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Sean’s Capstone Website

October 27, 2017 /

It is hard to believe that it has already been almost a year since I completed my undergrad at CSU Channel Islands and almost a year and a half since I wrapped up my Capstone Research Project on Santa Cruz Island!  Time has definitely flown by post-school, and while I have enjoyed getting in to…

Read the PostA Long Overdue Update!

A new media page has been created which features photos and videos from my research on Santa Cruz Island. Check out the link below!

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been busy going through multiple drafts of my poster which I will be presenting at SAGE Student Research Conference on Saturday, May, 14th. I finished up my last revisions to the poster this past week, and the past few days have been devoted to writing my thesis paper. I’m happy with…

Read the PostIn the homestretch!

April 11, 2016 / / Research

This weekend marked the last of my trips to Santa Cruz Island for my capstone project. It was my final weekend of data collection, and lots of data was collected. It was great weekend to go out to SCI as there was a fire crew on the island conducting controlled burns of previous eucalyptus debris piles….

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March 29, 2016 / / Research

A few weeks ago I set up the greenhouse on the CI campus for germination trials of Santa Cruz Island Bush Mallow (Malacothamnus fasciculatus). I’m happy to report that some of the seeds have germinated! So far I have around fifteen seedlings, and hope to get more over the coming weeks.

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March 29, 2016 /

Spring Break was spent in New Orleans with Dr. Sean Anderson. Dr. Anderson has been taking a class to NOLA for the last ten years to do wetland restoration, build community gardens and farms, and learn about the history and culture of the city. We spent eleven days in NOLA, and it was a remarkable…

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February 29, 2016 / / Research

Last week was spent getting the greenhouse on the CI campus set up for germination trials. Part of my capstone focuses on the germination of Santa Cruz Island Bush Mallow (Malocothamnus fasciculatus), which is an endangered species and also an island endemic. This species was included in my native seed mix, so by conducting germination trials in the…

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February 22, 2016 / / Research

I went out to Santa Cruz Island this weekend to see if there had been any successful germination in my plots from the seed mixture that I broadcasted about a month ago. I’m happy to report that there has been successful germination! I documented the progress and hope to go out to Santa Cruz in…

Read the PostWeekend Trip to Santa Cruz Island

February 15, 2016 / / Research

This past week was primarily focused on producing maps in ESRI’s ArcGIS for my final report. The map below shows the locations of my six study sites in the Former Red Gum eucalyptus grove. It should be noted that this is the first draft of this map. Other than preparing maps, the past couple weeks have…

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February 1, 2016 / / Research

Winter break has come and gone, and it is now time to get back into the swing of things to finish out my year-long capstone project. I feel like I had a successful winter break in terms of my project, as I was able to accomplish many tasks. With the help of my advisor from the…

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