Pacific Northwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU)

Recently Completed Projects

To find more project final reports, please go to our Project Library.

Educating Students on Wildlife Sampling Methods and Determining Prey Use of Mesocarnivores at Crater Lake National Park

Proposal for Food Habits Study for the Sierra Nevada Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes necator) and Pacific Fisher (Martes pennanti) at Crater Lake National Park, Oregon.

National Park Service’s Sean Mohren.

Daniel Gumtow-Farrior, Co-principal Investigator, Wildlife Ecology Instructor, Oregon State University Cascades
Catherine Gumtow-Farrior, Co-principal Investigator, Wildlife Biologist

(Project ID: P18AC01651).

Using eDNA Technology to Detect Amphibians in Yosemite National Park

Caren Goldberg, Washington State University, and Sara Stock, National Park Service

(Project ID: P15AC01599).

Sitka NHP Scholars-in-Parks Program

Julie Guggino, Central Washington University and Brinnen Carter, National Park Service


(Project ID: P15AC01497).

Conducting Historic Preservation Field Schools to Assess and Stabilize the Silver Bell and Golden Bell Mines, Joshua Tree National Park

University of Vermont’s Doug Porter and National Park Service’s Randall Skeirik

(Project ID: P15AC01792).

Analyzing the Importance of Night Sky Quality to Park Visitors

The National Park Service’s Chad Moore and University of Vermont’s Robert Manning partnered on this project and a final report is available here:

Indicators and standards of quality for viewing the night sky in the national parks
By Robert Manning, Ellen Rovelstad, Chadwick Moore, Jeffrey Hallo, and Brandi Smith

(Project ID: P12AC015010).

Community-specific biogeochemical responses to atmospheric nitrogen deposition in subalpine ecosystem of Mount Rainier National Park.

The National Park Service’s Regina Rochefort and Washington State University’s R. David Evans partnered on this project. You can find the final report, prepared by Justin Poinsatte and R. Dave Evans, WSU School of Biological Sciences and Stable Isotope Core Laboratory, here. (Project ID: P14AC01577).

The Role of Biofilms and Lichens in the Preservation of Archaelogical Features in the Bandelier Tuff, Bandelier National Monument 

The National Park Service’s Sarah Stokely and University of Vermont’s Dr. Doug Porter teamed up on this project. The final report is available here. (Project ID: P13AC01151)

Detect Contaminant Accumulation in Western Pond Turtles to Assess Foothill Ecosystem Condition

The National Park Service’s Annie Esperanza and Oregon State University’s Staci Simonich partnered on this project.  The final report is available here. (Project ID: J8W07110021)

Determining the Sensitivity of High Elevation Lakes in Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic National Parks to Atmospheric Nitrogen Deposition through Nutrient Enrichment Experiments

The National Park Service’s Tonnie Cummings and Washington State University’s Dr. Marc Beutel partnered on this project and produced an article: ‘Phytoplankton responses to nitrogen enrichment in Pacific Northwest, USA Mountain Lakes‘. More information about this project is available in our Project Library here. (Project ID: P13AC00955)

Communicating Marine Science to Alaskan Communities through Discovery Labs

The National Park Service’s Benjamin Pister and the Alaska Department of Fish & Game partnered on this project and produced this final report (Project ID: P12AC15051).