|A sampling site at the Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve|
The connection between the Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve (GWWP) and CSU Dominguez Hills goes back many years, but it has developed greatly in the last few. Two members of the board of the Friends of the GWWP are faculty members in Biology, while another is a graduate student in Environmental Sciences. For the last 3 years, a group of undergraduates from Biology has worked every month at restoration days to remove fennel and castor bean, two of the most invasive of the non-native plants present. It is now quite hard to find specimens of either of these once-abundant plants at the preserve. In addition, there are several ongoing and past research projects supervised by CSUDH Biology faculty members at the preserve, on topics as diverse as improving restoration techniques, monitoring the aquatic invertebrates that inhabit the swamp, and the insects that are found in the Arroyo Willows. We will look more at these connections in future posts.
John Thomlinson (Chair, Department of Biology - CSUDH; BoardMember - Friends of Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve)