Natural Sciences Team

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Natural Sciences Team 2018-03-27T18:15:25+00:00

Natural Sciences

2017- 2018 Academic Year Student Projects

Deep-Sea Coral Dating – W. M. Keck Science Department

The team is assisting in a lab based research project with Professor Branwen Williams (Associate Professor of Environmental Science, W. M. Keck Science Department).  The project aims to determine ages, growth rates, and climate reconstruction from deep-sea Primnoidae corals collected offshore Monterey Bay, CA and the Gulf of Alaska.  Professor Williams has asked the team to (1) execute laboratory methods on counting coral bands, (2) prepare coral samples for radiocarbon dating, (3) synthesize data to compare methods of dating, and (4) conclude growth rates and their implications on the surrounding environment.  This research will help to provide these corals with a protection plan if necessary.

Economic Valuation of Forest Trails – Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation

The team has been asked by the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation to gather specific data regarding the trail users. Specifically, the Foundation would like to know detailed information about visitor demographics and the economic value associated with each trail. With this information, the organization hopes to demonstrate the need for the creation of more system trails and to justify the need for more funding.

2016 – 2017 Academic Year Student Projects

Coral Growth Rates

In partnership with Keck Science Professor Branwen Williams, the team is studying the various methods of dating coral samples. From this data, the growth rates for coral species off the coast of California and the Gulf of Alaska will be determined. If certain coral species grow more slowly or are more susceptible to ocean acidification, they will need stricter policies regarding their protection and the REC hopes to bridge the gap between science and policy and assist in creating a report to fulfill this goal. 

 

Claremont Tree Analysis

The team is eager to create a report that gives a wholesome understanding of the trees in the city of Claremont. With drought and pests affecting many of the trees in southern California, it is important to have a list of suitable alternative trees that can replace the dying ones. Additionally, suggestions and information for programs that support the integration of more drought-tolerant and pest-resistant trees will be included.