Live from the Field: Effects of Herbivores on Ecosystems

Bring researchers into your classroom and give students a window into the process of scientific inquiry. Join us for an informal chat with researchers studying the various ways herbivores like deer, elephants, and bison are impacting their ecosystems in Kansas, New York, and South Africa. Find out who they are, how they got interested in ecology, and the research questions they are asking. Instructor’s guide available.


Researchers from field stations around the world

  • Aaron Culotta, Environmental Educator, Black Rock Forest
  • Laurence Kruger, Director of South Africa Programmes and Director of Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) Curriculm, Skukuza Research Station
  • Lydia H. Zeglin, Associate Professor, Division of Biology, Kansas State University, Konza Prairie Biological Station

Moderated by:  Danielle Begley-Miller, Director of Science and Stewardship, Teatown Nature Preserve


"Live from the Field" events are 50-minute events where researchers with three field sites describe their interests and research in 8-minute videos, then participants join a live moderated Q&A session with the researchers. Events are recorded for asynchronous instructional use, and available to all at

“Live from the Field” events are international collaborations led by the Center for Environmental Inquiry that give students virtual field experiences in ecosystems all over the world. Events are informal and open to everyone to generate opportunities to speak with researchers and develop a personal interest in doing research. All are welcome. For more information: Dr. Claudia Luke, Sonoma State University, sends e-mail)

How to Sign Up

Register at the link below. Each participant should register separately. Registration is free.

Event times listed are in Pacific Daylight Time.

This event is geared toward undergraduate level college students who have taken at least one Biology course, but all are welcome.

Zoom meeting details will be sent to you upon registration. If you have not used Zoom before, please allow time to download and install the application before the event. Please log-in a few minutes early.

About the Center

Sonoma State University’s Center for Environmental Inquiry empowers university students to work with community members on the environmental challenges of the North Bay. Our mission is to create an engaged and environmentally ready society, one where all people have the skills to find solutions to the challenges facing our earth. SSU Preserves are open to everyone engaged in education or research. Reservations are required.

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Friday, March, 12, 2021, 8:00am to 9:00am