Environmental Studies Student and Faculty Activities
Spring 2015 Commencement
Congratulations to the Environmental Studies Graduates of Spring 2015!
New ENVS Faculty Member
Dr. Julian Fulton will be joining the Environmental Studies faculty in the Spring 2016 semester. He comes to Sac State from the Pacific Institute in Oakland, CA, and from UC Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group in May 2015. His dissertation subject was California's water footprint: Read an article of Dr. Fulton's on this subject in "Environmental Science & Technology". At Sac State he will teach and conduct research with specific emphasis on water governance, law, and policy.
Student Article in "Writing the University"
ENVS student Amaryl Griggs' essay was accepted for publication in "Writing the University", the journal of Student Writing Across the Curriculum published by the Faculty Senate Subcommittee for Reading and Writing. The 2015 edition of the journal will be online in June and Amaryl's artice will be available then.
Bushy Lake Restoration Project
Bushy Lake Restoration Project is a restoration, monitoring and citizen science & community education project located on the American River Parkway near Cal Expo. The primary goal of the restoration experiment and monitoring is to provide a cost-effective and ecologically relevant restoration project after the 2014 fire burned a large area. Students in ENVS participating in the Bushy Lake Project are working closely with Sacramento County Department of Regional Parks and the American River Parkway Foundation to establish long term monitoring using the California Rapid Assessment Method, vegetation and avian species richness to determine the ecological health and adaptive management of the area. Several students including Mary Xiong, Kayla Henry,and Tom Henry are conducting field studies spring 2015 for their thesis projects. The goal of the Bushy Lake Project is to establish a long term citizen science data base and monitoring procedure to evaluate phenology and climate change on the American River. The restoration team prepared an Executive Summary on the project.
Wetlands Education at Bay Point Regional Shoreline
Dr. Michelle Stevens spent the day on Wednesday, October 22, educating middle and high school students on the wetlands in their neighborhood at Bay Point Regional Shoreline. The annual event, put on by Dr. Stevens and students from her Wetlands Ecology class (ENVS 158), is sponsored by PG&E and Craig Communications. Sac State student mentors included Austyn Cromartie, Teaching Assistant; David Hill, seen above showing participants an artichoke plant on their hike; David Stevens, Laura Rodriguez, Serena Mayo, Jaqueline Teofilo, Ryan Nowshiravan, Sonia Perez, Ericka Picazo Soto, Hunter Watkins, and Louis Junior Rosas. Read the article in the Contra Costa Times here. See a slide show at the Mercury News Media Center here.
Wetlands Ecology and Field Testing
Andrew Lozano (a participant in the CSUS Science Educational Equity (SEE) Program) was an excellent and knowledgeable field assistant for Dr. Stevens during summer 2014. He helped conduct research on wetlands ecology and field testing with the California Rapid Assessment Method in meadows at Lake Tahoe, the Cosumnes River, and Kachituli. In addition, Andrew conducted an independent research project evaluating these wetland sites for culturally significant plant species and Traditional Resource Management by California First Nation people. SEE is a comprehensive academic support program for students who face social, economic, and educational barriers to careers in the health professions, science research, and science teaching. Dr. Stevens and the Environmental Studies Department felt fortunate to have such an outstanding student field assistant, and hope he will choose our ENVS Department when he matriculates from community college.
ENVS Student Projects Awarded UEI Grants
Katlin Parker and John Cooper were awarded an $887 grant to build an automatic water quality monitoring system, designed by Cooper, at the STORC Aquaponics greenhouse. The system will test parameters such as dissolved oxygen (DO), electrical conductivity (EC), pH, and temperature, all critical components of a healthy aquaponics system. The system will be in place by May 2015.
Jeffory McDaniel was awarded $2000 for the Campus Food Waste to Compost project. He will be establishing composting stations at various eateries around campus.
Christine Flowers' Article on Extended Producer Responsibility
Christine Flowers, M.S., M.Ed., ENVS lecturer, has co-authored an article for Waste Advantage, the national publication for waste and recycling industry professionals, on extended producer responsibility legislation for hazardous and problematic materials. Read the article here.
American River Parkway Cleanup
Dr. James Reede and his Environmental Science (ENVS 10) students participated in the American River Parkway Foundation's annual Great American River Clean Up on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Read more about the Foundation here.