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Water and Fire Conference

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On April 10-11, 2016, The Institute on Science for Global Policy (ISGP) and Sacramento State are hosting a conference on campus — Water and Fire: Impacts of Climate Change.  We are bringing together recognized experts, faculty, students and community members from the spectrum of scientific and policy views, and facilitating debates and caucus sessions to build consensus around actionable next steps that will help our state adapt to climate change.  We will publish a book that includes conference conclusions and recommendations for position papers.  The conference is free, registration is required for both days of the conference, and space is limited. Please register at www.waterandfire2016.com.  Call 520-343-8181 to be mailed a registration; or contact us at waterandfire2016info@gmail.com.   

Presentation at the San Francisco Estuary Conference

Presenting at the State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference

Three students from the Environmental Studies Department presented posters from their thesis research at the 12th Biennial State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference September 17, 2015. May Xiong presented a poster on Riparian Understory Restoration of White Root (Carex barbarae) and Creeping Wild Rye (Elymus triticoides) in Post-Burn Areas at Bushy Lake, Sacramento, CA. Kayla Henry and Tom Henry presented Monitoring Post-fire Resiliency in a Depressional  Wetland Using California Rapid Assessment Methodology (CRAM), Intensive Vegetation, and Avian Species  Richness to Establish Long-term Monitoring using Citizen Science. The Environmental Studies Department sponsored the students’ conference fees and poster costs. The research, sponsored by Dr. Michelle Stevens, was supported by Sacramento County Parks Department.

Spring 2016 Commencement

Spring 2016 Graduates

Congratulations to the Environmental Studies Graduates of Spring 2016!

Student Article in "Writing the University"

Amaryl Griggs

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

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

David Hill at Bay Point Regional Park

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 at Washoe Meadow

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.

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.

Christine Flowers' Article on Extended Producer Responsibility

Extended Producer Responsibility Poster

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

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.

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