There are currently 6 ongoing, student-driven research and monitoring projects on NCOS, investigating topics ranging from aquatic invertebrates and water quality, to the effects of soil amendments on soil quality and plant growth, and wildlife use of habitat features. Read on about these projects and the experiences of research interns.
For three quarters, the Lady Beetle Project has been documenting the effect of restoration work on the distribution, abundance, and diversity of ladybugs in select habitats around UCSB and Goleta. Read on about the work of the interns involved!
One of CCBER’s goals is to restore diverse native habitats and plant communities with locally sourced seeds, and give them a weed-free window to get established on the landscape. Read on about how invasive weeds are being managed at NCOS to give the native seedlings a hand at establishing.
Earlier this month, CCBER Collections Manager Greg Wahlert presented to the California Native Plant Society about one of the chaparral's most iconic trees, the manzanita (genus Arctostaphylos). Read more about his research on their phylogeny and learn about identification!
As a result of last month's rain, Devereux Slough breached the sandbar and was temporarily connected with the ocean! Read on about how the hydrology of the restored wetlands at NCOS followed the prediction models, and for some cool time-lapse footage of the breach.
Earlier this month at a meeting of the Santa Barbara Entomologists, EEMB Master's student and CCBER Collection Staff Rachel Behm presented on her work on wasps in the subfamily Ophioninae in Santa Barbara.
CCBER has one of a few specimens of a giant sphinx moth from Mexico that has begun to be found in Santa Barbara. Read more about the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History's study of the moth's occurrence and how citizens can help.