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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.

Osborn Bridge

Osborn Cultural Resources Plan

2013 to 2014
Faculty: Adrian Praetzellis
Partners: Center for Environmental Inquiry

Master's Thesis by Kyle Rabellino identifying cultural sites and conservation guidelines for the Osborn Preserve.

Students and wheelbarrow filled with removed weeds

Coastal prairie training materials

2009 to 2013
Partners: Bodega Pastures, CDFW's Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program, California Native Plant Society, California State Parks, Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, Ocean Song, Sonoma Counjty Ag & Open Space, Sonoma Land Trust, Center for Environmental Inquiry, UC Davis Plant Sciences, UC Davis CSTARS Lab, UC Davis Bodega Marine Reserve

As part of the Coastal Prairie Enhancement Study, Preserve staff prepared a suite of educational materials and trains SSU students and community members how to identify, appreciate and manage these disappearing unique habitats.

Poster of the soundscape project

The Soundscape Project

Faculty: Kristen Daley, Jack Ou
Partners: Bernie Krause (Wild Sanctuary), Jessie Olsen Bay (Composer), Center for Environmental Inquiry

Geography and computer science students recorded and curated sounds from the SSU preserves. Composer Jesse Olsen Bay created an original composition from their recordings which provided a backdrop for a 30-min dance performed by students in Person Theater and in the Green Music Center. Noted soundscape guru Bernie Krause served as a consultant on the project. 

Students taking a core sample in a marsh

Marsh sedimentation rates at the Osborn Preserve

2012 to 2013
Faculty: Michelle Goman
Partners: Center for Environmental Inquiry, Sonoma County Water Agency

A marsh at SSU's Fairfield Osborn Preserve has been gradually filling with sediment. Students quantified rates of sedimentation and successional infilling by dating mud cores.

    Coastal Prairie Website Homepage

    California's Coastal Prairies website

    2010 to 2013
    Partners: Ocean Song Farm and Wilderness Center, Center for Environmental Inquiry, Diana Jeffery

    The Center worked with Diana Jeffrey and Kathleen Kraft to create the California's Coastal Prairie website, the first of its kind to bring together a diversity of information about the evolution, ecology, and management of this rare habitat.

    Osborn Shed

    Changes in land use at the Osborn Preserve

    Faculty: Steve Estes
    Partners: Center for Environmental Inquiry, History Department, Donors and Faculty Affiliated with Osborn Preserve

    Graduate students in History 500 conducted interviews with members of the Roth family, neighbors and previous land managers to better understand the history of land use changes in the area. 

    Several images of disinterested people

    Center marketing project

    Faculty: Kyuho Lee
    Partners: Business Administration, Center for Environmental Inquiry

    The Center creates educational and research experiences for disciplines across campus, yet the SSU community has limited awareness of Preserve opportunities. MBA students in Kyuho Lee's Strategic Branding class developed a strategy to raise awareness about the Center with the SSU campus and surrounding communities. 

    Bob Johnson

    Bob Johnson oral history project

    Faculty: Steve Estes
    Partners: Center for Environmental Inquiry

    Dr. Bob Johnson, a generous donor to the Center, was awarded an honorary doctorate degree for his life's accomplishments from California State University in 2011. A series of three interviews resulted in transcripts and video about his life, work, family, and passion for preserving the vision of his father-in-law Fred Galbreath at the Galbreath Preserve.

    Climate Pod Diagram

    A mobile climate sensor

    2011 to 2012
    Faculty: Farid Farahmand
    Partners: Engineering Science, Center for Environmental Inquiry

    Deployment and maintenance of climate station networks can be a technological challenge. We developed a low-cost ZigBee-based sensor that can be used to collect data from sensors carried by mobile users.