Welcome to the Houlton lab webpage. Please explore the links for news on our research activities and achievements. Please feel free to contact Ben at bzhoulton ‘at’ ucdavis ‘dot’ edu with any queries.
Houlton group, 2015-2016. Left to right: Pawlok Dass, Scott Mitchell, Katy Dynarski, Rebecca Walker, Benjamin Houlton, Eriko Murata, Rafaela Lins
***Media and videos:
BBC's "The Naked Scientist"
- 12/16, Ben appeared on MSNBC "All In with Chris Hayes" to discuss Climate Change, Trump, and the need to push the dial beyond politics and into solutions. Watch the segement"here"
- 11/16, The Houlton lab and collaborators in China have published new approaches to visualizing changes in the global nitrogen cycle from pre-industrial to modern times here. This research shows how nitrogen fertilizers to grow food are polluting the air and water systems and causing global climate change in industrialized nations; whereas large areas of the planet - particularly much of Africa and S. America - continue to suffer from inadequate access to nitrogen fertilizers for food production.
- 10/16, Ben spent two weeks at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and Princeton University (New Jersey, USA), deliving a set of lectures on the importance of rock nitrogen weathering in the Earth system, and discussing broader opportunities for joint university partnerships with the UC Davis John Muir Insitute of the Environment.
- 09/16, We welcome three new members to the Houlton Lab: Dr. Maya Almaraz (postdoc), Erin Manaigo (graduate student) and Erin Oliver (joint-doctoral student with San Diego State University). Each will be working on aspects of nitrogen pollution in the global environment; linking the soil microbiome to patterns of carbon sequestration in land ecosystems; and the ability of carbon makets and offset policies to help solve climate change. Stay tuned!
- 08/16, Read about how UC Davis is leading the charge on climate change, including an introduction by Ben and research highlights from the Houlton Lab.
- 07/16, Ben has been named the new Director of the John Muir Institute of the Environment, which includes over 250 faculty and staff who work at the nexus of human health, the economy and the environment. Ben will be leading the institute into a more global domain and spearheading efforts to pull together the research community to understand and mitigate climate change and other growing threats to people and the planet.
- 06/16, Ben has been promoted to full professor. Thank you to all of my students, colleagues, funders, family and friends who have made the journey such a rewarding and creative experience.
- 03/16, Ben was an invited participant of a 5-member discussion panel, which included Governor Jerry Brown, on California climate mitigation and adaptation, co-sponsored by the UC Davis Policy Institute and the Nature Conservancy. The panel discussion will air on UC TV in the future. It was an honor to be able to participate in this outreach effort.