Student Research

Check out the following links to research and and writings by ENVS undergraduates: 

  • GEJ Journal: Student Journal, hosted by the Global Environmental Justice Observatory 
  • Norris Center blog: Highlights student research and work
  • ENVS senior project repository: Database of more than 2,200 senior theses and senior internship projects since 1966, produced by ENVS undergraduates 
  • Ginn, M. T., T. M. Brown, R. Flores, and K. D. Holl. 2020. Germination of multi-year collections of California grassland and scrub seeds. Madrono 67:105-111. - This was an undergraduate student's senior thesis.
  • Holl, K. D., J. C. Lesage, T. Adams, J. Rusk, R. D. Schreiber, and M. Tang. 2021. Vegetative spread is key to applied nucleation success in non-native-dominated grasslands. Restoration Ecology 29:e13330. - Adams, Rusk, Schreiber, and Tang were all undergraduates at UCSC in EEB or ENVS who worked on this study for their senior exit requirements.
  • The Bird School Project: ENVS alumnus Indika Young created two of the videos on this page, "Bird Sit/Bird Language Nature Journaling" and "Assigning 'Working Names' to Birds". 
  • Faculty diversity in California environmental studies departments: implications for student learning. 2022. Authored by Amani M. Taylor (undergrad student), Arien J. Hernandez (Undergrad student), Aysha K. Peterson (PhD student, Sikina Jinnah (Faculty).


Other peer-reviewed journal articles with contributions by ENVS undergrads (undergrad author in bold / underline):

  • Liere H, Egerer M, Sanchez C, Bichier P, Philpott SM (2020) Social context influence on urban gardener perceptions of pests and management practices. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 4:547877. 
  • Philpott SM, Albuquerque S, Bichier P, Cohen H, Egerer MH, Kirk C, Will KW (2019) Local and landscape drivers of carabid activity, species richness, and traits in urban gardens in Coastal California. Insects, 10, 112.
  • Burks J, Philpott SM (2017) Local and landscape drivers of parasitoid abundance, richness, and composition in urban gardens. Environmental Entomology, 46: 201-209.    
  • Cohen H, Quistberg RD, Philpott SM (2017) Vegetation management and host density influence bee-parasite interactions in urban gardens. Environmental Entomology 46: 1313 - 1321.    
  • Egerer M, Arel C, Otoshi MD, Quistberg RD, Bichier P, Philpott SM (2017) Urban arthropods respond variably to changes in landscape context and spatial scale. Journal of Urban Ecology 3: 1-10. DOI: 10.1093/jue/jux001.    
  • Plascencia M, Philpott SM (2017) Floral abundance, richness, and spatial distribution drive urban garden bee communities. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 107: 658-667.    
  • Quistberg RD, Bichier P, Philpott SM (2016) Landscape and local correlates of bee abundance and species richness in urban gardens. Environmental Entomology, 45: 592-601    
  • Gillette PN, Ennis K, Domínguez Martínez GH, Philpott SM (2015) Changes in species richness, abundance, and composition of arboreal twig-nesting ants along an elevational gradient in coffee landscapes. Biotropica 47: 712-722