analyze environmental change through time,” writes San Francisco Esturary Institute intern Nick Mascarello.
Sep 11 2018 | Out West student blog
“We are looking for ways to make working lands conservation a more profitable and investible activity,” writes Lisa von Rabenau, who spent the summer with the investment firm Climate and Forest Capital.
Sep 10 2018 | Out West student blog
“How do you iron out a problem people already ‘know’ how to solve,“ wondered Western Interstate Energy Board intern Carly Eckstrom, “But that remains unsettled?”
Each clean energy program in California is a stepping stone, writes California Public Utility Commission intern Sheila Gao, ”and I’m so proud to be part of the efforts in exploring and laying out those stepping stones!”
“To be an honest student of the American West,” writes Callan Showers, who is doing research for Galatée Films, “it is necessary to complicate [a] surface-level interpretation.”
“I’ve had a weird summer,” writes Yosemite Archives intern Emily Wilson, who had to evacuate in the face of an advancing wildfire. “I’m significantly more confident, and it now takes a lot to rattle me.”

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Jul 18 2019 | ... & the West Blog
An academic study supports the notion that one way to mitigate wildfires is clearing out trees, brush and brambles in the forest understory, often with prescribed burns. But proponents face a slew of obstacles, from pollution concerns and shrinking seasonal windows, to the vast scale of undertreated western forestland.
Jul 17 2019 | Out West student blog
"Working on projects with the Washington Water Trust has pushed me to think about the ways that every small stream and every person is affected by climate change and processes of the natural world," says intern, Anna Greene.
Jul 16 2019 | Out West student blog
Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve "offered a wealth of sonic textures in addition to sweeping visual beauty," writes Shiriel Abramson.