Thursday, June 25, 2009

Research Opportunity

The goal of the study is to compare the methane ground/atmosphere exchange between two sites, one using effluent organic fertilization and the other using solid manure fertilization. The site secured is a 500 acre dairy/orchard in the heart of the central valley. I have already secured instruments and lab space in cooperation with Prof. Schimel and will be in constant communication wtih him as well as Prof. Melack and Prof. King. I'm looking for someone that is interested in coming aboard to help me run samples within the lab.

Contact Matthew Christian if you are interested

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Habitat Restoration Assistant

UCSB’s Coal Oil Point Reserve currently has an opening for a Habitat Restoration Assistant beginning July1st , and continuing through the end of the year. The Assistant will help with implementing restoration projects and gain valuable experience with hands-on restoration techniques and principles. The assistant will work with the Reserve Steward, a Restoration Ecologist and student interns and participate in all aspects of restoration: removal of non-native plants, seed collection, plant propagation, preparation for intern and volunteer workdays, and
enhancement and preservation of existing restoration sites.

This is a great opportunity to gain field experience in restoration techniques, native plant propagation, and volunteer supervision. The assistant will be employed for approximately 6-10hours/ week at a pay rate of $10/hour. Applicant must be a UCSB student, and available for the entire summer. Preferred availability is Friday mornings (~8:30-12:30) plus one other weekday morning (9-12noon), and able to commit to occasional weekend time (~one Saturday/per month). Students eligible for work study in the Fall are strongly encouraged to apply!

To apply, send resume and class schedule/time availability for summer and fall quarter to: Tara Longwell at and Darlene Chirman

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Neurobiology research opportunity

CCS Bio major Veronica Pessino tells me that a that a grad- student friend of hers in the Feinstein lab is looking for an undergrad to help him out. He would love a CCS student and asked Veronica to see if anyone is interested. His name is Jack Reifert.

If any of you are interested in neurobiology writ large, this could be a real opportunity to get a great start at lab research in a very nice lab!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

This is the end

Okay I'm all blogged out. If anyone is still reading this then here are a couple of end of quarter wrap up announcements.
  • The last lectures are now up as pdf files on the right hand side. I think the only one missing is the first part of today.
  • The answers to the ecology quiz I handed out are here with a few comments.
  • For Thursday remember YOU are presenting. Don't make it a lecture, make it INTERESTING (oops, that didn't sound right). Remember you are supposed to be passionate about this so tell us something cool you investigated.

Monday, June 1, 2009



On Friday I thought I'd post something about the bioswales at Manzanita village that I briefly mentioned in class. However I couldn't actually find any particularly good links online.

Today I open 93106, the weekly faculty and staff newspaper to find an article about the restoration project and the bioswales - Restoration Project Provides Model for Future Environmental Efforts.

The principal challenge of the restoration was creating an ecologically functional habitat in such close proximity to an urban environment. If untreated, fertilizers from the courtyard lawns and seagull guano from the residence hall roofs are washed into the ocean and nearby lagoon during rainstorms. This can cause algal blooms that are unsightly and can smother the fish.
CCBER used the excess nutrients in the water to its advantage by creating bioswales — vegetated channels that use plants to purify water runoff before it flows into the nearby lagoon. More than 1,300 feet of bioswales treat some 75 percent of Manzanita’s storm water runoff.