Remote Education and Assessment of Critical Habitats
A collaboration between FAU's Department of Geosciences, Department of                            FAU Conservation Area aerial photo
Biological Sciences, and the Environmental Sciences Program. 
This project, funded by FAU's Technology Fee Program, is aimed at bringing the field into the classroom and taking the classroom into the field.  We will be installing three remote environmental monitoring sites in different native habitats on the ecological preserve on FAU's Boca Raton campus. Data from the monitoring program will be wirelessly transmitted to a Geographic Information System server that will be accessible to students in the classroom.

REACH Photos

Progress Report
    Spring 2013: 
-We have had some technical difficulties getting the remote communications to work reliably.  We now think we have a fix and hope to start putting some data online this summer.

    Summer 2012:          
-2nd update:  The weather station, all the sensors, and the datalogger are installed at the grassy area, and we are collecting data.  Look for a link to a website with real-time data soon.

-1st update:  All of the wells and lysimeters are in at all three sites - the scrub, the hammock, and the mowed grassy area!  A big thanks to everyone who helped with the 3 water table wells, 6 piezometers, and three lysimeters. We expect to start setting up weather stations and data loggers the second weekend in July.  Eventually we will get a new web site up with access to all the data.  When that happens we'll make sure to link to it from this site.

    Spring 2012: 
-Dr. Xavier Comas and his students completed a gpr survey at some of our monitoring stations.
-The Methods in Hydrogeology class (GLY6838) is conducting field excercises at the REACH sites and has also been tasked with setting up the monitoring equipment at one of the sites as a semester project.  The field exercises include leveling to determine well elevations, installation of one of the lysimeters, installation of a water table well, and water quality sampling.
     Fall 2011:  
-We have installed a lysimeter at the scrub site and water table wells at the hammock and scrub sites.

     Summer 2011:  
-We have installed both shallow and deep piezometers at two monitoring sites, one in a scrub habitat and one in a hardward hammock.

Students who have been involved with the project
    Summer 2012:
         -Troy Bernier - incoming Geosciences Ph.D. student
         -Michael Cunnion  - M.A. FAU Department of Geosciences
         -Michelle Infande - M.S. FAU Environmental Sciences Program
         -Katy Jackson - M.S. FAU Department of Geosciences
        -Tania Leung - M.S. FAU Department of Geosciences   
    Spring 2012:
         -Students from Dr. Hindle's Human Environmental Interactions      class,  GEO4275
-Laura Marti - undergrad FAU Department of Geosciences
-Hydrogeology Methods class, GLY6838 (8 students)
     Fall 2011:
-Troy Bernier - non-degree post graduate student
-Suellen Granberry-Hager - undergrad FAU Department of Biological Sciences
-Caitlin Hanley - undergrad FAU Department of Geosciences
-Tania Leung - undergrad FAU Department of Geosciences
-Meagan McCabe - undergrad FAU Department of Geosciences
-Rachel Ungarten - M.S. FAU Department of Geosciences
     Summer 2011:
-Caitlin Hanley - undergrad FAU Department of Geosciences
-Tania Leung - undergrad FAU Department of Geosciences
-Meagan McCabe - undergrad FAU Department of Geosciences
-Caroline Parisi - undergrad FAU Department of Geosciences

     Spring 2011:
-Raul Vidal - undergrad FAU Department of Ocean Engineering

Documents for REACH sampling:  equipment list    data sheet