Archived Monthly Lecture Series and Events

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Archived Monthly Lectures and Events

  • September 25, 2017: [Evening Workshop] At the Tahoe City Field Station, join Lake Tahoe Master Gardeners and UC Davis TERC to learn about the tricks of the trade in growing garlic and onions. These varieties are specifically chosen to survive tough Tahoe winters and provide a hearty spring harvest. Come join and take home some free plants to try growing them yourselves.
  • September 21, 2017: [Evening Lecture] How does the 2017 yellow jacket population compare to previous years? WIll a changing climate mean more regular population increases of these stinging things? Learn more at Stinging Things in the Sierra, with Dr. Lynn Kimsey, Professor of Entomology, Director of the Center for Biosystematics, and Director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. In addition to diversity and biology, Dr. Kimsey will discuss effects and treatments of stings, and how to prevent or treat outbreaks.
  • August 24, 2017: [Evening Lecture] In Bill Morgan's Book Morgan's Tahoe, the reader discovers the stories rarely told about Tahoe's history between 1965 to 1989. His firsthand account details some of the more turbulent incidents. Join TERC for Little Known Stories from Tahoe's Past with Bill Morgan as he regales the audience with some of the fascinating episodes from his book, in particular ones that led to the spirit of cooperation on environmental matters that Tahoe is known for today. 
  • July 27 2017: [Evening LectureState of the Lake Report with Dr. Geoff Schladow, director of the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center. A $5 suggested donation is collected at the entrance, no-host bar at 5:30 p.m. the presentation starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • July 13, 2017: [Evening LecturePollution Impacts: Plastics, Light and Sound is a community presentation featuring a new short film "The Smog of the Sea" by Filmmaker Ian Cheney and musician Jack Johnson. Following the movie screening, Dr. Will Richardson of theTahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS)will briefly discuss how excess light and sound can affect people and wildlife. Learn about the impacts of these less-considered forms of pollution on animal species and what can be done to prevent them. Lastly, UC Davis TERC will provide a tangible way for the public to get involved by monitoring local pollution at Tahoe beaches through theCitizen Science Tahoe app
  • May 22, 2017: [High Altitude Gardening Series] Tastier Tomato Phenology - In cooler climates tomatoes typically are grown in greenhouses. The Lake Tahoe Master Gardeners and UC Davis TERC are more interested in the hardier species of tomatoes that can handle the climate of Tahoe. This fruit is notoriously the problem child for garden families here in Tahoe. Learn the techniques required to grow these plants in our cool summers. Topics include proper varietal selection, location in the garden or container, planting options and methods for protecting the young plants and fruit. 
  • May 15, 2017: [High Altitude Gardening Series] Asparagas - Does Asparagus really make your pee smell funny? Learn everything you've ever wondered about this hardy perennial vegetable that's soon to become part of an edible landscape, and a mainstay in your garden. As an added bonus, gardeners reap faster rewards as it is also one of the earliest vegetables that can be harvested from your garden. 
  • May 8, 2017: [High Altitude Gardening Series] Strawberries - This beloved fruit has a fascinating history and with a little help and an understanding growing techniques can grow well in Tahoe. Once established and with regular maintenance a strawberry bed can provide years of tasty treats, lending itself to being part of an edible landscape. Join Lake Tahoe Master Gardeners and UC Davis TERC for a discussion and presentation on the cultivation techniques and plant attributes of various strawberries as we learn which varieties grow best in our unique region. Participants take home free strawberry plants, grow fresh strawberries, and become part of this interesting study. 
  • May 1, 2017: [High Altitude Gardening Series]Potatoes and Onions - Featuring the much loved starchy potato and the onion, a vegetable you love so much it makes you cry. Potatoes were one of the few vegetables known to be grown at Lake Tahoe (Glenbrook House) during pioneer times. The potato, native to the Andes is well suited to our climate. Interesting varieties have been selected for our trials, including blue, red and several fingerling types. Onion selections are a continuation of our two season effort to identify Alliums suitable for the Tahoe/Truckee area. 
  • April 20, 2017: [Evening LectureGlobal Climate Change: How much can we rely on the natural world to fix out problem? Humans produce carbon pollution. It's no secret. When we drive our cars, heat and light our homes, grow our food... we emit CO2. All around the world, habitats called carbon sinks have absorbed approximately 25% of this carbon pollution reducing the risk of global warming impacts without imposing a monetary cost on society. Come join Dr. Ben Houlton director of the John Muir Institute of the Environment at UC Davis and learn about the current state of these carbon sinks, their vulnerability to future changes, and how global climate policies are susceptible to the sustainability of natural carbon dioxide uptake.
