Learning Among Brilliant Scientists (LABS) students gain access to new knowledge and are introduced to the skills needed to be a successful scientific researcher through workshops that include a seminar and hands-on learning experience.
LABS develops the whole child by:
“LABS provides to engage students early on in unique research topics. I was so impressed by these students’ intuition for science. They expressed a lot of insightful observations about the topic. This is the type of experience I wish I had had as a young student.” – LABS Speaker
Urban areas are often centers of high biological diversity. However, many residents of urban areas fail to recognize cities as functioning ecosystems, primarily because most of the environment is built-up and manicured. We will explore the importance of our city as a haven for urban biodiversity. Further, we will document the value of a specific group of wildlife – birds – and how they can tell us much about the ‘health’ of our urban environment. After learning about what an urban ecosystem is, plan to be outside, as we will do some introductory fieldwork highlighting the diversity and abundance of birds at IEA and detailing the importance of various trees species to our birds.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr. Wood is an Assistant Professor of Ecology in the Biological Sciences Department at California State University Los Angeles. Research in his lab is centered on terrestrial ecosystems and avian communities. He uses field and citizen science data, spatial analyses, and quantitative approaches to explore questions that are focused on avian ecology, urban ecosystems, and conservation. Further, Dr. Wood teaches a variety of classes focused on Ornithology, Ecosystems of California, Ecology, and Data Analysis. He is an affiliate research fellow at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, as well as the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. For more information please visit: www.ericmwood.org
Duration: 2.5 hours
Where: IEA Learning Center, 540 South Marengo Avenue, Pasadena, California 91101
Please note upon registration, a LABS team member will be in touch with you via email to confirm and finalize your child’s enrollment in the workshop.
*Scholarships are available to qualified families in need.
Participants must be:
*You do not need to be a current IEA student to register for LABS. Students from all school districts are welcome.