SPRING  Syllabus 2012

Service Learning Focus


  Resource Links  
  Canada de Los Osos Ecological Reserve Map and directions  

Watsonville Wetland Watch Mary Paul Restoration Specialist 831-566-4938

Volunteer opportunities

Become a Docent Training

  Elkhorn Slough Tidal Wetland Project  
  Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Home Page  

National Parks Sevice - Find a National Park & Get involved



State Parks Service - Find a State Park & Get involved. Here are a few to choose from Central coast State parks

Henry coe

Hollister Hills

Freemont Peak


Moss Landing

  San Francisco Bay Birding Organization  
  The World's Biomes  
  Plant Animal Geology Marine life and General Natural  
  History of California Resource  

Lecture Notes (Powerpoint slides)



Lab 1- Meet on campus

Lecture notes   Water and Water relations

Life in the water and major water biomes





2HomeworkBiomes handout describe the different aboitic and biotic charaterisitcs of the aquatic biomes Biome table handout

Note we will fill out the terrestrial part in week 6

Lab 2- SL Science Alliance 3 hours Meet on campus




Presidents holiday

No class


Check your iLearn or email for SL opportunities!

Flower and Trees lab


Energy Relationship

Nutrient Cycling


3 -4       

View the following: Coyote Valley: Connecting People, Connecting Wildlife

Read the following links and write a 2 page critique on the following articles:

Coyote housing group halts funding Coyote Valley Specific Plan

Gavilan College Receives Land Grant in Coyote Valley
Dec 30, 2005

SF acticle Coyote Valley

Bay Nature Article Coyote Valley

Critique of Should we place a price Handout HW - 1 to 2 page type critique on the article handout 'Should a price be put on the goods and sevices provided by the World's ecosystems?'


selected slides from the following Temperature powerpoint lectures below

Temperature relationship

Supplemental notes "study guide" for Exam 1

Click on the following link (yellow box) and Calculate your personal Footprint

1-2 page evaluation of your Calc. Personal footprint result Due on Monday 3/7



Temperature Climate Soil and Major Biomes



Discussions Students will actively participate during field presentations.  For full credit students should engage in discussion every time we have our evening meeting and at two different Field presentation events, students should ask at least one relevant biological question (make sure you log it into your journal for credit!).  


Four 8 minute Field Presentation is required Each presentation must include at least one 8.5x11 colored image printed before we leave Gavilan Campus, and 8 to 12 flash cards that state its common name, scientific name and Family.  Also it must state if it’s native or non-native.  If non-native include where it originated and how it was introduced.  Include its Natural Habitat. What they eat? Who eats them? What animals/plants do they affect? Why are they important? Why are we concerned?  Can they be used as indicator species? (indicator species=help monitor any environmental changes) Are they a “keystone” species? Endemic? How does Climate change affect them? Habitat Fragmentation and human use, Chemical, toxins and air contaminants and What is being done?  What can we do? Etc.

Animal Vertebrate list click hyperlink below

Cal photo Berkeley link collection of animal and plant photos from around the worldAnimal Vertebrate list

Plant list click hyperlink below

Wildlife Resource link and Fact sheet

SEKI Non-native plant list



Succession and Stability



In Natural history of Califorina reader text (on reserve in the library)- Read chapter 4 Biotic Zonation p. 92-108 (grasslands, foothill, chaparral, foothill animals)

Read yellow pine forest also known as mixed conifer forest p 109- 126.

Read animals of the yellow pine forest (mixed conifer) p. 126-138


Recall Natural Regions of California and that the book is presented by these Regions

Natural Regions of California

We Start First with the Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada



                            Rain-shadow effect

              Sierra Nevada Biotic Zonation (Distribution of Communities/biomes)

A comparison of three types of community classification

Changes in Environment ( Climate, elevation) Affect the type of communities as shown below:

Biotic Zonation of Sierra Nevada

                             Community/biomes (Grasslands, Woodlands, Chaparral, Yellow Pine Forest,

                                                        Lodgepole- Red Forest, Riparian Woodlands)     The type of community/biome is defined by the type of Plants and therefore the typr of Animals found in that region           

                                          Plants found in different communities/biomes

Trees and Shrubs found in Sierra Nevada biotic zone


                                          Animals found in differnt Communities/biomes

Distribution of related species according to communities

             Niche partioning among Forest birds

                            Niche Partitioning among Forest birds

We will not cover now but will touch on these topics later


          Subalpine Forest ( Coniferous Forest)

                 plants text p. 167-183

                 animals p. 184-186

          Pinyon- Juniper Woodland (lowest of the mountain communities , or considered the uppermost desert commnity of the Coniferous Forest)

