ANDREW WESTHOFF '20
Andrew is working on our project to test non-herbicidal methods of controlling the invasive grass, slender false brome (Brachypodium sylvatica). He is measuring the effect of organic and inorganic mulches on soil nutrient availability.
PEARCE ROPION '19
Pearce is a computer engineering student who programmed the web application for the California Riparian Ecosystems Estimator for Carbon, or CREEC. Pearce's work to make the design simple and intuitive for the user unfamiliar with carbon accounting impressed the tool's contractor, the California Department of Conservation.
SOPHIA HUANG '16
Sophia's interest in urban trees for made her a good fit for our project to make a user-friendly, foolproof field guide to the urban forest. Her plant ID skills and her sharp eye for a good photograph were great at helping the citizens of Santa Clara correctly identify trees in the city. She's now in a master's program in horticulture.
ELLIE PRINGLE '15
Ellie, a public health major, conducted a litter decomposition experiment to test recovery of ecosystem function along the chronosequence of restoration sites on the Sacramento River.
SHAWN WARREN '14
Shawn studied carbon and nitrogen mineralization in soils along our Sacramento River restoration age sequence. He presented his work at ESA in August 2014. After graduating, he worked for FoLAR, the Friends of the LA River, as a policy analyst, and is now pursuing a career in nursing.
COLLEEN FISHER '14
Colleen's project, funded by a Clare Booth Luce Scholarship, was to measure the role of fine roots and litterfall in N cycling. She presented her work at ESA in August 2014 and after graduation enrolled in Cal Poly Pomona's Regenerative Studies program.
MAILE PUJALET '14
Maile's research experience ranged from investigating the gonorrhea pathogen to extracting soil cores in riparian forests. For our bibliographic survey, she read more than 175 peer-reviewed journal articles on invasive species!
MAT JORDAN '15
Mat, a pre-vet student at California State University, Chico, was on the Sac River field crew. When not wielding a machete, he swings a mean lacrosse stick.
RUSTY HUTTO '14
Rusty was our resident ornithologist during our Sac River field summer.
GUILHERME CARVALHO, MS '15
Guilherme came all the way from Fortaleza, Brazil, to help us map trees in the city of Santa Clara while earning a master's degree in computer engineering at SCU.
TIAN ZHANG '17
Tian was our mobile applications whiz, who figured out how to make an iPhone actually measure a tree's diameter! He's from Shenzhen, China.
JUSTIN COVINO '13
Justin, handy with a slingshot and even better with a disc, worked on our Sac River crew and in the lab. He now works in environmental education.
TESSA CODE '13
Tessa, field crew extraordinaire, also chased willow beetles in the Sierra in 2013, but her first love was always marine biology. She now tracks sea turtles in the Caribbean.
ASHLEY CIGLAR '13
Ashley, our token engineer, worked on Sac River field crew, and now studies mechanical engineering at UC Riverside.
SOPHIA CRESCI '13
Sophia was a mainstay of the bibliographic research project. She now works for Cisco.