The Bart Ecohydrology Lab is based in the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at the University of California, Merced. Ecohydrology is the study of how hydrological and ecological systems interact. Ecohydrology is important because water availability and vegetation growth are tightly coupled, particularly in water-limited environments such as California. Changes to the ecohydrologic functioning of a watershed has implications for forest health, carbon sequestration, water resources, and fire risk.

Research in the lab is used to advance scientific understanding, generate decision-support tools, and to inform policy. While the lab’s research is frequently based in the Sierra Nevada and California, we have research projects throughout North America and the world. We use a mix of tools, including biophysical models, statistical models, and remote sensing.

Research in the lab focuses on three broad domains.

Forest following low-severity wildfire