Campus Research Connections: Washington State's earliest plant records date back to the late 1800s, and even with 150 years of collecting there are incomplete records for Snohomish and Skagit Counties.

For example, King County has 13,000 plant records, while Snohomish has 6,000 records and Skagit 7,700. Verlinde will be talking about how and where they collect and how this provides valuable insight on plant species distribution and plant conservation.

Campus Research Connections - Environmental Surveys: Monitoring and Protecting Wildlife

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Each quarter my office hosts an event which features a set of researchers to talk and the public to come interact. This quarter we featured five researchers focused on environmental surveys on campus and in the greater Puget Sound area.  I had the chance to talk about the herbarium and the importance of local herbaria in the Snohomish/Skagit Counties.

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Oct 18th, UW Bothell Discovery Hall

Amy Lambert, Ph.D., Lecturer, School of IAS and Alexa Russo, B.A., Sustainability Coordinator, UW Bothell
The CCUWBee Research Initiative is a valuable opportunity for students, staff and faculty to work together to monitor long-term trends and baseline variability of native bees on campus. They explore patterns of bee diversity across different habitat types on campus and highlight the need for long-term monitoring amid widespread concerns of bee declines across the globe.

Ursula Valdez, Ph.D., Lecturer, School of IAS  
Since its restoration, the North Creek Wetlands has been an ideal place to study the different species and ecological processes involved in this restoration. In particular, bird species have contributed greatly with seed dispersal, pollination, control of insect populations and other ecological services.  Valdez is currently collecting seasonal bird population data to determine the bird species diversity, composition of the ecological roles of the species living and using the riparian forest, grasslands and aquatic ecosystems found in the area. The main goal is to conduct a long-term monitoring program for bird communities in the wetlands.

David Stokes, Ph.D., Prof., School of IAS
Urban green space can be more than a place for humans; it also has the potential to provide habitat for wildlife. However, many wildlife species are difficult to observe, and their presence in urban green spaces is poorly known.  Stokes and his students use wildlife camera traps to monitor wildlife in and around local Eastside parks. Their results demonstrate a surprising diversity of wildlife, and offer insights into possible measures for increasing the habitat value of the urban environments we share with other species.

Cynthia Chang, Ph.D., Asst. Prof., School of STEM-Biology
It has been 39 years since Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980. How have ecological communities recovered since this major disturbance? Chang lab research examines how plants have recolonized, survived and adapted to this once barren environment. Their research highlights how this natural experiment has provided valuable lessons on ecological resilience in an era of major global change.

Snohomish/Skagit Herbarium Records

I spoke about the emphasis of the UW Bothell Herbarium, which is to collect and fill in some of the missing collection records for Snohomish and Skagit counties. I think the follow graph sums it up pretty well. Where there are herbaria, there are extensive records of the plants that grow in the area. Even though UW Bothell Herbarium is technically in King County, I've included it in Snohomish County, because that's where our collection emphasis lies.

Notice that the number of rare (sensitive or endangered) plants are reduced in the counties with fewer records. It is likely that the area hasn't been well explored, and there are more sensitive plants in the area.