Spring 2021 Southern Run

Volume 5, Issue 4

CEC Research Spring 2021 southern run cover
Glandular manzanita (Arctostaphylos glandulosa) produces sticky hairs all over their new growth. These hairs deter herbivores, but can also trap tiny insects that aren’t eating the plant. The dead insects may attract predatory invertebrates that, in turn, can protect glandular manzanita from being eaten. The causes and consequences of manzanita stickiness was one of seven research projects conducted at James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve by students in the southern run of the Spring 2021 California Ecology and Conservation program. Image: Luis Orozco-Sanchez.

Shade informs the size and distribution of incense cedar (Calocedrus decurrens) in a fire-managed montane forest
Sandy Navarro, Cristina Villalobos-Heredia, Sierra Teemsma, Patrick Lee

Ventral coloration and body condition do not affect territorial behavior in two Sceloporus lizards
Marina Kelada, Courtney Moulton, Casey Nguyen, Griselda Robles Olague

Indirect defenses show carrion are predictors of predator abundances on glandular manzanitas (Arctostaphylos glandulosa)
Sarah Layer, Ruth Alcantara, Jerry Addison

A cross species analysis of various stressors among three pine species in the San Jacinto Mountains suggest Pinus jeffreyi is the most susceptible to environmental changes 
Mona Broukhim, Benjamin Early, Luis Orozco Sanchez

Host tree circumference, litter depth, and slope affect snow plant (Sarcodes sanguinea) size at James San Jacinto Mountain Reserve
Sean Hinson, Mina Sadek

Predaceous diving beetles, Ilybius walsinghami, prefer organic debris for shelter in the San Jacinto Mountains, Indian Creek
Marley O’Connor, Emily Mun, Cole Dawdy, Isa Rosario-Martinez

Acorn woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) behavior varies in response to intra- and interspecific calls
Josephine Collier, Skye Hoolihan, Ethan Jakob, Hannah St. John