Welcome to SCWIBLES!

Santa Cruz-Watsonville Inquiry-Based Learning in Environmental Sciences is an exciting new graduate training program at the University of California Santa Cruz in partnership with Watsonville High School. The National Science Foundation awarded the University of California Santa Cruz a $2.1 million, 5-year grant (NSF GK-12 DGE-0947923, 2010-2015) to support graduate student researchers in environmental sciences, to train them to effectively communicate with non-scientists about science, and to enrich science education in our schools.

The program partners UCSC graduate students in Environmental Studies and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with teachers at Watsonville High School, particularly in the Environmental Science and Natural Resources Academy (ESNR).   Together, they work as co-researchers in the field and in the lab, develop and implement inquiry-based science curricula, and inspire new generations of environmental problem-solvers. 

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SCWIBLES 2015-16 NEWS

Congratulations! Fellow Elissa Olimpi was awarded a 2-year NSF grant for $16K to suppport her dissertation research on bats (Mar 2015).

2015 Science Fair awards! 1) Nol Ortiz, Mar Vista Elementary-Fighting Diabetes with Nopal Cactus. 2) Reyna Riegos and Monica Velasquez, Pajaro MS - Pollution. 3) Anamaria Arias-Ixta, WHS- What Influences People's Water Conservation Efforts in Watsonville, CA.Congratulations to all Science Fair participants!

Past SCWIBLEr Yiwei Wang and current Fellow Caleb Bryce published an article on wild pumas in the journal Movement Ecology! more ...

Watsonville High alumni Cesar and Edgar Garcia Lopez, both attending Ivy Leagues, are highlighted in SC Sentinel (Jan 15). more ...

Past News

SCWIBLES teacher Chrissy MacLean highlighted in SC Sentinel (Aug 14) for developing new curriculum. more ...

Past SCWIBLES Fellow Vikram Baliga is lead author on a article published in the Journal of Experimental Biology! more ...

SCWIBLES Fellow Caleb Bryce publishes puma energetics paper in Science! more ...

Caleb Bryce mentioned in "Survival of the Fittest" paper in Nature (Sep 14). more ...

SCWIBLER Kim Goetz awarded a President's Dissertation Year Fellowship for 2014-15. This is the most competitive and prestigious of campus awards for graduate students at UCSC, and reflects Kim's accomplishments and great promise. Congratulations!

Two student research groups from Watsonville High tied for 1st place at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Currents Symposium (Apr 14). more ...

SCWIBLEr Beth Bastiaans published part of her dissertation research on lizard biology in PLoS One. Click here for the full article. Beth is now a Postdoc at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul.

SCWIBLEr Tara Cornelisse is now a Postdoc Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York!

CONGRATULATIONS to SCWIBLErs: Tim Norris who completed his PhD exit seminar, Jenn Yost and Kristin McCully both completed their PhD defense.

SCWIBLEr Jenn Yost makes the Sentinel, and deftly handles the scientific subtleties. more ...