A Letter from the Dean
The bustle of a new academic year is always invigorating, and this fall has been especially so as we transition back to life on campus. I want to thank all those who performed essential functions on campus through the last year and a half—from facilities management to research operations. Whether on site or remote, everyone in the College rose to the challenge in support of our mission.
We’re all experiencing a “new normal” in this phase of the pandemic. As we also face drought, record high temperatures, and yet another season of widespread wildfires, our efforts to create a sustainable future are more important than ever.
Here we share two projects working toward that reality. First is the California Heartbeat Initiative, which is pioneering the use of drone flight data to provide information on how climate change is affecting California’s natural ecosystems. Next up is 30x30, the ambitious goal to preserve 30 percent of the world’s lands and waters by 2030. Our College has been conducting influential research in the fields of conservation and biodiversity for years, and now many of our faculty are involved in this initiative at the state, federal, and global levels.
The year 2030 is also significant to me in my role as dean, as we embark on a strategic planning effort to chart a path for Rausser College for the decade ahead. We’ll assess our research and curriculum priorities, our operations and finances, and our progress toward our diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.
Those just joining our community will play an especially important role shaping our future. Especially notable this fall are faculty recruited as part of two campus-wide cluster hires—one in climate equity and environmental justice and the other in Native American studies. We look forward to introducing you to their work.
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