Mario Machado, a biology student from Brazil, is doing an internship with CCBER collections this summer. Mario is creating a digital catalog for the vascular plant teaching collection that will be used for the course Flora and Vegetation of California (EEMB/ENVS 103A), offered in Spring 2015.
Sam Fisher and Sophia Alcaraz, two high school students from San Diego, visited CCBER from July 14 to July 16. The two students are conducting a study on the California Kingsnake, which is currently a problem in the Canary Islands.
The IMLS-funded project to image and database CCBER's California plant specimens has completed month 9! Three staff members, one adjunct faculty member, and four student interns have been working feverishly since November to curate, correct nomenclature, image and database as many specimens as possible before the project ends on September 30. After having made one complete pass through the cabinets of mounted specimens, we have imaged and databased specimens of over 30,000 plants from California, our top priority.
Fun was had by all on June 6 at the 10th annual CCBER BBQ held to thank the interns who have participated in restoration, research, education and collection management this past year. Over 40 students joined staff for an excellent meal grilled to perfection by Ryan Lippitt and sous chef Alex Tremblay. Yummy salads, sides, desserts and beverages accompanied the main dish.
Three of Katherine Esau's students met at CCBER to reminisce about their graduate years with Dr. Esau. Ray Evert (PhD UC Davis 1958), Clyde Calvin (PhD UC Davis 1966) and Jennifer Thorsch (PhD UC Santa Barbara) met in early March to tour CCBER and the extensive Katherine Esau and Vernon Cheadle plant anatomy slide collection.