SLURP and Bird Habitat: The Sustainability Living Research Project of CyPhi RLC has initiated an applied research project this year (as part of ENVS 195) to investigate establishing the SCU Campus record of observations in order to measure the health of the site as a bird habitat.
SCU Costa Rica Program: Students participating in the Costa Rica study abroad field courses (ANTH 197 and ENVS 141) record species lists, field notes, and conduct independent research projects. Here, we will allow a section for students to upload their findings, species lists and observations of rare species/behaviors. We will also enter data on demographic features of nonhuman primate group size, composition, and ranging patterns.
SCU Baja Program: Students participating in ENVS 144, Baja Natural History, are required to keep comprehensive species lists during their time in the field, lists that note habitat and behaviors as well as organisms identified. While each of the expeditions conducted over the past five years have conducted this exercise, there has been no permanent record of field observations. We will start a record within this site so that students can compare their findings with observations by previous classes. We will pay particular attention to rarities. For example, the 2013 expedition saw a red-billed tropicbird, Phaethon aethereus, an organism no other expedition has been privileged to observe.
The Forge Garden: The garden provides a unique opportunity as a natural history lab since it promotes organic practices of pest management. This long-term project will integrate SCU efforts in agro-ecology with expanded awareness of the mechanisms of natural history.
Penstemon Project: A key element through AASHE sustainability-across-the-curriculum programs has been connecting faculty participants with their local ecologies. Working closely with the SCU Office Of Sustainability, the Penstemon Project has highlighted ways to use the campus proper as a learning lab. SGW serves as an additional resource toward that end, especially with regard to the relationship between the natural sciences and education for sustainability.
Squirrel Behavior: We are establishing a longitudinal database on squirrel foraging and locomotion has the potential to contribute to the fields of biological anthropology and animal behavior. Student researchers will be recruited to collect data via behavioral observation and film.