Environmental Studies Student and Faculty Activities
Spring 2016 Commencement
Congratulations to the Environmental Studies Graduates of Spring 2016!
Environmental Studies Professor attends "California's Water Future" workshop
Dr. Julian Fulton attended a communications workshop on "California's Water Future" May 10-11, hosted by Compass and UC Santa Barbara's Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. The workshop brought 19 scientists together with policymakers and journalists to work on easy-to-grasp messages for creating a more sustainable water future for California. The Compass trainers provided communication tools and emphasized the concept of "silo-busting," that is, engaging a wider audience than those in our scientific disciplines.
Water and Fire Conference
On April 10-11, 2016, The Institute on Science for Global Policy (ISGP) and Sacramento State are hosted a conference on campus — Water and Fire: Impacts of Climate Change. It brought together recognized experts, faculty, students and community members from the spectrum of scientific and policy views, and facilitated debates and caucus sessions to build consensus around actionable next steps that will help our state adapt to climate change. A book will be published that will include conference conclusions and recommendations for position papers. The conference was free. If you have questions please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Fulton's ENVS 110 students visit the City of Sacramento's E.A. Fairbairn Water Treatment Plant, located next to the Sac State campus. Supervising Plant Operator Rod Frizzell gave the students a tour to see first-hand how their drinking water is drawn out of the American River and treated before being piped to homes and businesses. Photo courtesy of Dr. Jeffery Foran.
Dr. Fulton's ENVS 110 students visit the US Bureau of Reclamation's C.W. "Bill" Jones Pumping Plant. Seniors Haley Robinson and Desirey Morris and others stand atop a 22,500 horsepower motor used to pump freshwater out of the Delta to farms and cities to the south. Photo courtesy of Andrew Hawkins.
Presentation at 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.
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.
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.