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Student taking measurements in a dry creek bed

Erosion monitoring in the Copeland Creek watershed

2013 to present
Faculty: Michelle Goman, Robin Glas, Wendy St. John, Jeff Baldwin, Owen Anfinson, Jackie Guildford
Partners: Center for Environmental Inquiry

Students have established long-term monitoring transects in the upper watershed at the Fairfield Osborn Preserve, the alluvial fan east of campus, and on the SSU campus.

Students posing with their solar powered boat

Designing a solar powered boat

2016 to present
Faculty: Sara Kassis
Partners: Sacramento Municipal Utility District

We designed and built a solar-powered canoe to race in the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s (SMUD) annual Solar Regatta Competition at Rancho Seco Recreational Area on May 4, 2019. This was the third year SSU competed in this race.

students looking at soil

Climate change effects on soil

Faculty: Robin Glas, Wendy St. John
Partners: Center for Environmental Inquiry

A comparison of roots and soils on south and north facing slopes allows predictions of how a warmer dryer climate will affect plant communities.

Wine Business Institute building on SSU campus

Resilience to climate change in the wine industry

Faculty: Judith Ford

We conducted a survey of four wineries in Napa and Sonoma Counties to identify factors affecting their level of preparedness to natural disasters.

Moss-covered water tank

Water conservation design for a small business

Faculty: Daniel Soto
Partners: Yorkville Market

An assessment of water use at the Yorkville Market to identify feasible water conservation solutions. 

Two hands holding a bird's nest

Bioremediation of soluable toxic waste

Faculty: Carmen Works

We study how a novel bacteria, Pseudomonas veronii, reduces the toxicity of a widespread soluable industrial waste product.  

IDEXX- 2000 tray exposed to UV light showing positive results for E. coli.

Monitoring bacteria in Copeland Creek

2011 to present
Faculty: Michael Cohen

Since 2011, Sonoma State students have collected water samples from Copeland Creek to determine the extent of fecal contamination. 

Close-up of aquatic insect

Aquatic macroinvertebrates in Copeland Creek

Faculty: Wendy St. John, Nathan Rank, Robin Glas
Partners: Center for Environmental Inquiry

Aquatic macroinvertebrate communities are sensitive to water quality. These projects characterize and monitor macroinvertebrates at multiple locations on Copeland Creek. 

Student sitting in grassy field writing in notebook

Design and topology of the Osborn Sensor Network

Faculty: Nathan Rank, Melina Kozanitas, Martha Shott, Farid Farahmand, Ali Koojury, Jack Ou
Partners: Center for Environmental Inquiry

Projects identifying the best locations for a communication towers that are part of the Osborn Preserve environmental sensor network. 

Students and computers in the SSU Makerspace

3-D printing of a watershed

Faculty: Laura Watt
Partners: Center for Environmental Inquiry

We used a 3-D printer to create an accurate topographical model that improves education about watershed processes at the Osborn Preserve.