  • April 6, 2017: [Evening LectureRecovering the Endangered Mountain Yellow-legged Frog in the Sierra Nevada, with Dr. Roland KnappSierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory University of California, Santa Barbara. Imagine a world with no frogs. No longer would you hear frog melodies in the evening, algae would flourish, and entire ecosystems could change dramatically. This is a possibility in the Sierra Nevada because 90 percent of the Mountain yellow-legged frogs have been disappearing due to an amphibian pathogen and loss of habitat from fish introductions in our lakes. An ambitious and promising effort is underway to recover these frogs, and this approach may be applied to conserving other threatened amphibians globally. 
  • March 13-17, 2017: [Special Event]  The 12th Annual Science Expo at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences building located on the Sierra Nevada College Campus in Incline Village.
  • January 19, 2017: [Evening LectureThe Tahoe Natural Year with Dr. Will Richardson from the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science. Did you know that throughout the calendar year, our planet’s orbit causes the shifting weather patterns, the movements and migrations of animals, the emergence and disappearance of various plants and wildlife, and a host of other natural history phenomena? Learn about a wide variety of these natural history topics, track the ebb and flow of the Sierra’s seasons, and catch a sneakpeak at some of the wildlife you may want to watch for in the coming year. 
  • December 8, 2016: [Monthly Lecture] Climate Change Models Using Ocean Species with Andrew Whitehead associate professor UC Davis Department of Environmental Toxicology, is a comparative genome biologist and molecular ecotoxicologist. Oceans are warming, becoming more acidic, and are being depleted of oxygen. How aquatic life reacts to these changes can help us understand more about this monumental issue. Learn how genetic differences facilitate how resilient some organisms are to environmental stress and what we can learn from it.
  • November 10, 2016: [Special Event] Science of Cocktails. Join SNC Tahoe and UC Davis TERC for a lively and libation-filled evening at the Tahoe Science Center. Explore several scientific principles as we measure up a mixture of cocktails at the Nov. 10 Chamber Mixer. Includes 6 science-themed bars, hors d’oeuvres, and special science demonstrations. 
  • November 3, 2016: [Monthly Lecture] Imperiled Fish with Dr.Nann Fangue Associate Professor at the UC Davis at the Fangue Laboratory. Dr. Fangue will discuss how we can conserve our imperiled fishes and find solutions by understanding physiological specializations that allow animals to survive and thrive in complex environments. 
  • October 13, 2016 - Monthly Lecture: ScienceofBeer featuringCharlie Bamforth, Distinguished Professor at UC Davis, specializing in beer and brewing. He has been part of the brewing industry for nearly 40 years and is one of its most globally acclaimed scientists. He is in huge demand as a speaker, both within the world of brewing but also outside, and has appeared in venues as diverse as the Smithsonian Institute, BBC, Google, and National Public Radio. He was the star of an award-winning documentary “The Art and Science of Beer” and appeared in the Discovery Channel special “How Beer Saved the World.” He was chosen as one of the top 20 professors changing the classroom in Playboy magazine. Join Dr. Bamforth for a lively talk and special beer tasting in partnership with Alibi Ale Works.
  • September 22, 2016 - Monthly Lecture: A Gut-Feeling: How intestinal microbes modulate mood and behavior with Melanie Gareau a physiologist at the University of California, Davis. Scientists are investigating the idea that intestinal microbiota might influence brain development and behavior. Could your gut microbes influence behavior and alter brain physiology and neurochemistry? Researchers have begun drawing links between gastrointestinal pathology and psychiatric neurological conditions such as anxiety, depression, autism, schizophrenia and neurodegenerative disorders. The Human Microbiome Project, a large-scale study of the microbes that colonize humans, might help to unravel mental-health disorders.
  • September 15, 2016 - Monthly Lecture: Innovation in the United States: Myths and Realities. The structure supporting innovation in the United States is radically different from what was in place just thirty or forty years ago. Dr. Fred Block from the UC Davis Department of Sociology will provide an overview of this transformation and will examine the institutional complexity of the current innovation system. There will be a particular emphasis on the interface among government institutions, universities, and private firms—both large and small—with an argument about what lessons can be drawn from the past. What institutions are missing and what kind of new organizations could help overcome current bottlenecks.
  • September 1, 2016 - Monthly Lecture: Gratitude with Bob Emmons. Research on the science of gratitude continues to accelerate rapidly. However, questions still remain: What are the functions of gratitude in the economy of human social behavior? What mechanisms are involved in the expression and detection of gratitude? Experiments and recent neuroimaging studies offer important clues as to why gratitude matters, how it works, and how we can collectively capitalize on its promise and potential.
