Visit the new Underwater Lake Tahoe trade show and video exhibits at the UC Davis Tahoe Science Center | South of Lake Tahoe

Muralist Susie Alexander recently made an artistic rendering of Lake Tahoe’s underwater habitat in the living room of the UC Davis Tahoe Science Center. The exhibit shows the shallow habitat, deep-sea habitat, and living aquatic organisms you might find in these underwater environments.

“It’s been over three weeks of painting so inspiring at the UC Davis Tahoe Science Center. I’m so inspired to continue painting water. It’s become such a big topic in the West,” says Alexander.

Look for all of Lake Tahoe’s native aquatic species, including Lahontan cutthroat trout, mountain whitefish, Tui chub, Paiute sculpin, Tahoe sucker, Lahontan speckled dace, Lahontan minnow and miscellaneous zooplanktons found in the lake. There are many other species hidden within the magnificent mural, and many of these organisms have a unique story to tell. The artist’s rendering makes you feel like you’ve put on your scuba gear and are floating underwater.

The mural project is part of a larger project funded by an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant to teach about climate change and aquatic ecosystems. Additional elements including videos, activities and augmented reality features will be added in the coming months. However, the artwork alone is worth seeing.

Additionally, UC Davis installed seven new video exhibits in the Tahoe Science Center’s permanent exhibits. You can learn what makes Lake Tahoe unique, board the UC Davis research vessel, and see the changes in our watershed at the virtual research vessel. In the Virtual Lab, you can find out who lives in Lake Tahoe, learn about the impacts of invasive species, understand the big story behind the tiniest particles, and help decide the future of Tahoe’s forests.

Advance reservations are required for guided tours of the Tahoe Science Center and can be found by visiting

The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center is located at 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, Nevada.

Julia P. Cluff