Cheadle Center for Biodiversity & Ecological Research (CCBER) — UCSB: CCBER promotes the teaching of diverse undergraduate courses in EEMB, Environmental Studies, and Geology. It also supports faculty, staff, and student research interests by providing field and lab-based resources. In addition, CCBER houses regionally focused collections of terrestrial plants, algae, and vertebrates, as well as an extensive plant anatomy collection. The Center satisfies the University’s obligation to provide stewardship of campus lands, rich in biodiversity. Through the ecological restoration program, the Center encourages land restoration on and near campus.
Current Projects and Collaborations
CCBER — Ecosystem Management Research: The CCBER focuses on four main areas of ecosystem management research: Ecological Research, Restoration Monitoring, Wildlife Surveys, Water Quality Research.
Earth Science: Early history of life on Earth. The major focus is on the fossil record during the Archean and Proterozoic, specifically on microbial fossils and stromatolites.
Earth Science: Natural hazards; human impacts; environmental evolution; plate tectonics
Earth Science: Sedimentology; geothermal exploration; natural hazards; environmental evolution
Ecology Evolution & Marine Biology: Preservation/ restoration ecology
Physics: Natural hazards, human impacts
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology: Methodologies to discover green biomaterials
Ecology Evolution & Marine Biology: Invasive species; species affects on ecosystem processes; restoration ecology
Bren: Ecology; distribution of conservation of species and ecosystems; rangeland and farmland conservation; the biological implications of regional climate change.
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology: Seed quality and yield/stress tolerance of plants
Earth Science: Environmental evolution of Earth
Bren: Understanding the role of natural and anthropogenic bacteria in both environmental restoration and environmental degradation.
Chemical Engineering: Intermolecular and intersurface forces in biological, complex fluid and materials systems. Current research includes biomimicary of geckos.
Bren: Theoretical ecology; spatial ecology; human impacts and earth system science
Geography: Research focuses on investigating biogeochemical processes and natural and human-induced environmental changes to address questions relating to terrestrial ecology, atmospheric science, and soil science.
Physics: Nonequilibrium phenomena such as the kinetics of phase transitions, pattern formation in fluid dynamics and crystal growth, earthquakes, and – most recently – the dynamics of deformation and failure in noncrystalline solids.
Ecology Evolution & Marine Biology: Exotic plant invasions; species diversity and ecosystem function; mechanisms underlying rare plant persistence; determinants of commonness, and rarity.
Chemistry: Recyclable reagent alternatives
Ecology Evolution & Marine Biology: Physiological plant ecology; phenology, water relations, productivity, root dynamics, controls of community structures and plant distributions.
Geography: Land-use/ land-cover change, biosphere and atmosphere interactions, Earth system science, sustainability science, urban ecology.
Environmental Studies: Environmental planning, and restoration
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology: Environmentally benign new routes to synthesis of high-performance materials.
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology: Construction of Tetrahymena cell lines capable of fluorescing in real time in response to environmental toxicants, including heavy metals.
Chemistry/ Biochemistry: Biogeochemistry; t-RNA; climate change
Earth Science: Porter Lab studies prehistoric multicellular organisms, including animals, and first evolved in order to track the response of biota to environmental change as coupled with genetic differentiation.
Environmental Studies/ Ecology Evolution & Marine Biology: Understanding the dynamics of soil organic matter in the Arctic, investigating carbon in the Arctic soil and its relationship to climate change.
Ecology Evolution & Marine Biology: Quantitative genetics of plant life-history characters and ecological significance of life-history variation; molecular applications in evolutionary ecology.
Geography: Biogeochemistry, biogeography, sustainability science, ecological climatology, climate change, carbon cycling, plant ecophysiology, and stable isotopes.
Communications/ Statistics: New Zealand Sustainability
Ecology Evolution & Marine Biology: Distributional ecology and systematics of western North American and Australian amphibians and reptiles, conservation biology.
Chemical Engineering: Risk assessment and management in complex technological and environmental systems.
Earth Science: Evolution of plant ecosystems; terrestrial plant response to climate change
Earth Science: Biogeochemical cycling of organic material, methane, and hydrogen in microbially-dominated environments, microbially-mediated transformations of energy and organic matter in marine environments.
Earth Science: Phylogenetic analysis and the application of mammalian paleontology to geological problems.