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Sacramento Bee Op/Ed by Glen MacDonald

Here is a link to an Op/Ed on the fate of California’s coastal marshes that I published in the Sacramento Bee.


Our Study of Vanishing Marshes Makes National Headlines

The study of sea level rise and coastal marshes that we recently published in Science Advances has made national headlines – appearing in 17 different media venues from print to broadcast including a front page article in the Los Angeles Times .  Check it out using the links here.

LA Weekly on Our New PLoS 1 Paper regarding Climate Change and Fire

LA Weekly published and article on our new PLoS 1 paper on climate change in California and the Southwest.

You can see the scientific paper here –

Loisel J, MacDonald GM, Thomson MJ (2017) Little Ice Age climatic erraticism as an analogue for future enhanced hydroclimatic variability across the American Southwest. PLoS ONE 12(10): e0186282.

Time Magazine Interview on California Fires

I was recently interviewed by Time Magazine on the 2017 California wildfire season.  The combination of high precipitation in the winter promoting much fine fuel growth, the long period since last significant rainfall and the high summer temperatures being experiences in Southern California have produced a dangerous situation.  The main unknown in the equation is the frequency and timing of ignition sources. Let’s hope for the best.

Read the Time article here –

Seal Beach Earthquake Study in the News

Evidence for coseismic subsidence events in a southern California coastal saltmarsh

Our lab collaborated on a recent paleoseismology at the Seal Beach Marsh using foraminifera to identify subsidence events related to the Newport-Inglewood fault.  The study was published in Reports and drew coverage in the Los Angeles Times.  Rob Leeper, formerly USGS and now at UC Riverside was the leader of the work. Much thanks to Dr. Simona Avnaim-Katav in our UCLA lab for the foram work. Take home message – the fault, which transects an important built-up area of Southern California is more active than assumed.

Read LA Times Article here –

Scientific paper  is here –