UC Merced Prof Studying Climate Change In Colorado

UC Merced is only a few years old, but is fast gaining cred as a prestigious research institution.

The central San Joaquin Valley campus, which wants to become a leader of all things "green," is well on its way to achieving that status. On the heels of being named the 39th-most environmentally sustainable college in the U.S., one of its professors is in the news for climbing 11,000 feet into the Colorado high country and planting seedlings.

The goal: test whether climate change will cause the timberline to recede up the mountain, according to this story in the Denver Post.

Dr. Lara Kueppers, an ecologist, is heading the research.

UC Merced, opened in 2005, has received honors for its sustainability and is noted for solar research. It will play a key role in developing clean energy and energy efficiency programs in the resource-rich San Joaquin Valley, and will be a shining star in the University of California system.

The San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization is a nonprofit dedicated to improving our region's quality of life by increasing its production and use of clean and alternative energy. The SJVCEO works with cities and counties and public and private organizations to demonstrate the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy throughout the eight-county region of the San Joaquin Valley.