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University Establishes Research Partnership with National Park Service

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Date: February 21, 2013
Contact: Yvonne Menard, 805-658-5725

California State University Channel Islands (CI) and the National Park Service (NPS) today announced a partnership to create a field research station on Santa Rosa Island within Channel Islands National Park (CINP). The agreement paves the way for a facility that hosts wide-ranging educational and research opportunities in one of the nation's most ecologically and archaeologically prized island settings. 

Santa Rosa Island's varied landforms, diverse array of plant and animal species, and significant archaeological assets make it a wealth of opportunity for research and student education. 

The facility known as the Santa Rosa Island Research Station - A California State University Channel Islands Undergraduate Research Campus will serve CI students and faculty as well as a much broader community, including other universities, governmental agencies, cultural institutions, and national and international researchers.  

A variety of CI programs are planned that promote study and stewardship of the island's rich natural and cultural resources. Courses and student research will span many of the University's disciplines, including the arts, humanities, and natural and social sciences. Programs include a summer archeological field school, immersive undergraduate field research in biology, environmental science and resource management, and studies of marine mammals and coastal systems. 

"We are delighted to partner with the NPS to provide our students, faculty and the broader academic and scientific community with access to one of the world's greatest living laboratories," said CI President Richard R. Rush. "The Santa Rosa Island Research Station presents priceless opportunities for learning, collaboration, and innovation in areas ranging from anthropology and biology to park policy and wildlife conservation." 

"This collaboration with CI will greatly enhance opportunities for scientific discovery and research, resource management and restoration, and education at the park" said CINP Superintendent Russell Galipeau. 

Work soon will begin to convert two existing buildings on the island into facilities to host students, faculty, researchers, and a resident manager. CI plans to fund facility operations through a combination of grants, donations and revenue generated from facility use fees. 

About CSU Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI's strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master's degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. Visit www.csuci.edu for more information.  

About Santa Rosa Island
Santa Rosa Island, the second-largest island within Channel Islands National Park, boasts 55 miles of coastline supporting a diverse web of marine life. Its 53,000 acres are home to more than 100 bird species, 500 plant species, many endemic species found nowhere else in the world, and numerous significant and federally protected archeological sites offering a 13,000-year record of human occupation, including the earliest-known human remains in North America. For more information visit www.nps.gov/chis.

Did You Know?

Island deer mouse

The endemic island deer mouse is the only native terrestrial mammal common to all the Channel Islands and is larger than mainland deer mice. Densities of deer mice on the islands can be greater than anywhere else in the world. This makes you happy if you're an owl, but not if you're a camper.