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Aquaponics STEM Lecture

Aquaponics STEM Lecture

Dr. Burton and Dr. Murphy gave the STEM Lecture on Farming with Fish: Aquaponics and Urban Agriculture in Sacramento on Thursday, February 19, at 6:00pm. See the lecture here.

Alumnus' Article in the Ecesis Newsletter

Katchituli oxbow lake

Andrew McGuirk, Environmental Studies alumnus, wrote an article on the Kachituli Oxbow Restoration Mitigation Site for the California Society for Ecological Restoration newsletter, Ecesis. Read the article here.

Student Research Symposium 2015

Student Research Symposium

ENVS students Jeffory McDaniel and Paul Oviatt present their research poster on composting and vermiculture to juror Greg Popejoy.



ENVS Students Interviewed for Countryside Magazine

The aquaponics system at Luther Burbank High School, created by Sac State Environmental Studies students, is featured in the new Countryside magazine. David Hill, Cheyene Keniston, Ryan Nowshiravan, and Mary Xiong were interviewed about their experience at the high school: read the article here.

Countryside Magazine



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.



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

Extended Producer Responsibility Image

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.


Environmental Studies students and faculty are active on campus and in the community