Contact: Brett Stalbaum or Naomi Spellman, Coordinators
6.20.05. OVER THE WEEKEND WE VISITED THE CROOKED CREEK RESEARCH CENTER. Having visited the Sierras, the San Gabriel Mountains, and the Santa Monica foothills and mountains (continued) ...
1. Nicolas Gesler (Anthropology; Professor, UCLA). Research: multiagent spatial computer simulation, distributed cultural cognition "in the wild," the intermediation among individuals and their technologies, and networks of trust, secrecy and deception. http://www.bol.ucla.edu/~gessler/
INFO ON WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS
2. Fraser Shilling (Department of Environmental Science and Policy; Researcher, UC Davis) An aquatic ecologist by training who has investigated a wide range of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem processes in the context of science-based decision-making. His doctoral training was in the involvement of algae-derived dissolved organic material in invertebrate food webs. More recently, he has investigated landscape conditions useful for classifying lands for various ecosystem values, studied how human activities/values can impact ecosystem values/processes, and studied how people can cope with mercury loads in fish in the Delta watershed. He is the lead author of the California Watershed Assessment Manual (http://cwam.ucdavis.edu ), a 3-year collaborative effort involving 4 UCD scientists and 2 state agencies. He is the author of over 20 peer-reviewed articles in the scientific literature and many reports to local, state, and federal agencies and organizations. His interests are primarily in the role of ecosystem indicators and studies in informing aquatic system and watershedscale adaptive decision-making. (Interests, continued)
3. Kimberlee Chambers (Geography, UCD, PhD Candidate) Research Interests: the conservation and restoration of biodiversity and cultural diversity, with a major focus on food plants in both agricultural and hunter-gatherer societies. My MSc is in ethnobotany (although in the Geography Department). Below are a few links related to my research in British Columbia. (Interests, continued)
Curriculum Vitae, Chambers
Arrow-leaved balsamroot: common but not a weed!
Uses and Potential of Arrow-leaved Balsamroot
Assessing the Feasibility of Applying the Co-operative Model to First Nations Community Based Development Initiatives: A Case Study of the Xaxl'ep and a Native Plant Nursery
4. Nico Tripcevich (Anthropology; UCSB, PhD Candidate): Archaeologist working in Peru looking at pre-Hispanic exchange from the perspective of an obsidian stone quarry in highland Arequipa, Peru, specializing in application of Geographic Information Systems. (Interests, continued)
Link to archaeological research in the Upper Colca river valley.
5. Brett Stalbaum (Interdisciplinary Computing Arts, UC San Diego, Lecturer P.S.O.E)
Painters Flat Project
6. Naomi Spellman (Interdisciplinary Computing Arts, UC San Diego, Lecturer) Artist interested in the narrative potential of digital mapping tools.
Curriculum Vitae, Spellman
Directions, maps, etc.
HOW TO GET TO THE CROOKED CREEK RESEARCH CENTER
Travel expenses will be reimbursed up to $300 per participant. Car travel will be reimbursed by mileage, so note mileage, and please note your starting point if you are driving your own car. If you are not traveling with your own vehicle (if you purchase an air ticket or rent a car, for example) receipts must be submitted for reimbursement. In addition to travel reimbursement, each participant will receive $60 for personal expenses for the anticipated 2 days of travel there and back.
We anticipate that researchers will bring most of the equipment needed for their demonstrations. We have a modest budget available for equipment and materials, and there is some equipment available at the research center for our use. Please let us know ASAP if you anticipate a need for specific presentation or demonstration equipment. We will accommodate needs as we can. Any expenditure above $50 should be approved in advance with Brett or Naomi, since we have limited resources for this purpose. Please keep all receipts, as they must be presented for reimbursement.
EQUIPMENT/MATERIALS FOR PRESENTATION AND WORKSHOP
General Info on the White Mountains
INFO ON THE CROOKED CREEK RESEARCH FACILITY AND THE WHITE MOUNTAINS
UCSD-TV's In the Shadow of White Mountain takes viewers to the peak of the University of California's White Mountain Research Station to see just what it means to study life on the edge.
Special Projects/Research at the White Mountain Research Facility
The Crooked Creek Research Facilities webpage. The facility has high-speed wireless internet access in the common area in the lodge. There is a Computer lab, with [details to come]
Facility Policy, rules and regulations FYI.
Weather station at Barcroft Research Facility, White Mountain Research Station. Updated every 10 minutes. The Barcroft station elevation is about 2,000 feet higher than the Crooked Creek facility.
Crooked Creek Research Facility: 37.500 N 118.170 W
TOPOGRAPHY, GIS, & ASTRONOMY DATA FOR THE AREA
Elevation: 10173 ft.
MapMart allows you to specify the parameters and scale of your map before ordering or downloading, which gets around the problem of the Crooked Creek facility sitting just on the boundary between the Mount barcroft and Blanco Mountain quads, for those who anticipate a need for a topo of the facility area. Choose map type (topo), zoom in, then click "order" -mark parameters, then order printed map or download map. $10 for quad (7-10 squ mi).
Topographic maps of the region are also available for purchase at the Bishop Forest Service office on west Main street in Bishop during normal business hours. Quads are about $8/each.
White Mountain USGS Topographic diagram, with individual quad areas indicated by name
30 meter DEMS ~5MB
DRGs (untrimmed, renamed to map name) ~103MB
DRGs for entire 37n118w area ~339MB
The Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center disseminates global land processes data, collected by various satellite and aerial sensors. This section provides descriptive information concerning these data.
CALIFORNIA STATE BOUNDARIES - When, Where, How. Spatial practices before GPS, and how they impacted the formation of the State of California. Scroll down to HISTORICAL ARTICLE
MARTINDALE'S CALCULATORS ASTROPHYSICS, ASTRONOMY & SPACE SCIENCE. The celestrial calculators may be of use for those wanted to ascertain what will be in the sky
OWENS VALLEY AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INFORMATION
Owens Valley Facts and Features
The Center for Land Use Interpretation has an essay on the Owens Valley, pointing out a variety of features of note.
Evaluation of the Hydrologic System (PDF 8.5 MB) and Selected Water-Management Alternativesin the Owens Valley, California. United States Geological SurveyWater-Supply Paper. This is a beautifully illustrated in-depth analysis of the distinctive hydrology and geologic features of the Owens Valley.
Plant Biology of Eastern California - C. A. Purpus: His Collecting Trips in the Sierra Nevada and Owens Valley, California, 1896 - 1898 .
U.S. Department of the Interior Earthquake Hazards Program - Southern California
The Mechanism of Plate Tectonics
Japanese American Internment camp which operated in the valley at Manzanar near Independence, California, during World War II. A new interpretive center opened here recently in the former auditorium, making it a very worthwhile visit.
The Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO) is the largest university-operated radio observatory in the world. The observatory is located near Bishop, California, approximately 250 miles north of Los Angeles on the east side of the Sierra Nevada. For reference, its coordinates are 37°14'02" latitude, 118°16'56" longitude at 1222 meters above sea level. The major instruments at the observatory are