Supporting faculty, students and community partners in their pursuit of solutions to real-world environmental challenges, Cal State East Bay is proud to offer an annual $500 grant for faculty to conduct instruction or research at the Galindo Creek Field Station. All current CSUEB faculty members are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to applicants engaging students in their project. Please contact the Field Station Coordinator to discuss your vision at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application submissions are accepted annually August 1 through October 31. The grant will be awarded by November 30 (please inquire, if the grant has not been issued, we may consider your application).
- All participants are required to present their results to the Concord Campus Advisory Committee.
- All subsequent research papers or project conclusions must be submitted for posting on the websites for Galindo Creek Field Station and CSUEB Concord Campus.
- Participants must respond to an online survey describing their experiences.
Galindo Creek Field Station offers faculty with an on-campus area suitable for scientific research. As East Bay creeks have been seriously compromised by damming, stream bed alteration, dumping, the introduction of non-native plant species, and other consequences of urban development, creek restoration and continuous stewardship presents the university with a practical problem that requires practical solutions—one that provides faculty with an opportunity to engage their students in experiential learning.
CURRENT AND PAST PROJECTS
Wildlife Corridor Camera Trap Data Collection
June 2020 - present
Partners: Galindo Creek Field Station Coordinator, Sean Burke of Save Mount Diablo
A camera trap system set up through the Galindo Creek watershed and across the Cal State East Bay Concord Campus will establish an understanding of the animals which utilize this urban rural interface as a wildlife corridor between Mt. Diablo and the City of Concord.
California Urban Streams Partnership Creek Restoration Workshop
Partners: Galindo Creek Field Station Coordinator, Dr. Ann Riley of California Urban Streams Partnership, Arianna Topbjerg of California Waterboards
California Urban Streams Project performed a creek restoration workshop for residents of Contra Costa County. Over 30 people participated in a classroom session followed with hands on experience. They learned how to utilize bioengineering methods as a solution to erosion control issues along a creek bed.
Working Lands Innovation Center — Catalyzing Negative Carbon Emissions
June 2019 - present
Faculty: Dr. Patty Oikawa
Partners: UC Davis, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Stanford University
The project's principal aim is to catalyze carbon dioxide (CO2) removal via demonstration and deployment of the most promising soil amendment technologies, thereby creating a suite of win-wins for crop yields, soil health, rangeland forage, and environmental quality and greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions. The research will be conducted on sites throughout the State of California, one of which is the Galindo Creek Field Station at Cal State East Bay’s Concord Campus.
Carbon Sequestration Capacity of Trees at Cal State East Bay Concord Campus’ Galindo Creek Field Station
June 2019 - present
Partners: Galindo Creek Field Station Coordinator, NOAA PSEP
The Field Station Coordinator applied for the NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project grant to engage the community in work at the field station. The grant encompasses collecting data regarding the carbon sequestration capacity of the trees within the field station boundaries and additional work to be performed including planting of additional trees (Fall 2020) to increase the carbon storage capacity.
UC California Naturalist Certification Course
September – November 2019
Partners: Galindo Creek Field Station Coordinator, UC California Naturalist Melissa Solera
The Cal Nat program utilized the Galindo Creek Field Station for exercises during the certification course. Through this process, the field station became part of the Cal Academy of Sciences citizen science app iNaturalist. The database, which was created by the Cal Nat students, established an understanding of the biodiversity within the site and continues to develop as people utilize the iNaturalist app when visiting the field station.