                Plant and Animals     p. 186-190

          Alpine (Tundra) p. 190

                Plants and Animals

A Summary of Alpine Communities



Population Growth

Habitable planet video link


Study lecture notes and read chapter 2 sections presented during lecture

Ch. 2 p. 18-26 Ecosystems, Energy Flow, Laws of Thermodynamics, Food pyramids and Food webs

Ch. 2 p. 26- 33 Cycles of Matter, Carbon cylce, and Nitrogen cycle

Figures and chemical Reactions:: Fig. 2.1 Components of an ecosystem, CO2 + H20 => C6H12O6 + O2, and C6H12O6 + O2=> CO2 + H2O + energy , Fig. 2.2 Transfer of energy in ecosystems, Fig. 2.3 A pyramid of biomass, fig. 2.4 the carbon cycle, Fig. 2.5 The nitrogen cycle

Terms and concepts: : Ecology, Ecosystem, Prokaryote, eukaryote, ozone, aquatic, terrestrial, theories of evololution, Biotic level (living level), Abiotic level (Nonliving level), primary producers, consumers, decomposers, autotrophic, heterotrophic, herbivores, omnivores, carnivores, photosynthesis, chemosynthesis, carrion, chlorophyll, autotrophic, heterotrophic, matter, nutrients, minerals, cellular respiration (metabolism), detritus, biodiversity, food pyramid, pyramid of biomass, cycles of matter, carbon cycle, nitrogen cycle, organic matter and inorganic matter.


Pinnacles habitat restoration 10-12 and hike 1-3 (bring notebooks)

Meet in LS 102

Pinnacles Pictures Gav students removing invasive plant pinnacles 2009

Population Dynamics

Wild pigs video


Coastal ranges

Pacific Northwest Mountains (Klamath Mountains and Cascade Range)

Pacific Northwest California

         Riparian Woodland

         Mixed Evergreen Forest

        Moist Yellow Pine forest

        Red Fir Forest

        Dry Yellow Pine Forest

Coast Ranges

California Deserts  (Great Basin Desert, Mojave Desert, Colorado Desert)

The Great Central Valley

Inland Waters (Lakes, Streams)

The Coastline (Tides, Marine Terraces, Intertidal Communities, Estuaries, Salt Marsh, Mud flats, Coastal Strand)


Population Distribution and Abundance

Condor video Big Sur fire and Pinnacles

Condor video Arizona

Exam #2

Covers lectures Succession, Population Growth, Population Dynamic, Population Distribution and Abundance,

as well as our Saturday outings (Point Lobos and Canada del los osos)


Due 5/7

Point Lobos critique due 5/7 Saturday

Typed one-page outline of Service Learning project with a reference Name and email/phone #

review and Population Distribution and Abundance


Social Relations


Milpitas SFB Bird Observatory sfbbo yt reproorange crown releasebird banding tableanna's hummingbird   wren sfbbo bird registering table

wing yt in mist netrelease bird

Bay Bird Observatory Volunteer Opportunities click here SFBBO



SL Presentations on Saturday

PresentationsTurn in Presentation Outline before presenting!

Final will cover Lecture notes for Social Relations, Speciation and Global Ecology

Species Interactions and Community Structure Elkhorn Slough kayak NOVA Video- What Darwin Never Knew

Global ecology








Activity Dates  
High Sierra Trail Crew   Sign up link
Location: Sierra National Forest, Madera and Merced counties

Santa Clara County Parks Mt. Madonna


Henry Coe    
Redwoods Mt. Madonna    

Elkhorn Slough Org.

Humming bird Island

Student Conservation Association Pinnacles    
Spring Moss trail Pinnacles    

Canada del Los Osos reserve Cal Deer Association

Moss Landing    
Coyote Valley    

Morgan Hill Earthday



Bird Banding Demonstration SF Bay Bird Observatory in Milpitas    



Watsonville Wetlands

Meet on campus at 9 am and return arond 1:30

Directions to Fitz WERC

From Santa Cruz
Take Highway 1 South
Exit onto CA-152/Main St toward Watsonville/Gilroy
Turn right at S Green Valley Rd   
Stay right on Harkins Slough Rd and cross over highway   
Turn right into the Pajaro Valley High School campus and follow the road all the way up to the top parking lot.
The WERC is the only building in the top parking lot next to the basket ball courts and the greenhouse.

 From Monterey
Take Highway 1 North
Take the Harkins Slough Rd exit toward Green Valley Rd
Turn left at Harkins Slough Rd
Turn right into the Pajaro Valley High School campus and follow the road all the way up to the top parking lot.
The WERC is the only building in the top parking lot next to the basket ball courts and the greenhouse.