Biological Resources

Biological Sciences
Park managers need to have the highest quality science and information in order to make sound management decisions that protect and preserve the biological resources in the park. Scientific studies focusing on connecting biological research to park management needs, particularly with respect to endangered, threatened, sensitive, rare and endemic species, ecosystem health and function, habitat fragmentation and disturbance, and the spread of non-native invasive species, is vitally important as data from these studies helps to provide critically needed information about diversity, ecological processes, ecosystem threats, and identify other resource management opportunities.

Past Research

  Cabrillo Channel Islands Santa Monica Mountains
Urban encroachment impacts on raptors      

Current Research

  Cabrillo Channel Islands Santa Monica Mountains
Long-term monitoring of the intertidal areas following MARINe standard protocols X X  
The effects of non-native species on island habitats      
Identification and evaluation of invasive plant species, their mode of establishment, rate of spread, and ecological impact      
The effects of removal of non-native species      
Island fox, golden eagle, and feral pig interactions      
Ecological requirements of rare plants      
Taxonomy of endemic species      
Habitat fragmentation effects on reptiles and mammalian carnivores      
Analysis of habitat connectivity requirements for bobcats and mountain lions      
Ecological requirements of rare plants, mosses and lichens      
Assessment of urban impact on stream hydrology, exotic species spread, and native amphibian populations      

Research Opportunities
The National Park Service encourages biological research in Coastal Southern California national parks. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  Cabrillo Channel Islands Santa Monica Mountains
Factors, such as habitat fragmentation, non-native invasive species, and human influences, that affect natural terrestrial and marine ecosystem processes and components X X X
Work with species groups such as birds, non-vascular plants and terrestrial and marine invertebrates X X X
Baseline inventories and natural history studies of under-studied groups X X X
Baseline inventories and natural history studies on endangered, threatened, sensitive, rare and endemic species X X  
Determining the general distribution and abundance for vascular and non-vascular plants X    
Assistance in understanding topics of special management interests, such as invasive non-native plants and invertebrates X X  
Assistance in understanding endangered, threatened, sensitive, rare and endemic species X X  
Factors affecting the loss or persistence of site-specific natives X    
Effects of fire (or the lack thereof) on site-specific terrestrial habitats X    
Invasive species spread and control X   X
Broad-scale studies that link landscape level changes to biodiversity patterns, including the use of remotely sensed data   X X