Other Projects and Activities

Seminars and Workshops:


Tom Bell, Dave Siegel, Nick Nidzieko, Robert Miller, Daniel Reed, Norm Nelson


Native grassland restoration: Results from Research and Experimentation

Karen Holl (UC Santa Cruz)


Large scale native grassland restoration strategies

JP Marie (Putah Creek Reserve Director, UC Davis)


A demographic approach to managing native grasslands

Loralee Larios (UC Riverside)


Grasses of Central California workshop: Systematics of the Grass Family, especially the Chloridoideae, composed of ca. 1,400 species worldwide.

CCBER with J. Travis Columbus, Ph.D., Research Scientist at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and Professor of Botany at Claremont Graduate University.


Fire: A Brief History of Chumash Vegetation Management and Implications for Conserving Local Plant Diversity

Wayne Chapman (CCBER)


Restoration of Native Grasslands & Bird Populations Using Sheep Grazing on the San Marcos Foothills Preserve in Santa Barbara, CA.

Elihu Gevirtz (Channel Islands Restoration)


What are the ‘best’ rangeland management practices and can they benefit native perennial grasslands?

Mark Horney (CalPoly, Animal Sciences)


California Seaweeds workshop: Students learned to identify and prepare the common seaweeds of the Santa Barbara Coast.

CCBER with Dr. Kathy Ann Miller, Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley

4/12–4/14, 2019 at the Rancho Marino UC Natural Reserve and Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria, CA

Management Challenges in Restoring Native California Grasslands

Robert Freese (Irvine Ranch Conservancy)


Mapping Vernal Pools in the Central Valley – methods and results over several decades of mapping

Robert F. Holland


Vernal Pool Aquatic Invertebrates: Their life cycles and strategies for survival in a seasonal wetland

Scott Cooper, UCSB, EEMB Professor


BGS Seminar Series: Methane (CH4) dynamics in a tropical floodplain lake: the contribution of the oxidation process

Dr. Pedro Barbosa


Restoration and Management of Vernal Pools in Southern California with a Case Study: The City of San Diego Vernal Pool Habitat Conservation Plan

Scott McMillan, AECOM


Whole-Landscape Restoration of a Leveled California Vernal Pool Terrain

Eric Smith, Vollmar Consultants


The Vernal Pools of Baja California, Mexico: Doing Biodiversity Science and Conservation on a Shoestring       

Matt Guilliams – Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Curator; also Kristen Hasenstab-Lehman (Santa Barbara Botanic Garden) José Delgadillo  (Universidad Autonoma de BC, Ensenada) Cesar García Valderrama (CNPS  Baja  California Chapter) Jim Riley (Jardín Botanico de San Quintín)


Software Carpentry workshop: Introduction to R, databases, and how-to version code and data

CCBER and UCSB Library Collaboratory Staff and Carpentries group (Jon Jablonski, Ian Lessing, Greg Janee, Sharon Solis, Mary Donovan, Katja Seltmann, Yuan Wu)

1/25 - 1/26/19

Conservation of Santa Barbara Vernal Pools - A Retrospective

Wayne Ferren, Jr. Botanist & Consultant


BGS Seminar Series: Aeolian dust deposition and the perturbation of phosphorus transformations during long term ecosystem development

Mengqiang “Mike” Zhu


Diversity, Threats and Recovery in the Zaca and Jesusita Fire chaparral

Denise Knapp – Santa Barbara Botanic Garden


Chaparral vulnerability to loss and the complexities of restoration

Carla D’Antonio – Professor, UCSB


A global context for chaparral ecology and conservation: Shared Mediterranean-type ecosystem patterns and processes

Anna Jacobson – CSU Bakersfield


Los Padres ForestWatch:  An Exploration of Management Issues Facing Our Local Chaparral Landscape

Bryant Baker


NOAA's 43rd Climate Diagnostics & Prediction Workshop

Charles Jones, Qinghua Ding


Fire, Climate Change and Human Development Issues

Jon Keeley, USGS Ecologist, Chaparral


Manzanitas of California workshop: Drs. Parker and Vasey have spent the last 25 years studying the taxonomy, ecology, and evolution of manzanitas.

CCBER with V. Thomas Parker, Ph.D. and Michael C. Vasey, Ph.D. from San Francisco State University.


BGS Seminar Series: Inter-annual variability of CO2 dynamics in an Amazonian floodplain

Dr. Joao Henrique Fernandes Amaral


Physiological Mechanisms of Drought-induced Mortality in Chaparral

Steve Davis (Pepperdine University)


Chaparral Ecology: Diversity, Function, & Conservation History

Greg Wahlert


Introduction to key Chaparral Species and Seminar series

Lisa Stratton


California Native Bees workshop: California is home to over 2,000 species of bee and their identification if vital to pollinator research and education

CCBER with Jamie Pawelek, UC Berkeley Bee Lab

9/12–9/14, 2018


CCBER and ERI have benefitted from support from the Associated Students via The Coastal Fund and The Green Iniative Fund.  We are grateful for the support over the years and for the support of these projects during this fiscal year.
Associated Students Coastal Fund Awards:
Bisson Sisters of the Blue
Behm, Seltmann Supporting Student Internships in the UCSB Invertebrate Zoology Collection
Catlett Exploring Plankton Diversity in the Santa Barbara Channel, SPR 19-18
Dowdy From Soil to Sea: Understanding Invasive Arundo Donax from Establishment to Decomposition
Girling Aquatic Cathartic
Kramer Phytoplankton Community Composition in the Santa Barbara Channel
Kramer PnBnM:Plumes and Blooms in the wake of the Mudslide
Lao, Seltmann Spatial Variations of Coccinellidae within Restored and Non-Restored Areas
Lee, Seltmann The proof is in the pollen: using pollen metabarcoding techniques to monitor native pollinator communities on the UCSB campus and restored coastal areas
Motta, Seltmann North Campus Open Space Native Plant Voucher and Non-Native Reference Collection
Oza, Seltmann Assessing Current Floral Resource Availability and Use for Native Pollinators on the UCSB Campus and Restored Coastal Areas
Pagenkopp Greenhouse Gas Fluxes of an Intermittently Tidal Salt Marsh
Rodriguez, Seltmann CADIE (Coccinellidae Abundance Distribution and Imacts of Ecological Restoration) UCSB Ladybug Study
Myers, Seltmann Kids in Nature Environmental Education Program (KIN)
Seltmann Promotion and Outrech for the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration
Stratton Research Mentoring Continuation
Stratton From Golf Course to Wetland - Feature Documentary Film
Stratton UCSB Campus Lagoon Restoration - Building Success
Stratton Restoration Intern Training Program 2018 year
Stratton West Campus Bluffs: Strategy for Coastal Open Space Management
Stratton Water Quality Monitoring of the North Campus Open Space Channels
Stratton Restoration Intern Training Program Spring and Fall 2018
Stratton Enhancing Coastal Raptor Habitat at Storke Wetland
Stratton NCOS Open House Co-Sponsorship
Stratton Coastal Ecology, Literacy for Early Childhood education
Stratton Restoration Interns: Winter & Spring 2019
Stratton Campus Point Iceplant Conversion and Restoration
Stratton Coastal Biodiversity and Restoration Research and Monitoring Interships
Stratton Restoration Interns: Fall 2019, Winter & Spring 2020
Wahlert Documenting Ecological Succession in the Santa Ynez Mountains after the 2017 Whittier Fire
Wahlert The Intertidal Macroalgae of Santa Rosa Island, Santa Barbara County, California
Wahlert Digitizing UCSB's Herbarium as a First Step in Understanding Plant Phenology Responce in Climate Change
Wahlert Lichens as Ecological Indicators in UCSB Campus Restoration Areas and Coal Oil Point Reserve
Seltmann, Zhang Detrivore arthropods of the UC Santa Barbara North Campus Open Space



Associate Students, The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF):

Stratton CCBER Solar
Stratton Carbon Sequestration study


Research Experiences for Students:

Research education is a key component of ERI’s mission.  This fiscal year, ERI supported 67 graduate student researchers and 186 undergraduate students and another 327 volunteered.  The students were involved in a wide range of projects.  Undergraduates have been involved in the NASA-funded Plumes and Blooms project, taking part in one-day optical oceanography cruises in the Santa Barbara Channel.  The Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEIN) has included multiple students in their research efforts. Many students took classes, interned, or were employed by the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) learning restoration and management skills, natural history collection management, and K-12 science education. The Research Abstracts (http://annual-reports.eri.ucsb.edu/2018-2019/research-summaries) demonstrate the span of research involvement by students.


CCBER is involved in significant outreach, education, and other activities.  Please see: http://annual-reports.eri.ucsb.edu/2018-2019/ccber-other-projects-activities