Dr. Kerri Johnson, a Postdoctoral Scholar at UC Berkeley, will then discuss how climate change is projected to make hillslope soils more vulnerable to erosion, a consequence that has far-reaching impacts on ecosystem health, downstream water resources, and global carbon distribution. We’ll also hear how both scientists use field sites to help them understand current conditions and model future scenarios. Dr. Siirila-Woodburn uses measurements from and models of watersheds located in California and the Upper Colorado River Basin, one of the most comprehensive watershed research projects in the world. And Dr. Johnson uses a well-controlled natural experiment on Santa Cruz Island, CA, to explore the influence of microclimate on patterns of hillslope soil erosion. Registration required.


Dr. Kerri Johnson

Postdoctoral Scholar
UC Natural Reserve System's California Heartbeat Initiative
UC Berkeley

Dr. Erica Siirila-Woodburn

Research Scientist
Energy Geosciences Division
Berkeley Lab