Student workers are an essential component of the NCOS restoration process and have been the bedrock of planting and weeding efforts since the beginning of the project. Through these intensive efforts they have gained great understanding of the ecological restoration in an impressively short time span. We’ve interviewed four student workers to see how their work at NCOS has increased their awareness of the key successes of NCOS and the remaining challenges. Read more here!
North Campus Open Space not only provides a safe space to walk, bike, run, and enjoy nature, the wetland is also working to improve water quality. In the realm of biogeochemistry, wetlands are considered a “sink,” or a location in which these nutrients are removed from the water by natural processes. Click here to learn more.
One of CCBER’s goals has been to seek out wild populations of increasingly rare wildflowers and then nurture small populations in order to build up seed to then expand the populations under more ideal conditions. Click here to learn more.
This summer Sharon Metsch’s Field Lab at North Campus Open Space (NCOS) was put to good use as the new location for our aquatic macroinvertebrate and zooplankton monitoring and identification project. Students enjoy the beauty of the wetland while also gaining meaningful hands-on scientific experience in aquatic macroinvertebrate and zooplankton collection methods, invertebrate identification, scientific inquiry, and project management. Click here to learn more!
Recent storms over the Winter break have once again illustrated how the increased wetland capacity of the restored system at NCOS provides flood protection and increases the tidal prism which expands and diversifies the wetland. Click here for more on the storms!
An essential component of the North Campus Open Space restoration project is its availability as an ecological study area for student researchers. Its close proximity to UCSB and diverse array of habitat types provides the perfect opportunity for students to find their passion in the field. Click here to read about four students who have been conducting field-based research at NCOS.
We just hosted our third seaweed workshop! Check-out our blog to see what it's like to attend our weekend algal adventure!
Environmental Studies 95: Introduction to Ecological Restoration Field Skills (EnvS 95) is one of the few undergraduate courses offered at UCSB where more than 40 students a quarter in small sections can gain hands-on experience and get dirty in the field. Click here to learn more about this unique class!