College of Science

Department of Applied Environmental Science

March 2016

Students in Nikki Nedeff’s Spring 2016 BIO 342: Plant Communities of CA class (California Plant Communities) walk through restored coastal dune habitat near Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach. Concepts related to disturbance ecology and habitat restoration are folded into lecture topics focused on the natural communities found throughout California. During field trips, students identify indicator plant species using plant identification techniques and dichotomous keys. So, can you tell the difference between an interior live oak, a canyon live oak and a coast live oak?

nedeff students
Quercus agrifolia (coast)
Quercus chrysolepis (canyon)