Projects

Southern California surf zone water quality: Fecal indicator bacteria and harmful algal bloom cells at the Santa Monica Pier and Malibu Surfrider Beach

Students: Tristan J. Acob, Taylor Cochran, Soo Yeun Park, Samuele L. Schoenberg, Samantha Tang, and Shannon Walker Client: Heal The Bay Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Shipe Final Report Surf zone water quality is directly related to human health and that of the coastal ecosystem. Fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) and harmful algal bloom (HAB) cells are microbiological...

The Impact of External Variables on Management Practices in Protected Areas: An Analysis

Students: Naomi Elliott, Anni Gill, Amanda Grossi, Daniel Hogan, Ben Kertman, David Molmen, Shannon Skelton, and Charlotte Stanley Client: Conservation International Advisor: Kristen Cruise Final Report Our research focuses on the important question, how do cultural, economic and environmental factors influence conservation efforts? The threats to our ecosystems has lead to large amounts of biodiversity...

To Certify or Not to Certify: A Dive into the Tannic Underbelly of the Organic Wine Industry

Students: Hayley Moller, Geoff Wright, Danny Suits, Jon Gim, John Lee, and David Wolk Client: California Certified Organic Farmers Advisor: Magali Delmas Final Report The present study aims to evaluate the quantitative quality of organic or biodynamic (eco-certified) as compared to traditional wines in California, in order to provide information to consumers, growers, and certifying...

Wildlife Use of the Los PiƱetos Underpass, Santa Clarita, California

Students: Robert Freidin, Diane Schreck, Brooke Scruggs, Elise Shulman, Alissa Swauger, Allison Tashnek Client: Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority Advisor: Travis Longcore and Erin Boydston Final Report Corridors between fragmented habitats are critical to the maintenance of certain wildlife populations, especially those of larger, terrestrial mammalian carnivores. Commercial development is being considered in the small...

Contribution of Diatoms to Carbon Export in Coastal Oceans

Student: Sarah E. A. Diringer Independent Project Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Shipe Single celled marine primary producers provide a sink for excess CO2 in the atmosphere caused by burning fossil fuels and changes in land use. However, it is unclear how effectively they can sequester carbon to depth, especially in coastal regions. Diatom (class Bacilliariophyceae) blooms...