M.V. Eitzel

M.V. Eitzel
University of California, Davis | UCD

PhD

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In the face of the "crisis of reproducibility" and the rise of "big data" with its associated issues, modeling needs to be practiced more critically and less automatically. Many modelers are discussing better modeling practices, but to address questions about the transparency, equity, and relevance of modeling, we also need the theoretical groundin...
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Colonialism has devastated the lifeways, more-than-human relations, and collective stewardship practices of Indigenous people. Decolonial restoration may be assisted by collaborative methods like participatory modeling, but further careful evaluation is needed to ensure that these methods that have the potential to connect ways of knowing actually...
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2020. Indigenous climate adaptation sovereignty in a Zimbabwean agro-pastoral system: exploring definitions of sustainability success using a participatory agent-based model. Ecology and Society 25(4):13. https://doi. ABSTRACT. Indigenous peoples are experiencing a wide range of negative impacts due to climate change and should have the right to de...
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Complex social-ecological systems can be difficult to study and manage. Simulation models can facilitate exploration of system behavior under novel conditions, and participatory modeling can involve stakeholders in developing appropriate management processes. Participatory modeling already typically involves qualitative structural validation of mod...
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Agricultural activity, urban development and habitat alteration have caused the disappearance of the western spadefoot (Spea hammondii) from 80% of its geographic range in southern California. Despite the western spadefoot’s continuing decline, little research has been conducted on its natural history. The home range of adult spadefoots is unknown,...
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In development engineering, practitioners often strive to empower local communities through technology. Empowerment, however, is typically not well-defined and rarely assessed, leading to an erosion of its meaning. In this study, we define empowerment as capacity building through technology transfer, which we evaluate by assessing skill transfer, s...
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Where Are the Missing Coauthors? Authorship Practices in Participatory Research Originally marginal, participatory research has become an increasingly important methodology in the social, biophysical, and interdisciplinary sciences. The overall increase in publications based on participatory research has raised questions about crediting the contri...
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Much can be at stake depending on the choice of words used to describe citizen science, because terminology impacts how knowledge is developed. Citizen science is a quickly evolving field that is mobilizing people’s involvement in information development, social action and justice, and large-scale information gathering. Currently, a wide variety of...
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Much can be at stake depending on the choice of words used to describe citizen science, because terminology impacts how knowledge is developed. Citizen science is a quickly evolving field that is mobilizing people’s involvement in information development, social action and justice, and large-scale information gathering. Currently, a wide variety of...
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Originally marginal, participatory research has become an increasingly important methodology in the social, biophysical, and interdisciplinary sciences. The overall increase in publications based on participatory research has raised questions about crediting the contributions of nonacademic collaborators. Using qualitative and quantitative methods,...
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Social resilience to challenges is an important component of sustainability. We explore the diversity and flexibility of the social networks of a rural Zimbabwean community in order to understand their resilience in the face of the AIDS epidemic, hyper-inflation in the 2000s, and increasing variability of rainfall due to climate change. We combine...
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We classified land cover types from 1940s historical aerial imagery using Object Based Image Analysis (OBIA) and compared these maps with data on recent cover. Few studies have used these kinds of maps to model drivers of cover change, partly due to two statistical challenges: 1) appropriately accounting for spatial autocorrelation and 2) appropria...
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Forest decline is a widespread, well-recognized problem, but studies reporting decreases in tree survival have been largely limited to relatively rare old-growth forests or low-diversity systems, and to models which are species-aggregated or cannot easily accommodate yearly climate variables. We created survival models for a multispecies second-gro...
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We explore the challenges of educating interdisciplinary thinkers who can address the management of complex socio-ecological systems, such as forests, by sharing our experiences from several perspectives. Five contexts for interdisciplinarity are explored along with examples related to: the department, advising, integrated research collaborations,...
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Understanding tree growth as a function of tree size is important for a multitude of ecological and management applications. Determining what limits growth is of central interest, and forest inventory permanent plots are an abundant source of long-term information but are highly complex. Observation error and multiple sources of shared variation (s...
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Over the last decade, several research and opinion pieces have challenged the tenets of restoration ecology but a lack of centralized data has impeded assessment of how sci- entific developments relate to on-the-ground restoration. In response, the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) launched the Global Restoration Network (GRN) to cat- alog w...
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Specialization is at the core of scientific practice. But scientific specialization is not limited to excellence within disciplines. Barriers are falling and incentives are rising for scholars to bridge disciplines to address problems of societal importance. As members of a seminar on interdisciplinary scholarship in a large environmental science d...
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Background/Question/Methods Understanding tree growth as a function of tree size is important for a multitude of applications. What variables limit growth is of central interest for many of these applications, and forest inventory permanent plots are an abundant and valuable source of long-term information to study growth limitation. Unfortunately...
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Vegetated buffers are a well-studied and widely used agricultural management practice for reducing nonpoint-source pollution. A wealth of literature provides experimental data on their mitigation efficacy. This paper aggregated many of these results and performed a meta-analysis to quantify the relationships between pollutant removal efficacy and b...
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Vegetated buffers are a well-studied and widely used agricultural management practice for reducing non-point source pollution. A wealth of literature provides experimental data on their mitigation efficacy. This paper aggregated many of these results and performed a meta-analysis to quantify the relationships between pollutant removal efficacy and...
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Vegetated buffers are the most studied and widely used agricultural management practice for reducing non- point source pollution. A wealth of existing literature provides experimental data on their mitigation efficacy. This paper aggregated many of these results and performed a meta-analysis on them to quantify the relationships between pollutant r...
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By applying the noise cross-correlation technique to Apollo 17 Lunar Seismic Profiling Experiment (LSPE) data, we discovered temporal changes in Rayleigh-wave group velocity within a diurnal cycle (29.53 d). Assuming that this phenomenon is caused by density and seismic parameter changes due to temperature, we formulated an inverse problem. Thermal...
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Analysis of Apollo 17 data (continuous data from 1976 to 1977) by the cross-correlation approach for seismic noise led us to two new discoveries, one related to the source of noise and the other on the periodic changes in seismic parameters due to extreme temperature changes near the surface. It has been shown previously by Larose et al. (2005) tha...
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For urban areas located in seismogenic zones, earthquake hazard forecasting is of supreme importance, and shallow structures can strongly affect potential ground motion. The greater Los Angeles area is a prime example of a densely populated location in which shallow structures may amplify ground motion a great deal. In this study, we make use of a...
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We use the Wang-Landau algorithm to investigate the thermodynamic properties of the two-dimensional ferromagnetic Blume-Capel (BC) Model on a square lattice near the tricritical point. In this region, the energy levels of the BC Hamiltonian have a much greater density than for the Ising model. Together with the necessity of distinguishing first and...
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Seasonal variations in particle motion have been observed for microseisms in the 0.1 to 0.2 Hz range for many seismic stations worldwide. The ratio of horizontal particle displacement to vertical particle displacement, called the HZ ratio, has been adopted as a parameter with which to analyze this phenomenon. This study tests the hypothesis that th...

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