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Blue Dot: State of the lake: a conversation with UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center scientists

RV John LeConte on Lake Tahoe
Michael Cane
UC Davis
RV John LeConte on Lake Tahoe

Host Dave Schlom is joined by two scientists from the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) to discuss the state of one of the crown jewels of the Sierra, Lake Tahoe.

Its legendary clear blue waters have been the subject of intense study by UC Davis for over 60 years. TERC Interim Director Alexander Forrest gives an overview of the lake basin and challenges to its famed clarity as well as an overview of the UC Davis research center based in Incline Village, Nevada.

Then Dave visits with Michael Cane, TERC's field lab director and captain of its scientific navy, including the RV John LeConte, which has been plying the waves of Tahoe for decades collecting scientific data on clarity, water chemistry, and the lake's food webs. Keep Tahoe Blue is more than just a bumper sticker to these scientists!

Dave Schlom is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.