Natural Sciences

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.