  • August 24, 2016 - Monthly Lecture: Science of Wine with Jill Brigham the Executive Director of the UC Davis Sustainable Wine & Food Processing Center. Wine is a major industry in this part of the country but with the ongoing drought how can production become more sustainable? UC Davis has created a new center to develop these technologies in order to address this issue. Learn how this industry can change while tasting and learning about what they are producing.
  • July 30, 2016 - Tahoe Plant Workshops: Edibles and Herbal Series. Day 1: Tahoe Plants = Tasty Teas. There are a lot of wonderful native plants that not only help to preserve the natural environment but can also be easily turned into delicious beverage. Learn what summer plants to use and how to use them.
  • July 28, 2016 - Monthly Lecture: Lake Tahoe: State of the Lake Report. Join TERC Director Dr. Geoff Schladow for an entertaining public presentation about the most important factors that affected the health of Lake Tahoe last year. Come and hear about the most pressing issues for this year, and the new programs that are designed to address them.
  • June 30, 2016 - Monthly Lecture: Chemical Discovered May Be New Tool for Depression Therapy: Translation Tales from Bugs to Man. A chemical discovered in a UC Davis lab may be a new, innovative tool to control depression. Studies involve an enzyme (soluble epoxide hydrolase or sEH) which is found in many species from bugs to humans. Research in animal models of depression suggests that sEH plays a key role in modulating inflammation, which is involved in depression. Years of research and discovery around this enzyme led from investigating insect biology to translating the basic science into a potential therapy for man. Karen Wagner is a researcher in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology.
  • June 9, 2016 - Monthly Lecture: Don't Believe Everything You Think with Karin Sable. Negative thoughts are a normal part of the developing brain. Understanding how these thoughts evolve and their relationship to mood and behavior gives us power to reconsider our thinking and affect real change in our lives. This process of self-discovery can give us a pathway to growth, conflict resolution, and help us improve our mood and behavior.
  • May 10, 2016 - Monthly Lecture: Tree mortality in the Lake Tahoe Basin - Causes and Consequences with Patricia Maloney of the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center. Prolonged drought periods often result in forest tree mortality, but this death varies across the Lake Tahoe Basin. The causes of tree mortality range from native bark beetles, forest pathogens (both native and invasive), stressors such as drought and salt stress, as well as historical land-use. Learn how trees are responding to the drought, a legacy of historical land-use, forest management, and climate change.
  • April 21, 2016 - Special Event: Lake Tahoe Trivia Night sponsored by Alibi Ale Works and UC Davis TERC. With Kristi Thompson of Alibi Ale Works and Dr. Charles Goldman of UC Davis TERC. Tahoe Trivia night with special beer tastings from Alibi ale. Know-it-all? Smarty pants? Wise guy? Prove it!
  • March 30, 2016 - April 1, 2016 - South Lake Tahoe's 1st ever Science Expo (Physical Science)
  • March 14 - 18, 2016 - North Lake Tahoe's 11th annual Science Expo (Physical Science) 
  • March 3, 2016 - The Trout in the Classroom program is designed to teach students about the ecology, biology, and history of trout and other aquatic life. Teachers who would like to receive Lahontan Cutthroat Trout eggs must attend this teacher's training session from 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. For more information or to register please contact Ashley Phillips (
  • February 18, 2016 - The Physics of Snow with Bernhard Bach from the University of Nevada, Reno. Discover the physics of snow formation, symmetry of snow crystals, why snow is white, different types of snow, and more. 
  • January 28, 2015 - Monthly Lecture: Exploring Mars with Curiosity with Dr. Dawn Y. Sumner, professor and department chair of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Davis, is also a member of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, helping the rover Curiosity explore ancient environments in Gale Crater on Mars.
  • October 29, 2015 - Monthly Lecture: The Drought, Blobs, El Nino, Lake Tahoe and the Upcoming Winter. Dr. Kelly Redmond, regional climatologist for the western United States with the Desert Research Institute, will discuss how El Nino can influence weather in our region and present the latest model simulations and predictions for the upcoming winter at Lake Tahoe.
  • July 23, 2015 - The 2015 State of the Lake. Join UC Davis TERC director Dr. Geoff Schladow for an entertaining presentation about the most important factors that affected the health of Lake Tahoe last year. Come and hear about the most pressing issues for this year and the new programs that are designed to address them.
  • June 4, 2015 - Stories of Research at Lake Tahoe. Join renowned UC Davis limnologist Dr. Charles Goldman for an entertaining public presentation on the stories and the history over the course of five decades of research at Lake Tahoe and the challenges ahead.