People of TERC

TERC Group photo 2019


TERC represent hundreds of faculty, researchers, staff, and students who are distributed throughout the campus and region. Through the UC Davis Office of Research, we collaborate to develop and communicate a greater understanding of the natural and human environment. 


Dr. Geoffrey Schladow, professor of civil and environmental engineering, was appointed founding director of the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center in August, 2004. As director of the largest limnological facility west of the Great Lakes, Dr. Schladow is uniquely qualified in serving as the focal point for UC Davis’ research, teaching, and outreach agenda at Lake Tahoe. Dr. Schladow, who holds a doctoral degree in civil engineering, is an expert in the areas of environmental fluid mechanics, water quality modeling, and the dynamics of inland waters. He is developing computer models to link stream flow, meteorological and remote-sensing information that provide Tahoe decision-makers new management tools. Originally from Australia, Dr. Schladow has been on the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Davis since 1993.

Core Staff

Our dedicated staff works together to accomplish the goals of the center. Twenty core staff fulfill the administrative, research and communication needs of the center and provide services and assistance to TERC programs and projects, UC Davis initiatives, and visiting faculty and researchers.

Volunteer Docents

The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center has initiated this Docent Program in order to connect the talents of community volunteers with the curiosity and interests of visitors, residents, and students. Docents utilize TERC's two educational centers (Tahoe Science Center in Incline Village and the Eriksson Education Center and Demonstration Garden in Tahoe City) to help visitors have an enjoyable and educational experience through which they will learn about Lake Tahoe and environmental problems affecting it and solutions through stewardship. 

AmeriCorps Members

The TERC Education Team includes three AmeriCorps members as Education Program Assistants. AmeriCorps member positions begin October through the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Program. Visit the program website to submit an application as described. Please check out the different SNAP host sites across the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Informational posters and flyers are available here! SNAP FAQ.

Graduate Students

TERC attracts the best and brightest students. Graduate student research focuses on solutions to sustain the health of Lake Tahoe and other lakes worldwide. Invest in tomorrow's leaders by supporting the Charles Goldman Endowed Fund.

Interns & Summer Internships (on-going)

Summer internships are available for college students to work in the laboratory, in the field and in the science education centers at Lake Tahoe. Interested applicants should submit an application package including a cover letter specifying the area(s) of interest, dates and hours of availability, resume, unofficial college transcripts, and three reference contacts to Alison Toy, internship coordinator at by March 31. Internship applicants are welcome to turn in a complete application package at any time.  

Job Opportunities

The Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) is recruiting for a 60% Assistant Project Scientist. The major responsibilities for this position requires:

1) RESEARCH (90 %)
The appointee will be responsible for the continuation of studies in the area of phycology for the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center. Specifically, he/she will have the necessary expertise to identify and enumerate algal species from a broad range of lakes in the US and worldwide. This would include ultra-oligotrophic lakes such as Lake Tahoe (CA-NV), and eutrophic lakes such as Clear Lake, CA.

The appointee will be responsible for advising field researchers, graduate students and other collaborators on the necessary field collection protocols; for the operation of inverted microscopes, and ancillary equipment; for leading the actual identification and enumeration of algal species and groups; for the timely preparation of reports that describe the outcomes of the measurement program; for working with the TERC database manager to ensure all data gets entered into TERC and other databases as required by funding agencies; to work with the PI and other researchers on the production of published manuscripts, technical reports and other intellectual products; to assist the PI and other TERC researchers in the preparation of proposals for additional funding.

The appointee will engage with TERC’s public outreach activities that may include adapting research results for inclusion in museum-quality displays, educational activities or other educational purposes; presenting scientific research results to the general public, and providing scientific advice to individuals and public agencies. Teaching classroom courses is not an expectation of this position.

The appointee will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her specific field and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The appointee may attend seminars to present research results and may give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups. When appropriate, the appointee may coordinate and/or give presentations at seminars, laboratory meetings, or educational functions

Job location
Davis, CA

(Application available)