Advocating Through Better Science
The partnership between CalTrout and the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences (CWS) improves CalTrout’s scientific foundation of applied conservation strategies while developing responses to statewide, big picture threats to native trout and salmon.
This partnership enables CalTrout to provide scientific research, data collection, and analyses to inform adaptive management strategies and viable conservation alternatives aimed at restoring native trout and steelhead throughout their historic range.
CalTrout and the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences have extended their partnership by establishing two key positions:
- The Peter B. Moyle and California Trout Endowed Chair in Coldwater Fishes
- CalTrout-UC Davis Wild and Coldwater Fish Researcher.
These positions were established to ensure that water resource issues with major policy and management implications continue to be informed by robust science. The findings from these collaborations have and will continue to inform broad-scale coldwater fish conservation strategies throughout California.
Putting Science into Action
The Peter B. Moyle and California Trout Endowed Chair in Coldwater Fishes
The Peter B. Moyle and California Trout Endowed Chair in Coldwater Fishes was established in honor of Dr. Moyle and the historical working relationship between CalTrout and UCD. Dr. Moyle’s research, teachings, and outreach are tied to California’s coldwater aquatic ecosystems, especially salmon, trout, and steelhead. These elements ensure that Dr. Moyle’s essential work to recover California salmonids and other fishes will carry on for decades to come, greatly influencing CalTrout’s work.
CalTrout-UC Davis Wild and Coldwater Fish Researcher
The CalTrout/UCD Wild and Coldwater Fish Research position establishes the basis for long-term science, specific to CalTrout’s wild and coldwater fish initiatives. This joint appointment between CalTrout and the CWS ensures that CalTrout has a dedicated full-time researcher at UCD working on issues important to the mission. Recognized for his recent work on volcanic spring-fed rivers and coldwater fish habitat in northern California, Dr. Robert Lusardi has been appointed to this position and works closely with the Mt. Shasta Regional office on Shasta River coho issues. In this position, Dr. Lusardi will not only aide CalTrout in its scientific strategy throughout California, but he will also help identify regional priorities and link current Watershed Center researchers to CalTrout projects.
Projects UC Davis is currently involved in include:
- Hat Creek and Fall River Restoration
- Mount Shasta-Cascade Regional Spring Sources Assessment
- Shasta and Scott River Restoration
- Shasta Dam Raise and Salmon Re-introduction
- Sierra Meadows Research and Restoration Partnership (SMRRP)
- Osa Meadow & Kern River Rainbow Restoration
- The Nigiri Project
- Pilot Floodplain Projects
- Santa Ynez River/Hilton Creek Litigation