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We were invited to attend this event at California State University Channel Islands to visit with the students, see their research projects, and receive an update about the Santa Rosa Island project that our foundation annually funds. It began with having breakfast on campus with the students and professors involved in this research program that has grown substantially in number of students from last year. Dr. Cause Hanna gave us a tote containing letters of appreciation that each student wrote to us. This correspondence relates the experience each one has received in the way of knowledge and research findings and how this will lead them to their future.

After breakfast, we headed for the Exhibition Hall at the Broome Library. There we visited many of the poster presentation displays and talked with a number of students to learn more about their research, findings, and future career goals.

Taylor Dirkins with his research on development

The first presentation we visited was titled “CI Rainbow Framework for Long-Term Real-Time Environmental Monitoring – Exploratory CI Park Development.” We met with Taylor Dinkins who talked about a wind speed sensor to be used for solar power development as well as under water sensors. The sensors measure soil moisture, temperatures, and there is a web application site.

Micheal Kaish’s research on Drone Flight.

Michael Kaish’s display was titled “Autonomous Drone Flight in Response to System Events.”

Then we visited two presentations titled “Intertidal Biodiversity on Santa Rosa Island” and “Rocky Intertidal Monitoring using Point-Intercept Plots on Santa Rosa Island.” Students Angelica Gephart, Evelyn Garcia and Sarah Assar talked to us about intertidal biodiversity surveys, temperature, pH, and salinity monitoring they performed on the island. In fact, Sarah said, “Doing this research here has made me want to go into this field and

Angelica’s and Sarah’s research on Biodiversity.

continue this type of research in the future, and I am so grateful that this research station was available for me to have those experiences.”

Carl Strother and Angela Gephart had a poster presentation titled “Characterization of Water Quality in Intertidal Zones Using an EXO2 Sonde.”

Since we also have a nonprofit involving

Carl Strother with Mr. Havasi by his poster.

dance we noticed another poster presentation along with a video titled “Interpretive Bird Dance.” We stopped to discuss the various aspects of this project with Alanna Overturf and Shawna Brown.

One of the final displays we visited was that created by Tanner Weber titled “Guardian of the Mainland–An Anthropological Look at the History and Archaeology of the Military Presence on Santa Rosa Island.” This was quite interesting to see and talk about as we had little knowledge about the hidden bunker on Santa Rosa Island.

Alanna’s and Shawna’s interpretive bird dances.

Tanner’s environment and archaeology research.

Luckily he was put in touch with a 90-year-old man that was stationed on the island during the Cold War who he was able to visit in person in Yuma, AZ and do an interview documenting an ethnography that will be of great importance to the National Park Service as well as to his research.

We congratulate the following students for their accomplishments and thank each of them for taking the time to write to us to tell us how this has affected their lives:

  • Sarah Assar

  • Brandon Blair

  • Jazmine Cureño

  • Geoff Dilly

  • Dylan Fadich

  • Lauren McIntyre

  • Hayden C. McPherson

  • Jenna Miani

  • Michaela Miller

  • Randy Moran

  • Aimee Newell

  • Tyler Nichols

  • Tanner Weber

  • Jay Woolsey

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