Students were taught how to plot points, features and tools within the Garmin unit, emergency communication, and how to navigate using the Garmin.
[Post-Trip Reflection]: This workshop proved very valuable for the students when they got to the field. Many unforeseen circumstances regarding the field site occurred the day-of, so having the Garmin and knowledge of how to use it was extremely useful throughout the day.
Five pairs of participants were assigned literature that was relevant to Santa Cruz Island natural history, studying islands and endemic species, ecological and restoration theory, vegetation recovery after grazing, and invasive species removal. Each member reviewed assigned literature and presented their findings and taught the other members about the concepts and relevant takeaways for our specific research.
This workshop helped students become familiar with reading scientific papers as well as inform them how to apply the literature to their own research. Also, learning from one another allowed the members to think about our research interests through many different lenses.
After the official 10 members were selected to participate in SCIRP, those members attended the workshop that discussed the preparation of the field guide. In order to sample the species composition of the established transects, the officers curated the known plant species on the island from past surveying as well as iNaturalist. With these numerous species, each of the members was assigned ~5-7 species and instructed how to curate a field guide with photos and characteristics (e.g. leaf shape, texture, color, etc.) in order to assist us in the field in identifying potential plants.
For many, this was their first time seeing many of these plants and provided a great opportunity to learn about plant species and how to identify them!
Below are a few examples of our final field guide with possible plant species previously found on SCI.
A workshop was hosted by Secretary, Tejas Nair, to discuss the marine science background on Santa Cruz Island. The sampling methods were also explained in more detail as well as the planning of the agenda.
In preparation for the upcoming SCIRP trip, the co-leaders of SCIRP (Rhea, Advyth, and Caryn) organized and hosted topical workshops relating to the trip. The goals of this workshop series was to give relevant background regarding Santa Cruz Island, details and logistics of the SCIRP project, and provide essential skills and knowledge in order to implement research in the field.
The first workshop of the series happened at the beginning of the winter quarter of 2022, the co-leaders of SCIRP hosted an informational meeting that overviewed the project to students interested in participating in the research project. This virtual meeting gave a background of the natural history pertaining to the research site, Santa Cruz Island, the objectives of the project, and the tentative trip itinerary. New students were introduced SEEDS as an organization and what the club does aside from this specific project.