My freshman year of college my anthropology teacher was talking about the peace corps, something I was seriously considering. He said something about how people go into the peace corps thinking they are going to change the world and how really they should just try to improve it. Since then I decided to live my life with that saying.

I’m not trying to change the world, just improve a small part of it. 

Thanks Professor Adams. 

ESRM 410: Forest Soils and Productivity

This was a graduate-level class where forest productivity was explored through forest soil productivity. This class was my first experience with self-motivated learning with little motivation from tests or exams in the class. I learned a lot about different nutrient cycles including nitrogen cycle, phosphorus cycle, and carbon cycle and how different nutrient limitations impact forest stand productivity and tree composition. We also took two field trips to further examine forest soils and productivity across two sites in Washington. The two artifacts below are the culmination of my knowledge about forest soils and productivity applied.

Field Trip 1: Matlock Forest Soils and Productivity

Field Trip 2: Pack Forest Soils and Productivity

The ESRM Spring “Islands” Seminar Series continues tonight with Dr Andy Brooks discussing the recovery of coral reefs. The talk is tonight at 6pm in Broome Library Room 2325. All are welcome to attend! #csuci #esrm #environmentalscience #reefs #campusevents (at John Spoor Broome Library)

Last saturday was exhausting! But really fun and proud of the trail we created in Thousand Oaks!! At it again this coming sat!! Ready @ryan__lewis & @leetalweiss ?!?! 😃 #cosca #trailwork #esrm #csuci

Independent Study: Habitat Transformation and Bromeliad Tank Communities

This independent research project, which I conducted for independent research credit that applied to my upper division ESRM requirements while in Costa Rica, was my first real experience with conducting my own research and desigining a research study. Sure, I had helped out with some post-doc’s research as an undergraduate assistant, but that is very different then designing and carrying out your own independent research project. It was definitely a learning experience: everything from the background research, to the experiment design, to the experimental procedures, to the data analysis and writing was new. Although the results were not extremely significant, this was a great way for me to plunge into the world of ecological scientific research, and I have continued using the skills I learned from this project in my Environmental Studies Capstone, my REU research in South Caronlina, and my research in Friday Harbor.

Final Paper

Habitat Transformation and Bromeliad Tank Communities


ESRM students observing the elephant seals at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery. #csuci #esrm #elephantseals #nature #marinescience (at Piedras Blancas)

CI’s seventh Annual SAGE Student Research Conference is a showcase of Research, Scholarship, Creative Activities and Grants and features Faculty-Student Collaborative Presentations, Faculty Research Presentations as well as Student Research/Capstone Presentations. #csuci #campusevents #esrm #capstone #cifinals (at John Spoor Broome Library CSUCI)

Join us today for our island themed Spring Speaker Series | Dr Michael Dawson will be speaking today about a range of things related to biogeography, jellyfish, and all things island-like. This talk will take place in Broome Library 2325 from 6-7pm. #csuci #campusevents #islands #esrm #ucmerced (at John Spoor Broome Library CSUCI)

ESRM 304: Environmental and Resource Assessment

ESRM 304 was required for my Environmental Science and Resource Management major. In this course I was exposed to field and lab measurement and monitoring procedures from a diverse set of disciplines. We practiced the techniques in St. Edward State Park in Seattle. I learned a variety of methods to produce relevant unbiased data, learned basic field skills from a variety of disciplines, and learned computational procedures for introductory statistics to support scientific research.

Skills learned and practiced in ESRM 304

  • Population parameter estimates and statistics
  • Forest inventory and analysis
  • Lower canopy and large organic debris inventory and measurement using line-intersect and line-intercept transects and fixed-area plots with vegetation identification
  • Wildlife population measurement techniques including capture-mark-release method (Lincoln Index), catch per unit effort method, transect censuses, spot mapping, trapping, and pellet plot surveys
  • Tree measurement techniques for stand management and inventory including Diameter at Breast Height (DBH) (individual tree and Quadratic Mean), height using clinometer, and site indices
  • Social science and human dimension research though interview, survey, data collection, and observational methods
  • Hydrology measurement techniques including nutrient and pH sampling, volumentric measurements, flow/velocity measurements (velocity-area method, float method), channel substrate, invertebrate inventory, 
  • Soil inventories, identification, and profiles, with an emphasis on soil nitrogen measurement
  • Field surveying and navigation techniques
  • Vegetation and arboreal identification
  • Through the above, productivity analysis of forest stands

Lab reports and explanations demonstrating skills available upon request

Need a 3 unit class? Enjoy nature? Why not try ESRM 100? Learn to see the world around you in a different light by studying environmental science as well as current environmental issues. #csuci #esrm #environmentalscience #nature (at California State University, Channel Islands)

A week from today we will be having a dedication and open house for the Santa Rosa Island Research Station. There will be tours and informational presentations as well. This event is open to the public, but make sure to arrange transportation with the ferry. #localevents #channelislands #santarosaisland #csuci #esrm #nofilter

Wow! The #ESRM ‘Sporthalle’ ist near completion! Looking good… (at Sporthalle Europäische Schule Rhein-Main)

International Week continues today!

11:30 -12:30pm
Study Abroad Information Meeting
Sage 2061

12:00 -1:30pm
Study Abroad Information Tabling
Broome Library Plaza

Cuba Today: Up-Close and Personal, UNIV 392 Presentation, Dr. Jose Alamillo and Dr. Stephen Clark Broome Library 1360

ESRM 341 (National Parks) Lecture: Comparing International Parks and Protected Areas, Prof. Don Rodriguez
BT 2572

All week
Islands Café will be serving international meals throughout the entire week

All week at the Broome Library:
Study Abroad Photography Exhibit - On display from November 12th -December 16th

Travel Guide Books - Loads of them! Located by the Millennium News Center/TV Lounge.

UNIV 392 Poster Gallery - Check out past trips abroad around the Broome Library Reading Room.

World Map - Post where you have traveled on the map in the Library Foyer!

Upcoming International Art Exhibit!
Nov. 21, 5:30-7:00 pm, Broome Library Gallery
Reflective Visions /Visionary Reflections (part II)

Reflective Visions /Visionary Reflections is an eclectic, interdisciplinary exhibition in which the authors reflect on their immediate environment (reflective visions) and a faraway place (visionary reflections). The show includes the CSU IP faculty in Florence, studio faculty from the Florence Accademia who teach CSU students and CSUCI Art Program faculty. Each participant has submitted two (visual and/or textual) reflections: one about Florence /Tuscany and one about California/ Ventura, Los Angeles, etc. All works are vertical and have the same A4 size. There are over 30 participants in the exhibition.