Advanced Research with L. Calabria

Fall 2019
Winter 2020
Spring 2020
Junior - Senior
Class Size: 0
0 Credits per quarter
Variable credit options, see below
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Rigorous quantitative and qualitative research is an important component of academic learning in Environmental Studies. This independent learning opportunity is designed to allow advanced students to delve into real-world research with faculty who are currently engaged in specific projects. The program will help students develop vital skills in research design, data acquisition and interpretation, written and oral communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills—all of which are of particular value for students who are pursuing a graduate degree, as well as for graduates who are already in the job market.

Lalita Calabria's research focuses on biodiversity and conservation of bryophytes and lichens in temperate North America. As a broadly trained plant biologist, Lalita uses a multidisciplinary approach to investigating these topics including floristic surveys, ecological studies, herbarium-based research and phytochemical studies of plants. Current activities in her lab focus on assessing the impacts of fire on lichen and bryophyte communities of oak woodlands and prairies, estimating biomass and functional group diversity of bryophyte and lichen ground layers in Puget Sound prairies and quantifying biological nitrogen fixation rates of moss-cyanobacteria symbiosis. Students with backgrounds in botany, ecology, or chemistry could gain skills in bryophyte and lichen identification, as well as, field monitoring methods and studying symbiosis of bryophytes and lichens. Students participating in this program would engage with ongoing research in Lalita’s lab and may have opportunities to develop their own research projects.


Fall 2019 Registration

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Course Reference Numbers

Jr - Sr (1 - 16): 10401
Winter 2020 Registration

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Students should contact the faculty for more information.

Course Reference Numbers

Jr - Sr (1 - 16): 20329
Spring 2020 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

Jr - Sr (1 - 16): 30465

Academic details

Preparatory for studies and careers in

 lichen, bryophyte, and plant ecology and herbarium-based research.

Variable Credit Options

seat availability and credit options vary per quarter.

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