Tahoe Environmental Research Center


Tahoe Environmental Research Center Staff 2011

We represent hundreds of faculty, researchers, staff and students who are physically distributed throughout the campus and region. Through the John Muir Institute of the Environment, 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.

Faculty Experts

The faculty and researchers affiliated with TERC are leaders in interdisciplinary problem-solving, facing the environmental challenges of resource management, pollution, climate change, ecological economics, technology, urban development, society and culture.


AmeriCorps Members

The TERC Education Team includes three AmeriCorps members as Education Program Assitants. One AmeriCorps position begins each September through the Parasol Community Foundation AmeriCorps Program and two AmeriCorps member positions begin each October through the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Program. Visit the respective program websites to submit an application as described.

Interns & Summer Internships

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 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 antoy@ucdavis.edu by March 31.

Job Opportunties

The following job opportunities with the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center are open until filled: