June 2018: Our undergraduates Rob, Saramae, and Lexi were awarded grant funding through the ASI Undergraduate Research Grant program at CSU Fresno! Rob and Lexi are researching how coastal dredging will impact the ecology of Morro Bay, California. Saramae’s project involves using environmental DNA (eDNA) to monitor California tiger salamanders in local riverine systems.
June 2018: Chrisionna joins the lab! Dr. Reece and four students (Rob, Saramae, Chrisionna, and Shelby) travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to collaborate with the park wildlife team during the first of several bat monitoring events over the 2018 summer. Dr. Reece and his students assisted park staff with data collection and public outreach throughout the evening.
May 2018: Dr. Reece led an eight-day study abroad course to Belize! He was accompanied by 18 students and another CSU Fresno biology faculty member, Dr. Lent. The group experienced the beautiful scenery, Belizean culture, and vibrant flora and fauna through birding opportunities (over 100 species of tropical birds were seen!), rainforest hikes, and snorkeling on the Belize Barrier Reef! The course focused on conservation and the biodiversity of Belize’s birds, mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates. Students learned about the different Belizean ecosystems, conservation issues, and the interaction between biodiversity and humans in Belize. It was an amazing trip!
March 2018: Dr. Reece, Rachel, Saramae, Lexi, and Shelby attended a donor event for the College of Science and Mathematics to present their research. Rachel and Saramae presented on California Tiger Salamander eDNA and Western Pond Turtle conservation genetics. Lexi and Shelby presented on interdisciplinary course-based research and the impacts of coastal dredging in Morro Bay.
February 2018: Dr. Reece and Conservation Biology students travel to Morro Bay to collect more sediment and survey for coastal birds. They were joined by Dr. Brady’s sedimentology class.
January 2018: Dr. Reece and his Conservation Biology class travel to Morro Bay to collect sediment samples and survey for coastal birds!
Dr. Reece taught the inaugural version of his Coastal Biodiversity (BIOL 4020/6020) course this summer. Thirteen students participated in this course, which focused on the coastal ecosystems of Florida and Georgia. This was primarily a field course, and the class visited Sapelo Island (a barrier island in Georgia), Florida’s gulf coast springs and beaches, Seahorse Key (Gulf of Mexico), Key Largo for snorkeling and diving in coastal marine environments, Everglades National Park, the premier nesting beach for loggerhead turtles in Melbourne Beach, Florida, and the Matanzas region of North Florida. In addition to field experiences in coastal ecosystems, students focused on understanding how past climate change and sea-level rise has affected these systems, and how the current pattern of accelerated anthropogenic climate change is and is likely to continue to affect these systems. Dr. Reece plans to teach this class in future Maymesters. See article here.
Dr. Reece was recently featured on People Behind the Science.
Dr. Reece was recently featured for his work on climate change and sea level rise, see here.
Undergraduate Erika Schumacher recently was awarded student employee of the year at Valdosta State University, see here.