Presentation Title

What's the Point? Using Photo Points to Document Environmental Restoration

Faculty Mentor

Sean Kelly

Start Date

17-11-2018 8:30 AM

End Date

17-11-2018 8:45 AM

Location

C158

Session

Oral 1

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

biological_agricultural_sciences

Abstract

Santa Rosa Island is part of the California Channel Islands, in the Pacific Ocean, about 25 miles East of Ventura County. For 150 years the island was used for sheep and cow farming, and trophy hunting for Roosevelt Elk brought to the Island. These non-native animals decimated native plants and the physical environment of the Island. Now included in the Channel Islands National Park, all non-native mammals were eradicated and the ecological balance is being restored. To document the restoration of the island, CSU Channel Islands Santa Rosa Island Research Station implemented a photo point monitoring protocol. Student-scientists photograph predetermined points on a regular basis. These photos are cataloged in a digital repository for researchers interested in environmental restoration. By comparing photos, using a variety of techniques, analysts can empirically document restoration efforts on Santa Rosa. This project relates three important elements of this research: 1) the methodological protocol for the photo points approach, demonstrating how the use of “virtual reality” technology adds to the basic protocol; 2) the creation of the digital database that is a repository for these data, and how written and oral materials can be captured to enrich the methodology, and; 3) we present a case study to illustrate the methodology focusing on one of the sites being monitored, Lobo Canyon. We suggest that photo points are both a useful methodology for monitoring environmental change and can serve as a means for connecting students to the island and the restoration process.

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Nov 17th, 8:30 AM Nov 17th, 8:45 AM

What's the Point? Using Photo Points to Document Environmental Restoration

C158

Santa Rosa Island is part of the California Channel Islands, in the Pacific Ocean, about 25 miles East of Ventura County. For 150 years the island was used for sheep and cow farming, and trophy hunting for Roosevelt Elk brought to the Island. These non-native animals decimated native plants and the physical environment of the Island. Now included in the Channel Islands National Park, all non-native mammals were eradicated and the ecological balance is being restored. To document the restoration of the island, CSU Channel Islands Santa Rosa Island Research Station implemented a photo point monitoring protocol. Student-scientists photograph predetermined points on a regular basis. These photos are cataloged in a digital repository for researchers interested in environmental restoration. By comparing photos, using a variety of techniques, analysts can empirically document restoration efforts on Santa Rosa. This project relates three important elements of this research: 1) the methodological protocol for the photo points approach, demonstrating how the use of “virtual reality” technology adds to the basic protocol; 2) the creation of the digital database that is a repository for these data, and how written and oral materials can be captured to enrich the methodology, and; 3) we present a case study to illustrate the methodology focusing on one of the sites being monitored, Lobo Canyon. We suggest that photo points are both a useful methodology for monitoring environmental change and can serve as a means for connecting students to the island and the restoration process.