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A field with grape vines

Sustainability of Sonoma County wineries

Faculty: Gillian Parker
Partners: Sonoma County Winegrowers

These projects review the effects of wine-growing on water and other natural resources. Biodynamic agriculture and other sustainable practices are recommended for reducing environmental impacts. Ethical issues are explored.

Student holding harvest mouse

Impacts of cattle grazing on grassland communities

Faculty: Derek Girman
Partners: Center for Environmental Inquiry, Sonoma Mountain Ranch Preservation Foundation

Despite decreased vegetation height, thatch depth, and increased soil compaction, cattle grazing did not impact the observation rate of ground-dwelling grassland vertebrates.

bay leaves with brown tips

Spread of Sudden Oak Death in the Copeland Creek Watershed

Faculty: Nathan Rank, Melina Kozanitas
Partners: Center for Environmental Inquiry

We found that Sudden Oak Death occurs in bay laurel and European sweet bay trees on SSU campus but that symptomatic leaves are lower on campus than at the Fairfield Osborn Preserve. 

Coastal vegetation, with Salmon Creek and the Pacific Ocean in the distance

Evaluation of restoration at Salmon Creek estuary

Faculty: Jackie Guilford, Wendy St. John

Cardinale et al 2017: We surveyed vegetation in Salmon Creek to determine the impact of invasive species  affect the ecosystem.

Facility Art

Master Plan for Galbreath Preserve facilities

2011 to 2016
Partners: SSU Facilities and Planning, Bob Johnson Family, School of Social Sciences, School of Science & Technology, School of Arts & Humanities, School of Business & Economics, Jasper Ridge Biological Field Station, Yorkville Community Members, SSU Advancement, Academic Affairs

The Galbreath Preserve is our diamond in the rough - 3,600 acres of diverse and inspirational lands but without the overnight facilities needed for students, faculty and community to fully study human-environment interactions. This architectural plan sets the direction for a suite of zero carbon emission facilities that elicits innovation while at the same time educating all visitors to the preserve.  

Giant salamander in creek

Comparing salamander abundance in restored and unrestored habitat

Faculty: Martha Shott, Jeremy Qualls, Nathan Rank, Fran Keller, Jackie Guilford, Wendy St. John
Partners: Sugarloaf State Park, Center for Environmental Inquiry

We surveyed for salamanders, and also measured water pH and hardness, and canopy cover.

Rocky creek bed in forest

Effects of land use on riparian areas

2015 to 2016
Faculty: Steve Estes
Partners: Center for Environmental Inquiry, Mendocino County Resource Conservation District

Changes in land management have had significant effects on riparian areas of the North Coast.

Profile of the creek along a transect

Quivira backwater channel survey

Faculty: Jeff Baldwin
Partners: Sonoma County Water Agency

To evaluate whether a backwater channel on constructed in 2012 on Dry Creek provides a refuge for Steelhead and Coho Salmon, a longitudinal profile

spear point

Galbreath Cultural Resource Plan

2011 to 2013
Faculty: Adrian Praetzellis
Partners: Center for Environmental Inquiry

The Galbreath Cultural Resource Management Plan provides an overview of the pre-history, ethnography, and history of the Galbreath Wildlands Preserve and its documented archaeological resources. 

Students collecting samples with a soil auger

Sedimentary analysis of a sag pond at Fairfield Osborn Preserve

2014 to present
Faculty: Michelle Goman, John-Scott Forester
Partners: Center for Environmental Inquiry

Sag pond stratigraphy provides information about landslide occurrence, environmental change, and fire history in the upper Copeland Creek watershed.