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Student collecting water sample from stream

Tracing groundwater/surface water interactions

2019
Faculty: Robin Glas, Wendy St. John
Partners: Center for Environmental Inquiry

We observed the change in ion composition along Copeland Creek on the Fairfield Osborn Preserve. Where the ion concentration increased, we conclude that groundwater is being discharged into the creek.

Student with sieve and bucket

Microplastics in the Russian River

2019
Faculty: Robin Glas, Wendy St. John
Partners:

We conducted research into the spatial distribution of microplastics along the Russian River to identify the spatial distribution of microplastics.

Glass bottles containing water samples

Taste as an indicator of water quality

2019
Faculty: Nathan Rank, Martha Shott, Melina Kozanitas
Partners: Sonoma State University

To determine whether students are able to test differences in water that relate to contaminants in the tap water on the SSU campus, we sampled tap water in all of first-year housing communities and two academic buildings (Stevenson and the Student Center). Samples were analyzed for chemicals such as lead and chlorine.

Wildlife camera photo of deer next to a creek

Wildlife abundance on Copeland Creek

2019
Faculty: Wendy St. John
Partners: Center for Environmental Inquiry

We compared species abundance along two areas of Copeland Creek (Fairfield Osborn Preserve and SSU campus) using wildlife camera photography. We found more diversity on the SSU campus than at the Preserve. 

Arc of electricity between two power lines

A powerline arc detector for wildfire prevention

2019
Faculty: Mohamed Salem
Partners:

This project provides early detection of arcing power lines which have led to many of the recent California wildfires.

Geologic map of Sonoma County

Characterization of landslide susceptibility

2019
Faculty: Matty Mookerjee, Owen Anfinson
Partners: Center for Environmental Inquiry

We study a landslide at the Osborn Preserve using hammer seismic and refraction tomography. By reconstructing the landslide's plane area, we better understand future risk of destabilization.

California black oak tree

Preserving biodiversity with traditional knowledge

2019
Faculty: Lisa Patrick Bentley
Partners: Pepperwood Preserve

A new partnership is using traditional ecological knowledge to enhance the preservation of California biodiversity. We began the process by identifying and locating specimen Black Oaks at Pepperwood Preserve. 

    Student analyzing tree rings under a microscope

    Reconstructing fire history

    2018 to 2019
    Faculty: Michelle Goman
    Partners: Shiloh Ranch Regional Preserve, Center for Environmental Inquiry

    We use tree ring analysis of California Bay, Coast Live Oak, and Tanoak to reconstruct fire return intervals in North Bay ecosystems. Study sites include Shiloh Ranch, Osborn, Los Guillicos and Galbreath Preserves. 

    Alligator Lizard

    Effects of fire on wildlife

    2018 to 2019
    Faculty: Derek Girman
    Partners: Pepperwood Preserve

    95% of the Pepperwood Preserve burned during the 2017 North Bay fires. We examine the effects of the North Bay Fires on various species of herpetofauna. 

    Wild Boar

    Technology to control feral pigs

    2019
    Faculty: Farid Farahmand
    Partners: Center for Environmental Inquiry

    Checking invasive pig traps daily in remote backcountry areas can logistically impossible. The Smart Animal Trap is an innovative wild pig trapping system that closes the door only when a pig enters the trap, and then sends a notification to the land manager. 

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