Silviculture Field Trip Adventure Ahead (Oct 9-11)!

We are off for a weekend of forest ecology and silviculture in the Sierra Nevada. Students will spend a day viewing hazardous fuels reduction operations at Shaver Lake followed by two days of field data collection along Whisky Ridge of the Sierra National Forest. Here’s a peak into our tour:


Volunteers Needed on King Fire Salvage Study (June 29 – July 2)

IMG_6374The Bisbing Forest Ecology lab is collaborating with researchers at the Pacific Southwest (PSW) Research Station and University of California, Davis, on an experimental salvage logging trial within the bounds of the 2014 King Fire. Botany and fuels crews will be working throughout the summer to collect pre-treatment data, and there are opportunities available for undergraduate students to work on the fire and gain valuable research skills. Dr. Bisbing and Dr. Eric Knapp (PSW) are looking for three to four volunteers to assist in marking trees for salvage from June 29 – July 2, 2015. Technicians must be able to work in hot, dry conditions, travel across variable terrain, and carry a heavy pack. Students will travel to and from the site with Dr. Bisbing, and camp for the four-night stay.

Please email Dr. Bisbing for more details and to secure your spot in this invaluable forest ecology experience.

Cambria Monterey pine research gets some press!


Lab undergraduate researchers, Kevin Hurt and Matt Terzes, made news this week with their demography research on endemic Monterey pine (Pinus radiata). Kevin and Matt are working to identify patterns of mortality and regeneration with a long-term dataset provided by UC Kenneth Norris Rancho Marino director, Don Canestro. They are interested in the role of microclimate heterogeneity and inter-annual climate variability on temporal and spatial variation in Monterey pine demography. Read the article at Cal Poly’s Mustang Daily.


Wetland Ecology Field Opportunity in Yosemite National Park


Experimental exclosures in Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park.

Looking for student volunteers!

I am collaborating on a meadow ecology study in Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. We are looking for 4 volunteers to assist in sampling some time over the next few weeks. Dates are flexible over this time frame, but we will likely need to block out 3-4 days for driving and sampling. You are welcome to stay in the Park longer to explore, hike, etc.
We will provide dinner and breakfast, plus there is free camping onsite. We will also make sure to add your name to his sampling permit, so you can enter the Park for free. This is an opportunity for you to experience field sampling, earn another line for your resume, spend time in an iconic Sierra Nevada meadow, and enjoy the mountain air. 🙂

New Blog Post: Lessons learned as a first-year faculty member

By Sarah Bisbing


One of my ecology students showed her gratitude with a succulent terrarium. Awesome.

As I prepare to start my second year as an Assistant Professor, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the highs and lows of my first year, the successful changes I made over that year, and my strategies for success going forward. I’ve shared some of the lessons I learned as a first-year faculty member over at Small Pond Science. Some of them are pretty common cries from new faculty, but these are a few things I wish I had known (or accepted) before starting my first year. Check out the post here.