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:
The 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.
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.
Looking for student volunteers!
By Sarah Bisbing
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.